If you think that green homes equate to rustic, traditionally decorated cabins, then you're in for a surprise. The Aspen, CO, family home featured in this photo is full of eco features yet also maintains a distinctly modern sensibility.
The home's most obvious eco feature is that it's a Flatpak design house. Helmed by architect Charlie Lazor (who is also one of the founders of Blu Dot), Minneapolis-based company FlatPak designs homes and then ships the home to its location much like transporting a piece of Ikea furniture — unassembled, in a box. This method reduces construction waste and also reduces the cost of the home while allowing clients to design their homes to their specifications.
The built home features high-performing thermal glass, soy insulation, sustainably-sourced wood, a white metal roof, and low- and no-VOC finishes. And while those features are the most important for ensuring that the home stays at a comfortable and cozy temperature while maintaining a reasonable heating bill, the interior design also makes a difference in expressing the home's cozy, family-friendly personality.
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Toward that end, oversize artwork, a cowhide rug, and a Noguchi coffee table keep the look clean and warm in the living room. In the dining area, multi-colored modern chairs add a bit of fun to the rustic farmhouse table, while an Iannone credenza adds eco cred to the room's storage. Polished concrete floors offer a sleek alternative to traditional hardwood floors, while an extra wing of the house is the perfect space for the family's teens to relax and hang out. Interested in finding out more about this home's design? Get all of the details in Natural Home magazine. To take a tour, check out the gallery below.