sustainable: single-family

  • Green Details: Salvaged Style

    Builders, remodelers, and architects are finding new life for everything from used bricks and salvaged wood to chalkboard slate and vinyl siding. Here are five homes that put salvage front and center.

  • Red sheet metal and bamboo plywood serve as low-maintenance interior surfaces.

    Poteet Architects transforms a shipping container into a welcoming guest house

    In San Antonio, a standard shipping container morphs into a sunny guest house.

  • Dowling Kimm Studios gives a classic mid-century California house a makeover

    Tiburon House's face-lift includes a cool roof and offers expansive San Francisco Bay views via aluminum-frame sliding glass doors.

  • The Glanville Residence was plagued by single-pane windows, a 1960s-era boiler, and asbestos insulation.

    ZeroEnergy Design completes Glanville Residence

    A 1912 craftman gets a new millennium energy-efficient upgrade.

  • With its simple forms, strategic window placement, and super-efficient building shell, G¢OLogics prototype house minimizes both up-front cost and operating expenses. Shown: Prototype A.

    G•O Logic's Prototype House Brings Zero-Energy Design Within Reach

    Using innovative design and construction methods, Maine design/build firm G?OLogic produces a zero-energy single-family home for $150 per square foot.

  • A Dallas LEED Platinum Home Sits Lightly on the Land

    This 1,490-square-foot residence by Shipley Architects balances on a couple of steel beams, a few inches above the earth.

  • space savvy

    Michael Fifield, AIA, principal of Fifield Architecture + Urban Design in Eugene, Ore., believes true sustainable design must address the problem of land consumption.

  • mckinney york architects

    Austin, Texas-based McKinney York Architects often weaves sustainable design ideas into its work. So when the 14-person firm moved into a building in the East Austin neighborhood last year, it worked hard to make the cost-conscious renovation as green as

  • downtime on the farm

    Imagine a cluster of 30 or so diminutive homes set on the edge of a large field, their compact rectangles topped with tilted roofs and punctuated with bright apple-green or ochre siding. This new crop of farmworker housing, designed by the Seattle firm Mi

  • rhode island scholars

    Over the years, Estes/Twombly Architects has designed plenty of environmentally friendly houses. Cross-ventilation, managed stormwater runoff, and natural materials are part of every project that comes out of its Newport, R.I., office.

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