There's an interesting green community in development in West Sacramento, California with 35 homes. Good is a pilot project under LEED-ND and recently received the 2009 Smart Growth Award from Breathe California! LJ Urban is the developer with a simple mantra: Dream big. Living Small. Do Good. That's the idea behind this community, and phase one is sold out. Phase two is underway with prices from the mid-200 thousands, so check these out if you're in the market. Good has an impressive list of the following green features:
The Wall Street Journal asked four architects to draw up plans for the most energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable house they could imagine. Moreover, the Journal asked them to do it without thinking about cost, technology, aesthetics, or the way people habitually live. The plans were published yesterday. What do you think about these green houses?
Wow, these turned out nice! We mentioned Celadon a long time ago, and now the twenty-four unit development is complete. The Charlotte Business Journal gave Celadon their Green Multifamily Project of the Year Award, and despite this crazy real estate market, buyers (who committed to a unit at the top of the market) are getting appraisals at the contract price. I guess you could say green and modern design holds market value … we certainly think it does. The interiors are minimalist and just right.
A little while back, Robert Kerr let us know about a new line of hybrid construction homes that his firm developed called Select. The renderings in this article show the first Select home, which was designed for a private client to be built in Los Angeles. Referred to as the Meridian Residence, this unique home accommodates mature trees already on the site — notice the Olive tree atrium in the middle. We'll definitely keep you posted as the home moves forward and approaches completion …
JG covers all sorts of innovative homes, but to be entirely honest, we prefer the affordable. So Caleb Schafer nabbed our interest when he emailed us about his efficient, modern home. Four years ago, after graduating from architecture school, he and his wife moved to Texas and began building the home on a 1.5 acre site due north of San Antonio. They built it for ~$70,000 — it's a 1400 square foot home — we're talking about $50 psf. Not bad! Here's how they did it: