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.

A custom, stainless steel fireplace the owners designed runs on natural gas. The blue sofa fabric by Knoll—which looks and feels like leather—is actually recycled polyester and nylon and wipes clean with a damp cloth.
Michael Shopenn