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The Green House

Bob and Carol Beitcher show off their stunning new Santa Monica house is a state of the art green house from inside out. It represents a new generation of green homes--sleek and modern with a plethora of stylish sustainable building products. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Bob and Carol Beitcher relax with their family dog. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Bob Beitcher, at top, looks out from his bedroom. Above, sliding doors open onto a deck. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Bob Beitcher relaxes in his Santa Monica home. He and his wife have long been interested in “green” design. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
The kitchen features amber bamboo flooring — on the ceiling. The cabinets are made of strawboard, or compressed straw, a humble material that still looks elegant. A sheet metal wall, CaesarStone counters and porcelain tile flooring complete the room. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)