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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.

Striking urban oasis in Austin designed to encourage indoor-outdoor living

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A Parallel Architecture has created this urban oasis designed around an expansive central courtyard, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Outdoor living spaces are arranged under a canopy of mature growth oak and pecan trees to shade from the hot summer sun. This dwelling’s roof canopy and deep overhangs were configured to maximize solar orientation and prevailing […]

LEED Gold home blends harmoniously in Appalachian mountain setting

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Samsel Architects is responsible for the design of this magnificent mountain modern lake house nestled in the mountains of Swain County, North Carolina. This LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified home integrates harmoniously with the surrounding Appalachian mountain setting. Boasting an understated exterior combined with a carefully selected material palette, this dwelling […]

Net-zero energy home with industrial-chic details in Northern California

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This net-zero energy home with clean and contemporary details was designed for a family of four by Atmosphere Design Build, located in Nevada City, California. With handcrafted details found throughout this home’s 1,600 square feet, the family was thoroughly committed to keeping the carbon footprint small. For the design of this two-bedroom, two bath dwelling, inspiration […]

Luxurious mountain home showcases captivating details in Aspen

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This luxurious mountain contemporary home was designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, located in Aspen, a ski resort town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Nestled adjacent to a preserved agricultural field, and anchored by dramatic South and West views of Aspen and Snowmass ski areas, this dwelling takes complete advantage of its natural surroundings. Thoughtfully oriented on its […]

The most amazing ‘off-the-grid’ tiny house in beautiful Ojai, California

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Sol Haus Design is responsible for the creation of this amazing tiny house, the designer’s own personal live/work habitat located in Ojai, California. After spending over two decades on the high-end corporate path, Vina Lustado (designer/owner) decided to focus her career on smaller-scale projects.  Staying true to her values, she completed the design and construction of her […]

Farmhouse style house in Oregon has absolutely delightful design ideas

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This absolutely gorgeous farmhouse style house was designed by Renaissance Homes, located in Wilsonville, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Offering a bright and airy aesthetic, this 4,311 square foot family home combines the best of modern design, rooted as a contemporary farmhouse.  Boasting four bedrooms and three-and-half bathrooms, you will find trendy details throughout, inviting and […]

Modern net zero home in California is blissfully integrated with nature

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Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects designed this sprawling modern net zero home located on a 3.5-acre property in Woodside, small town in San Mateo County, California. Envisioned as a single continuous, flowing expression, this family estate links architecture, interior design, art and landscape into an integrated whole. Unified around the central living area, views radiate in four directions […]

Idyllic coastal getaway with sustainable features nestled on Orcas Island

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Heliotrope Architects have designed the North Beach Residence, a coastal getaway on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, off the Washington coast. This 2,400-square-foot family retreat is set on a northwesterly oriented beach, facing the Strait of Georgia to provide incredible views. The property includes second-growth Douglas firs, a beech grove and a grassy meadow […]