From Dean Dowd on March 18, 2010 in Green Remodeling
For anyone who thought that living green meant skimping on style and forgoing functional design, think again. This eco-friendly suburban home remodel by Cloud9 might just give you that extra push to start living with the next generation in mind. With its functional hydroponic rooftop garden, this home is also fully sustainable. It was designed in a C shape and can actually expand or compress (as shown below), depending on the needs of the family. A house that has the ability to change its size? If thats not functional design, I dont know what is. To allow for an ample amount of natural light, a massive 50-foot-wide glass window faces the familys backyard. See that white rectangular patch of gravel? Thats the homes yet-to-be-constructed swimming pool, modeled to reflect the precise shape of the window. The bedroom design is minimalist to say the least, but with wraparound windows and trees at eye level, nature spruces up the visual appeal. Touches of color were placed in the living room as well as the bathroom, adding some cheeriness and allowing the outside light to play off the bright tile work. And to save space even further, the garage was built beneath the home. Original for house design? Absolutely.