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This green bath focuses on comfort and convenience

Convert an Attic into a Luxury Bath

Jul 17, 2009 | Seattle, Washington

Leslie and Heather, the owners of a 100-year-old 1 1⁄2-story house in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, were tired of hiking downstairs in the middle of the night from their attic bedroom to the first-floor bathroom. To make matters even more inconvenient, the laundry room was still farther below in the basement. Leslie and Heather wanted to simplify their lives and their floor plan by putting all three spaces on one level.

Clean lines and attractive materials in an affordable kitchen

Teenagers Build an Affordable LEED Platinum Home

Jul 16, 2009 | Columbus, Ohio

Betsy Pettit, advisor and consultant to this project, points out that we’re in a dynamic time. “Push the envelope,” she remarks, “because what’s new now will be normal sooner than you think.”

New addition

Historic Texas Bungalow Gets a Green Renovation

Jul 1, 2009 | Austin, Texas

This green restoration of a 1928 bungalow in downtown Austin was the first historic project to be rated by Austin Energy Green Building. While the aspects of green building are not new to our design and build team, meeting the historic requirements with green technology was.

Deep overhangs deal with sun and rain

Sustainable Materials and Solar Power in the Southwest

Jun 15, 2009 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bau-Biologie—a construction philosophy focused on using natural materials to build healthy homes—originated in Germany, but in the USA, one epicenter is just outside of Santa Fe. Here, architect Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte, a master builder, have designed and built many such homes through a partnership they call EcoNest. Their work has helped generate new building codes and standards.

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