Eco-Friendly Homes

From front door to back staircase, kick start your green initiative with these beautiful eco-inspirational homes.

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Eco-savvy Design Ideas

Celebrate Earth Day by following our tips for conserving your home’s energy and helping to reduce its footprint.

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Sea Ranch residential community and lodge

The Story of Sea Ranch

It began with four young architects sitting atop 100-foot cliffs that plunge into the Pacific. They dreamt of creating a new model for coastal development. That was in 1965. What happened next was monumental.

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8 Design Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home

Building or remodeling? Become a better steward of nature with these innovative ideas.

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“The existing house was four nailed-together shacks,” Alan recalls. “One was a Nantucket barber shop that otherwise would have been torn down; another had been a gas station. They were uninsulated, with different rooflines, and in pretty bad shape.”

Sustainable Design Ideas

This newly built off-the-grid cottage combines the charm of old Nantucket with state-of-the-art sustainable design.

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Second-hand Style

Contemporary Beach Style

Instead of tearing down their decrepit 1950s house and starting from scratch, a California couple recycled its materials to build a new one.

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Inside Out

Beacon of History

Inspired by a local lighthouse destroyed by a hurricane in the 1800s, architect Steve Herlong created an eco-savvy home for his family on Sullivan’s Island

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Scenic Escape

Light on the Land

With its humble footprint and restrained use of local materials, this 1,400-square-foot house in Northern California makes a dramatic impression

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Hidden Talents

Unseen Green

Near the South Carolina shore, one couple built an eco-friendly home with the traditional look they love.

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Long-lasting Design

Simply Sustainable

The right materials made all the difference in an out-of-the-way island home.

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Modern Mission

A Bold Move

An Evanston couple took a chance on an architect, a style, and the other side of the lake when they built a second home in Wisconsin.

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Noticeably Green

Green? Just do it

Architect Tinker Hatfield rewrites the book on beach house design.

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True Hues

Clean Living

Take a look inside this healthy house to see how it protects homeowners and the environment.Take a look inside this healthy house to see how it protects homeowners and the environment.

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