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The overhead windows in this bathroom do more than just bring the beauty of the outdoors in. The large windows allow natural light to flood the space, making the home more eco-friendly and allowing the homeowners to reduce their energy usage.
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.
Unadorned, high-quality materials take center stage in the HGTV Green Home 2012 kitchen: wood, stainless steel and stone. A mosaic tile backsplash adds dimension to the earth-tone palette, while a combination of wood cabinetry and open shelving provide storage.
Sparse desert plants and stone require little water, reducing this home's footprint on the land. To give the bare space some ornamentation, designers added a stone swirl in the yard, providing a fun focal point for the 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.
Elegant accessories, including a super-soft acrylic throw, down-filled designer pillows and a potted Dendrobium orchid are strategically placed throughout the living room in the HGTV Green Home 2012.
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.
With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the Capitol Hill Residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its microclimate. Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in nature. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view. Hidden systems affect the energy consumption of the house such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid.
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.
Hickory wood cabinetry extends 10 feet to the ceiling in this transitional kitchen. A waterfall island centers the space while a small pantry area, carved between two columns of cabinetry, looks out onto the staircase.
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