Although the Built Green standard was developed in 1999 there were still not a host of builders jumping on the band wagon in the early years. It wasn’t until 2005 that I (Diva Kim) finally sold my first truly green home. It was a rare breed of townhouse tucked behind the Columbia City Library. My clients took one look and fell in love. This was the first encounter I had with Graham Black and gProjects. Beyond the use of reclaimed woods and recycled materials, these homes were unique in that they were designed to foster community – not typical of most new construction of the day. I think the pretty communal courtyard sprinkled with edible plants and salvaged bricks was the clincher for all of us.
This Saturday at the Divas Green Built Home Tour we will feature another one of gProjects developments. Graham, in cahoots with b9 architects, redeveloped a dejected lot in the Central Area and created urbanTrees – 11 towhouses & live/work spaces collected around a central tree lined communal courtyard where cars and people can gather in harmony. We love this project and have shown it off to many a client and friend. Beyond the green aspects, sustainable custom design work and hip location, these homes are actually affordable as well.
Here’s the rub – there is only one live/work home left! So come and check it out this Saturday with the Divas before it gets snapped up. Read more info about the Central Area Green Built tour after the jump ->