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Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from the Foundation to the Furniture Hardcover – April 1, 2010

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About the Author

Robin Wilson is a nationally known eco-friendly and healthy home interior designer focused on sustainable, reusable, recyclable and non-toxic options. Her style is classic with a modern touch, with a focus on unique textures, organic fibers, with background in LEED requirements due to her work on other projects. She has been regularly featured in news (CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC) and print as an expert on eco-friendly options for residential and commercial projects.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., had a problem. Black mold took over his house and caused significant health problems for his kids. They attempted extensive renovations, but that didn't fix the problem. So they decided to rebuild their house using the best available green technology.

Though better for the environment, green technology is still worse for the pocketbook. The project went over budget, just as the economic crisis was putting strains on the Kennedy family income. In addition, this is a very large project to begin with. The original original building was a summer home for the Scribner family. The residence includes many outbuildings on twelve acres, not counting a pond and woods. When finished, the project cost a million dollars - - not counting the contributions of many sponsors and discounted services from many professionals.

Those professionals expected to get something in return for that investment, and this book is apparently part of that something. It showcases consultants, architect firms, producers and the ecofriendly lines of some global corporations. Some of them, such as a well-known plumbing fixtures company, apparently have some very nice ecofriendly product lines. Even if you don't have a Kennedy family budget, you could learn something about what's available from this book.

Still, the project struck me as a monument to consumerism. Branding matters to the client and certainly to the project team. This isn't a particularly ecofriendly project. The client has elegant design tastes and an opulent lifestyle, all of which burns energy and raw materials. The family has a very large house in the countryside. Presumably they do not have access to public transportation, and they presumably drive everywhere.
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I've looked at a lot of home design and renovation books over the years, and assumed this one would be just another coffee table book filled with pretty pictures. What a surprise! Kennedy Green House is actually full of useful information. It is a case study of how one home was reconstructed using state-of-the-art -- but readily available, off-the-shelf -- eco-friendly products and techniques. The book takes you through the whole process, from planning to execution to how the renovated home was furnished, step-by-step and room-by-room. I particularly like the "green pages" that lay out the eco-friendly options for specific rooms and applications (like flooring). The fact that the book is filled with useful information does not mean it is not also stylish. The photography is beautiful, and the design, dimensions and quality of production make it suitable for the coffee table if that fits with your decorating style. The Kennedy family backstory adds extra interest. I recommend this book to anyone who is considering renovating or redecorating and wants to incorporate environmentally-friendly features.
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well i bought this book for less then 5.00.
it is interesting. some what informative on the details of building.
i noticed that MARY KENNEDY was no where in this book....
......just the widowed husband
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By Pated on December 14, 2014
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Beautifully and tastefully done. Perfect page turner.
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Robin shows that green design can be beautiful and practical. The Kennedy Green House is a living laboratory of green and eco-friendly design.Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from the Foundation to the Furniture
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