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Dan and Susie Kellogg's Family of 14 Lives in an RV Full-Time

Many of us joke (and dream) about selling our homes and packing up our belongings for a life of adventure -- but this Colorado family actually did it. Dan and Susie Kellogg, along with their 12 children -- including 4-month-old baby Coby -- sold their home to live full-time in an RV and roam around the United States. "We... Continue Reading »

Richard and Rachel Lane Turn School Bus Into Energy-Efficient Home

When people envision a dream home, it's generally a two-story, brick-and-mortar classic with a backyard and white picket fence. But Richard and Rachel Lane's doesn't have four walls -- instead, it has four wheels. The Lanes live on a bus in the San Francisco Bay area: a former school bus, to be exact, that they... Continue Reading »

Energy-Efficient Homes: How They Can Boost Your Bottom Line This Winter

After Hurricane Sandy heaped devastation on homes across the East Coast, we began to think that maybe homes need to be built in better ways. There's something to be said for new energy-efficient building standards, including modular building, and how those methods are used to create stronger, sturdier houses. But... Continue Reading »

Is Off-the-Grid Living the Future of Housing?

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

'The Simple Life' on Canada's Lasqueti Island (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

Missouri's 'Dancing Rabbit' Ecovillage (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

New Mexico's Earthship Homes Are a World Away From Traditional Living (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

Costa Rica's Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community Is 100 Percent Sustainable (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

Earth Day Inspired: Incredible Green Homes

With Earth Day just around the corner (April 22, to be exact), now is the perfect time to showcase some of the world's most audacious green homes. From the plastic-bottle home of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, to the stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired prefabricated homes right here in California, green design has come a long... Continue Reading »

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