greener. LaRoque, a stay-at-home mother with
a degree in counseling, made a list of their bare
necessities. Together, they decided what they
could live without: dishwasher, dryer, microwave oven. A wood stove and a gas range lit with
a match were givens. So was solar technology to
supply electricity, heat, and hot water.
Rather than an underground cave or something built of hay bales, the couple wanted an
attractive, traditional-looking house that would
be sellable should they ever move. Although
Tipton wanted to build the house, he knew they
needed the advice of an architect, whom they
fortuitously found in the telephone book.
Karolina Kawiaka was able to guide the
homebuilders on both design and environmental
fewer major appliances mean the kitchen is less
cluttered. Michelle LaRoque prepares snacks with
Mikail, 8, and Addison, 6, at the simple steel and
butcher-block worktable. Using concrete for floors
and countertops kept costs down, and the tinted
finishes jibe with the lively color scheme. Each
cabinet pull is made from a stone.