Clean Green Kitchen Rehab in Twin Cities


Joshua Foss, principal of Thrive Design Studio and ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, recently completed this clean and contemporary kitchen renovation in a home near Theodore Wirth Park.  Foss and the owners went with a color palette that, in the end, resembles nature in many ways.  The light blue walls resemble water or clear blue skies, the steel and aluminum mimic smooth stones, and the cabinets and floors ground the space with wood.


By |April 23rd, 2010|Materials, Modern design, Renovation|2 Comments

Traditional Green Home That's Off-Grid


The folks at Davis Frame Co., a timber frame home company based out of New Hampshire, recently sent us details of this off-grid home in Oregon.  The large, 2,850 square-foot home is undeniably traditional — something our readers have been pining for — and outfitted with a number of green features to go with Platinum certification from the Earth Advantage Institute. 


By |April 21st, 2010|Single Family|5 Comments

Platinum Timber Frame Home in Oregon


New Energy Works, a timber frame home builder with offices in New York and Oregon, recently announced the opening of their new show house in Portland.  Designed to be “a living example of greater sustainability in a design and craft intensive home,” according to company president Jonathan Orpin, The Vermont Street Project is thought to be the first timber frame home in the state seeking LEED Platinum certification.


By |April 20th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|0 Comments

Self Sufficient Ecohouse in Australia

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Homeowners in Brisbane, Australia, just received keys to the Hill End Ecohouse, a six-star home designed by Riddel Architecture and built by Peagram Builders.  Located on a small lot, the Ecohouse incorporates 95% of salvaged material from the previously existing 1930s home and a total of about 80% recycled content.  Ecohouse also stores 71,000 liters of water and treats gray water on-site for toilet use. 


By |April 19th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|2 Comments

Flood Proof Green Home on the Beach


I was excited to get an email from Matthew Peek, principal at Studio Peek Ancona, regarding this prototype built in a flood and seismic zone in Stinson Beach, California.  The flood-proof home has been Platinum certified by the Marin County green building program and meets FEMA standards of the area, according to Peek.  It's green and undeniably contemporary, but it's also small and showcases indoor/outdoor living without a hitch. 


By |April 16th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|6 Comments

Green Copper House in Hudson Valley


This is a beautiful modern home in Hudson Valley with carefully considered fenestration and use of daylighting.  The 2,590 square-foot home, designed by Andy Bernheimer of Della Valle Bernheimer, was recently featured by GreenSource Magazine as a Best Green House for March 2010.


By |April 15th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|2 Comments