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Not Such a Mundane Monday

So, just one more month until I take the LEED Green Associates test! December 11 @ 1:30pm. Time to read, study and practice my testing times. Flashcards. Books. Case Studies. Resources. USGBC Site.

I remember every year when I was growing up that I looked forward to another year to start at school. I waited for that day when my mom and I could go to Staples and good through the list of required and recommended school supplies. Oh how I loved the smell of fresh paper and the plastic binders. Those peach-e folders in every color, the pens, and the dividers.I loved coming home and filling my new backpack with the unopened supplies for the new year.  I always told myself that the first page of my notes had to be the best handwriting I would ever write, and as usual, it would be. Then as the pages turned so did my handwriting.

I still go through the same heightened joy when I walk through those doors at Staples. The technology may have changed a little bit and the binders might have gotten more expensive over the years, but one thing that has not changed is the atrocious handwriting that would begin to form page after page after page. Love it. 

Study Study Study….


FunDay MonDay

Well, really my FunDay was yesterday, but I am telling you about it today (which makes it FunDay MonDay). So, yesterday I went to Green Home Tour in San Diego. There were a total of three homes in which are either in the process of achieving their LEED certification or have already gone above and beyond the required LEED points. The locations were Point Loma, La Jolla, and Encinitas.

The Point Loma residence is in the process of acquiring their LEED Platinum certification (The highest certification that you can get!). This home was the least appealing on the exterior and the interior. The home is domed shaped and had the biggest echo I have ever heard in a home. The space was about 2,235 sq.ft. with 3 (possibly 4) bedrooms, and 2 full baths. The one thing that really got me (besides the echos), was that the second floor bedrooms did not have ceilings, so you could hear everything that was happening in the entire home (and vise versa). Not ideal. But the rest of the homes integrated sustainable designs was very fascinating and really cool.

Point Loma

The La Jolla home was designed by a designer that I actually know. It was amazing seeing such a talented designer at the same age as me designing such a wonderful and beautiful home. Of course, the house was located in La Jolla and had the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and a great roof top deck. The first floor featured the bedrooms and the second housed the living room, kitchen and deck, the third or rooftop deck housed the bbq area, patio, unobstructed views of the ocean and a dinning set.  This home is perfectly designed for my current lifestyle (meaning… having an almost husband and no kids), featuring 2 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths all in 1,800 sq. ft. The house may seem small but the bedrooms were very large and gorgeous. What an ideal home to live in.

La Jolla

The third and last home the I visited was my favorite. This is a great home to have a few kids in and enjoy life. The exterior of the home was so basic and contemporary with a wonderful use of wood. Encinitas is another coastal community in San Diego County and this house had another fantastic view of the Pacific. The kitchen was a dream come true. The master suite was located on the top floor as well as the living space (to utilize the view as much as you can). I would really never have to leave the top floor. The first floor featured the three other bedrooms as well as the living room and an office space. PERFECT! This house is for sale and man, if I had the money I would totally buy this place. The main floor (again the second floor) had the large balcony with the ocean view. Ugh man…such a great house. The four bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths are spaciously placed in this 3,229 sq. ft. home.




Born and raised in San Diego, we tend to forget what is available to us out here in our own city. Yeah sure tourists fun almost anything and everything to do, but when you live here all that fun seems to dissipate. Being a member of the USGBC (Untied States Green Building Counsel) and working on achieving my LEED Green Associate certification, I have found one thing to do on November 7th.

Green Home Tour : This tour features three homes in San Diego that have met the Green Building Standards (Green Certified, Silver Certified, Gold or Platinum Certified). I am going to this event and am very excited to see how the designers and architects have utilized our resources in a green way.

See you there! And remember to Reuse, Renew, Recycle.