Ranch House Revival: A Green Renovation from the Ground Up

A land conservation specialist and her husband walk the talk as they green their California home, quite literally, from the roots up.

In this solar-powered home, the redwood decking was salvaged from an abandoned sawmill and the existing deck. Salvaged siding, double-pane windows and passive solar heating add to the home's sustainability. Beneath the deck, a 10,000-gallon steel storage tank collects rainwater for irrigation use.
Photography by Barbara Bourne