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Greene (& Green): An American Craftsman Home Gets a Green Renovation

Historic Craftsman homes are built to respond to climate and site. This California renovation marries this traditional wisdom with modern technology.

Bill Moses renovated the neglected home's exterior using composite roof shingles, recycled-denim insulation and salvaged-glass windows.
Michael Shopenn
In 2002, Bill added the Craftsman-style yoga studio as a place where family and community could gather. Used mainly for yoga and meditation, Bill says he throws down a carpet for dancing or social gatherings.
Michael Shopenn
The Greene and Greene design window in the Anahata room is accented with a small Tiffany lamp on a Gustav Stickley spindle desk.
Michael Shopenn
The Greenes' interest in Japanese architecture is clear in the design of the back veranda. Bill Moses purchased the table and chairs, made by Arts and Crafts designers Gustav Stickley and Chrles Limbert, from the famed Ahwahnee Hotel in California's Yosemite Valley.
Michael Shopenn
Most bedrooms in the house have a screened sleeping porch and deck. This one, attached to the Kinder Room, is for Bill's son and the estate's young visitors.
Michael Shopenn
In 1998, Bill Moses remodeled the Casa Barranca kitchen after studying the Gamble house, another Greene & Greene bungalow in Pasadena. The kitchen had originally been remodeled in the 1950s with red Formica countertops and painted cabinetry.
Michael Shopenn
With glass doors and windows on both sides, the great room is where the family spends time together, especially in winter. "Sitting in the great room is like sitting in a treehouse," Bill says.
Michael Shopenn
The Moses family: Eliza, baby Alex, Will and Bill.
Michael Shopenn
Bill takes his morning calls and coffee at a small table in the warm kitchen overlooking the organic orchard and Ojai Valley below.
Michael Shopenn

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