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05-31-2009, 07:22 PM

Easy Being Green

Homes designed with the environment in mind


$1.29 million

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4,400-square-foot home with four bedrooms, three baths, a powder room and two-car garage in the Ravenswood neighborhood
DETAILS: A new brick-and-limestone two-story home, with a deck
HOW IT’S GREEN: The roof has been landscaped with drought-resistant plants, with heavy-duty trusses supporting the extra weight. The plant cover absorbs rainwater and acts as an insulator. The house also has low-volume water faucets, dual flush toilets and marble kitchen countertops from local sources.
CAFFEINE FIX: Beans & Bagels, two blocks away (veggie “Tree Hugger” sandwich on the menu)
TODAY’S FORECAST: Isolated thunderstorms, high 76 degrees
SOURCE: Tim Sheahan & Dan Sullivan, Conlon: A Real Estate Co., [email protected]; [email protected]; Realtor.com

$1.45 million

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Charles David Smith This 3,800-square-foot home in Dallas is on the market for $1.45 million. Plus, see more photos of the homes mentioned here.

3,824-square-foot modernist home with three bedrooms, three baths and a powder room on a quarter acre
DETAILS: In Dallas’s Lake Highland neighborhood, the newly built house is part of a development that will eventually include 50 homes. It sits on a rainwater-catchment pond.
HOW IT’S GREEN: Pipes sunk 300 feet allow fluid to circulate underground, permitting the house to be entirely heated and cooled geothermally. The pitched slate roof funnels rainwater into a 10,000-gallon underground tank, where it can be reused to water the lawn. The home has floors of locally harvested pine.
CAFFEINE FIX: Starbucks Coffee, about 1.5 miles away
TODAY’S FORECAST: Sunny, 89 degrees
SOURCE: Joan Cole, Alex Cole Real Estate, 214-528-5888, [email protected]; Realtor.com
JULIAN, Calif.

$1.6 million

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Contemporary home of 4,400 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room on just over five acres.
DETAILS: Built in 2005, this mountaintop home in the Cuyamaca range is about 60 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. There’s an all-glass 1,700-square-foot great room and a wraparound deck.
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How IT’s GREEN: The home is off electrical, water and municipal sewer grids. An onsite well provides water, and two large solar-panel arrays on a hillside rotate to follow the sun and supply electricity, which is stored in large batteries. There are two backup generators for cloudy days.
CAFFEINE FIX: Julian Coffee House, a ranch-house-style diner
TODAY’S FORECAST: Partly cloudy, 72 degrees
SOURCE: Susan Marshall, Prudential California Realty, [email protected], 858-449-2444 Sara Lin

05-31-2009, 07:26 PM
Can houses that big legitimately be termed 'green'? Unless one has a huge family, that's a lot of space.

06-01-2009, 01:35 AM
How is being off the sewer grid green ? I guess it is yellow and brown

06-01-2009, 08:57 AM
Yuk. Quite a alot of money for that much ugly.

Jeff B.

06-01-2009, 02:42 PM
That is what I thought too Jeff

On second thought here. We live green. Our home is ugly too. :lol: We just did it way cheaper. ;)
Hey, I think we are part of the in crowd now, eh?

06-01-2009, 04:09 PM
Our home is greening, and ugly also. For sure it's much more green now than it was 2 years ago when we moved in!

We do a bit then save for a while and do the next bit. After having to stop concentrating on the solar well for a while, we had to stop that and concentrate on getting the garden laid our and fenced. Now, we are wait for what we need to get all the raised beds filled. Then back to the water well. Already have the holding tank, panels, controller and other gear, so we just need a big battery, solar water well pump and a backhoe to bury that honking big water holding tank.

I'm beginning to think that building up even a mini homestead is a task without any end...

06-01-2009, 09:50 PM
I suppose you are burying your water tank so it doesn't freeze. Is that right Spinner?
You are 100% correct on it never stops. We always have something more to do here then redo. This year it is add more solar panels and some building. Then of course you have to maintain and service the things that you have accomplished to date.
Last year we put in and increased our battery bank and did a little building. Each year we are physically less able to do things. We thought we had about 10 years left before we started to slow down. We guessed wrong. Oh well eh? :lol:
For the price of those homes that are listed calling themselves Eco friendly is in fact truth. There is just more than one version of Eco friendly.

We do the cut back and do with less version. The homes in those ads are the you don't have to do without anything version. ;)

I try and watch myself that I don't become a zealot. I dislike zealots intensely. Be they religious or vegetarians. Likewise greenies, tree huggers and who drives a vehicle and who doesn't. People have legitimate reasons for what they do in their lives and they don't owe an explanation to anyone. Unless they are truly harming another. The non smoking vigilantes are a prime example of zealots in my opinion.

I always recall the post I read and I have no idea or memory of where I read it. But it was during the time of a Mac Mansion in the country discussion. As usual the Mac Mansion builders were taking a hit for their complaining ways and a man who had built a Mac Mansion in the country came back and said I don't have to live in a shack if I can afford a Mac Mansion just because you think I shouldn't. He was absolutely right, I thought.

What country people object to is the demand for everyone to change their ways once Mac Mansion builders move into the neighborhood. That is wrong. But that is another thread.

So, as long as everyone lives in their own home and pays ther own way. I think I'll keep my nose out of their business.
I really hope they can keep their nose out of mine. :nodyes: