Small Cool 2009: Erica's Green and Lean Bungalow

Small Cool 2009: Erica's Green and Lean Bungalow

Gregory Han
Apr 9, 2009

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Who Lives Here: My husband, Chris and I. Oh, and our canine son, Omar!
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Size: 850 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Our small, cool home is GREEN! When we first moved to California from Idaho we knew little about the green movement, but we quickly caught on to the importance of green living. Our home is a mid century bungalow remodeled with green features. We recently planted an herb garden and plan to expand to an organic vegetable garden soon. Our toilet and shower are low flow. We have Energy Star appliances and low maintenance, native California landscaping with underground drip irrigation. We keep energy use/costs down by taking advantage of all of the natural sunlight and fresh air we get through our windows and doors. At least 75% of the new decor/furniture we have purchased for our home is second hand. We've found some great pieces at local flea markets, craigslist and thrift stores!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Seating for guests has been one of our biggest challenges. Our living area is perfectly comfortable for my husband and I to lounge, watch tv, eat, etc., but when we have friends over we have limited seating. In the kitchen, we have an island with bar seating for two, but we don't have a dining room table. The current solution to this problem is our patio. Our beautiful Southern California weather allows us to extend our living space outdoors. We can eat meals at our picnic table and gather around the fire pit with our friends for drinks and s'mores! Obviously, AT, friends and family, and the above mentioned resources (flea markets, craigslist, and thrift stores) provided inspiration and solutions to this challenge.

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