We have a special place in our heart for those brave enough to build their own home. Ian and Raedia responded to our call for Green Homes with a beautiful set of photos and a sadly familiar story. They had trouble convincing the bank to give them a loan for a green home, a well that almost didn't happen, and they ran into one contractor that just wasn't up to snuff. All the work was worth it, though, as the house is truly green... and simply beautiful!
Ian and Raedia's strategy was to include "fancy stuff like
geothermal heating, recycled cotton insulation, and passive solar, as
well as simple choices like a smaller size, locally-sourced building
materials, and deep overhangs on the roof."
Read more about their process at Ian and Raedia's blog, and check back here at AT:Green Home for a follow-up tour when they're all done!
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