I found this gorgeous custom green-built home in an article by Jennifer Martin on the Unique Homes website. She writes about a woman named Helene who obtained a master’s degree in environmental science and then set out to build an unparalleled eco-friendly home.
Helene and her family purchased an existing traditional home with views of San Francisco’s North Bay and “deconstructed the old house by hand”. Most of the pieces from the old house were donated, recycled or reused in the construction of the new home.
The project began in 2008 and took 18 months to complete – which I thought was a long period of time, but the homeowner was elated with how “quickly” the project progressed.
(I’m known to be impatient.)
The finished product is a home that takes full advantage of the views, but also a home that uses most every possible green building technique known to humankind (apparently scoring off-the-charts for LEED certification).