Your low-impact home makeover

Learn how to lighten your footprint, from easy DIY tips to the top things to keep in mind for a sustainable home renovation

Top green home designs in the West

Sustainable materials and eco-friendly design principles reign at these exemplary low-impact homes

LEED-certified treetop home
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Jess Chamberlain

LEED-certified treetop home

This home in Mill Valley, California was built on a small hillside lot which made for a challenging vertical floor plan. To compensate for lack of yard space, the home has as many outdoor rooms as it does indoor. On top of being breathtakingly beautiful, the 2,100-square-foot house was named the first LEED for Homes Platinum home in Marin County in 2010.

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