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Eco Design

Environmental sustainability has always been a unique topic, especially with so many homes and commercial properties aiming to be LEED certified. We delve into some really fun designs that showcase beautiful materials and clever use of sustainable elements culminating into functionality and great architecture that we can all be fascinated with. Have a look at some satisfying environmentally friendly properties that will leave you inspired to want to emulate some of the ideas featured here into your own home design, whether it be a new-build or a renovation project.

Off-the-grid guest house beckons on the Santa Barbara coast

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This minimalist, modern guest house was designed by Anacapa Architecture in collaboration with Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The home is nestled into an isolated hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just north of Santa Barbara. The homeowner’s objective was to preserve and protect the natural environment of their property. To do so required that the home fit discretely […]

Sustainable forest retreat in Washington with light-filled interiors

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In the foothills above Snoqualmie is a beautiful house built for two mountain guides not far from their work in North Bend, Washington. The 2,100 square foot, three bedroom residence has been designed by Johnston Architects and built by Tall Tree Construction, accommodating both professional and practical demands, but also fulfilling a deep desire to do what […]

Mountain modern lake house nested in the Great Smoky Mountains

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This mountain modern lake house was designed by Samsel Architects, located in Bryson City, a small town in North Carolina, which is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This impressive home has achieved LEED Gold status, designed to integrate harmoniously with its surrounding Appalachian mountain setting. The understated exterior and carefully selected palette […]

LEED-Certified home features brilliant modern details in Connecticut

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This LEED-Certified modern home was designed by Amanda Martocchio Architecture, located in Greenwich a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The project entails a complete refurbishment of a 1960’s home, where the original foundation was preserved as much as possible. The design team created an addition to the residence, increasing the square footage, along with reconfiguring […]

Off the grid: A compact passive house design in Maine

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Designed by Go Logic, this two-story passive house design features a 1,500 square foot bright and airy floor plan, with 238 square feet of covered deck, located in Belfast, Maine. There is a combined kitchen/living/dining space on the first level and three bedrooms with one full bath on the second level (floor plans below). Amenities […]

Eco-friendly ranch home designed to maximize Rocky Mountain views

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This eco-friendly mountain dwelling was designed by Krueger Architecture in collaboration with builders RA Nelson Construction, located in Lake Creek, Colorado. The home was sited on the property to take advantage of the rugged mountain views and the meandering river. The interior living spaces have been designed to extend to the outdoor spaces drawing nature in, as well […]

Beautiful modern dwelling designed for sustainable living in Minneapolis

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This LEED-certified, modern family residence was designed by SALA Architects, located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nestled on a 42-foot by 128-foot urban lot, this 2,250 square foot dwelling features three bedrooms and a detached garage. The project was constructed with sustainability at the forefront, focusing on the green building criteria as outlined by the […]

Luminous oceanfront home in Rhode Island boasts energy-efficient design

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This fabulous oceanfront home offers a casual, laid-back atmosphere and energy-efficient design, the work of George Penniman Architects, located in Weekapaug, Rhode Island. The home was designed to replace a worn-out beach house that had previously resided on the property. The architects were careful to design the architecture to match the rhythm of the line of homes […]