THE WOODS OF MONTICELLO The home, built with insulated concrete forms, was certified to the NGBS for about $1,100.
THE WOODS OF MONTICELLO The house features durable, low-maintenance CertainTeed fiber-cement siding and ultra-efficient SeriousWindows units with krypton gas.
THE LITTLE HOUSE The Little House, built in 1920, is one of the region’s first LEED-Platinum renovations. It sits behind the 3,000-square-foot main house and is currently used as a short-term rental unit.
THE LITTLE HOUSE Built-ins such a breakfast nook (shown), a Murphy bed, shelves, and cabinets help ensure maximum use of the small floor plan.
THE LITTLE HOUSE The home’s 250-gallon “rain cubes” are made from discarded vegetable oil containers from snack manufacturer Frito-Lay. They hold roof runoff from downspouts, which is then used to irrigate the garden via soaker hoses.
THE LITTLE HOUSE Knotty pine cabinets are one of the reclaimed materials that grace the house, many from the local Habitat Home Store.
THE LITTLE HOUSE The side patio’s built-in benches allow for seated gardening for the owners, who grow some of their own food and raise chickens on the small property.
THE STRAW BALE HOUSE The home is the first in Tennessee to implement straw bale construction, which was used for the large addition.
THE STRAW BALE HOUSE The interior of the original home was gutted and turned into a large, open great room.
THE STRAW BALE HOUSE The galley kitchen features concrete countertops, Energy Star appliances, and a small child-accessible sink for hand washing.
THE STRAW BALE HOUSE The addition contains a master bedroom and a large, open children’s bedroom with modular, movable beds made by a local woodworker.
THE STRAW BALE HOUSE Rainwater is collected in a tank at the back of the house to be used for irrigation.
EDENBRIDGE The ultra-efficient home relies on ground source heating and cooling. Two 300-foot-long closed-loop geothermal lines run horizontally about 8 feet beneath the ground in the front yard.
EDENBRIDGE LED lighting and Energy Star appliances help keep energy use as low as possible in the kitchen.
THE VENUE AT COOL SPRINGS The apartment complex is the second multifamily project in the country to be designated an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary.