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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Ray Kachatorian

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Gary designed the 2,500-square-foot stucco-and-mahagony house to maximize natural light and ventilation, eliminating the need for air-conditioning. Wherever possible, he and designer Lori Dennis used recycled or sustainable products in the construction.

What you see: a light-filled room with sleek cabinetry, minimalist lighting, and contemporary hardware and fixtures―all with a modern, low-profile style that doesn’t compete with the view

What you don’t see: the already replenished wheat fields that supplied the fundamental material for the pre-pressed wheatboard barstools. Unlike woods like teak, whose harvest requires the destruction of slow-growing forests, harvested wheat replaces itself quickly.

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