Going Green: An eco-friendly show house near Annapolis embraces sustainable style

The 2012 Maryland Green Designer Show House.

The 2012 Maryland Green Designer Show Home is living proof that good design and sustainability can go hand in hand. Designed by architect Cathy Purple Cherry and built by Baldwin Homes, the Craftsman-style residence employs a host of eco-friendly features, systems and materials and is expected to be LEED certified and certified by the National Green Building Standard. The home is open for tours through November 17, 2012.

The home was designed and constructed to be as energy efficient as possible, with structurally insulated sheathing, Pella Low E windows and doors, foam insulation and energy-efficient appliances. The design team went to extremes to conserve water and eliminate runoff with vegetated swales and buried cisterns to offset water used in irrigation.

Mike Baldwin, president of Baldwin Homes and the founder of the Maryland Green Designer Show Home, decided to create the home to illustrate the potential of green building. “We wanted to show that building a green house is just building a quality house—just a little bit better thought out,” he explains. The home is currently for sale. Proceeds from tours—as well as profits from the eventual sale of the home—will be divided between two charities: Hospice of the Chesapeake and the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation.

Nine interior design teams were tasked with decorating the home in a sustainable way. “The designers were excited to embrace” the home’s strict green standards, says Baldwin. “The fabrics are green-certified. A lot of designers used reupholstered furniture and FSC-certified materials. The paints are no VOC by Sherwin Williams.” Every room in the house illustrates how homeowners can go green in style…a few photos below offer a sneak peek of the interiors.

The Maryland Green Designer Show Home is located at 1760 Holladay Park Road in Gambrills, Maryland. For tickets or more information, visit mdgreenshowhome.com. —Sharon Jaffe Dan

Designed by Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID, of Fitzsimmons Design Associates, the kitchen features an island made of recycled wood, ECO countertops by Cosentino made with 75 percent recycled contents and recycled ceramic tile.

Teresa Buchanan, ASID, of Designline created a sustainable retreat in the master bedroom. She fashioned the headboard from existing railing and selected LED lighting, an eco-friendly mattress and luxurious silk and cotton bedding.

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