This small house project on a substandard lot in Santa Cruz is an exercise in low cost production and high efficiency. We have a goal to be net zero, to collect enough water to irrigate the yard throughout the year and achieve a platinum LEED certification. Interpreting traditional building materials and colors to compliment the historic beach houses of the neighborhood was also our ambition.
The home is to be couple’s full time residence but also needs to accommodate visiting children with ample privacy. Being close to the beach practical indoor/outdoor features (such as access to a bathroom from the outside and being able to store surfboards and bikes without taking away too much SF from the living quarters) were also essential.