Eco-savvy garage

Creative building techniques and recycled materials give this structure a sustainable edge


The wide-open shelter with garage doors and wall panels of translucent plastic houses a cherry red Mercedes roadster and a hobby shop.

Rob Harrison

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A desire to have minimal impact on the environment inspired the design of this handsome garage in western Washington. "We just couldn't see ourselves adding to the impervious surface area of our community," says homeowner Susan Sproull, who wanted to create a shelter for her vintage roadster as well as a workshop for custom woodworking projects. Susan, along with husband Jim, is involved in an environmentally focused nonprofit neighborhood organization; in 2003, the Sproulls' yard was certified as a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary.



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