Lasting beauty. This Craftsman house isn't supposed to be perfect, but we are taken by its simple beauty, and especially the softly variegated tile roof, which looks original to this house from the teens or twenties.
Tile roofs are energy-intensive to manufacture and ship, expensive to purchase, and difficult to install. But boy, can they be beautiful and long-lasting. This example is a blend of soft green with peach and coral... The paint on the body of the house is spot-on, with deep coral eaves, a pale green on the stucco, and creamy white trim.
While "durability" is often proposed as a way to be green, we're suggesting an upgrade to "permanence" as an overarching concept. Roof tiles have an important symbolic value, too: they bespeak craft and something essential to the idea of home. Even manufacturers of PV panels are crafting their products into shingle form.