Thursday, September 20, 2007

Green screen used for climbing plants, trellis, possible pebble wall use

I happened upon this great looking Green Screen wall that can be used for climbing plants, trellises and possibly even a pebble wall. The best part is that they are made of recyclable material. They would look terrific on our landscape, and we're hoping they are affordable. I'll call them up and see then will post prices on my blog. Here's the link and photos below:
http://www.greenscreen.com

I love the look of climbing plants, giving a "soul" to the house. Here are some preview pics:



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love generic green screens but I don't really care for this version. The climbing lattice seems kind of klunky, and very much at odds with the plant life growing up it.

You have a very distinctive custom home going. Congrats. I do wish there were a version of the plans with dimensions in each room. I don't seem to see any dimensions in the floor plans.

If it's something you don't mind talking about, what is your budget for this home?


Bob
UT Grad, currently split time between RI and NM

Jan & Myleen said...

Hi Bob, I didn't put all the dimensions in our houseplans because I just wanted people to get an ideal of how it's laid out, but of course I do have them. Our budget has come out to be about $500,000 with all the higher up front costs of the green features we implemented, but realize it will be cheaper to maintain in the long run. If you look at older posts, you'll see one labeled "Our Budget" that shows how it's broken down. We may get it down to 450K if we do a lot ourselves. I'll keep you posted!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the response. I understand the green features are a bit more expensive. We're building in NM starting in January, and face some of the same decisions you do. We struggled for a long time with solar panels, but in the end, decided they were just too expensive for us. We are going with grey water, lots of insulation, and mostly native landscaping. I'm still looking into rainwater collection. I will be in the desert, but even 10" a year coming off the roof can make a difference.

Bob

Jan & Myleen said...

Did you check out the CitizenRE program? They are starting a solar panel program that will allow you to rent panels without purchasing them and you pay equal or less electric to the company. Here's their website:
http://www.citizenre.com

We also came to the same conclusion that solar panels were too expensive (about $30,000 for the system we wanted), but found this program to be a great way to use solar energy without the high upfront costs. They haven't begun the program yet in our area, but check it out and see if it's right for you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I should have mentioned I did see the CitizenRE site last Summer and I read your earlier post. I'm just not convinced it will happen. I think it's a great deal if it does, though.

On the solar horizon, there are some companies trying to make solar panels without silicon. One of the reasons the panels are so expensive is that they're competing for raw materials with computer chip makers. If they can make a solar panel without silicon, it will drive the price down substantially.

After looking at your budget post, I think that would be a very reasonable price for such a green home.

Bob

Jan & Myleen said...

Found out that these Green Screens are EXPENSIVE, and cost somewhere between $1000-2000 a piece. They are made with about 25% recyclable material, with 50% recyclable material in the trim. Now, I don't mind paying for quality and function, but if it is more for aesthetics, then I'd prefer to make it ourselves. Anyway, just thought I'd post some costs that I found out.