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 homeowners hired an arborist to inventory existing species, relocate large trees, install root-aeration mats and put up tree fencing. After the house was finished, regrading approximated the land's natural contours. A terraced rain garden slows runoff from the driveway.
Michael Shopenn