My husband and I have a dream that we will one day design and build our own custom home. In fact, I have a red folder where I keep magazine clippings of things that I'd like to have in the home: the size and layout of the rooms, the structural features, etc.
For example, I'd love to have a detached garage, a work studio, a playroom, and a covered porch with a wood deck. Of course, I'd want to use low-VOC paints, low-e windows, skylights, and solar heating. It doesn't have to be a huge house...just comfortable, aesthetic, safe, green (environmentally friendly, not green in color), and imaginative - with plenty of room to play outdoors.
I've had extra opportunities to dream lately because I've been reading "Good Green Homes: Creating Better Homes for a Healthier Planet" by Jennifer Roberts (Gibbs Smith, 2003). It looks like a coffee-table book with slick and glossy magazine-style pages, professional photographs, and an artistic layout. It's the kind of book that is fun to flip through, but it is also engrossing at the content level. When I first picked it up, I thought it would be more of a "look-through-and-skim" book, but then I started reading and was surprised to find that I couldn't put it down! The well-written narrative was practical without being overly technical or scientific - and the ideas applied to a variety of audiences. Roberts offers suggestions for people who are looking to renovate, rent an apartment, buy an older home, or build a custom home. The recommendations help the reader dream about a new home and/or change their current home to make it "healthier to live in, easier on the environment, more valuable over the long-term, and more delightful to come home to."
Good Green Homes is a really good book. I look forward to reading more/other books by Jennifer Roberts in the future.
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