11 eco-friendly tips for indoor/outdoor living
Learn from two pros who packed all the best water-wise, low-impact, eco-smart ideas into one home–their own
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.
The indoor-outdoor collaboration was even more satisfying than Van Atta and Radtkey had anticipated. “It’s not just a box sitting on the land,” says Radtkey. “The house works so well with the landscape, we almost think of it as all garden.”
Bonus: The photovoltaic solar panels shade an outdoor room.
“The house looks and feels larger than its square footage because we have so many outdoor rooms," said Van Atta.