Although I'm guessing you probably got the memo this morning, a gentle reminder: summer is over. Done with. Gone bye-bye. Ancient history. Left the building.
To help usher in my favorite season, fall, here's a look back at 20 of the most memorable, most commented on posts from the summer of 2011 that you may have missed while dodging Rip the Drip, playing Trash Tycoon, or documenting your poorly lit living room. As always, it was a super busy, super eclectic season in green home and garden-land with a couple or reoccurring themes worth noting: limited square footage, landscaping squabbles, and, of course, light bulbs.
What’s been your favorite post from this past summer? Was there a particular story or trend that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? And are there any topics that you'd like to see more coverage of this fall?As always, thanks for reading!
In an unprecedented effort to reduce polluted runoff, prevent flooding and beautify neighborhoods, a Seattle-based nonprofit and a university extension program launch the 12,000 Rain Gardens campaign.
Hanging baskets ... who needs 'em? Get a load of Fedor van der Valk's 'string gardens,' suspended, pot-less plant arrangements that defy easy description (and not to mention gravity).
Combining urban solar mapping and celeb real estate savvy, Txchnologist publishes a gallery detailing how much famous New Yorkers could save if they were to install solar panels on their Big Apple residences.
Effusive eco-cheerleader Zem Joaquin returns to Dwell on Design with the ecofabulous Modern Living Showhouse, a tricked-out prefab abode that can be all yours via an upcoming eBay auction.
From Grain Design, purveyor of recyclable shower curtains and electrical wiring jewelry, comes Spool, a modular home furnishing system consisting of spools upcycled from the L.A. apparel industry.
In the Hamptons, land of golf course-sized lawns, top water-guzzlers include Depeche Mode crooner Dave Gahan and J. Crew's Mickey Drexler, whose home consumed 18.4 million gallons of water in 2010.
Julie Bass of Oak Park, Mich., battles officials over her decision to grow vegetables in her front yard, a space that, according to city ordinances, is reserved for 'suitable' things like trees, grass and shrubbery.
Laurie Gneiding has Google Maps to thank for providing her with one giant summertime headache: The web-mapping service has mistakenly identified her driveway as the entrance to a nearby state park.
A concrete kingpin is behind an energy-efficient 'residential chateau' in rural Missouri that's built to withstand an F-5 tornado. And then there's this not-so-small tidbit: The home measures 72,000 square feet.
Little Big North, Jim Malone's rustic/modern log cabin near the Catskill Mountains, is filled with CounterEvolution benches, chairs and tables handcrafted from reclaimed bowling alley flooring.
Fame-seeking singer Norwood Young decides to sell his Los Angeles home for $2.1 million because he's upset that the 19 statutes of David that grace his front yard are more famous than he is.
Meet Luke Clark Tyler, a New Yorker who — in order to live in the thick of it all while not spending all of his money on rent — happily resides in a 78-square-foot apartment for $800 a month.
In response to Japan's power crunch resulting from the Fukushima disaster, Nissan unveils a two-way charging system that makes it possible for your home to be powered by your car during power shortages.
Meet Austin Hay, a high school junior who's in the process of constructing his very own tiny-house-on-wheels that he plans to take to college ... provided he can find somewhere to park it (and put his greywater).
He's not your average barefoot, chain-smoking, nature-obsessed green builder ... take a tour of SunRay Kelley's woodsy compound filled with homes built from natural materials and seemingly imported from another time and place.
After breaking ground in 2008 on the worst day possible and suffering subsequent financial setbacks, zHome in Issaquah, Wash. persevered and opens this month as the first net-zero, market-rate multifamily project in the U.S.
Hot on the announcement of a massive investment from Google, SolarCity launches a military housing-focused program that's expected to double the number of residential solar installations in the U.S.
Recycling company Knowaste plans to open 5 factories in the U.K. that will transform used diapers, incontinence and feminine hygiene products into green home building materials such as shingles and siding.
Unity College students settle into TerraHaus, the sustainability-focused Maine institution's new residence hall that's built to stringent, super-efficient Passive House standards.
Using a repurposed trash bin, Berkeley-based artist Gregory Kloehn creates Oscar the Grouch's dream home: A comfortable, one-room dwelling complete with hardwood flooring and stainless steel appliances.