Designing a home is one thing, architects will tell you, but designing your own home is a completely different animal. When Robert Wheat was drawing up plans for his family home in Monroe, Wisconsin, sustainability was at the forefront of his mind. The finished home features passive solar, rain gardens and other eco-friendly systems. Monroe managed to incorporate these sustainable choices while still building an inspired and inventive house for his family of four. He incorporated many different building materials, making the home a fascinating jigsaw of textures and tones.