Creatively eco-friendly

Job Site by: Architect - Thomas R. Warner Architect , Contractor - Andeck , Hardscaping - JD Dunninaday , Landscape planting design - Designer Dirt

Columbia Tusculum couple committed to sustainable living-and it shows in their home design

Porcelain tile, which mimics the look of wood, easily conducts heat from the radiant flooring in this bathroom.

A master woodworker, constructed a bathroom vanity beneath a contemporary sink, which matched the sauna cedar in the lower-level bathroom.

This yoga studio includes a unique type of flooring-a Chilewich vinyl floor covering that is a material usually associated with placemats-that allows radiant heat to permeate the floor.

This home design features a new metal roof that not only retains the previous roofing material, but has non-toxic coating and would get ‘cool’ roof points for LEED certification, provides an ideal conduit for harvesting rainwater.

A front porch dotted with plants of all shapes and sizes is the perfect entrance to this eco-friendly home.

Connecting downspouts seen in this home design can direct the flow of rainwater into a 2,500-gallon tank, to later be used by the homeowners. The “leaf eater” (shown in white) removes coarse debris.

The Caesarstone kitchen countertops that never require sealing consist of crushed quartz—a by-product of mining operations, and the sinks are made of recycled cast iron.

Large windows stretch across the back of this home, letting in a plethora of natural light, a quality that the owners really appreciate.

This recirculating pond, designed by the homeowner, welcomes guests who take the stone walk that winds its way through the landscape, leading from the street to the home’s lower entrance.

Photovoltaic solar panels shade a third-story pergola with a sleek look. Along with lending a modern touch to this historic home design, they also supply about one-third of the home's electricity.

This landscape design includes two very special features, a stepping-stone "meditation path" that winds its way around the home and a water feature that includes a recirculating pond and stream.

A red metal roof serves as a subtle nod to the historical nature of this home design, while also helping to maintain an effective green design.

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