Biophilic Design in a Pennsylvania Home

Architect and land planner Helena van Vliet incorporates biophilic design principles into her renovated house to create a home connected to nature.

Finding Beauty in the Flaw

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.

Creating Space for Alchemy

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.

Can I Really Build My Own Home?

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.

Tiny House: The Surfshack

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.

Sustainable Wood: Where is the Wood We Want?

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.

Harvesting Rainwater

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.

Shopping for Salvaged Home Building Materials

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.