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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.
To enter the beautiful desert oasis in the front of this house, guests walk up a flagstone path lined with indigenous desert plants, connecting this landscape design with the home's natural surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
Gorgeous bamboo flooring in this modern living room goes wall to wall then takes a turn north and becomes paneling behind the large flat screen TV. The contrast between walls in this room is stark but feels natural. Low-profile furniture makes it simple to sink in and relax.
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.
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