The Courtyard House (Horn House) was designed by architect Tom Robertson of Ripple Design, in 2007. It is a “green” house consisting of 3 bedrooms, den, 3.5 baths, electric gated entry, located in Westwood, 3 blocks to Century City of Los Angeles, California. The house is about 2800+ square feet and the lot is 6316 square feet.
Technological systems do play a significant role in the house. Where systems are utilized, they are highly efficient. Solar cells heat water and create electrical energy. In fact, this house creates all of its own power, feeding its surpluses back into the city grid.
The emphasis here is that the choice to reduce the ecological footprint can start in the home. Deciding to use local craftsmen and materials means fewer resources are necessary or wasted. Many of the materials are sustainably forested, long-lasting and break down easily in landfills. The ultimate choice is to improve the quality of life in order to reduce the perceived need – especially in a city like Los Angeles – to wander so frequently from home.
The house has been published worldwide, has been featured in the AIA CaBoom tour, and consists of the following upgrades: Solar panels, Photo Voltaic Cells, Radiant Heat, Central Heat and Air,Steel construction,Galvulum metal roof,Ipe sustainable wood flooring,High R insulation,Low E windows,Nana walls/doors/windows,Cast in place concrete, Powder-coated cabinetry,Bisazza tiles + custom architectural tiles, Interior and exterior courtyards, New master suite (2009), 25’ living room vaulted ceiling, Outdoor shower,Veranda off master, Large garden area, Kitchen with limestone counters, Life Source filtered water system th/out, 2-car garage, Clerestory windows.