You don’t need a fortune in specialty materials to build a space that is budget- and Earth-friendly. All it takes are thoughtful planning and savvy spending.
Peter and Mary took cues from traditional tropical-climate architecture. The room arrangement is inspired by West Indies and lower Louisiana Creole structures. "We kept the house one room deep," he says. "So we have 360 degrees of light and ventilation." The rooms are arranged en suite, one room spills into the next without unnecessary interior hallways that have to be artificially heated or cooled.