In deserts, mountains, and suburbs over the past 10 years, Sunset magazine has build Idea House projects ranging from big homes to small cottages. But 2007's San Francisco Idea House represents the first built in a completely urban setting -- and it's the first to stringently follow LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles. Check out this beautiful home for some inspiring green tips for your own home.
Define outdoor spaces.
A wall of blue tile from Heath Ceramics sets the mood for the garden dining area, making the backyard feel more like a room.
Mix tile types.
Evoking rippling water, aqua glass tiles frame a wall of sculptural ceramic tiles in rich blue, giving the space an artful focal point.
Tile the tub.
A circular motif in a mix of sizes and colors extends from the back wall to the tub face, creating a floor-to-ceiling mosaic.
Tile by Pratt & Larson.
Create a wall of nooks.
Vertical pink and orange stripes dress up a wall of built-in cabinets, turning a massive storage space into a charming decorative element.
Get more from a small garden by going up. This planting tower captures rainfall and dew and creates a bed for succulents and strawberries.