Modernist Without the Markup: Sustainability on a Budget

Nearly a decade ago, a Washington, D.C., family set out to build a sustainable home for around the same price as a conventional one. Think it can't be done? Here's how they succeeded.

The fireplace has a recycled-concrete material, which is key to retaining and radiating heat in the great room during winter. The blue, Cassina "Dodo" chair reclines flat and has an optional footrest.
Michael Shopenn