Isabelle Duvivier (architect/environmentalist), of Duvivier Architects, purchased a dilapidated 100-year-old home in a long established, low-income neighborhood on Brooks Ave. in Venice, California in July 2009. She wanted to blend into the neighborhood by keeping the feel of the craftsman house, but she had a larger goal – to reduce the impact and energy footprint of the house on the environment through intelligent, experimental technologies in water, energy and materials.
She pulled in the natural environment too. The design works toward restoring a habitat for birds, bees and butterflies and creates educational opportunities for the local community. Her house became a personal learning laboratory without the demanding input of client demands. Unusual for a restoration, the Brooks Residence was certified as a LEED Platinum home; typical LEED Platinum buildings are built from the ground up, but the Brooks Residence is a 1700 square foot remodel and addition to a 1912 Craftsman Cottage.
Architect/ Project Manager: Isabelle Duvivier, AIA, LEED AP, Duvivier Architects
Designers/ Project Team: Loren Perry, Tina Hovsepian
Green Rater: Walker Wells, Director, Green Urbanism Program for Global Green USA
General Contractor: Rick Arreola, Arreola Construction
Plumbing: Best Buy Plumbing, Inc.
Cisterns: California Water Storage / California Rainwater Tanks
Gutters, rain chain, Waterwheel: Larry Strickland from Sheet Metal Specialists
Graywater: Scott Hey Tank LA
Cabinets: Clark Davis
Counters: Aggregate Art
Structural Engineer: David Lau
QII Insulation: Allied Insulation
Tiles: Epoxy Green
HVAC: Patrick Modugno
Solar Panels: Martifer Solar
Plant specialist – Jettscape
Tree House Builder – Karl Braunz
Deck Builder – Richard Draut
Windows – Marvin Integrity
Photography – Augusta Quirk