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Indigenous plants add a splash of color to this eco friendly, stone yard.
The green design throughout the home balances sustainability with beauty. For example, in the bathroom, bright chrome fixtures and sleek modern toilets also offer low-flow practicality.
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.
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.
This eco-friendly villa in Tulum, Mexico includes a rooftop terrace that collects rainwater that is filtered and stored for use. A secret stone path leads between the palm trees down to the beach.
A custom kitchen with locally made cabinets, countertops made with recycled Heineken bottles, handmade ceramic tile backsplash and cardboard pendant lights make for a truly unique space.
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.
Shimmering penny round mosaic tile lends glamour to this laundry room that doubles as a craft area and playful word signs crafted by carpenter David Brown add more color to the space.
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