Give your home a green outlook by harvesting rain water. A rain barrel is easy to set up, and the water you collect can easily be recycled on container or landscape plantings. A rain barrel also reduces the amount of rainwater runoff your property produces. In some municipalities, that can lead to a reduced utility bill.
Set irrigation systems to run for more, but shorter cycles on sloping sites. By letting the system run for a bit and then shut off, you give the ground time to absorb the water, helping to reduce runoff.
The minimalist design of this living room is highlighted by its use of open floor space, with a wall of bookshelves elevated by steel pipes. Reclaimed wood flooring connects with the wood ceiling and gives a nod to the home's sustainable design. The homeowner, a professor of environmental studies, requested a home that runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns. All interior doors are built from recycled flooring.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
This modern space serves multiple functions, with a seating area, sleeping nook and built-in bench with storage. Because the house sits in a special zoning area, the designers were unable to increase the square footage of the existing house, instead building a separate structure that connects to the old house by a deck. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns. All interior doors are built from recycled flooring.
This modern addition with a roof deck connects to the existing house by a structurally independent deck. The homeowners have an obsession with color, so the design team used bold blue and orange on the exterior, inspired by modern abstract art. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.