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.
Leather Folio chairs and a Seguro mirror made of reclaimed peroba wood -- all from Crate & Barrel -- set the stage for casual dining.
The red Kohler sinks match decorative accents in the backsplash and elsewhere in the kitchen.
Cabinet-door panels of translucent resin from 3form contain reedlike thatch for an organic look.
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.
The master bath's luminous rectangular glass drawer and cabinet pulls are from SpectraDécor.
Teal and green floor tiles by Fireclay Tile in the kids' bathroom are made of waste products derived from gravel, asphalt, and cement.
For recyclable wall decor in the older child's room, we used Wallcandy Arts Dottilicious stick-on circles of various sizes from Giggle.
Recycled-glass tiles from Sandhill Industries, in sage green, gray, and chocolate hues, frame the mirror and establish the room's soothing color palette.
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.
In the bedroom, the wall-to-wall carpet (Striations from Mohawk Flooring) is installed with nontoxic adhesives.
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.
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.
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.
Tumbled dark and light blue recycled glass from Building Resources (415-285-7814) makes a colorful mulch in the backyard.
Stacked recycled concrete, stained rusty orange with ferrous sulfate, forms a raised bed.
The walking surface, a mulch made from shredded brown-toned recycled tires, is available from Grubble Products.