March ABODE raises the ceiling


Here comes the latest issue of ABODE, friendly readers. It’s out today in print, soon on the web, and highly recommended! Here’s what’s green this time around.

1. Our feature story. In it you’ll meet a couple whose new house in Belmont was built by Latitude 38, a local design-build company. It’s an EarthCraft-certified house, but no one’s making a huge deal about that. In fact, what I think is interesting is that now, green building is basically par for the course among your hipper architects and builders.

The story focuses mostly on design questions, as did the Latitude folks and the residents when I interviewed them. But read closely and you’ll find examples of passive solar principles, site sensitivity, recycled and reclaimed materials, and pretty serious energy-efficiency. It’s great to see that these strategies are becoming the rule, rather than the exception.

2. News of upcoming events, including a local-mushroom cooking class and the beginning of the this year’s City Market.

3. D.I.Y. columnist Ed Warwick on the art of secondhand furniture shopping: always green, but only sometimes aesthetically pleasing. Ed reveals how to get the best of both worlds.

4. Onions. Green onions, that is. Lisa Reeder, chef and kitchen columnist, tells you all about buying and cooking with one of spring’s best veggies–scallions and their ilk. (If you don’t know the difference between scallions and other green onions, which I didn’t until I read Lisa’s column, consider this your chance to find out.)

Read, comment, and enjoy!