Think Green When Designing Your New Home
When sitting down with an architect to design your new home, give them your eco-friendly ideas. Keeping your new home green is excellent for the environment and can save you money on your energy bills each month in the long run. Consider these 4 ideas when designing your new home to make it a little greener.
- Wood Burning Stove - If you’re thinking of a traditional fireplace, consider using a wood burning stove. This is the best option for an energy-efficient home. The intake and outflow vents are on the top and bottom of the stove. Your home will use less heat in the winter and you can still enjoy the flickering flames through the glass doors.
- Drainage - Pay close attention to the foundation of your home. The ground around your home needs a half of an inch per foot downhill slop that extends 10 feet in all directions. This gives your home sufficient drainage during any wet season. Furthermore, your new home won’t experience dampness or water damage problems from flooding.
- Furniture - Consider furnishing your home with the new efficient furniture called “Furnitecture”. This is an excellent way to transform the space in your new home. The newly designed pieces of furniture will give your home more space. Furthermore, the furniture design has plenty of shelves, drawer space, and shoulder-height walls. This helps add an extra layer of insulation to your home.
- Interior – When designing the interior of your home play close attention to the space you use. Stay away from narrow hallways and unusable corners in your home. Consider making use of your hallway by creating a hallway library. Add plenty of space for storage, a home office, and even a gym. The better you use your space the more energy you’ll save.
Designing a green home is excellent for the environment and cost efficient. Ask your architect for ideas on how to use the space in your home effectively and efficiently. Even one simple thing, like equipping your home with solar panels, saves money on your heating and electricity each month. Keep in mind an energy-saving home isn’t only about light bulbs or certain appliances. It’s about your building materials, space, insulation, and design.