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Parallel to the ramp is a plot for an accessible kitchen or cutting garden. The lawn and patio are graded flat so people can walk comfortably. But to ensure that puddles and ice patches don't form, downspouts leading from rain gutters direct storm water to an underground drain. A rain barrel is provided to collect some roof runoff for watering the garden. — Text by Michael Chotiner; Photographs by Chris Usher

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2010 Livable Communities Awards
BURNS HARBOR, IND.

Category Winner for Builder Home — up to 2,500 square feet

This single-family house, designed and built in 2010 by Treasure Homes Inc., combines universal design features with green building practices. It is certified at the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard. The combination of accessibility, low maintenance and energy-saving features makes the design truly livable.

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