Green-Built Idea House
Thomas J. Story

Living Green Now

Like a compact hybrid car, Sunset 's Green-Built Idea House is modest in size but big in earth-friendly design. Thanks to photovoltaic panels seamlessly blended into the tile roof, the home purrs along comfortably using the electricity it produces. Click ahead for dozens of eco-savvy ideas to take home now -- and proof that going green can be beautiful, too.


Green-Built Idea House dining room
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Creative Dining Room

Leather Folio chairs and a Seguro mirror made of reclaimed peroba wood -- all from Crate & Barrel -- set the stage for casual dining.


Green-Built Idea House kitchen
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Green Kitchen

The nonporous countertop -- in Magellan Green by DuPont Zodiaq -- is made from quartz crystals. The Amberwood Products cabinet shells are formaldehyde-free wheatboard.

 


Green-Built Idea House kitchen details
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Kitchen Details

The red Kohler sinks match decorative accents in the backsplash and elsewhere in the kitchen.


Green-Built Idea House kitchen details
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Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet-door panels of translucent resin from 3form contain reedlike thatch for an organic look.


Green-Built Idea House glass accessories
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Modern Accessories

Recycled glass is the key element in many of the Green-Built Idea House's striking modern accessories, such as the nested red, yellow, and orange plates from VivaTerra on the dining table.


Green-Built Idea House glass accessories
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Recycled Pulls

The master bath's luminous rectangular glass drawer and cabinet pulls are from SpectraDécor.


Green-Built Idea House color accents
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Cool, Crisp Color

The blue-and-green theme carries over to other rooms. Cobalt blue recycled-glass knobs by SpectraDécor match the lava-stone tile counter by Fireclay Tile.


Green-Built Idea House color accents
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Colorful Tile

Teal and green floor tiles by Fireclay Tile in the kids' bathroom are made of waste products derived from gravel, asphalt, and cement.


Green-Built Idea House kid's bedroom
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Easy Graphics

For recyclable wall decor in the older child's room, we used Wallcandy Arts Dottilicious stick-on circles of various sizes from Giggle.


Green-Built Idea House master bedroom
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Warm and Tranquil

This room's tranquil mood comes from its crisp, contemporary cotton bedding, soft-yellow accent wall in low-VOC Enviro-Cote paint from Kelly-Moore Paints, and wood side table from Crate & Barrel's Asian-inspired Bento Collection.

 


Green-Built Idea House master bath
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Cool Hues

Recycled-glass tiles from Sandhill Industries, in sage green, gray, and chocolate hues, frame the mirror and establish the room's soothing color palette.


Green-Built Idea House tile, flooring
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Tile Features

In the bath, gray-green quartzite tile from American Slate Company covers the floor and some walls. "We kept the tile pattern going in the same direction for a clean, architectural look," says interior designer Pamela Pennington.


Green-Built Idea House carpet, flooring
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Healthy Carpet

In the bedroom, the wall-to-wall carpet (Striations from Mohawk Flooring) is installed with nontoxic adhesives.

 


Green-Built Idea House floor, tiles
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Sustainable Flooring

An elegant, thin-striped bamboo floor debuts in the kitchen. Bamboo, a fast-maturing grass, is considered more renewable than lumber. The Vertical Gray stain from the GammaBamaBoo Collection (Gammapar/Armin Maier and Associates) is nontoxic.


Green-Built Idea House floor, tiles
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Recycled Details

The guest bath has a backsplash of horizontal clay tiles from Fireclay Tile's Debris Series, each of which is handmade from recycled glass and material leftover from gravel and asphalt production.


Green-Built Idea House backyard
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Maximizing a Small Space

A small outdoor space means every inch must count, so we made sure there was a variety of activity zones, including raised planting beds, a sandbox, and a compact flagstone patio. Circular stepping "stones" and a semicircular mini deck made of rot-resistant Trex, a composite wood, punch up the design.


Green-Built Idea House yard features
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Colorful Accent

Tumbled dark and light blue recycled glass from Building Resources (415-285-7814) makes a colorful mulch in the backyard.


Green-Built Idea House yard features
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Make Your Bed

Stacked recycled concrete, stained rusty orange with ferrous sulfate, forms a raised bed.


Green-Built Idea House barbecue
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Outdoor Grill

DCS barbecue grill, fueled by clean-burning natural gas, fits into a dry-stacked retaining wall by Calstone.


Green-Built Idea House yard path
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Recycled Tires Underfoot

The walking surface, a mulch made from shredded brown-toned recycled tires, is available from Grubble Products.



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