A Fine Romance: A Recycled Steel Home in Southern California

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

An abundance of natural light makes the main room an ideal spot for Claudio to work on his paintings. The huge south-facing window is also a natural ­passive solar collector. Designer John Picard installed light-toned bamboo flooring for environmental reasons (it matures quickly and grows like a weed), but Jana loves its durability and low maintenance. “We had a Christmas tree whose container leaked for three days before we discovered the problem,” she recalls.
Photo By Claudio Santini