Eco-friendly escape

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD
  • Updated: October 2, 2010 - 12:43 PM

A green-minded couple built an Up North getaway that marries the look of a timeless European cottage with the latest environmentally friendly features.

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miltrainerOct. 2, 1010:13 PM

However, large expansive windows are not thermal friendly. If they really wanted to be green they wouldn't be using a wood fire stove. 1.) Wood is much less efficient than natural gas or many other fossil fuels. It releases more CO2 and soot than any of the above fossil fuels. 2.) Why don't they list the costs of this get away home. The house alone looks to have cost 600,000 to 750,000. Not to many of us can afford to build a house with all the expensive updates.

If this article is suppose to be a feature on how green they are, it is sadly mistaken. Now instead of having utilities for their main house now they are having to use utilities for a second home that will not be used that much. If they want to be GREEN they should have all the latest updates to their current residence and not build the second house.

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democratslieOct. 3, 10 2:08 AM

A second home which is used as nothing more than a getaway is eco-friendly? What about all the energy and pollution that went into creating a secondary, infrequently used home? Some people have no homes and these people want to be patted on the back for having an "eco-friendly" second home on a precious natural resource like a lake? What about the damage to the natural environment and aesthetic damage caused by putting a home on a lake? I would rather see trees and grass when I look around the edge of a lake than an "eco-friendly" second home. There is more beauty in nature than in people so full of themselves they think they are doing the earth a favor by building an "eco-friendly" second home.

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rainyriverOct. 3, 10 7:20 AM

Good for them. I like it and appreciate their thoughtfullness on being eco freindly I like the part on being set back from the lake and not being huge. Too many McMansions are showing up on our lakes that look downright gaudy. I'm not impressed at all when I boat by a huge house on a lake. They should be set back, smaller in size and of a natural color that blends with the trees and shoreline.

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cohodogOct. 3, 10 7:45 AM

No wind generated power, No solar power? Pine River is home to a great solar power company by the name of RREAL they offer affordable Solar air heat, solar water heat and PV systems to generate electricity. The features they incorporated are nice but fall way short of what i would call a Eco-friendly house.

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opn4bznsOct. 23, 10 8:44 PM

Way to go Greg and Jenny. This is one beautiful home and if these folks can afford to own five homes...I say go for it and enjoy the short time we are allowed to live here. This planet has since it's beginning...cleaned itself and will continue to self clean when we are long gone. Just the poisons and tons of ash from all the current active volcano's around the world should have killed us all long ago...but again, the earth cleans itself in spite of what we naively believe we are doing to it. So, relax and do what you can to keep it looking clean and have a great day on God's beautiful gift to us...David

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