previous
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Pro Tool Rental
    Pro Tool Rental
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Projects Done Right
    Projects Done Right
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Custom Flooring Inspiration
    Custom Flooring Inspiration
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Remodeling Articles and Videos
    Remodeling Articles and Videos
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
next
Pin It

Living Lightly on the Whole Lot

In a dense urban neighborhood, this remodeled bungalow goes green with recycled materials, solar energy, gray water, and room for the owners’ day jobs

The house was gutted when they bought it, but author and architect Geoffrey Holton and his wife appreciated the clean slate. They were determined to transform the drafty Berkeley bungalow into an urban oasis where they could take advantage of gardens for growing food, rainwater for irrigation, and sunshine for electricity. They also wanted to lessen their reliance on cars by making room for their jobs right on the property. The result is a sustainable compound with photovoltaic and water-heating collectors; a home office; a woodshop and pottery studio; and fruit, veggie, and herb gardens cultivated via rainwater collectors and a gray-water system that utilizes an old hot tub. Inside the house, recycled and whimsical touches abound, including vanity counters made from obsolete porcelain toilets and stair railings made with bike wheels.

Living Lightly on the Whole Lot

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More