Ed Begley Jr. discusses the environment with Sustainable Chicago

Posted May 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment

Ed Begley Jr. touches on the motivation behind On Begley Street in this interview with Sustainable Chicago:

It sounds like the driving force for the new house might be Rachelle. What drove you to build the new house as opposed to staying where you were and comfortable and had put so much effort in?

First of all, I’ve been married now twelve years and going with Rachelle nineteen years, so I like the idea of being a good partner and not always saying no. Then there was the idea of actually having lower energy bills than I have today, which are pretty darn low. Bigger vegetable garden, more rainwater catchment, all those ideas appealed to me so I said yes to it.

She just wants more closet space, let’s be honest. She wants a bathroom that she’s not sharing with her soon-to-be thirteen year old daughter. So she has some good points too. That could get dicey as Hayden approaches teen years, to be sharing a bathroom with a thirteen year old. There’s some validity to that. The house we live in now is very small. It’s a mansion by world standards. By Hollywood standards it’s a shack.

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  1. BB says:

    “The house we live in now is very small. It’s a mansion by world standards. By Hollywood standards it’s a shack.”

    Honest comment. Helping people to understand that a 1500 to 2000 square feet US home is big enough is often difficult.
    – I think a well designed home that size (with remodeling for enough bathrooms) can work for a family. It works for me.
    – And I realize that more furnished square footage in a house has an environmental impact in terms of resources and pollution.
    – But US mainstream culture promotes bigger homes. And it is tough for some to resist that pressure.
    – I’m not blaming anyone. It’s just the way it is.

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