Tenth Anniversary: Our Favorite Natural Homes

Learn more about our top picks for natural home of the decade. Then, vote for yours!

| March 2009 Web

Get more information about the natural home of the year choices. When you're finished, vote for your favorite!


1.  Paradise Found   

This vintage cottage, which served as Red Cross emergency housing during the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, was revamped into a two-story home. The family’s philosophy of putting minimal strain on the earth directed them to use “honest” materials. Renovated using eco-friendly techniques, the home features a solar water-heating system and roof gutters that direct rainwater into an underground cistern for irrigating trees and plants. The home also features a naturally cooling ventilation system created by strategic placement of 70 windows, 14 indoor fans, sliding doors and vents.

2.  Long House on the Prairie   

Strategically designed and placed on the property, this home seamlessly blends into the surrounding grasslands. The open layout incorporates low-emissivity windows, concrete floors that hold solar heat during the day and release it at night, and a dynamic cross-ventilation system. The rectangular home is built into a hill to help insulate it from strong winds and utilizes every interior space to its maximum potential. For example, a wall of 12-foot-high windows frames the grasslands while also capturing the sun throughout the day.

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