Geological Formation

Geological Formation

By Lydia Lee / Photos by Alan Nicholson
A net-zero house in Northern California is earth-first in more ways than one.

Bill Gawthrop and Diane Taylor might live in the only house that is deliberately designed to look as though it has been through an earthquake. Their home, located on a ridge in Northern California’s Mendocino County, has a diagonal "fracture" near the front door that shows how the earth could have shifted. This nod to geological stress is appropriate, given the couple’s professions: They are geophysicists, now retired.

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