Maybe it was the ready-to-plant south-facing (organic?) garden within a hop-skip-and-jump of that Green Builder's door that did it!
When I visited this remarkable home, (see photos to left and right) suddenly, for the second time this week, Grandma's sage advice came to mind:
Scenario: Board members of NLJ's site visit to evaluate a new "green-built" construction here in Asheville, NC. So, in this case, "get your greens" refers to a whole "green-built' package (not just the veggies, though the plot laid out for an organic vegetable garden in the photo above makes me want to dig right in! )
The Whole "GREEN-BUILT" Package: Not only is the home sited to maximize the wild-forever feeling in an urban environment (it backs up to acres and acres of undisturbed land where wildlife enjoys sanctuary, but is within walking distance of the bakery in West Asheville) but this new Green-Built construction offers solar panels, and numerous energy efficient factors and uses healthy, non-toxic materials.
Personally, I am enamored with the soft-glow finish on the recycled heart pine floors.
(see photo to left)
Throughout this Green Builder's home, we saw the consistent practice of using materials gleaned and carefully restored ...Recyclable is a theme here. We're talking sustainable!
One "stand-out" for me is the use of passive solar features.
Here's an example--this load- bearing wall warmed by the sun and sharing that warmth in the most attractive way.
So I am excited about the possibilities and the positive impact happening in terms of green building(and remodeling) here in Asheville and across the country.
Someone mentioned the other day that most folks think that green-built structures remind them of a dentist's office...ugly and painful...so here's a challenge for you, readers...
Possibly find a green-built home in your neighborhood. Take a look and judge for yourself. Tell me if that "green-built" is not only GREEN...sustainable ....and worthy of your consideration....but, like this home, is absolutely charming to see ......and let me know what you think.
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