Best of Carter Can

Backyard Water Feature

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

Native, Flowering Plants Add Color to Stone Yard

Terrazzo Backsplash in Kitchen With Blue Cabinets

Designer Massucco Warner Miller chose terrazzo, concrete mixed with small bits of recycled glass, to create a sea-glass-inspired, eco-friendly kitchen backsplash.

Contemporary Gray Bathroom With Black Vanity

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.

Modern Yard with Eco-Friendly Landscaping

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.

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.

Rooftop Terrace and Pool With Lounge Chairs

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.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen With Recycled Countertops and Ceramic Tile Backsplash

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.

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.

Contemporary Laundry Room With Penny Mosaic Tile

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.

White Modern Dining Room With Round Pendants

Designer Lori Dennis had this chic dining set made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and finished with zero-VOC stain. Its a sophisticated look that's also eco friendly.

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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