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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.

A San Francisco home inspired by modernist Scandinavian architecture

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Feldman Architecture in collaboration with Commune Design has designed this home inspired by modernist Scandinavian architecture, located in San Francisco, California. Created for a young family, their request was for a home they could grow old in — with interior spaces that are classic, inviting, and layered with commissioned furniture pieces, custom rugs, and vintage […]

This eco-friendly retreat provides a relaxing haven on the Cornish coast

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Ukiyo is an eco-friendly retreat with modern Scandinavian influences, located in Coverack, a coastal fishing village in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Wild coastal views are on full display in this sumptuous hideaway that offers sculptural furnishings a subtle urban feel with its poured concrete. This home gets its name from Japanese culture, translating to “the floating world”, providing a […]

Absolutely stunning off the grid home in California embraces the outdoors

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This modern off-the-grid home was designed by architecture studio Assembledge+, located in the foothills of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. California. Surrounding this home, verdant foliage, mature growth trees, and rolling hills. Composed of three pavilions, this single-story dwelling is connected via a series of glass hallways to create a residential oasis in the heart of the […]

A breezy sustainable beach house perched on the idyllic Maui coastline

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Designed by Walker Warner Architects, this sustainable beach house is perched on the edge of Makena Beach, one of the most popular shorelines in Maui, Hawaii. Maximizing natural light, this two-story dwelling soaks in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean through expansive windows and terraces.   Encompassing 9,007 square feet of living space, this […]

Net-zero cabin provides an urban refuge that communes with nature

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This net-zero cabin was designed by Olson Kundig Architects in collaboration with Dovetail General Contractors, located in Seattle, Washington. This dwelling provides the owner’s desire for a private urban retreat that would connect her to nature. A staggered footprint on the lot allows for dense landscaping, and extensive glazing throughout the house increases solar gains and […]

A treehouse-inspired home in California promoting indoor-outdoor living

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This modern treehouse-inspired home was renovated by architecture studio Assembledge+, nestled in the hills of the Laurel Canyon, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. The dwelling is positioned within an enclave of mid-century homes from which it draws its inspiration. Originally a ranch house constructed in 1956, the scope of the project involves a second-story addition […]

Efficient modern home for empty-nesters embraces nature in Connecticut

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Amanda Martocchio Architecture was commissioned to design this efficient modern home located in Greenwich, a town in southwestern Fairfield County, Connecticut. A couple of empty-nesters purchased a 1960s ranch house, reimagining it into an innovative, luminous and energy-efficient modern home for them to retire. The homeowners were looking for a pared-down lifestyle. One where they […]

Eco-friendly retreat embraces nature in Carmel’s Santa Lucia Preserve

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Feldman Architecture has designed this eco-friendly retreat for a couple of empty nesters in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000-acre nature preserve nestled in the coastal foothills just minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. The homeowners spent two years looking for their idyllic piece of land — flat enough to accommodate single-level living while also being surrounded by […]

A butterfly roof shelters this modernist LEED Platinum home in Georgia

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Robert M. Cain, Architect has developed this LEED Platinum home with a butterfly roof located on a 1/3-acre infill site in Decatur, Georgia. Spread out over two levels, this 2,800 square foot dwelling features three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The living room, dining, kitchen, and guest bedrooms are sheltered by a unique butterfly roof structured with […]