A Fine Romance: A Recycled Steel Home in Southern California

Solar power and high efficiency gadgets make this Los Angeles home an environmental heaven.

Jana and Claudio have made use of nearly every inch of their urban lot to grow food and fresh flowers, creating a lush oasis in the city. Gardenia trees and a honeysuckle vine perfume the entryway; lavender and old-fashioned roses provide romance. Rosemary is essential for the Italian dishes Jana makes, and a productive vegetable garden behind the home keeps the kitchen well-stocked. A slow-growing hybrid dwarf grass (Bonsai) lawn and drought-resistant land­scaping help foster an atmosphere of calm.
Photo By Claudio Santini