Learn from two pros who packed all the best water-wise, low-impact, eco-smart ideas into one home--their own.
Sustainable from plantings to rooftops
Living in sync
"Don't buy it!" was architect Ken Radtkey's reaction when his then-girlfriend, Susan Van Atta, was considering the 1-acre parcel in Montecito, California. "The place was a mess," admits Van Atta, "But as a landscape architect, I could visualize what it could become." After living there for a few years, the couple married and turned the property into their dream home--one that's sustainable from the plantings to the rooftops.
The decision to maximize energy efficiency came easily. "The home was a laboratory for all the things we hadn't gotten the opportunity to do with clients," says Van Atta. Setting a portion of the 2,500-square-foot house in a slope provides natural insulation and blends the structure with the surrounding hills. Solar panels supply all the electricity; fire-resistant green roofs are part insulation, part water collectors.
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