An off-the-grid Haliburton retreat.
H&H editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma and her husband, 3rd Uncle principal Arriz Hassam, designed this cottage with the environment in mind. Built completely off-the-grid, they wanted a cottage that would
Designers and teachers Debbie Adams and Peter Fleming turned an industrial shell into a contemporary, earth-friendly space.
In the dining room, black and white artwork looks cohesive without being overly matchy. The owners repurposed a vintage Eames table by adding a new top. Large energy-efficient windows allow natural light to flood the space. Polished concrete flooring r
Unadorned windows flood this open-concept kitchen with light.
The kitchen in Peter and Debbie's home isn't strictly minimalist: open shelving in the island puts cookbooks and trinkets on display. For aesthetic reasons, Peter panelled the white fridge in oak veneer. Large windows were built to make the mos
Build a firewood nook for convenience and a graphic hit.
On chillier days, a double-sided fireplace helps heat Peter and Debbie's living room and principal bedroom. To give the metal surround a warmer look, Peter rusted it with a solution of rock salt and warm water, then waxed it to a dull finish. A reh
On an emply wall, create shallow recesses for storage and display.
To conserve water, Peter made the bathroom's 1,600-lb. concrete tub slimmer than the standard 30" width and concealed hot-water pipes within the concrete to minimize heat loss.
Crisp and curvaceous white Panton chairs pop against horizontal teak.
Peter chose sustainable teak as siding to add a touch of nature to the home's exterior. Lush vines and grasses, wood and an overhead canopy in this backyard recall a secluded Asian courtyard. The dipping pool's water is recirculated by a small
A glass tile backsplash and stainless steel island add polish.
Most cabinets made from MDF, plywood or particleboard contain formaldehyde — a known carcinogen. Instead, the homeowner opted for these handsome cabinets created by a local manufacturer using formaldehyde-free plywood and recycled veneer with low-emiss
Ideas from a kitchen remodel with a green mandate.
French doors feature Low-E glass, which heats the room in winter and blocks the sun's rays in summer. Fluorescent light fixtures have come a long way, too! These are dimmable, glow with warm indirect light and use only 156 watts.
A truly green home makes a stunning statement in Vancouver's Shaughnessy neighbourhood.
Natural materials, a hydroponic green roof, radiant floors and smart window placement are just a few of the features that reduce this home's ecological footprint. The owner, architect Clinton Cuddington, designed the house with various sections and
Warm wood floors and white walls bounce natural light across the room.
Modular leather sofas flank a Niels Bendtsen glass coffee table in this sparsely furnished space. Cuddington modified a prefab fireplace unit, removing its faux-brick insert, to create the clean-lined wood-burning fireplace and its twin log storage cub
This high-traffic area is low-maintenance yet highly functional.
Two tiers of custom bamboo cabinets over the sink provide plenty of storage. Insetting the lower tier of cabinetry over the range keeps the wall from appearing monolithic and frees up head space in the cooking area. LED lighting in the undercabinets lo
Light tiles and a single plant create a sense of calm.
The master bathroom in Cuddington's home features a Japanese soaker bathtub encased in off-white one inch square tile. Fritted glass provides privacy for the tub and steam shower and maintains the room's clean, simple style. Geothermal heating
A sleek, contemporary and sustainable outdoor space.
Cuddington designed this sleek modern back patio, in keeping with the environmental theme of his home. A vegetable garden, indigenous plants, water-saving automatic sprinklers and permeable concrete pavers all contribute to this backyard's eco cred
Stainless steel and teak are in perfect harmony in this fresh, environmentally friendly bathroom design.
Sleek, industrial elements such as the metal wall sconces and stainless steel vanity (made from a restaurant kitchen work table) add polish. Sustainable slatted teak flooring, a little wooden stool, and natural sea sponges, meanwhile, create a calming,
Texture enlivens this living room's quiet palette.
Chemical-free poured concrete flooring makes this space modern and energy efficient — plus, it's the perfect base for nature inspired wall art and furniture. Large windows and skylights in the ceiling reduce electricity use because of the sunlight
Buy or reupholster a sofa in a bold striped fabric.
This rustic yet pretty summer cottage uses reclaimed wood timbers as support beams and for a wall feature that doubles as art. Combined with white painted beadboard the country look is clean and fresh. Eco-friendly upholstered furniture like the sofa f
Decorating with sustainable furniture, chic lamps and mirrors and organic bedding is stylish and good for planet.
It’s easy to go green in the bedroom: this sleek platform bed is made from salvaged maple and pine wood.
A chair and bench designed by Gaby were crafted from found materials, adding to the casual feel of the mudroom. The bench is actually an old ladder. Recyclable vinyl flooring is a practical and affordable choice.
A green cottage design makes the most of surrounding nature.
White walls with large windows on both sides let in lots of sunlight and ambient heat and provide a fantastic view of the trees around the property. Country style exposed brick, stacks of logs and a simple wood table offer contrast to the polished conc
Elegant wallpaper, contemporary chairs and flooring and traditional furniture mix beautifully here.
Carpet tiles are an eco-friendly alternative to area rugs. Individual tiles can be replaced when stained or damaged, meaning less waste goes to landfill. Some manufacturers will also accept castaways for recycling.
A reclaimed wood island at two heights is multifunctional.
Loads of glass and an open floor plan means this kitchen gets plenty of natural light, so less power is needed. A special window coating keeps heat in during the winter and out in the summer. The sleek, environmentally friendly kitchen island is made f
Environmentally friendly salvaged wood and lighting deliver style with a conscience.
This eco-friendly kitchen features richly stained floors made of antique tongue-and-groove hemlock. Contemporary pendant lights are salvage store finds. Tile counters, open shelving and stainless steel accents keep the look modern.
Save money — and the planet — with stylish and environmentally friendly, salvaged design finds.
Recycled materials can show up in unexpected places: this bathroom’s gorgeous countertop is made from a relaimed slab of marble while the vanity is built salvaged wood. The reclaimed stainless steel hood on the toilet paper holder is another salvage sh
Environmentally friendly, reclaimed wood looks great and helps preserve existing forests.
The cantilever construction of this staircase — made of reclaimed timbers — complements this home’s open feel while adding a rustic element to the loft-like space.
Green design and salvaged furniture delivers maximum style with minimum environmental impact.
This family room’s south-facing windows provide passive solar heating and plenty of natural light. The modern rustic cube tables are made from salvaged maple.
Environmentally friendly ideas to keep your design—and clothes—clean.
This laundry room includes an energy-efficient way to dry clothes — a hang-dry system made of stainless steel rods that can be easily raised or lowered. Natural light offers passive heat and facilitates drying.
Garden while you help save the environment with a green roof system.
This home’s second story green roof helps catch rainwater, keeps the home cool during the summer months and attracts birds and butterflies.