Spotted over at Contemporist, this house was designed for a beekeeping and olive oil making couple in Sonoma, California. Built on 25 acres and completely solar powered, both the home and property itself are designed with respect to environmental conditions of the area. Below the jump you'll learn how Cooper Joseph Studio incorporated more than just solar panels into the green design.The three-level home runs 850 square feet with a northern exposure that allows for quality air circulation - crucial for the hot summer months in Dry Creek. In building the property on an open section, no trees were removed for construction.
Water conservation is increasingly important in Sonoma, as some agricultural practices have decreased water table levels. This is why the property is landscaped using xeriscaping techniques. Other than the olive groves, the garden requires no future irrigation and the lavender fields serve to protect erosion and provide for bees.
Overall, the building features smart design and green principles that ensure the longevity of the home and environment.
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