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The ‘Shamrock Shack’ Retrofit – A Family Style of Green

Dec 21, 2010 | Pacifica, California

In 1938, Carl McCarthy started his “Shamrock Shack,” a small (700 square feet) weekend retreat overlooking the golf course in Sharp Park (now part of Pacifica), Calif., while he and his wife, Grace, lived 10 miles north in an apartment in San Francisco. He had virtually no building experience and no power tools.

Schomer - after front porch

Green by (Interior) Design

Nov 10, 2010 | Asheville, North Carolina

“I had three main goals for this project when we started,” says interior designer Victoria Schomer.

1. Right-size and balance each room for its intended use.
2. Connect each room to a quality outdoor space.
3. Improve the overall energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

It took 4 years, but we could not be more pleased with the result. We took a small dark house with high energy bills and turned it into a light, airy, and thrifty home. ”

Riversong slab pour 2

A Thick Cocoon of Cellulose Protects This Superinsulated House

Oct 15, 2010 | Warren, Vermont

By Robert Riversong

I was hired to design and build a home for a Vermont land owner who wanted a house that would be affordable to build, affordable to live in, as green as possible, accessible as she aged, and able to generate rental income.

We collaborated on the design, planning, permitting, and site work. We created a floor plan that would place all necessary living spaces on the first floor. The second floor has a great room, two additional bedrooms, and a second full bath so that she could rent space to boarders.

Connected to the landscape

Energy-Efficient Straw-bale Home in the Colorado Rockies

Oct 11, 2010 | Carbondale, Colorado

By Doug Graybeal

Our house is located outside of Carbondale, Colo., at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The architecture is both responsive to the climate — a dry mountain environment — and reflective of the local mountain style. I’m an architect, and I designed the house to be as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible within a reasonable budget. Of course, my wife and I, both self-employed professionals, also wanted a wonderful space to live and work in. The use of natural materials has made it a warm, cozy and comfortable home.

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