This small backyard is high on color and sustainability. An eclectic mix of materials that include block walls, ornamental pea gravel, flagstone and boulders makes for an exciting and sustainable design.
The charming courtyard behind Smithfield Cottage features a trellis adorned with jasmine, a Philippe Starck gnome for a cheeky nod to the garden gnome tradition and a long, communal wooden table where guests can congregate in this private, shady oasis. The Astroturf backyard means lower maintenance and a more sustainable design.
In the fall of 2013, a single-story Craftsman was remodeled into a cafe and bookstore combo with a local, sustainable design that fosters community and commerce. The project attracted the attention of Historic Seattle and received the very high honor of their "Preserving Neighborhood Character Award" for transforming a humble house into an inviting community gathering place for a unique neighborhood business.
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.
This home was designed to be a sustainable retreat that reflects the timeless beauty and simple comforts of the area. Two metal walls support a suspended plywood box for a look that's cool and contemporary yet understated.
Taking advantage of the prefabricated construction method, "HGTV Star" contestant Brooks Atwood designed an environmentally optimized building shell for various levels of light penetration and ventilation through each room of the house. All of the materials used for the Caivano house are reclaimed, upcycled, recycled or sustainable.
Micro gardens are designed to be highly productive, energy and space efficient, sustainable and affordable, and grown in healthy living soil, says Anne Gibson of The Micro Gardener (themicrogardener.com). They can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed.
To continue green in this seating area, the walls are hand-glazed in a non-VOC paint using three layers. The sofa is covered in cotton and filled with recycled bottles made into cushions. HGTV Design Star contestant Blanche Garcia also brings in antique chairs and tables, the perfect way to stay sustainable and glamorous.
In the design of this home's yard, designers installed a statue inspired by Native American artwork, helping to connect the home to the culture of the land. Highlighting the statue are a few indigenous, flowering plants, adding color to the space, but not requiring much water, keeping the yard sustainable and eco friendly.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
This eco-friendly Southwestern style landscaping features modern terraced steps to lead to the home's front door. The plants featured in this garden are drought resistant to stand up to the extreme temperatures of this home's desert location. Other aspects of this design include sustainable materials such as reclaimed stone for the gabion wall and the stone that requires no watering.
A step up in book storage, these Japanese-inspired “Tansu Stairs” were designed by Steven Ehrlich, FAIA - Ehrlich Architects and hand crafted by David Albert. They’re set in a sustainable residence just one kilometer from the Pacific Ocean, and are built to reflect the bohemian spirit of Venice, Calif. A staircase bookcase is a great space saver in a home like this one, built on a narrow lot.
The sustainable man-made pond has developed over the years into a rich ecosystem of native plants and animals. The property has come alive through LaGuardia Design Group, providing a home for wildlife and a place where native plants can flourish. In this project, the home does not stick out to the viewer, the property is viewed naturally as a whole; home, land and sea.