March 2006 Table of Contents

From the Editor
From the Editor how green is green enough?

This is our annual issue dedicated to sustainable residential design. When covering this topic, we're inevitably pushed into making a devil's bargain. We won't sacrifice our notion of good design just to show something “green.” We'll always select a house Read more

Home Front
green by the book green by the book

Dedicated green designers struggle mightily to keep up with changes in eco-building products. But they have a valuable resource in the Read more

hurricane haven hurricane haven

At just 308 square feet, Marianne Cusato's Katrina Cottage is a tiny thing, but it made a big impression at its recent International Builders' Show debut in Orlando, Fla. Read more

green dream

In the workaday world, creative architects are limited by such prosaic matters as clients' tastes and budgets. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath inside out

Small, versatile, and sustainable with strong indoor-outdoor ties. These were the goals Tom Lenchek, AIA, had in mind for his own vacation home in the Cascade Mountains. The lone bathroom in this 1,400-square-foot cabin is a microcosm of those ambitions. Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen main course

Brad Burke wants to lead by example, so he designed his home with sustainability firmly in mind. Located on a three-acre site outside San Diego, the house produces more energy than it consumes, and it has as much outdoor living space as interior room. Read more

Perspective
sense and sustainability sense and sustainability

Designing for sustainability can be one of the most important and challenging architectural tasks. Through modern engineering, architects have been able to produce reasonably comfortable interior conditions in almost any climate. Read more

Practice
Practice growing green

Everyone agrees that environmentally sound building materials and methods are quickly drifting toward the architectural mainstream. Google the term “green building,” and a long list of trade shows and directories pops up. But while items such as flyash co Read more

Profiles
keeping up with the joneses keeping up with the joneses

Today Jones Studio employs 11 people who work on jobs as varied as houses, schools, performing arts centers, and office buildings. “Everyone does everything,” says Rob Viergutz, an architect at the firm. “That's part of the appeal of working here.” Their Read more

Architects' Choice
architects' choice: grizform design architects Architects' Choice architects' choice: grizform design architects

product picks from the pros Read more

Doctor Spec
no-blame flame doctor spec no-blame flame

The fireplace has long been an iconic symbol in American culture. “It takes us back to grandmother's house,” says Carbondale, Colo.-based architect Doug Graybeal, AIA, “and it's better than television.” But, setting aside our affinity for nostalgia, grand Read more

Products
advanced degrees off the shelf advanced degrees

Owners of pellet stoves like Quadra-Fire's Santa Fe can control the intensity of their fires with the flick of a switch. Read more

northern lights off the shelf northern lights

Artequa's patented “Digital Living Lights Process” is endearingly schizophrenic: One minute it's a fire, the next it's a mirror. Read more

hot water off the shelf hot water

The Aqueon's fuel core fits into nearly any décor and can be placed wherever a proper electrical hookup exists. Read more

eco inferno off the shelf eco inferno

The EcoFire Super-Grate's heated air jets burn wood nearly 800 degrees hotter than the average fire, which increases radiant heat and produces less smoke, says the maker. Read more

good spirits off the shelf good spirits

The Sydney, Australia-based manufacturer's EcoSmart product line consists of flueless freestanding and portable fire fixtures that can be positioned almost anywhere in the home. Read more

Other Articles
cool moves

Desert dwellers live with extremes. Summer heat easily escalates to triple digits and nighttime temperatures slide precipitously into sweater weather. It's a tough assignment to conserve energy under these harsh conditions. Read more

blue heaven

Some architects approach sustainability from an energy-efficiency point of view, making houses that require as little power as possible. Others concentrate on materials, trying to source as many green elements as they can. Read more

sheltering birches

It's an undeniable fact that home building consumes resources and disturbs nature. The goal of a responsible architect, then, is to design a house that blunts the blow to its delicate surroundings. Read more

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