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  • Blending in

    earth-friendly home was built to complement its environment
  • Graphic designer Chandra Hayes knew that once she built her dream home, she would be "done with visual clutter."
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  • Graphic designer Chandra Hayes knew that once she built her dream home, she would be "done with visual clutter."
    Hayes also would be done with electricity bills of as much as $1,000 per month.
    Her former 4,400-square-foot residence constructed in 1953 "sucked energy," while wide eaves kept it cold and perpetually shrouded in darkness. About a half-mile away on the same West Griffin Creek Road property, Hayes oriented her new home toward abundant sunshine that heats the structure via passive-solar design. With an expansive view of hillsides and a verdant valley planted in fruit trees, Hayes considered any architectural flourishes "extraneous."
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