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:
Remember when we mentioned project7ten? We were probably one of the earliest to mention the wildly popular home, so we were interested to notice that some of the same folks behind project7ten just finished another green home called 737conserve. Located at 737 Milwood Avenue and designed by Patrick Tighe, 737conserve has the same warm and modern feel that project7ten has. Here are some photos and a list of of its many green elements:
Green building is bursting at the seams in New York, and if you don’t believe me, just read Green Buildings NYC. The REDD Group shot us an email of a project they’re working on in Brooklyn (or more specifically, Vinegar Hill and Dumbo) called 100 Gold. They tell us 100 Gold is one of the first green residential developments in the area, which is surprising considering all the activity I read about on gbNYC. The 10-unit, condo building will open a model apartment on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Here is what to expect from 100 Gold:
The latest Dwell has an article by Geoff Manaugh on the Dwell Home II. After four years in "home design and permitting," homeowners Glen Martin and Claudia Plasencia have broken ground. They're moving forward with construction. The homeowners are building this design from Escher GuneWardena Architecture, which they chose because sustainability was presented as "an integrated system," as opposed to as an afterthought. Here are a few of the home's green elements:
This beautiful and traditional home is the first LEED Platinum home in Connecticut. The three bedroom and two bathroom home was designed/built by Jim and Mark Picton, or Picton Brothers, LLC, and was profiled last month by the new folks at GreenBuildingAdvisor. It's the kind of home that prioritizes design first and expensive green technology second. Picton Brothers went with a super-insulated envelope — R40 in the walls and R60 in the roof — which definitely helped the home earn a HERS score of 30, Five Star + Energy Star rating, and of course, the LEED Platinum certification. Check out some of this home's other green elements:
If you didn’t win the Dream Home, you now have another chance to win a home. The HGTV Green Home 2009 contest is slated to begin on April 17, so get your bookmarks ready. We mentioned the HGTV Green Home 2008, which was actually a handsome home, and thought we ought to give it a go this year, too. The design is kind of, well, they’re calling it modern Spanish-style architecture. The $700,000 home was designed by Carlson Studio Architects, and the Herald Tribune reports that it already received LEED Platinum certification. Impressive.