Incorporating eco-friendly elements into a home design is becoming more prominent. Homeowners are becoming more conscious of their impact on the environment, and builders are learning new ways to save energy while still producing a high-quality product. If going green is essential to you, consider these sustainable home design ideas.
It’s no secret that using the sun to power our homes is one of the best ways we can focus on sustainability. Before you ever break ground on your new home, you can plan for the house to be built in a direction and on a space that will be most ideal for the use of solar panels. Installing solar panels can save you thousands of dollars in utility costs, increase the value of your home, and even qualify you for certain tax breaks and grants.
Win With Energy-Saving Windows
Windows can add a sleekness and sophistication to your custom home, offer breathtaking views, and allow natural light to enlighten your space. Beyond the look and ambiance that windows create, the types of windows you choose for your home can significantly impact its carbon footprint. Ask your architect about the types of windows and doors that provide the best insulation. And consider installing stunning windows that optimize the way your home generates natural heat and light for something that is as beautiful as it is functional.
Focus On Sustainable Materials
In the process of designing your home, be sure to pay attention to the materials that will be used to create each space. For instance, there are many high-end construction materials that are eco-friendly while still adding luxury and style to your home. For example, flooring materials like bamboo are excellent insulators, stunning to look at, and made from a renewable resource.
Watch The Water
You will have to make decisions that involve your home’s water usage and conservation efforts as well. Luxury bathrooms are now being designed with water conversation in mind, including showers and toilets that save water. Sustainably designed kitchens might feature appliances such as dishwashers and sink faucets that can be a game changer when it comes to how much water your home uses daily. If your home will be sitting on a large lot, consider landscaping techniques and products that will keep your lawn looking great without wasting water.
High Tech Thermostats
Thermostats have come a long way. There are high-tech “smart” thermostat devices that are now responsible for much more than simply heating or cooling your home. These innovative home systems can be adjusted automatically or from a single touch on your smartphone. The system takes the time of day, outside weather and other factors to better regulate the temperature of your home. Save energy by allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder.
Sustainability & Interior Design
Sustainability is not only restricted to the architecture and appliances in a home. There are many sustainable options when it comes to interior design as well. Some of these ideas include using bioglass in bathrooms, zero-VOC paints, and furniture made from renewable materials such as Wool, bamboo, organic cotton, hemp, and linen. Your furnishings can come together to a create a home that is both luxurious and sustainably sourced.
Sustainability & Outdoor Living
When considering sustainable home design ideas, don’t forget about your outdoor living spaces. Your architect can help create transitional indoor/outdoor areas that are perfect for entertaining while maintaining a focus on eco-friendliness. Sustainable outdoor furniture, green water features, solar panels and energy efficient outdoor appliances can turn your outdoor oasis into something both you and Mother Nature can appreciate.
The Anderson Studio Is An Expert In Sustainable Homes
As you begin the process of designing the home of your dreams, keep in mind the small changes and improvements you can make to optimize functionality, beauty, and sustainability.
Not sure where to start? Contact the Anderson Studio of Architecture and Interior Design to brainstorm how best to “go green” when designing your custom home.