Best of Carter Can

Backyard Water Feature

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

Blue Kitchen With Eco-Friendly Paper Countertops

As its name implies, Paperstone is made of compressed paper – yet is surprisingly durable. Designer Mollyanne Sherman used it to give this colorful kitchen an eco-friendly design.

Photo By: Treve Johnson; Design By: Mollyanne Sherman

Ranch House Exterior and Fields

This beautiful home, called the Caterpillar House, sits amidst the rolling hills of Carmel, California. Feldman Architecture designed it to blend gracefully with its surroundings and be environmentally conscious.

Photo By: Joe Fletcher Photography

Native American Inspired Art in Eco Friendly Yard

In the design of this home's yard, designers installed a statue inspired by Native American artwork, helping to connect the home to the culture of the land. Highlighting the statue are a few indigenous, flowering plants, adding color to the space, but not requiring much water, keeping the yard sustainable and eco friendly.

Rose Parade 2011 Fun Facts

When: Saturday, January 1, 2011, 11am/10c
Where: Pasadena, California
Theme: Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories
TV coverage: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Grand Marshal: Paula Deen
Rose Queen: Evanne Friedmann
Length of parade: 5.5 miles
Where it starts: At the corner of Ellis Street and Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena
Where it ends: Sierra Madre and Villa Street

Other Fun Facts for 2011
The Rose Queen and Rose Princesses have presided over the annual celebration every year since 1930. Some of the world's most distinguished individuals have served as grand marshal, including Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Walt Disney, Shirley Temple Black, Bob Newhart, Angela Lansbury, Tom Brokaw, Bill Cosby and Mickey Mouse.

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.

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.

Eco Friendly Flagstone Yard with Desert Plants

Much of this home's grassy yard has been replaced with eco friendly flagstone that requires little maintenance and no water. Large stones help to define the feature, giving it a boundary and creating room for the indigenous, floral landscape.

Trees Add Dimension to Desert Landscape

The landscaping in this Southwestern style front yard is given dimension by the addition of drought friendly trees that shade the home's windows from the hot, desert sun.

Native, Flowering Plants Add Color to Stone Yard

Small Home Office With Low Window

Much of this petite home office, designed by Sett Studio, is made from their signature material called Monotread. Sustainably created out of unutilized wood chips from mills, Monotread is used for the built-in desk, the flooring and the ceiling. Check out the fun ground level window, ideal for providing light as well as privacy.

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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About the Show

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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