(Hello again to Jen, who is trying out for a position on the Re-Nest editorial team. Check out her recent post on DIY Sock Potholders and enjoy the tour!)
Names: Nord & Margaret, plus Kipling, Lincoln, Skyler, Phineas & Chocolate the dog
Location: Freeport, Maine
Size: 2400 square feet
Type: Straw bale, post and beam
Years lived in: 3
Nord, who lives in Freeport, Maine, has used his furnace twice— once just to make sure the thing still worked. Visitors get a glimpse of the efficient straw bale insulation through a proudly placed "truth" window on the front porch. Pass by it, and you'll find a home that is part rustic reverie and part eco-wonder, thanks to a number of thoughtful, sustainable solutions.