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Apr 7, 2011 4:10PM

You don't have to have a 6 figure income to build a lovely house that is more green.  I don't come close to that kind of money, but I spent extra on the important stuff and a little less on the trimmings.  I went with SIPS (structured insulated panels) which keep my heating and cooling costs way down, formica counters instead of granite (and no problems with radon leakage), native landscaping, extra insulation in the roof, double pane low-e and low-U rated windows that weren't Pella or Anderson, ceiling fans in every room, low water usage toilets, thermostatically controlled water in the showers, the carpet is recycled soda bottles and beautiful (Mohawk makes it), fiberglass front doors, and low VOC paint.  Next house will have tank water heaters so I NEVER have to go through another gas water heater exploding!  Anyway, it's my mini-taj mahal!


Some of the comments from some of you are very bitter and angry sounding and full of disbelief on the plausibility of the general Joe being able to build green.  Sure, I wish I had that kind of income, but even though I don't live on an island, I can build reasonably green.  My previous house was nice, was about 700 square feet smaller, and cost alot more to run because it was not green built.   My current house, not including the land, cost me $99.92/sf to build (give or take $1).  It is a 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, with a den, walk-in pantry, open floor plan for the kitchen/eating area/family room, and features a 16 1/2 foot bay window.  Instead of $300/light for fixtures outside, I found some lovely ones on sale for $25/2 pack!  I had to pick and choose carefully, but I put my mind to it and got it done.  You could too!

Some people have learned to live without limits.... and to create dreams...
Walt Disney

I printed the pictures and put them on my bulletin board
... now I can dream too!
Aug 20, 2010 11:23AM
I'm saying this as both someone who designs houses for a living and someone looking for a house: how much did it cost to build?  $300/s.f. (if not more).  How many people can actually afford something that expensive.  If it was done for $80/s.f. then you'd have my attention (and respect).

P.S. a house is only as "green" as the means of getting to it...on a little private island: that means a boat (most likely a motorboat) in the water and almost certainly a car (or more realistically, considering the income level of its owner, a large SUV): NOT GREEN


Aug 6, 2010 8:31PM
The house looks nice, but what happens if a storm like 1938 comes thru again?
Aug 6, 2010 5:40PM
This is a very niice place, although I would be insane in about 4 days. It's nice that they feature people with 6 figure job stories.
Aug 6, 2010 5:01PM
What a wonderful life for the rich and shameless! That place cost well over a million to buy and build? How about some green home designs for normal people who have a budget of say...$150,000 and want an 1,800 square foot house? Let's get back to reality...
Aug 6, 2010 9:14AM
green is another load of BS, to sell crap. cap and trade will increase the price of everthing
Aug 6, 2010 8:23AM
Nice place! It shows that if you have lots of money you can do anything you put your mind to. Good for him.
Aug 5, 2010 10:30PM
Sarasota can be found on the southwestern coast of the state of Florida. Three islands known as the keys separate Sarasota Bay from the Gulf and have become quite popular with tourists because of miles of white, sandy beaches.
Jul 29, 2010 10:09PM
Rolling Waves Beach Cottages can be found just a few minutes from Sarasota in nearby Longboat Key. Guests can choose from eight different one-bedroom cottages located on the beach, all featuring fully equipped kitchens, private decks, barbecue grills, cable TV and air-conditioning. Pets are also welcome at Rolling Waves. Attractions such as the Asolo Theatre and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are just a short drive away.
Jul 29, 2010 5:40PM
And rather than cramming a pool into the property's tiny walled courtyard, it makes the best use of its space with stone benches, a fountain and beautifully manicured greenery.
Jul 29, 2010 5:40PM

Top it all off with the home's bright and airy feel, stainless-steel gourmet kitchen and a library/workout room, and you have a beach home that's fit for luxury.

Jul 29, 2010 5:34PM
The Osbournes were popular probably before you were born. They are not any part of the problems affecting anyone and if I had to choose someone to admire I would take Ozzy and Sharon over most of the other overinflated, egotistical stars out there.
Jul 29, 2010 5:34PM
The home boasts plenty of other perks, too, including breathtaking views and easy access to the beach by way of three double doors on the ground level, as well as oceanside terraces that span the home on the second and third floors.
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