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10 great green houses

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

Photo: Courtesy Don Gurney at Openspace Architecture

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The Remainder House

Designed by Openspace Architecture. The Remainder House was built in a tree-heavy area of British Columbia, but instead of merely tearing out trees to make space, architect Don Gurney built this home in a way that allows people and trees to live together. No trees were removed. This small house instead nestles snugly and naturally into the space allowed by the forest shape, which leaves the land virtually undisturbed. The home also boasts reclaimed Douglas fir wood and reclaimed materials from a warehouse that was already being razed.