From Brown to Green

From Brown to Green

By Alex Bozikovic / Photos by Lorne Bridgman
Toronto designers Peter Fleming and Debbie Adams found a polluted lot and a run-down building—and saw fertile ground for a unique, eco-minded new home.

When Debbie Adams and Peter Fleming spotted their future home, it was a mess. An old industrial building on a street of solid family houses in Toronto, "it was a dripping, scary building," says Adams. "It hadn’t been used for a while, and I think all the kids in the neighborhood thought it was haunted." The yard was littered with scrap metal and building materials—–and, they soon discovered, dangerous chemicals had seeped into the soil.

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