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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.

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 […]

Off-grid residence designed for book lovers on the Gulf Islands

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Blue Sky Architecture is responsible for the design of this contemporary off-grid residence located on Sidney Island, British Columbia, Canada. Sidney Island can be found at the southern end of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. The design was inspired by the sweep of the shoreline and orientation to the sun. This 2,000 […]

Sculptural home boasts sustainable lakefront living in the Upper Midwest

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SALA Architects are responsible for the design of this sculptural home set deeply into the hillside of this 4.3 acres property in the countryside of Stillwater, Minnesota. Encompassing 7,033 square feet with six bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, this architectural masterpiece features charred wood siding (shou sugi ban), cantilevered roof overhangs, and a glass bridge that visually […]

Step into this jaw-dropping West Coast modern home that’s eco-friendly

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Horizon Pacific Contracting is responsible for the design of this modern west coast modern home located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flooring-to-ceiling windows throughout this home boast abundant water views and natural light. Outdoors, the landscaping employs a mix of drought-resistant and deer-proof elements to keep maintenance costs low. This fabulous custom home won a […]

Mountain modern prefabricated home in Tahoe boasts indoor-outdoor living

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Sagemodern in collaboration with Gallagher Construction was responsible for the design of this mountain modern prefabricated home. Boasting 3,170 square feet of living space, this dwelling incorporates touches of heavy timber in its design, helping to blend in with its surroundings in Martis Camp, a private community in Truckee, California. This striking home was designed […]

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. […]

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