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The Ultimate Modern Desert House

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The July/August issue of Dwell brings us this beautiful desert home in Pioneertown, California (not too far from Three Junipers, actually).  The home was designed by architect Lloyd Russell for Jim Austin, an entrepreneur who wanted something simple.  The functional home of 1,600 square feet is what Austin calls, “the ultimate desert structure.”  It’s built with recycled and durable materials, as well as a prominent steel canopy that shelters and shades the home.

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Green Cubed Modern Eco Lux Home

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This is the Green Cubed house, which was designed by Nelse Design + Build.  Located on an infill lot in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the 5-star home was recently the superstar of a Green Built home tour.  And for those in the area, this modern, single-family home is listed for sale for $900,00, which includes four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in a 2,667 square-foot package.  Some of its many green features include the following:

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Vibrant Columbia City Green Homes

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Columbia City Green is a Case Design + Project Management development of two homes in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.  The grand opening for this first home was last weekend, and Case Architects was kind enough to provide these interior and exterior photos.  It's Built Green certified and includes three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a bonus room — all for the price of $699,000 (if still available).  In addition to the vibrant green CertainTeed Fiber Cement siding, the home features a number of other green products and elements:

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Daniel Libeskind Enters the Prefab Fray

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A couple months back, I read an article about Daniel Libeskind's prefab plans, and today, the NY Times broke the story wide open.  In Libeskind Designs a Prefab Home, the Gray Lady gives us a glimpse of The Villa, which is part of Daniel Libeskind's Signature Series of private homes.  There's a prototype of The Villa currently under construction in Datteln, Germany, which should be completed this summer.  And like a limited production set of artwork, The Villa will be offered in regionally exclusive neighborhoods all over the world.  For the right price …

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Oregon Shift House Seeks Passive House

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Last week, Willamette Week Online published an article called "Futurehaus," which we linked to in our Saturday Week in Review.  The article describes an Oregon Passive House project in the works by Root Design Build.  The house is referred to as the Shift House, which, awkwardly enough, is not to be confused with the other Shift Home that we covered recently.  But that's not to take anything away from it.  With construction set to begin next month, upon completion in September, it'll be one of only a few certified Passive Houses in the United States. 

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First LEED Platinum Home in Virginia

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This modern, award-winning abode is the first LEED Platinum home in Virginia.  Located at 5803 16th Street North in Arlington, the home was built by Metro Green and designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects (the firm that also designed the popular net-zero energy Bright Built Barn).  Although it’s a little bigger than the ones we tend to mention — 3,825 square feet with a tight footprint — I think the home is worth mentioning for a number of reasons.  First, annual heating and cooling costs are $180 and $125 respectively!  In addition, 5803 has the following green elements:

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