Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Politics weary? Check this out…

Pennsylvania rep Chris Ross puts his money where his mouth is…

or is it mouth where his money is...ugh. Germy.

The environmental Commitee advisory member bought an old 1970’s house and barn and

worked to get it off the electrical grid…with a sustainable house and garden.

…Which is also beautiful.

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house before

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after…incorporating local stone.

Inside and out uses all manner of modern green technology.

Green roof, solar panels…they even sell excess energy back to the grid!

outside the pool was removed, and the concrete used for paths and walkways…

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Instead of water needing lawn…they used natural grasses and sedges to lead up to their home

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The garden is now a meadow resplendent with native plants

and birds and butterflies…

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Politics…who knew?

Images: Garden Design Magazine

21 comments:

Renee Finberg said...

oh.........
i love love love this.
....and when can i move in and my my horse???

xxx

Julienne said...

This will do me nicely thankyou but I would have left the pool!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful...hopefully this sort of beauty will be the norm in the future.... I no longer see immaculate lawns as beautiful...because I know the cost to the environment .....this natural look is so much more appealing to me. What an amazing job they did to reinvent a woefully dated structure into a charming & efficient dwelling for the 21 century.

A Country Farmhouse said...

What a beautiful example of going green! Love it!
xoTrina

Melissa said...

Gorgeous!! I love all the stone walkways and use of grasses.

Joyce said...

This is living near nature. I love it! I would never leave home. xo

Black Zebra said...

Wow talk about talking the talk and walking the walk.This should be the future for all of us....great post!

Amber Cargile said...

Beautiful property. We have completely xeriscaped although we have a pool. Once the pool is filled it doesn't take a lot of water to maintain. Would love to go solar.

Best part....prudent environmental responsibility w/ nary a reference to counting carbon credits. Sanity!

Lila said...

Impressive! No electrical bill, no mowing, it's ideal!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Lisa said...

Oh I love the grasses & meadows especially! Talk about low maintenance!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Low maintenance! Love the stone tiles and the idea of filling in the pool.

anita said...

for those who have the luxury of space and choice....beautiful, beautiful!!!!

good job leading by example too!

lila said...

...this is simply fabulousy!! such beautiful place ,so natural and at the same time so elegant.Hope we can still be able to enjoy such beautiful environment in years to come...I love nature with my heart and soul and craves contact with it all the time.Being in Dubai made me appreciate nature even more!!
hugs
Lila

Drawn to The Sea said...

How inspiring... but if not the ocean, I too need a pool.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Yes, sick to death of it and they still haven't decided on winners for some.

But this was an unexpected bit of encourangent!

Renae said...

I love the natural meadow in the yard! That is definitely my kind of yard since my thumbs are a lovely shade of green!
xx

MB said...

That is fantastic and from a politician too! Who knew! Thanks for sharing something positive about politics. I thought it wasn't possible right now and you've proved me wrong.

Ann said...

What a lovely property...

Green and very spacious area.

Thanks for sharing.

simpledaisy said...

Wow it's gorgeous!! I don't think I would ever leave....ok...maybe just to go a re-stock my supply of vino:):)

Kristin Lea said...

This is so beautiful...I hope someday I can contribute to the planet and be this resourceful and green.

Cristin said...

Oh I love it! and off the grid too. wonderful.

xo,
cristin

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