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The informal entrance of the HGTV Green Home 2012 provides a warm welcome and a stylish storage solution. A hand-crafted peg rail provides a handy spot to hang coats, hats and handbags.
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.
Between the newly erected guest house and the main house, this walkway, made of stabilized, decomposed granite, made passage between the two very easy. This unique material combines the durability of concrete with the organic beauty of the desert surroundings, helping the design of this space to blend in to nature. To further the natural look, designers added indigenous plants that would require less watering to preserve the socially conscious lifestyle of the homeowners.
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.
Indigenous plants add a splash of color to this eco friendly, stone yard.
The porch of this eco-friendly home is made from naturally sourced concrete and marble. To create a focal point, designers installed a unique stone statue that, when hit by the uplighting, resembles a piece of gold. Surrounding this statue is stone, eliminating the home's need for irrigation.
These modern homes hope to reduce the impact of new constructions on the land which they inhabit, and part of that is using materials and plants that are eco-friendly. In this yard, designers have minimized the need for watering by replacing much of the home's grassy areas with limestone. In the small sections of grass, designer have planted indigenous plants that do not require extensive watering or additional irrigation.
Leading to this Southwestern home's stucco facade, a flagstone pathway ushers guests through the landscaped yard. Benches line the path so that guests and homeowners can rest and admire the beauty of the desert plants and landscape that surrounds this home both in and outside the fence.
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.
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