Emerald in the Rough

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January 19, 2009
Originally published in Green Goes Mainstream
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  Atop a living module that contains a kitchen and eating and living areas, Dominic Stevens waters the sod roof, which, like the rest of the house, is a perennial work in progress.
    Atop a living module that contains a kitchen and eating and living areas, Dominic Stevens waters the sod roof, which, like the rest of the house, is a perennial work in progress.
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  In the living room, the vertical timber columns that support the roof are in plain sight. Stevens wants his children to understand how their house stands up. His building method was partly inspired by Walter Segal, a mid-20th-century German architect who spent most of his life in London.
    In the living room, the vertical timber columns that support the roof are in plain sight. Stevens wants his children to understand how their house stands up. His building method was partly inspired by Walter Segal, a mid-20th-century German architect who spent most of his life in London.
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  Hexagonal tile covers the wall and floor in the bathroom.
    Hexagonal tile covers the wall and floor in the bathroom.
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  Though humble, their kitchen contains state-of-the-art cooking equipment, including a Presso hand-operated espresso maker.
    Though humble, their kitchen contains state-of-the-art cooking equipment, including a Presso hand-operated espresso maker.
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  Stevens’s office is inside a refrigerated shipping container, which he bought used for about $1,300.
    Stevens’s office is inside a refrigerated shipping container, which he bought used for about $1,300.
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  Kitchen storage is made simple with a handmade grid of shelves.
    Kitchen storage is made simple with a handmade grid of shelves.
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  Djeribi’s studio.
    Djeribi’s studio.
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  IKEA chairs rest next to the woodstove.
    IKEA chairs rest next to the woodstove.
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  A view from downhill shows how the architect’s box system can accommodate a steep building site.
    A view from downhill shows how the architect’s box system can accommodate a steep building site.
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  Architect Dominic Stevens in front of his timber-clad house in northwest Ireland.
    Architect Dominic Stevens in front of his timber-clad house in northwest Ireland.
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