Green homes

Off-grid Colorado mountain home for sale!

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photo courtesy of: Realtor Mitch Weiner

How would you like to snuggle up inside the embrace of the earth…. with warm natural elements surrounding you…. your own greenhouse full of food…. and spectacular forest views to the south with the warm Colorado sun pouring in?

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photo courtesy of: Realtor Mitch Weiner

Well – here you go!  This fabulous earth-sheltered home is located in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado.

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Les Containers

image from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Les-containers

image from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Les-containers

Another reader requested abode – although I can’t for the life of me remember who requested it! (Sorry!!)

Les Containers is a très awesome vacation rental in France.

image from: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1849125

image from: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1849125

The structure is a 2-story, 2 bedroom 2-bath getaway cottage built from 2 upcycled shipping containers. (2-2-2-2!!)

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image from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Les-containers/188645264624053

The boxes are stacked, but off-set so it doesn’t totally look like a double-decker box-car.

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image from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Les-containers/188645264624053

The container house is located in Saintry-sur-Seine, Île-de-France which is about 30 kilometers south of Paris.

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The safest house in Texas is for sale!

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

Have a look at this earth-bermed house built into a wooded knoll near Denison, Texas (that’s right on the border of Texas and Oklahoma).

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

Natalie contacted me about her family home because they have just put it up for sale. The house is very unique and they are seeking a special person/or persons to be the next owners.

I just love these types of unusual and hard-to-sell houses, so I said:

Of course I will feature it!

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

Natalie was lucky enough to grow up in this remarkable home – her dad actually designed and built it in 1983.

Says Natalie:

I would have guests come over and totally flip out and I would be like, “What? It’s just a house?” As I got older I learned of its uniqueness. Now it’s time for my folks to sell and move to something new.

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: https://www.greenhomesforsale.com

So why is this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home considered “the safest house in Texas”?

Well, for starters, the windows are bullet resistant and over one inch thick; there are secondary steel doors that can be barred shut from the inside…

image courtesy of: Natalie

image courtesy of: Natalie

photo courtesy of: Natalie

photo courtesy of: Natalie

Not to mention the fact that the house is built of steel, stone, and concrete – and is, for the most part, buried underground.

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Living roof on a Colorado off-grid home

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Let’s have a peek at a Colorado green home in the gorgeous mountain town of Salida, about an hour from where I live.

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image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

The term used to described the home style that emerged organically in the high country of Colorado is “mountain contemporary”. But green homes have been popular in the state of Colorado since the 1960’s thanks to the environmentally minded hippy folks who put roots down here during that time (John Denver!)

This particular home has one of my all-time favorite green features (though not native to Colorado) – a living roof.

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Isn’t that beautiful?

This green home was built with love and care for the environment 17 years ago and it remains to this day, a completely off-grid dwelling. But that does not mean that it is rustic or lacking in amenities. No, no, no. This home is a natural beauty.

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A Federal style “green” home

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com

Here’s another new home built to look old. This one is located in Canton Georgia, and it is not only modeled after a historic home, but considered to be a “green home” because of its many sustainable features.

It is built from Autoclaved Aerated Concrete which is essentially light weight hole-y concrete that has high thermal efficiency and resembles a Hershey’s Air Delight chocolate bar in texture. (sorry I don’t have a picture)

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

Though constructed in 1997, this home was built to resemble a Federal style estate. The walls are thick, the ceilings are high, and the porches are deep; all in an effort to control and maintian passive heating and cooling in the humid southern climate.

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

This home is currently listed for sale at $525,000.00.

It has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 4,999 square feet.

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






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