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Opening doors and hearts to nature

The house is sustainable too. White was the general contractor, something she said was fun and let her learn more than she ever expected to, and which she now passes on to others.

Concrete is pored into forms within the walls of the structure, so when the streams in the tile floors and walls heat up. When the sun goes down and the air temperature cools, the energy collected throughout the day remains intact and continues to warm. Solar tubes and mall skylights produce about 150 to 200 watts of light in the interior rooms, said White, and there's a solar water heater on the roof. A cistern on the metal roof captures water that's used to irrigate inside and out.

White said she has stayed away from paid advertising and gets most of her traffic from neighbors, friends and those on her email list. She said she encourages anyone that drives by the home to stop by.

"I would never discourage anyone from coming or exclude anyone," said White. "It was my desire to let this grow and be as it will be; let it evolve on its own."

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