Magazine article Sunset

New Ways to Live in the West

Magazine article Sunset

New Ways to Live in the West

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Some people are just born to do their jobs. Joanna Linberg, Sunset's home editor, is one.

"I had a binder full of tear sheets on home design when I was 9," she says. "I used it to draw up plans for my dream home, whose main feature was a huge library with big windows that opened up onto a yard."

Joanna still likes that library idea, but her taste has evolved to embrace the sustainable ethos that is sweeping the West. "Sunset has such a great history of covering home innovations over the years, from solar panels to green roofs," she says (see cover, at right). The design pros she interviewed for this issue "energized" her about a future in which buildings produce their own energy and roof runoff nurtures edible gardens.

One idea Joanna has already embraced: Living in a town where she can walk to restaurants and public transit, even if it means squeezing into a smaller apartment. "When my husband and I moved here from Iowa, we left a 1,500-square-foot house and moved into a 475-square-foot apartment. Now we have a slightly bigger space, but I'll never go back to living in a house that we only use half of. …

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