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Stillwater Dwelling Built in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara prefab by Stillwater Dwellings

Some of the best prefabricated homes seem to be coming out of the Pacific Northwest from companies like Stillwater Dwellings, the design-build firm behind this new home in Santa Barbara, California.  The Seattle-based firm, founded by a seasoned builder and developer and architects formerly of the firm now known as Olson Kundig Architects, differentiates itself from others with a trademark soaring butterfly roofline, energy-efficient designs, sustainable materials, and a predictable construction budget.

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Low Impact Dwelling on Orcas Island

This is North Beach Residence on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in Washington.  The 2,070 square-foot project received a national AIA Honor Award this year and is owned by Rysia Sucheca and John Warburton for use as a summer house from May through October.  It was designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by David Shore Construction.

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House Ocho with a Lively Green Roof

Credit: Paul Dyer.

This is House Ocho, a project in Carmel, California, designed by Feldman Architecture. The home is beautiful and modern with striking clean lines, though perhaps its most prominent detail is a lively green roof that hides the structure in the hillside of a nature preserve in the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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Super-Efficient ADU Complete in Portland

The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) market is alive and well in the Concordia neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  People like these tiny structures — sometimes referred to as backyard cottages, granny flats, or laneway houses — because they can be leased out or used to accommodate an expanding family situation.  And, as these structures grow in popularity, they’re getting greener, too.  For instance, check out this high-performance ADU built by Hammer & Hand and designed by Departure Design.

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Near NZE Morning Sun Home in Oregon

This is Morning Sun, a near net-zero energy home completed at the end of December 2009 for owners Doug and Emily Boleyn.  The high-performance abode — designed by Matthew Daby of m.o. daby design llc and built by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes — received LEED Platinum certification, Oregon High Performance Home certification, and an Energy Performance Score of 31, making it one of the most decorated green projects in Happy Valley.

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First Container House in Mojave Desert

This is the first permitted shipping container house in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California, according to a statement by the architect, Walter Scott Perry, principal of ecotechdesign.  The home, also known as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, was built with re-purposed shipping containers and some impressive green elements such as a steel shade system, a living roof, and a 10,000 gallon water storage tank.

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