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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.

Prefabricated cabin offers idyllic retreat for nature lovers on Vashon Island

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Seattle-based architecture studio FabCab is responsible for the design of this 1,750 square foot prefabricated cabin, located on Vashon Island, King County, Washington. Built by Potential Energy, this rustic cabin is comprised of two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a flex room/den, and a 300 square foot bump-out screened-in porch with a fireplace and wall of windows. This custom home […]

Fabulous Edwardian home in Australia gets a prefab modular addition

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ArchiBlox completed this project of updating an Edwardian home with a prefab modular addition, located in Balaclava, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Completed in just 21 weeks, the addition seamlessly integrates the existing structure with a modern two level modular addition. Overall this 1,722 square foot house boasts a beautiful and refined aesthetic. […]

Cozy beach house with fabulous rooftop deck overlooking Cape Cod Bay

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This modern and cozy beach house was designed by Jill Neubauer Architects in collaboration with building company Cape Associates. Conceived as a summer vacation home designed for a blended family of eight, this getaway overlooks Cape Cod Bay in North Truro, Massachusetts. A LEED compliant home, highlights includes expansive living spaces and breathtaking ocean views. […]

Tour an elegant home designed for green living in Blue Ridge Mountains

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Johnston Design Group in collaboration with Linda McDougald Design designed this mountain home for green living, located in The Cliffs at Mountain Park, in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Nestled at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this elegant 5,127 square foot, four bedroom and four-and-a-half bathroom mountain home is deeply rooted in its natural surroundings. […]

Modern home in the woods built using shipping containers in Michigan

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This modern weekend retreat with a facade of wood and steel shipping containers is located in Union Pier, Michigan, designed by Fredman Design Group. The retreat is the designers own personal home that she shares with her partner. A blending of traditional and industrial elements, the designer felt inspired to get creative. The architect noted that […]

Net-zero energy vacation cottage in Michigan with light-filled interiors

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This fascinating net-zero energy vacation cottage was designed by award-winning architectural studio Morgante Wilson Architects, located in Harbert, Michigan. The architects designed this passive house with maintenance free hardie panel siding. Upon entry in this dwelling, you will notice a beautiful interior layout that seems to effortlessly flow from one space to the next. Soaring ceilings and tall windows […]

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 […]