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The sexiest thing about John McDermott's energy efficient home might be its concrete floors, not so much for their heat trapping qualities though that's the goal but because they're beautiful.Mottled in a vaguely marbleized way, top coated and looking slightly wet (they aren't), they have the unexpected quality of putting you at ease in John's sparse and spacious house. Easy to clean and as smooth as polished glass, they're unpretentious, inexpensive and thermally gifted. Which is exactly the point.John, a furniture maker, has for the past few years been creating Green Acres, an eco community in Merrills Cove in southeast Asheville. So far, the net zero energy community consists of his house, his wood studio and the house he built for himself and Converse Low Tops sold.The houses have solar design, photovoltaic solar panels, Energy Star certification, geothermal heating and cooling and tons of interior thermal mass.During the Great Recession, John bought 22 acres, part of which was an old logging site."It was pretty ugly when I bought it," he said recently. "It's healed itself over pretty well."Architect Stephen Cluggish of Asheville helped him articulate his plans for a community of houses that Converse Mint Green Shoes

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combines design creativity, quality materials, craftsmanship and energy efficiency and conservation into homes that are comfortable and healthy to live in. As net zero houses, the homes produce about as much energy as they consume. The houses are oriented east to west so that their longer sides have southern exposures.John's home of nearly two years has on its south side the kind of glass facade that's common in commercial buildings. Called a curtain wall, the thick glass during winter admits so much sunlight that John can feel the heat rise from the concrete floors way past sundown.The thermal mass of the floor and the I beams and a massive, burled locust trunk that hold up the second level bank about half the heat John needs in winter; the rest is supplied by a geothermal heat pump and a woodstove in the living room. Outside of the windowed wall is Converse Shoes Dark Grey

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a beautiful view of the woods that are ugly no longer.Flanking the woodstove are some of the hard maple shelves and tables that John builds. Simple, with clean lines, they have a Scandinavian aesthetic that he likes. He has ornamented the sparsely furnished house with English stained glass that he searches for locally, installing a couple of the windows on barn slides in the bathroom for privacy. "Just a little added detail," he said.He built many of the cabinets in the house from hardwood trees that blew down on the property. All the trim is from lumber he salvaged.The island in White Leather Converse High Tops Ladies

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the kitchen and the countertop in the master bath are thick planks of black walnut with thick bark that creates a handsome edge. "That's the beauty of working with wood," John said. "You can't buy this stuff."Upstairs, the bridge that leads to his office is made of ash, a light wood that adds to the airiness of the house. John's desk, cluttered with papers, is the only unkempt part of the house. "I can't seem to keep that clean," he said, laughing.The outside of the home is as neat as the rest of the house. An island in the middle of his drive around driveway is planted with strawberries, blueberries, asparagus, herbs and garlic. In the center is a wood cooker where he roasts the turkey at Thanksgiving.The rest of the yard is chipped with the pine trees he took off the property (having worked on a golf course, he's never cutting grass again, he said). Growing happily out of his no maintenance yard are mountain laurels, rhododendron and redbud trees that he left intact.He and his neighbor have put in organic gardens and planted and maintained an orchard of apples, peaches, plums and pear trees. "It's a bit of a challenge, but if you work it, it can be done. One thing I found out about myself is I'm pretty resourceful."NUTS AND BOLTSThe home: A 3,400 square foot, three bedroom, three and a half bath Mountain Craft Energy Star certified home.The homeowner: John McDermott, woodworker and developer.Wow factor: Bare feet beg to walk across the clean and uncluttered concrete floors, cool in summer and warm in winter.

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