My Houzz: Joyful, Earth-Conscious Home in VermontContemporary Porch, Boston
photo by Mary Prince © 2012 Houzz
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In an extreme example of bringing the outdoors in, this Vermont home was built around a green ash tree. A rubber membrane around the tree at the ceiling allows room for the tree’s growth while keeping water out.
The solar-heated garden room stays above freezing in winter and reaches up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. It features a winter fish pond (fish and plants return to the outdoor pond in the summer), a green ash tree growing through the roof, a wooden deck floor with earth underneath, and a rock in the floor (symbiotic with the tree). The home was built, symbolically, around the green ash tree. A rubber membrane around the tree at the ceiling keeps water and air out and allows room for the tree’s growth. The room opens to the outdoor pond and a stone patio by Montgomery's studio.