Family takes long, winding road to their 'green' house

Some people love cars, the faster the better. Others indulge in food, fashion or football. I like houses, always have. And lucky me, I got the chance to build my dream home.

My husband, Alex, and I used to fantasize about designing our own place, but well, we were busy and it never seemed practical. Then four years ago, we had an "aha" moment. We looked around at our 5,000-square-foot suburban house, complete with seven sofas, and wondered: How did our life get so big?


We decided to start over, completely. We wanted something that was bigger than our first home together — a cozy 1920 bungalow with a front porch swing — but smaller than the one we were then living in. Our quest was a bit like Goldilocks looking for just-right.


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