Off the Grid
Designed by David Arkin of Berkeley, Calif.-based Arkin Tilt Architects, this eco-friendly home was built to have the most minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
The wood for the ceiling beams, which provide structural support for the living roof, was milled on site.
Because of its reliance on passive solar, the home receives abundant direct sunlight. The windows above the sink countertop have shade fins and shelving to protect the quartz from the direct light, which can fade or warp the surface.
The backsplash tile from Sausalito tile maker Heath Ceramics pairs with the subtle green notes in the Palladian Gray crushed glass countertop. Intertile provided the Vetrazzo slab, and the counter was fabricated by Green Valley Slabworks.
The property includes a living roof, straw bale walls, passive solar and no need for AC because of its siding, insulation and carefully planned shading.