Ehrlich Residence – Santa Monica

This amazing Santa Monica home features drywall details such as flush mount baseboard, riglet wrapped stair staircase, several skylights and smooth wall finish throughout home with hidden coves for blinds and curff metal around door jams.

The house employs the following active green technologies: Santa Monica’s first gray water system, which filters much of the house’s waste water for use by the garden; a 4-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system that supplies 85% of the house’s power; and a highly efficient in-floor radiant heating system. Recycled or sustainably produced materials not already noted include: recycled cotton insulation; sustainably harvested wood stairs and floors; formaldehyde-free MDF cabinets; low VOC paint; and quartz countertops. The house has been the subject of several university lectures and is on the cover of Santa Monica’s influential “Residential Green Building Guide.” .


Principal-in-Charge: John Friedman
Project Team: Alice Kimm, John Martin, Leigh Christy, Pauline Shu, Matthew Nesbitt
Project Assistant: Elsye Alam
Structural Engineer: William Koh and Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Orange Street Studio
Lighting Design: FIRE Ltd., Light Vision
General Contractor: Bonomo Development
Photography: Fotoworks


Craig Ehrlich


2006 AIA/Los Angeles, Decade Award
2003 AIA/Los Angeles, Citation Award


2009 DECO Design
2009 American Houses: El Sueno Americano de los Grandes Arquitectos Contemporaneos (Atrium Group de Ediciones y Publicaciones, SL)
2009 January/February, Green Source, “Back to the Garden” Case Study by Aric Chen
2008 1000x Architecture of the Americas (Braun)
2008 100 x 400, Vol. 2 (Rihan.CC)
2007 June/July, Wallpaper, “Eco Chambers” by Amara Holstein
2007 Convertible Living, edited by Amanda Lam & Amy Thomas (Gibbs Smith)
2007 Green Homes (Collins Design)
2006 October, L.A. Archtiect, “Decade Awards: Honor, Merit, and Citation”
2006 September Disen Art
2006 2000 Architects (Images Publishing Group)
2006 July, Architectural Record, Kitchen and Bath Portfolio by Rita Catinella
2006 February, Interior Design, “It’s A Breeze” by Edie Cohen
2006 A Pocketful of Houses (Images Publishing Group)
2005 Architecture Inspirations (daab GNBH)
2005 25 September, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, “Living Lightly” by Barbara Thornburg
2005 100 More of the World’s Best Houses (Images Publishing Group)
2005 January/February, L.A, Architect, “Design and Next LA: Honor”
2005 Santa Monica Residential Green Building Guide, City of Santa Monica