House Tour: Chris' Green Home

House Tour: Chris' Green Home

Kristen Lubbe
Mar 18, 2009

Name: Chris
Location: Philadelphia
Size: 1750 sq.ft.
Years lived in: 2, Own


Chris may wear a size 11 shoe, but you wouldnʼt be able to tell by the size of his carbon footprint. Chrisʼ Green Home was originally an industrial Ice Cream Factory and Freezer. Chris purchased the freezer and converted it into a work/living space, which he built with his own two hands. We got a preview of his kitchen last week and now for the rest of the space — his bedroom is on wheels, he sleeps above his computer, he makes his own compost, and even grows his own food. Thereʼs nothing this handy green man canʼt do!

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Chris' first floor is his official workspace and is home to a small garden that is watered via pipe that drains all excess from his sinks and shower. When you walk up the stairs you step foot into his wide open and sun soaked living room. When Chris originally purchased the Ice Cream Factory it had no windows and only 2 doors leading to the outside. Chris installed the windows in the living room, as well as a large skylight on the roof.

The first thing he built was his bedroom on wheels. He wanted a comfortable space that he could sleep after a long, hard days work. The wheels were put in place so he could move his bedroom to different areas of the house during construction so it would never be in the way. He recently used old windows to create doors for his bedroom. In the early days, his only way of heating the house was with his wood pellet stove that is now located in the kitchen.

Chris also grows some of his own produce in a garden located right outside of his home. He dug up old Cobble Stones he found in the soil and uses them to support the weight of the Raised Garden Bed. He also has a composting toilet in his bathroom that he uses as fertilizer.

There are some really great attributes of Chris' Green Home that anyone can take inspiration from.

AT Survey:

My/Our Style: Transitional constructions

Inspiration: Free!

Favorite Element: Alley way garden

Biggest Challenge: The roof, heating, and trying to live day-to-day in the midst of construction.

What Friends Say: Well, a friend is putting my home on Apartment Therapy...

Biggest Embarrassment: None that I can think of

Best Advice: Get your own style

Dream Source: The dumpster


Appliances: Coleman stove, Epoxy plywood sink

Furniture: Trash picked

Lighting: The sun, at night: the usual no-name lamps

Rugs and Carpets: Reclaimed plywood

Window Treatments: Handmade windows

Beds: Yes!

Artwork: My own, and friends

Paint: No Thanks

Flooring: Reclaimed from a movie set, plan to install a solar / radiant floor with some sort of thermal mass. Looking for alternatives to concrete but with similar thermal mass.

(Thanks, Chris!)


(Images: Kristen Lubbe)

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