The Johnsons, a four-person family in Mill Valley, California, have been called “extreme,” “austere,” and “OCD,” by some onlookers. But I appreciate what they’re trying to do. The family has been on a trash diet to completely eliminate garbage and waste. In fact, they only produced two handfuls of trash in a year, according to Sunset Magazine!
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When you build one of the first laneway houses in Vancouver – and a modern, green one at that – you tend to attract a crowd. The open house of this home gathered more than a 1,000 visitors with a one-hour backlog at times. It’s the first in Vancouver’s EcoDensity program, which allows for a small, alley-access structure on existing single-family property.