Being Eco-Friendly Without Deep Pockets

Being Eco-Friendly Without Deep Pockets

Sarah Rae Smith
Jul 16, 2008

When you think about being green and building a home, typically numbers with lots of zeros come to mind. But not in this case. Heather Ferrier's home near Forth Worth, TX rings in at 2,028-sqft and was kept within a building budget of $115/sqft. See more of this multiple award winning, near zero-energy using and affordable home after the jump...

Don Ferrier (Heather's Dad), got hooked on the idea of building a home that would be not only entirely "green" but also affordable for the average American family.

They worked with passive solar principles to make the hot and heavy sun of Texas into a friend instead of an enemy. Keeping in mind water consumption, a 3,000 gallon tank was installed outside to collect rain water for use in toilets and lawn maintenance. The build was all about keeping things local as cabinets and storage areas were all done in Ash that was harvested within the metro. The house is finished simply and within a budget that might fit most normal families; with purchases coming from Target, Ikea, Sears and Cost Plus World Market.

Check out O At Home for more details on the build plus more photos of her super eco-friendly build.

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