exterior of eco-home in Asheville, North Carolina
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw-Llewellyn

It's What's Inside That Counts

Ask most people to draw a picture of an eco-house and you'll get an image of a high-tech hangout with space-age solar panels on the roof, wind turbines spinning in the yard, and a few Spartan but serviceable furnishings inside. It might be an accurate portrait of some green houses, but not all. And that's what designer Stephen Beili set out to prove when he broke ground on his dream home. While the shingled exterior echoes the traditional deep eaves and architectural supports of Craftsman-style cottages built a hundred years ago, the interior is all about innovations that offer the greatest creature comfort at the lowest cost to the environment.

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