Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Butterfly RoofLine "Pulling the buildings apart allows what is not a big house to feel really big," says architect Jonathan Feldman of the sustainable retirement home he built for a couple in California. "Because of the ways it opens up, it feels much more expansive than it really is."  Photo 4 of 8 in Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home from Sustainable Retirement Home in Tune with California Landscape

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Harvest rainwater: If you're looking to make a big impact on your home's water consumption, consider a large-scale solution like rainwater harvesting. At this home in Carmel, California, the butterfly roof supports the collection of rainwater, which flows into hidden pumps at the notches of each roof that lead to concrete cisterns. During the summer, the cisterns passively release water into the meadow to irrigate the plants.