While building a home with zero net-energy usage and superior green technology may be easier with new construction, Lail Design Group wants to extend those benefits to older homes. Case in point: the first Passive House project in California.
The results may just get you thinking about how you can transform your already existing home into a green haven for the history books. Find out how much it’ll cost to remodel your home with a free contractor estimate. ...read full post →
Part of the challenge of building green is finding the best materials to use at a reasonable price. Ecohome Improvement, a Berkeley home improvement store, offers a range of earth-friendly building materials all in one place. And no, it’s not too good to be true.
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Built just off Lombard Street, a San Francisco landmark popular among tourists, this 6,000-square-foot home was in need of a little reconfiguring and a lot of updating. Fortunately, Drew Maran Construction knew just how to combat the chaos of living on a busy street while bringing the historical home into the 21st century. ...read full post →
After studying architecture on the East Coast and spending two years applying what he learned in St. Remy de Provence, France, Daniel Hale was ready to piece together his own Napa Valley home. Using the naturally beautiful setting to guide his vision, he created a design rich in organic material and unlike any other upscale California home in the area.
In using mostly recycled materials, Hale was able to add a unique texture and subdued earth tones to each room. And where’d that interesting sofa come from? It was actually built from the wooden crates used to transport his Travertine flooring tiles into the house.
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Trying to turn a cramped Oakland backyard into a lush lounge teeming with foliage sounds like a lost cause. But landscape designer Shirley Watts thought otherwise. Not only was she up to the challenge, but she made the entire space eco-friendly as well.
The area in need of an all-over remodel was not your average rectangular lot. It was small, to say the least, and measured an odd 12 feet wide at the far end, 20 feet closer to the house, and 54 feet long. In order to break it up, Watts divided it into two multifunctional spaces: a living/lounging patio area and a garden space with an accessible walkway. ...read full post →