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Atkinses choose to rebuild in different, 'green' way


Last updated 10/16/2008 at Noon

The house incorporates several environmentally friendly features as well as built-in fire resistance. The straw, enclosed in stucco, combined with heat-resistant glass and rolling shutters, insulates the house and limits the need for air conditioning. The house can be virtually sealed off when fire nears.

For Fallbrook residents who lost their homes in the Rice Canyon fire, rebuilding begins with the knowledge that a fire could once again ravage their property and destroy their home.

Many may choose to move to a location less likely to be threatened by fire, while others choose not only to rebuild in the same spot but intend to thrive in the midst of the ruins of their former homes.

Such a couple is Anne Atkins and her husband, Bob, who had just begun the process of building their dream home when the Rice Canyon fire hit Fallbrook.

For the couple, creating a home that would be fire resist...

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