Last night HGTV gave viewers a look around this year's Green House in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and although we look forward to seeing what they put together each year, this one felt like a little bit of a letdown. Don't get us wrong, it's a beautiful house through and through, but we felt like it missed the mark a little. Take a look around and tell us what you think, after the jump!
Although the home had many great eco-friendly qualities to it, there just seemed to be an emphasis on eco-decor instead of true sustainable architecture and materials used. Now this might be due to how the show was presented... we know people like to hear about the little details. Though, just because a house has reclaimed wood flooring and tables made from old doors doesn't mean it's "green."
The home was scored under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standard and achieved a Gold certification for the home's exceptional energy performance and utilization of sustainable materials, so we're assuming that the buyers did their job well, our problem lies in the amount of "stuff" that's in the house.
Now, we're no fools, we know that many of the products that are in the home are sponsored and provided by green companies so they can see a little face time on camera, but when we think of a green dream home, it doesn't feel like it should be filled with all those extra pieces. Even though they've done a great job at using eco-friendly countertops and purchased recycled basket lampshades, it feels too consumer heavy to be as green as we'd like.
We don't think that a green home has to be a one room shack made of mud and straw, but a truly green home seems as though it would embrace the nature around it in its architecture and allow the beauty from outside fill the home as well. In these spaces, all we can see is the "stuff and things."
You can find all sorts of information on the home, take a tour and check out additional pictures over at HGTV.
What do you think? Does this home feel overdressed to you, or are you ready to move right in?