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2010 House of the YearYou won’t believe how much we’ve packed into one sweet little cottage, from big ideas about green living to small-space decorating tricks. And this house’s classic good looks will forever change the way you think about modular architecture.For almost a quarter century now, Country Living has built, and decorated, an entire house from the ground up every year. So this go-round, we figured it was high time to try something new: an environmentally friendly, modular home. Yes, mdular- but far from modern. Our prefab cottage, a collaboration with New World Home, packs loads of historic country charm (think beadboard walls and claw-foot tubs) into just 1,607 square feet. Once the structure was erected in downtown Manhattan, we called upon interior designer Katie Ridder to outfit its rooms with furnishings and accessories as eco-smart as the building itself. The result: a breathtaking space where all the details work together to reduce waste. And the story on the following pages is only the beginning, since anybody can purchase this House of the Year, one of the five Country Living-branded models available to the public. But first, we explain exactly what makes this home so green- inside and out. Come on in!