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).
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!
Natalie was lucky enough to grow up in this remarkable home – her dad actually designed and built it in 1983.
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.
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…
Not to mention the fact that the house is built of steel, stone, and concrete – and is, for the most part, buried underground.
Let’s have a peek at a Colorado green home in the gorgeous mountain town of Salida, about an hour from where I live.
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.
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.
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)
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.
This home is currently listed for sale at $525,000.00.
It has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 4,999 square feet.
Has a ring to it, doesn’t it?
I came across this amazing off-grid home while perusing the Green Homes For Sale website.
The house is located in a magical little spot called Plum Branch Hollow in western North Carolina.
This house was designed to use the gifts of the earth, sun and water to provide it’s occupants with all the energy they need to live comfortably.- from: http://www.plumbranchhollow.com
The 2,000 square foot, wood-sided home has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, in addition to an outdoor shower.
Among the features that caught my eye, were the sheer amount of south facing windows which look out upon these stunning rural views…
I first saw this itsy bitsy cube house on The Tiny House Blog. It was so cute (and green) that I had to give it some House Crazy love.
Down-sizing is an environmentally friendly trend that has been sweeping the world in recent years, especially during times of economic hardship when it is imperative to live with less.
We reside in a crowded world; the bulk of us gobbling up more natural resources with each passing day. So the question has become: How much space are you taking up on this earth?
Oh about 480 square feet if you live in this house….
The modular net zero energy home has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. It is located in the city of Palo Alto, California and has been listed for sale this year for $180,000, although it was recently taken off the market in order to be available for public viewing through April 2013.
Little cube on the block [my name, not theirs] was designed as “a model of sustainability” by New Avenue Inc. in partnership with the Department of Energy and the cities of Palo Alto and San Jose.