The words "sustainable house" may conjure images of hippie throw backs living in grass shacks, geodesic domes, or some other dwelling that's wacky and weird, but the Rosses wanted to show that it's possible to live in a home that's "just like others in the neighborhood" -- but which is also in harmony with the natural world.

Minimizing the impacts of stormwater runoff through native landscaping, infiltration and harvesting for reuse was a goal from the start.

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