What's Your Fantasy Green Home?

| 4/29/2009 11:33:08 AM

Having a “green home” can mean all sorts of things. To some people, it means living in a home that’s free of chemicals or materials that produce any sort of toxic fumes (formaldehyde from furniture or volatile organic compounds from paint, for example).

To others, a green home must be extremely energy-efficient: superinsulated, energy-efficient appliances, and with minimal space. It may even include living off the electrical grid.

If a home isn’t built of natural, local materials (such as stone, logs, cordwood or adobe), some people will say it’s not green.

So, with all these variables in mind, what would be your fantasy green home? Tell us what it would be made of, what types of energy-conserving features it would have or about the design. You can write all about it in the comments section below.

5/8/2009 2:03:27 PM

My dream home is a home made with SIPS for both walls and roof. It would have a root cellar, solar and wind generated electricity, a greenhouse and enough land for a few chickens, and a goat or two. I already garden organically here in Florida. But since land is so expensive here, I plan to move to southern Ohio in the next few months. My daughter and her husband have 25 acres up there and are willing to let me have a piece of their land. They are also interested in self sustainable living.

5/6/2009 3:10:47 AM

I have dreamed of my "Green Dream Home" for over 3 years. I think I have it narrowed down but the thing about green is that it is constantlt coming up with new ideas and because of that I am constantly changing what I want. I am dreaming of a Farmstead, about 4-6 acres, with an underground home. My home would only have one exposed wall. The company I like builds maintenence free homes that last a very long time. A home that can be generational and passed down to my kids. I will incorporate passive solar, sky lights, thermal mass, an incorporated greenhouse with built in "pots" through out the home for trees and plants for air filtration and indoor water feature, solar hot water, turbines, solar panels and other renewable resorces. As off grid as possible. Hopefully I can find a plot of land with a natural spring on the mountain to use for energy. I am also looking at rain water retention systems for water use in the home, greenhouses and barn. I am researching "grey" water systems for use of out going water. The home would be as energy efficient as possible and self reliant as possible. I want exsposed timbers in the home of course they would come from the land the home is built on. The land I have been looking at has alot of shale in the soil as much of this area does and I hope to use this as decorative stone for the home. Maximize every inch of my home! A non-toxic indoor enviroment is a must. Reclaimed floors or sustainable Bamboo, pigment and/or ocher paints used on all walls. A warm earthen home that is as inviting as it is eco-friendly. Of course no Farmstead would be complete without a barn and I am looking at my options. I would not build a reguar above ground leaking box to house my animals when I don't consider them good enough for my family or my planet. I would really like to have a small addition on the home containing a working greenhouse. I like to produce as much of what my family eats as p

5/4/2009 1:51:25 PM

"Green" building by its very intention, must also be non-toxic, sustainable, long-lived, and resource slim, imho. A building can start small, and grow with additions. A house can be made in just about any exterior shape, using various materials, and still be "green". The interior layout can contribute hugely to how efficient a house is, to optimize usage and resources-- ---ie., G'pa and G'ma placed 2 of 5 bedrooms downstairs; a bathroom each upstairs and down; door to close off upstairs: these all accommodated mobility issues and seasonal heating/cooling. Kitchen at back of house [north side, in their hot climate]; basement "office" with separate entrance and bed space. It looked like many other old houses from outside, but few old houses were built or laid out as sensibly. It was framed with very large reused redwood beams, as well as window placement and house orientation that took advantage of daylight--all built back in about the 1930's. The John Muir house in Martinez, CA, had running water from gravity fed cisterns in the attic and basement-all built in the 1800's. We have much to re-learn from history!

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