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5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants. As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes.

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials. Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture.

Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials

Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. Wood and stone carry naturalistic themes from the outside in and even the metal looks naturally rusted.

Eco Nest 1200 Plan. Eco Nest 1200 Touson Saryon, Designer This 1434 sf home was designed specifically for an off grid building site.

Eco Nest 1200 Plan

Solar Oval Cob Plan. Small Cob Series No permit required - passive solar - small cob buildings SOLAR OVAL ONE is a compact passive solar design with a loft which can be an outbuilding for many possible uses.

Solar Oval Cob Plan

It has many valuable and green/sustainable features: Building with cob allows the use of local sustainable materials. Grain Bin Cabin Plan. Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later.

Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™

This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. Modern,contemporary,architecture,green,home-design. All designs Copyright 2009, Leap Adaptive.

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Web site design by Leap Adaptive Leap Adaptive logo and "Homes for a Green Generation" are trademarks of Leap Adaptive. The Leap Adaptive 'Dragonfly' is our most evolved home design to date. It features an active sliding moon-roof over a dramatic 2-story glass stair well in a progressive-modern design. The nearly 2,000 square foot design provides for contemporary family living with a spacious open family-dining room, designer kitchen, and an opulent master suite. Also included are two secondary bedroom suites, a roof top sky room, and a flex-room that can be used for an office, game room, media center or a children's play/ teen room. Kalypso Garage/Storage Loft Plan. The second floor of this versatile garage plan can be readily converted into an apartment.

Kalypso Garage/Storage Loft Plan

With some modifications, it could also make a nice home. 357 sq. ft. interior, plus 357 sq.ft. 2nd story, total 714 sq. ft. interior; footprint: 20' x 24' not including decks or benches. My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. Dream Green Home Plans. 2011 Solar Decathlon: Florida International University - Buildipedia.com™ PerFORM[D]ance House Teams participating in the 2011 Solar Decathlon strive to create high-tech, low-energy houses, but one team has created a home that also "dances.

2011 Solar Decathlon: Florida International University - Buildipedia.com™

" Florida International University's perFORM[D]ance House features movable facades that allow it to adapt to the needs of its occupants and environmental conditions. This flexible concept fosters connections between indoors and outdoors while mitigating Florida's hot, humid, and hurricane-prone climate. Florida International University (FIU) originally participated in the Solar Decathlon in 2005 and won first place in the Energy Balance Competition for their Engawa House, named for a Japanese term describing the unity between the interior and exterior of a structure. The 2011 team expanded on this idea, explained Andy Madonna, Team FIU Project Manager and M. Article Index Page. Articles about projects that save you money.

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HARRISON architects. Alchemy - Home of the weeHouse - Acces to Fine Homebuilding Articles. Plans for Passive Solar Homes. Sustainable Web Hosting - 10 Sensational Homes Built from Straw. Written by Ryan Hollitz | 19 December 2009 Posted in Blog - Green Building New building materials could really make your house green from the ground up!

Sustainable Web Hosting - 10 Sensational Homes Built from Straw

Building A Straw Bale Home. » The StrawBale.com Green Building Resource Center. Looking for local builders, plasterers, architects, contractors, and designers who specialize in straw bale and other natural building techniques? Search our resource center by clicking one of the links on the right or below.

If you don’t find what you are looking for please click on one of the Google Ads, which are located on each page. Want to be listed in our strawbale.com Green Building Resource Center? Sun-Inspired Passive Solar House Plans. Forest View 2 features abundance of arches inside and out just like the older, original Forest View, but this client wanted the master bedroom on the cool northeast side of the house. They also desired the sunroom to be on the southeast corner. The shallow porch on the south creates a nice place for sitting without blocking winter sun and the arched columns make the south view even more attractive than the front of the house!

Sun-Inspired Passive Solar House Plans. The unique half timber style of our Roseburg Cottage 3 home with the stone, wood, and stone accents along with the west-facing front makes this Roseburg Cottage very different from our others. We have also moved the stairs since our client wanted easy access to the future home office in the bonus room. The house is full of surprises as you move from the inviting front porch to the living area that is open both horizontally and vertically. First Floor The house is organized about the central connecting space that houses the stairs. THIS NEW GREEN HOUSE". Roundhouse Studio Plan. Santa Fe IV Plan. Santa Fe IV Sven Alstrom, Designer South Elevation This one story Santa Fe Style Guest House is based upon 24-inch wide straw bale construction or adobe block on concrete foundation & footings with crawl spaces. Natural interior plaster and natural exterior stucco are recommended.

The house is 1,650 square feet gross (outside dimension) plus the courtyard & porch. The perimeter wall total of the 2 foot thick wall shown is approx. 169 sq, ft, Therefore, the net useable interior square footage is approximately 1,481 net square feet. Section Floor Plan.