Green Tour: Harbinger Showhouse

Green Tour: Harbinger Showhouse

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 29, 2008

Name:SG Blocks Harbinger - Design by Lawrence Group
Location: San Jose Convention Center
Size: 1700 sq/ft
Assembled In: 4.5 hours


The Harbinger is 1,700 sq-ft of pure illusion. Step inside and you'll be hard pressed to detect any shred of evidence pointing to the home's past life -- 5 containers sailing across the high seas on the back of some gigantic ship, holding ... what? Dishwashers maybe?


The Harbinger was hauled into the showroom at the San Jose Convention center in pieces and, less than 5 hours later, it was a house. Then, green interior designer Zem Joaquin (of ecofabulous) got to work, filling the home with some of the latest eco products and furniture.

It's a charming space -- bright, open, and, thanks to a million details, very green. From the lighting to the flooring to the landscaping, the Harbinger doesn't seem to miss a single opportunity to save on energy and resources.

First Floor Plan:
A. Foyer/ Stair Hall
B. Kitchen
C. Dining Area
D. Living Area
E. Utility Room
F. Study/Guest
G. Porch
H. Walk-Out

Second Floor Plan
K. Hall
L. Master Bedroom
M. Walk-In Closet
N. Master Bath
P. Linen Closet
Q. Bedroom
R. Bathroom
S. Balcony


Partial List of Resources:


Vintage Furniture from Will Wick Design, Battersea, Coup d'etat, and Sarlo

From Spring in San Francisco and Green Fusion in San Anselmo, Ca

Shaper Lighting & Progress Lighting

Tiles and Stone:
Kitchen counter by EcoTop
Modwalls recycled glass tile in bathrooms

Toilets & Sinks:
Caroma low-flow dual flush toilets
Caroma low flow sinks

Phillips Perfect Color Paints & Modern Masters (inside)
Kelly Moore Recycled Low-VOC paint (outside)

Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Area - Teragren (engineered bamboo flooring)
Foyer, Stairways, Study, - Restoration Timber
Utility Room - Forbo Marmoleum Click
Bathrooms - Eurowest Iris Ceramica Tile Flooring
Bedrooms - Wicanders Cork Flooring

(Thanks, Lawrence Group, SG Blocks, and ecofabulous!)

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