It is a strange feeling to look at our homes or our lives and see the clutter of things that we own. Finding what is actually important to us. We do not need 20 foot ceilings and 5000 sq ft homes to be happy. Sometimes it is about simplicity and the elegance that is inherent to simplicity. In our world of go anywhere technology we often forget what simplicity and sustainability are. We look for gadgets and devices to help us simplify our lives, when simple answer and solutions to our problems have been starring us in the face. The environmentally friendly or “green” solution is never to go out and manufacture a new product. There are times where new is great, but when it comes to homes the timeless aesthetic is in old practical sustainable building techniques. While architects strive to achieve new aesthetics and styles many of them feel dated and need updating after being built. Sustainability is timeless, a home where the things in it become dated is ideal, not the home itself. Repurposing and rebuilding will always be “more green” than building a new structure.