East Meets West in this Updated Calabasas Ranch


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Each Monday the LA Times blogs about a new home whose design is presented in the architect’s or designer’s own words. This week they are discussing contractor, Mark Shapiro’s latest home in Calabasas. Mark’s description: I chose one of my preferred architects, Eric Zuziak of JZMK Partners, to help design the residence.

With an eye toward environmentally friendly construction, the project included deconstruction of the existing structure. Building components were carefully dismantled for reuse, recycling and waste management and donated to Habitat for Humanity for resale.

The new home has many features using the latest energy-efficient materials, including 100% natural cellulose fiber insulation made from recycled newspapers that was blown into the walls for optimal sound and thermal insulation. Special plywood roof sheathing with a foil radiant backing that reflects the sun’s heat was used to lower interior temperatures. In-line tankless water heaters were installed to reduce energy consumption and supply hot water on demand.

An energy-saving lighting control system was installed, with digital technology that allows individual programming of all lighting in the home by software accessed by personal computer. An integrated whole-house entertainment management system allows access to television, music, photos and the Internet from eight separate in-wall or remote locations throughout the home.

Keep reading for more photos and details on the house …

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