By now, you’re probably familiar with the local food movement that champions low-carbon living by way of noshing on edibles that come from regional farmers and producers. But as an excellent recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle written by Tracey Taylor points out, there’s a burgeoning local home design movement, too.

Reads the opening of the article:

Hear the words 'locally sourced,' 'sustainable' and 'artisanal,' and you're likely to think of the Bay Area culinary movement, which puts an emphasis on provenance and purity. But it's not just food that's getting the locavore imprimatur. Home design has followed suit, and some of those commissioning new homes now are as evangelical as the most ardent food purists about choosing local architects, designers, craftsmen and furniture-makers. Sustainability is almost always part of the package.

As the trend becomes more popular, provenance in designing a home is becoming as pivotal an issue as it is at a restaurant run by Alice Waters or Thomas Keller. The names of favored suppliers may not appear on menus, but their influence is evident in many new homes in San Francisco, the East Bay and the Wine Country.

Although the trend piece is obviously SF-centric and name-drops various local businesses — Heath Ceramics, (that's a Heath craftsman at work above) Coyuchi, Berkeley Mills, etc. — and architects/designers/builders, it does resonate outside of the closely-knit, eco-conscious constraints of the Bay Area.

Click here to read the entire article that includes some insightful observations on the locavore home movement from those on the forefront of San Francisco’s building and design scene.

Then, if you wouldn’t mind, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, as Oakland-based designer-builder Michael McDonald puts it, “natural extension of the farm-to-table idea.” Scroll down to the comments section and share your experiences on how you’ve been able to support (or not support) local home design and building. Is it easier said than done? Do you end up turning to the web for much of your home design needs or are you generally able to keep it close to home?

Via [San Francisco Chronicle]

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