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Asymmetrical shelves filled with books, records, and other beloved possessions lend color and texture to an otherwise minimalist background of white paint, tigerwood flooring, and vapor-proof light fixtures.

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Using touch latches and drawer-pulls instead of hardware on FSC-certified cabinets yielded a clean aesthetic and saved money. Bovee and Kirkpatrick then used the leftover cabinet wood to craft the coffee table, dining table, and a side table for the kitchen.

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The “window” in the railing around the eco-roof also creates a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors.

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Kirkpatrick custom-designed shelves so that the couple’s CD and DVD collection would be both accessible and minimally intrusive.

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“We added the desk at the foot of the bed after a boatbuilder who attended our March open house told us it was a common space-maximizing configuration onboard ships,” says Bovee.

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With an average flush of just one gallon, dual-flush toilets reduce water consumption by 40 to 70 percent; toilet-sink combinations save even more, and because they automatically cycle clean water through the faucet after each flush, they encourage hand-washing.

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