If you're in the market for an Old World look, Fontenay makes vintage flooring from reclaimed wine barrels. The Cooperage collection has stamps and markings from the barrel head; the Wine Infusion collection comes from the inside of the barrel and is naturally stained by the wine; and the Stave collection is made with the outside of the barrel and shows markings from the hoops. Pricing starts at $32 per square foot.
This is the first certified Passive House in the “South,” and it’s located in Lafayette, Louisiana. What’s interesting about the home – other than that it illustrates the use of the Passive House standard in a hot and humid climate – is the fact that the low-energy home, with the help of rooftop solar laminates, is a net zero energy prototype for the future.
I imagine you've seen some of the 10 "insanely" green sheds in a recent publication of Popular Mechanics. I read the article and was captured by the Eco-Shed, a structure that cost owner and author James Glave about $100,000 to build. With the help of Dan Parke of Salal Architecture, Glave put together an incredible low-impact writing studio. Check it out.