Green Tour: Michelle Kaufmann's mkLotus

Green Tour: Michelle Kaufmann's mkLotus

The highlight of West Coast Green, Michelle Kaufmann's mkLotus, arrived on the lawn in front of the Civic Center in San Francisco on a Wednesday -- and by Sunday, it was gone.

We managed to pop in, grab some photos, and jot down a few of the more interesting bits of information. And, while we were definitely impressed by all the green features, we really fell in love with how open and bright the whole place was even on a gloomy San Francisco afternoon.


Built entirely off-site, using sustainable materials and the latest in green technology, the 700 square-foot house was described to us as a sort of green vacation home -- but certainly felt sufficient enough for full-time living.

From a green roof to non-VOC paint to cabinetry made from FSC-certified wood -- every square-inch was carefully considered.

Our favorite details were the accordion-folding NanaWalls (which completely open the front room to the outside) and the very cool concrete bathroom sink (composed of fly ash, concrete, and porcelain from recycled toilets).

The greenest features? Probably all the water-saving technology -- from the gray water system and rain water catchment to the drought tolerant, native landscaping. And the modular construction reduces construction waste by 50 to 75 percent.

All in all, it is a beautiful example of what is possible.

A partial list of resources:

• Non-VOC YOLO Colorhouse paint throughout
• Shower -- Blazestone Recycled Glass Tiles
• Bathroom vanity counter, integral sink kitchen countertops, and kitchen island -- built by ConcreteWorks and designed by MKD.
• EnergyStar appliances by Whirlpool
• Bamboo Coffee Table by Alex Suvajac
• Couch throw pillows made with recycled materials provided by Branch Home
• Exterior deck chairs by Loll Designs
• FSC-certified flooring throughout -- provided by Beronio Lumber
• Dual flush toilet by Kohler
• Eco-friendly deck by Latitudes Decking and Railing

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