Green Homes

Terraces and raised beds
Sep 15,2009 | East Greenwich, Rhode Island

When selecting a home, first impressions are the most important factor, after price and location. With this in mind, owner/contractor Mike Guertin took extra care to landscape his spec remodel attractively. To add visual interest and manage runoff, he built terraced walls around the lot from stone he found on site. He reclaimed some of the plantings from the original overgrown landscape and incorporated native species.

Design approach: Take your time and meet basic needs

This green bath focuses on comfort and convenience
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
Jul 16,2009 | Columbus, Ohio

Betsy Pettit, GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com 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
Jul 01,2009 | 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
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.

Historically and environmentally sensitive remodel
Jun 09,2009 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

Doug Selby of Meadowlark Builders and Michael Klement of Architectural Resource are experienced at energy-efficient remodeling. Working as a team, Selby and Klement were the first in Michigan to grab a LEED Platinum rating for a gut-rehab job.

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