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8/13/2014
Building a tiny home from an old camper trailer brought a sense of community when family and friends pitched in to help.
11/20/2013
Building a deck can be a challenge, but building with being “green” in mind can be an even bigger challenge. Learn what to look for and what questions and considerations to have when researching and selecting the best green building materials for a deck.
8/14/2013
With 65 properties in Oregon and Washington, McMenamins historic hotels are a must-see if you’re traveling to the Portland area.
5/30/2013
Architect and land planner Helena van Vliet incorporates biophilic design principles into her renovated house to create a home connected to nature.
4/11/2012
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.
3/15/2012
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.
2/16/2012
Deconstruction, breaking down houses bit-by-bit, is a great way to find free building materials to build small low-cost homes.
2/6/2012
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
1/26/2012
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.
1/17/2012
DuPont Building Innovations has achieved zero landfill status by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing byproducts and waste at manufacturing sites globally.
11/3/2011
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
10/19/2011
Jessica revisits Maison Madeleine, a beautifully restored historic Southern French cottage.
7/28/2011
When it comes time to choose what decking material to use for your next outdoor living project, consider wood composite decks that save old growth trees by utilizing recycled content.
7/25/2011
Superior Walls foundations systems are resource efficient, using up to 70 percent less concrete in a new home than conventional foundations.
5/24/2011
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
10/5/2010
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
9/17/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove shares the lessons she learned building her now completed green home.
9/9/2010
Green builder Fred Koch explains his unique strategy for green building in southern California.
6/29/2010
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins outlines ways to build green while keeping a light footprint on the earth.
6/29/2010
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains why the first step in green building should be "don't build."
4/20/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove recounts the unexpected expenses she faced while building her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse. Selove is building her green dream home to LEED Platinum standards.
3/26/2010
Natural Home guest blogger John Patrick explains why he and his wife, guest blogger Rebecca Selove, designed their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse for passive solar gain and a 5.17-kilowatt photovoltaic system. John and Rebecca are building their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse home to LEED Platinum standards.
3/17/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove picks natural, native sandstone to use in her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
2/22/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she chose Southern Forest Initiative-certified wood for the framing lumber of her sustainable Tennessee home that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
2/3/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she and her husband, John, are aiming for LEED Platinum-certification for their rural Tennessee farmhouse.
1/20/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove narrows down her choices of Energy Star-rated appliances for her LEED-certified home in Tennessee.
1/15/2010
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove considers rainwater cistern options for harvesting rainwater at her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED standards.
12/28/2009
Salvaged products can be attractive components of a new home. Salvaged materials help save resources and money while adding distinctive features. One source of salvaged materials, Habitat Home Stores, also supports housing development for low-income families.
12/17/2009
This is the first of a series of blogs about construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home on an organic farm in middle Tennessee.
8/10/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the Sprouting Building of Montpellier and its living green facade.
5/15/2009
Blogger Laurie Dickson is blogging from the Living Future "unconference" in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Living Future is devoted to promoting innovative green design that focuses on real solutions for real planetary problems.




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