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Arbor South built The Sage house on an infill lot within 1/2-mile walk of retail and community outlets; an extensive bike path network also is accessible.

Sporting a traditional Pacific Northwest look, The Sage is designed to show local buyers that going green does not mean sacrificing aesthetics.

The modern kitchen features Pioneer Millworks reclaimed flooring, Energy Star-rated refrigerator and dishwasher from KitchenAid, locally sourced wood cabinets, and Squak Mountain recycled-content countertops. Clerestory windows flood the open room with natural light.

In addition to low-flow fixtures, the bathrooms feature cork flooring from Sustainable Flooring and PaperStone countertops, which are crafted from post-consumer waste and petroleum-free resins.

An open floor plan and attention to window placement boost the amount of natural light infiltrating the space.

Pioneer Millworks reclaimed flooring brings a one-of-a-kind look to the bedrooms and the rest of the house. Creative placement of an interior wall sections off storage.

Windows on two sides of the bedroom bring natural light while making the room feel larger.

Drought-tolerant plants and permeable surfacing keep this relaxing backyard eco-friendly. A 1,000-gallon cistern (top right) lends a modern, industrial feel while supplying water for plants and for the landscape pond (top left).

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