Instead of tearing down their decrepit 1950s house and starting from scratch, a Manhattan Beach, California, couple recycled its materials to build a new one.

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Design Smarts
Ray Kachatorian

Design Smarts

When faced with the difficult choice of either razing and rebuilding their run-down beach house or spending far more than the oceanview property’s value on renovation costs, Dewanna and Mark Sharp took the eco-building high road: recycling more than 90 percent of the structure into an energy-efficient new home for their family.

This pair of self-professed beach bums love Southern California for its abundant coast and year-round sunshine. When the opportunity arose to build here, the couple enlisted design/build firm owner Gary Lane to create a house that fit the neighborhood and made the most of the area’s temperate climate and the lot’s Pacific view.

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