Mother Earth Living


A Home Office That Works: Green Remodeling Tips

A pioneering green builder takes on his own home office remodel and shares what he learned in the process.



From structural insulated panels to engineered wood beams and flooring, David Johnston’s home office showcases the best of what’s working in nontoxic and resource-efficient building products.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY POVY KENDAL ATCHISON
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
Photo by Kim Master
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
Adapted with permission from Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time by David Johnston and Kim Master (New Society, 2004).
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.
This Trex deck—a composite of recycled plastic and wood fiber—offers stunning views from just outside David Johnston’s home office. The trellis shades the south-facing windows during the summer.

















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