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 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 […]

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 […]