Happy Friday (the first "Summer Friday" of the season for many of you)! That said, it's 2 p.m., and I'm packing it in ... for my first ever trip to the Bronx Zoo. But don't fret, I'll be back on Tuesday — MNN is on vacation on Monday — with my latest installment of the "All decked out" series and much more in the world of eco-friendly homes and gardens. See you then.
Newsday reports that 108 Ocean Ave., aka: The Amityville Horror House, is back on the market for $1.15 million. The "legendary" Dutch Colonial in Amityville, N.Y., was the site of the infamous DeFeo murders in 1974 and an even more infamous haunting in 1975. Although the home was recently renovated, no word if any of the renovations were eco-friendly or if the sale includes a demonic pig named Jodie.
The San Francisco Chronicle announces the newest project from net-zero energy prefab powerhouse Zeta Communities: dainty and affordable factory-built studio units in abandoned parking lot sites in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Re-Nest shares 9 Tricks to Beat the Heat (Without Turning Up the AC). Included on the list are putting a bowl of ice in front of a fan, hanging a wet sheet in front of a window, and turning off/uplugging appliances.
The Wall Street Journal partakes in some Politically Incorrect Gardening in the latest column from non-native-plant purist, Bart Ziegler.
TreeHugger is disappointed in the Vision Zero Demo House, a plastic-y joint project between Cobblestone Homes and Dow Chemical, in Bay City, Mich.
The New York Times goes to work with Matthew Waletzke, a "building biologist"consultant who specializes in evaluating and ridding homes of sources of "toxic exposure" like mold, indoor air pollution, and household chemicals.
SmartMoney.com tracks the green prefab building trend.
Fast Company takes a gander at a proposed community center/dry-composting toilet park in the Indian village of Delwara.
Dornob guzzles and then gushes over "5 DIY Wine Bottle Lamp Projects."
The Times-Picayune notices a not-too-shocking trend in Brad Pitt's Make It Right rebuilding project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans: recently built homes are more budget-minded and less aesthetically wowing than the first generation of prototype homes.
Design*Sponge looks back at a whole lot of nature-inspired home designs spotted at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Jetson Green saddles up to the Stealth, a super-efficient toilet from Niagara Conservation that uses 37 percent less water per flush than standard high-efficiency toilets.