Although Tonbo Meadow is situated on just 3 acres in Wilmington, North Carolina, this community has some big ideas. With only 10 house lots, Tonbo has a lot to offer, including a one-acre preserved meadow, community recycling, composting, community gardens, drought tolerant landscaping, rainwater reclamation, rain gardens, a stormwater wetland, and tree protection / relocation plans.
Trails and bridges will surround Tonbo Meadow and provide access to the community’s natural recreation areas. One especially neat element of the community will be a renovated barn, left over from the properties farming days, which will function as a remote screened porch at the top of the meadow for stargazing or enjoying long summer nights.
Tonbo is embracing the idea that green homes are built on a smaller scale; their homes will range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet, although in my opinion truly well-designed green homes need not be that big. The homes will be crafted to the unique elements of the various house-lots. Tonbo emphasizes clean, modern design, and although the homes are not actually built yet, some interior shots on their website suggest beautiful design in the works.
All of Tonbo’s homes will incorporate sustainable materials, such as certified sustainable wood floors, cement board and metal siding, high performance windows and doors with UV glazes, spray-in Icynene insulation, "green" countertops, Energy Star appliances, low-VOC paints, stains and finishes, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high tech electronic energy / light monitoring systems, and stormwater cisterns and reclaimation features. Optional features include solar thermal systems, PV solar panels, geothermal, and radiant systems. Tonbo Meadow sounds like a wonderful, peaceful community to call home, but with so few available lots, you’ll have to scoop one up quick!