What we used to call “green” design is now just common sense. Take it from a contractor who called on his eco savvy to update his own home
At the top of King and Beall’s remodeling wish list: a family room that opened to the yard. “In the front of the house, we’re two flights up from the street, but inside the house we’re level with the backyard,” Beall says. “You walk into the house and it’s all this greenery, a bonus when you live in the city.” Aluminum-clad windows cost more than wood initially, but the family won’t have to spend time or money maintaining the exterior.