Adaptive Reuse is a process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features. We have seen this in an urban setting for many years, as in the example above. A condo community in NYC.
We are now seeing more of this re-use in residential homes. As in shipping containers being used for room additions. Check with a progressive architect in your area to discuss your options. It could cost you much less than you think for an extra 700 sq feet of living space. Or maybe you can afford to do something with that lake lot you have been holding onto.
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Greening your home is a process. We cannot change our ways overnight but sometimes small things we do can make a huge impact. A great example of that is eliminating your non-stick cookware. In 2006 the EPA asked 8 companies to work towards eliminating the product PFOA in it's cookware calling it a likely carcinogen. There is a great article worth reading on about.com.
The good news is more and more safe cookware is popping up on the market and it's easy to afford. I just bought three different size pans for under $40 at Home Goods. I have also seen varies brands on Overstock.com, Amazon, Ebay & Target. Get some this weekend & take advantage of the holiday sales.