I'd like to think that the story I've been telling over the last year and a half about the construction of my house has proven that "green" building doesn't have to be minimalist, ultra-modern, or stark. (Yes, I realize that, for some, minimalist, ultra-modern, and stark is the opposite of ugly, but there are plenty of examples out there of green homes with ultra-modern styling, so my purpose here is to demonstrate that green building can successfully coexist with traditional architecture.)
While our builder, R, was getting started on our house, he was finishing up another house that I sometimes think of as our house's big brother. It's a lot larger, much more expensive, and was designed by a super-fancy architect, but it's very similar in both its Craftsman styling and its emphasis on energy-efficiency and sustainability (it also achieved a five-star rating from Austin's green building program). Since it was a few months ahead of our house in the construction process, we frequently borrowed ideas from it on both the Craftsman and green fronts.
So, without further ado, here is another house that successfully melded state-of-the-art technology and traditional aesthetics (and, incidentally, is apparently much more moved-into than ours):