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Bridging the Chasm

As we draw to a close on our VISION House® Los Angeles project, I find myself reflecting on the simultaneously elating and excruciating process of designing, building, accessorizing, and selling a home. Since each VISION House that we build in cities around the country is unique, every project necessitates a special exploration of climate, topography, appropriate building science and technologies, key market drivers, and aesthetic preferences. Fortunately, we do not embark upon these sojourns alone—we are joined and guided by kindred spirits who, like us, are utilizing these projects to affect positive change in the world.

I am grateful to our partners in the VISION House® Los Angeles project. It is rare to meet a team with the integrity, competency, dynamism, and optimism embodied by our builder, Structure Home. Like Michelangelo’s Slave series, Structure succeeded in liberating an enlightened home from the earth that stands as a monument to sustainability.

Things that are right in the world invoke an intrinsic sense of harmony. Good design has the ability to center the spirit. The Zen-like qualities of the VISION House® Los Angeles (appropriately located on Via de La Paz, or path of peace) always remind me of the quote by author Wayne Dyer, “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”

In the realm of sustainability, it seems that we’re often strong when it comes to visualizing the end destination, but weak when it comes to defining the means to get there. Green Builder Media’s VISION House® Series is designed to help bridge the chasm between our long-term sustainability objectives and short-term methodology and tactics.

Through the VISION House Series, we showcase innovative approaches to green building and sustainable living, as well as beautiful, cost-effective, efficient, and intelligent products that are available on the market today. In the VISION House Los Angeles, for example, the products provided by our generous sponsors, including the Nexia whole home automation system, Kohler low flow plumbing fixtures, Johns Manville high performance insulation system, KitchenCraft low VOC cabinets, Leviton lighting and solar solutions, and Uponor radiant heat, enhanced the home’s exquisite aesthetic as well as its performance, comfort, and durability.

We invite you to follow our VISION House projects on our website at There, you can read about many of our past and existing projects, ranging from the VISION House® Los Angeles, to the VISION House® Vegas (a retrofit of a mid-century modern Eichler-style home), to the VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS (a green show home exhibit located at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort).

I particularly enjoyed reading the 4-part 30 Reasons to Love the VISION House Los Angeles blog written in May and June by the Director of our VISION House projects, Heather Wallace, which includes comprehensive information about the advanced green products and intelligent systems used in the home.

Stay tuned for more exciting VISION House news—we’re about to unveil our next project, which will be completely different from and equally as compelling as our prior projects!

Through our VISION House Series, we have the opportunity to bring to life our impressions of sustainability. How do you manifest yours? Write to me at, follow me on Twitter @SaraGBM.

For more information about green building and sustainable living, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @greenbuildermag and @VISIONHouseGBM for regular updates and breaking news.


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