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.

The focal point in the new living room is the original fireplace, sandblasted to brighten the discolored, dark-orange stone. The fireplace also provides a sense of history and much-needed thermal mass, absorbing and holding heat in the house.
Photography by Barbara Bourne