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10 great green houses

By: Jennifer Chait on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy Patrick Donaldson at Communitecture Inc.

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Bloom House

Designed by Communitecture Inc. Communitecture specializes in sustainable design, and the Bloom House is a great example, made with locally harvested oak structural columns and salvaged materials from nearby barns. The Bloom House is also interesting due to its unique shape. The home incorporates trapezoids rather than rectangles and "Serpentine lines and ripples of rivers flow through the plan," which celebrates the builder's love of water and fish.