With very capable assistance from Todd Jersey Architecture and Deborah Coburn of Naturally Inspired, Northern California Sonoma County residents Karen Boness and Mark Feichtmeir are settled into their dream green home and loving every minute of it. The research process and end result proved so inspiring that the couple are developing Kenwood Permaculture, a company providing education on sustainable lifestyles.
Beautiful Scrap Metal Gate Design
Permaculture is defined as “an ecological design practice that creates functional, interdependent systems that serve both nature and humans”. The couple's integration of this practice into their residence has led to the property’s certification as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Reclaimed water stored in a 50,000-gallon cistern provides irrigation for the herb and vegetable gardens, fruit and almond trees, olive orchard, berry bushes and the native plants used for landscaping.
This green dream home continues sustainable practices indoors with natural cork flooring, concrete flooring containing fly-ash byproduct, smart-house automation systems for thermostats, lighting and irrigation, as well as a geothermal exchange pump used for hot water and in-floor radiant heating. A passive solar design utilizing Kyocera solar panels provides for the majority of the couple’s electricity needs. This lovely and sustainable home is featured on Natural Home on-line magazine.
Photos courtesy of Kenwood Permaculture and Todd Jersey Architecture
PV array, solar hot water panel
Rooftop herb garden
Citrus trees, chicken coop / green house
California fuschias and southwest view
Native and habitat plants, medicinal and culinary herbs
Roof: deep eaves for passive solar; habitat rock garden
Interior Design by Deborah Coburn of Naturally Inspired
Architectural Design by Todd Jersey Architecture
Posted by Debra Emmons on July 20, 2008 7:08 AM
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