Best of Carter Can

Backyard Water Feature

Carter and Jake add a custom water feature to a boring backyard wall.

Going Green: Eco-Friendly Home Improvement and Building Products 16 Photos

Want to go green on your next home improvement project? Take a look at Carter Oosterhouse's favorite eco-friendly (and often economical) supplies and materials.

Kids' Room With Gray and White Twin Beds

This kids' room features twin beds fashioned from repurposed pieces of pine, poplar and plywood with headboards upholstered in durable, solution-dyed acrylic fabric. The beds are dressed in cotton and organic cotton linens. A layering of textures and fabric patterns suits both children and discriminating houseguests.

Sleek Modern Home Exterior with Gorgeous View

With sleek, angular lines and a soaring roof, this home defines modern elegance. The home's facade is almost entirely made up of windows to showcase the site's most impressive feature — a gorgeous view.

Photo By: Steve Keating

Green Exterior With White Roof and Solar Panels

The soaring contemporary design of Element House in Florida draws inspiration from the nearby Gulf waters. The graceful arching roof is meant to echo the gentle Gulf waves, and the color palette borrows greens, grays and whites from the ever-changing colors of the water and sky.

Colors and Design Elements Blend Natural Elements with Elements of Modern Design

This beautiful, eco modern kitchen is the focal point for the house. With natural elements, such as the live edge wood shelving, the natural green and yellow of the walls and the wood trim around the doors and windows, and the modern touches like the clean lines and smooth edges of the cabinets and the countertop, this design perfectly encompasses the homeowners' desire for a kitchen that reflects their love for nature as well as their attraction to the modern design style.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen With Mini Breakfast Bar

In this contemporary kitchen, carbonized bamboo cabinetry mixes with cool gray quartz countertops for a clean look. The homeowners wanted a dining area in the kitchen, so an extra countertop is added behind the sink and paired with two chrome barstools.

Neutral Living Room With Courtyard View

This nature-inspired living room is connected to a lovely courtyard by a wall of glass framed by custom-made drapes. Colors, textures and even the height of furniture was kept down in order to highlight the view outside.

Living Space Embraces Industrial Roots

Broad, industrial windows and exposed brick walls form the backdrop of this open-concept living space. Crisp, geometric lines in the modern furnishings echo the windows' grid, while a subtly textured rug anchors the seating area and softens the space. Complementary hues of blue and orange pop against neutral grays and browns.

Contemporary Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Stainless steel appliances, hardware and accents make this kitchen feel fresh and contemporary. Recycled countertops give the space a pop of color and an eco-friendly touch.

Eco-Friendly Fireplace and Hidden HVAC Ducts Create a Sophisticated Space

Designers maximized the stylishness of this space by using green technology and the home's infrastructure to conceal some of the home's less attractive features. To bring the fireplace into the space, designers used an eco-smart, ethanol fireplace that requires no venting or special accommodations, giving the home the warmth and elegance of a fireplace without needing to vent it to the outside. Then, HVAC ducts were hidden behind the faux chimney and plasma TV.

Lush Modern Patio with Recycled Granite

This once-bland courtyard now is a showcase for salvaged and recycled materials. The contemporary dining set rests upon bands of reclaimed granite slabs. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design used blocks of granite salvaged from a 19th century building in Boston as benches in the courtyard, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.

About the Host

Carter Oosterhouse

People's 2003 "Sexiest Man Alive" is also an accomplished carpenter passionate about eco-friendly design.
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Carter Oosterhouse is a man on a mission in his HGTV series, Carter Can . Carter comes to the rescue for homeowners who think that their home improvement project can't be done because of time, expense or lack of expertise. While others may not be able to pull it off, homeowners quickly discover that Carter can by using his extensive building and carpentry skills to solve challenging renovation dilemmas. In addition to practical advice, Carter provides green-building solutions and design alternatives that conserve energy and reduce environmental waste to each renovation project. When homeowners can't Carter Can .

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