December 2015

No More McMansions, Please 

Several years ago, a small, talented team of builders, architects and designers approached officials in Bernards Township with a plan to develop a prime piece of farmland — and to do sowith less negative impact on the environment than the current zoning allowed. This approach to thoughtful, sustainable building has become known as conservation development — the antidote to overdevelopment and McMansion syndrome. At Mine Brook Farm, small clusters of luxury homes are nestled into the existing orchard and meadow landscape, preserving critical wildlife habitat while providing homeowners with expansive views. Residents of this exclusive community may fish in the pond which also provides effective storm water drainage. They’ll enjoy cooking with herbs and vegetables grown in the tended organic garden beds. They’ll have access to local honey harvested from the bees that pollinate their native meadow plants.

Follow our journey and learn more about sustainable living: 
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