These Connecticut homeowners wanted a net zero home, meaning a house so well-insulated, air-tight and efficient it makes as much energy as it consumes. Their previous home was uncomfortable throughout the year, either too hot or too cold and expensive to maintain.
This home evokes memories of the '50s and '60s modern movement while boasting state-of-the-art sustainable building practices. The site-specific home features an open plan that allows for a smaller yet more spacious home. Rust red Cor'ten steel, metal siding and hard trowelled stucco come together in a lively composition that has held up well over the last five years.
Green design and chic style combine to create this sleek, modern kitchen. A spacious island with a waterfall countertop offers roomy seating for four and doubles as a prep station. Streamlined dark wood cabinets and gray upholstered barstools complete the minimalist design.
Conveniently located near the kids' bedroom and the craft area, this laundry room from HGTV Green Home 2012, offers both a front-loading Energy Star-rated steam washer and a dryer. Playful word signs grace the walls of the space, reinforcing the home's green theme.
The front door draws the eye in the midst of the surrounding bright, white walls and smooth stone patio. The distressed wood door frame displays patches of faded red coloring for a weathered and antique finish. A collection of potted plants compliment the green grate design over the doors.
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To add color to the updated, yet still authentic feeling kitchen and dining room spaces, designers on America's Most Desperate Kitchens continued the mint green color from the kitchen into the dining room. The mint green of the refrigerator and the KitchenAid reflect flecks of mint green in the custom, large print tile floor. The same accent color enters the dining room with the vintage, mint green pendant light.
This dining table brings a gorgeous element of warmth to the cool, bright white design of this open living space. Sage green velvet covers the back rests and seats of the dining chairs for a touch of color. A simple plant centerpiece adds a natural element to the room under the glow of a petaled light fixture.
Two large blue upholstered pieces serve as both ottomans and coffee tables in this spacious living room. A green patterned sofa is topped with black and white throw pillows. The calm, neutral tones blend the space with the connected dining room.
A large green watercolor is complimented by green details to decorate the bright and fresh design in this kitchen. Upholstered chairs with nailhead trim are pushed against the large island set up for stylish bar eating. Angled gold light fixtures add a contemporary flair above the island.
Open floor space between the living room and dining room keep the spaces separate while still feeling connected in the open floor plan. A green leather sofa compliments the sage green velvet cushioning of the dining chairs. An animal hide rug and upholstered chairs bring unique texture to the living room. Above the dining table, a petaled light fixture creates a flower shape on the ceiling.
Rather than reinvent the garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014, Living Green Design followed the direction of the existing landscaping, enhancing it with updated flora, colorful red furniture and whimsical features like an oversized snail sculpture.
The mix of end tables keeps things interesting in this living room. Here, an oval-shaped end table with a mirrored top features a decorative bowl with green filler that ties in with the green design in the nearby chair.
This North Carolina home has nine bedrooms, this one suited with two double beds for visiting guests. The calming green design runs from the walls to the carpeting, as a large fireplace with green and white tiles warm the space.
Shades of Green designed a life-size chessboard right into the surface of this multi-purpose space. To install a game board on your patio floor, switch up materials — in this case, marble squares surrounded by concrete pavers — or checker the surface with paint.
A covered entrance, vertical gardens and concrete stained a warm terra cotta hue brought the Birds of Prey Courtyard Garden at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013 alive. Designed by Davis Dalbok of Living Green Design, the living walls are draped with conifers, mosses, collectible Japanese maples and rare miniature baobab-type trees.