Venice Eco Home by Bridgid Coulter

Interior designer and actor Bridgid Coulter has just completed construction on a newly renovated eco home in Venice, CA. Coulter runs a boutique design studio adjacent to her retail storefront where she carries a signature line of textiles, pillows, eco candles and custom furniture; along with eclectic home accessories in Santa Monica. She did all of the design work on the house.
In addition to her interior design work, Coulter appeared in a number of movies, television shows and theatre in the 1990’s; including Rosewood, Always Outnumbered (with Laurence Fishburne,) A Different World, Family Matters, and Murder She Wrote. Most recently, she will appear in an episode of the new HGTV design show called, “Design Wars” to begin airing December 2011.
She developed the eco house with the support of long term beau, actor Don Cheadle, who was nominated for an Oscar® for his performance in Hotel Rwanda, and has been in a long list of television shows and movies over the years such as Iron Man 2, Traffic, Crash, Oceans 11, Oceans 12 and Oceans 13. Cheadle also serves as UNEP Ambassador for the Environment and is committed to exploring solutions for climate change issues.
The 1,297 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath single-story modern bungalow was originally built in 1953 and has been taken down to stud with responsible debris disposal and recycling methods. The eco renovation and design includes: operational clerestory windows for natural light infusion and air circulation; radiant floor heating; bamboo floors installed with “green” glues; Energy Star gourmet appliances; non VOC interior paints; an eco ethanol fireplace; Greenguard certified countertops, and all built-in cabinetry employs sustainable materials and methods that are FSC certified and do not off-gas.
The roof of the home is pre-piped for solar installation. The professionally landscaped yard includes low water use plants, drip irrigation, recycled concrete walking paths and patios, and raised planters for growing vegetables. The outside of the house uses energy efficient HardiePanel® – a sustainable siding material for buildings.
There will be a reception and discussion at the eco bungalow on Thursday, December 15th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event will include live music, vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and wine.  Project designer, Bridgid Coulter will be on hand to answer questions, along with architectural consultants Todd Erlandson & Nori Fukuda, construction advisor Eric Engheben, landscape designer Annie Wright, and Rhonda Payne of Rodeo Realty. The address is 2494 Glencoe Avenue in Venice, California