Gallery: Green-Roofed Charleston House Has A River Of Green Features

Architect Whitney Powers' clients in Charleston, South Carolina wanted a large, sustainable home, and they wanted to incorporate as many recycled materials as possible - and that's exactly what they got. This stunning home features three distinct sections that are heated and cooled separately and that form a collective U around the swimming pool. Snuggled between the Atlantic coast and a maritime forest, it is surprisingly low impact despite its 5,000 square foot bulk. Sculpted into the landscape, the spare bedroom has a vegetative roof, harvests rainwater, is naturally lit and ventilated, and all of the wood is either reclaimed or composed of highly recycled materials. But that doesn't even begin to describe the care that went into making this home a viable long term project. Although diverging from Charleston's colonial history, the house is nonetheless warm, cozy, and a classic study in classy but sustainable residential architecture.

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