Green homes

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.

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

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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The house at Plum Branch Hollow

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

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

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.

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

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

The home is considered “green” because it utilizes hydro and solar energy as well as a passive solar design.
According to the owners:
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.
The sellers built this home about twelve years ago as their dream home but they are now needing to sell.
image from: http://www.plumbranchhollow.com

image 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…

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