We're breaking format this week to bring you something interesting. This neo-Craftsman style home is the nation's first LEED-certified dwelling built by high school students.
Since it is owned by the Boise School District, the current marketing phase is different than normal. For the next five weeks you won't find it on the Internet. To see it, make an appointment. Want to buy it? Submit a sealed bid to the district.
Wood shingles grace the energy-efficient home's facade. A covered, partially enclosed porch forms a private resting spot outside the front door.
Inside, walnut-tinted bamboo floors flow from the main hallway into a great room. Ivory colored walls, white doors and white trim create a pleasantly neutral backdrop throughout the house, while zero-VOC paints make for better indoor air quality. Wool carpeting the color of golden wheat cushions bare feet in all three bedrooms.
The kitchen's ivory IceStone countertops, made from recycled concrete and glass, sparkle with bottle-brown flecks. The warmth of the room's ash cabinetry is cooled by stainless steel appliances.
Professionals completed the home's foundation, plumbing, and electrical systems. The 17 students who worked on the dwelling put up siding, hung cabinetry, measured and installed baseboards and performed other carpentry and painting tasks throughout the house.
Pros: First student-built LEED certified home in the nation.
Cons: Can't see it online yet.