Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

One of the basic tenets of sustainable design is reduce, reuse, recycle. Yet, we often see residential projects, both new construction, and renovations, that ignore this basic principle. The U.S Green Building Council estimates nearly 30 percent of the waste generated in the United States is from the construction industry with half of the nearly 325 millions tons of waste coming directly from residential construction. These figures are staggering and, sadly, are only one side of the puzzle. We haven’t even quantified the emissions or energy needed to power these homes after they are built nor have we looked at …

How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation

Kristen Johnson* loved her home, her family, and their active lifestyle. She’d never want to change a thing — except for her foyer and adjoining dining room. When she and her husband first moved into their home, they had intended to refinish the hardwood floors in those areas in a darker stain to better fit their style, but life got in the way. Twelve years, two boys and countless birthday parties, pets and indoor soccer games later, their floors were covered in scuffs, scratches, and stains, and some of their walls needed repair. To complicate matters even further, they had …

Must-have elements for building a sustainable new home

When someone builds a home for you, you have the opportunity to make it as sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. Not only are sustainable homes more cost-effective over the long term, they have a smaller environmental impact and can be more appealing to homebuyers when you’re ready to sell and move. In fact, more than half of Realtors report consumers are interested in sustainability, according to the National Association of Realtors’ REALTORS and Sustainability report. What’s more, 70 percent say a home’s efficient use of energy is important to potential buyers. If you’re having a home built for you, it’s …

Green Interiors: Getting Ready for an Electric Vehicle

Green Interiors: Getting Ready for an Electric Vehicle In the not too distant future, electric vehicles (EV) will become the norm and garages outfitted with charging equipment will become standard. Embracing new technology is exciting but it is also full of unknowns. Fortunately, we’ve reached the stage where electric cars are not only for the “first adapters” and a lot of the unknowns have become standardized. Here are a few tips, facts, and figures to get you ready for the future! You might think going to fill-up a car with gas is easier than installing a charging station at your …

Green Interiors: 10 Green Interior Design Tips for Summer

10 Green Interior Design Tips for Summer Here is a collection of tips that will help keep your house cool, stylish, and efficient this summer! 1. Add cool, breezy, summery colors to your home to instantly update and transform your space for the summer months. Marine blues are classic while cobalt blues are fresh and lively. Turquoises, aquas, and minty greens are fun and on trend. Add fiery tangerines and sunny yellows to accentuate the blues and contrast with the greens. Summer is a great time to play with color and add vibrancy to your home! 2. Going on a …

Green Interiors: Flower Power

Flower Power Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that …

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide Whether you are dealing with new construction or you are contemplating a renovation, flooring is an important area in which to “go green.” Not only do floors cover, by definition, a large area in your home, they are some of the most heavily used materials you will install in your home. By selecting a sustainable, responsibly manufactured product, you will increase indoor air quality and eliminate unnecessary harm to the environment. The best part is, you don’t have to make any tradeoffs. Nothing is off limits and there are options for all …

Green Interiors: add a little green to your life

Winter’s Best Décor Ideas – add a little green to your life Plants do more than provide an organic lush quality to the indoors, they help filter and purify air. Whether you have a tried-and-true green thumb, a black thumb, or want to try tending houseplants for the first time, we’ve got you covered. Split Leaf Philodendron / Monstera Plant If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans, you will recognize the oversize, eye catching tropical leaves anywhere. These might be the most fun, charismatic houseplant you can have and are low maintenance to boot. Water them …

Green Interiors: Winterising Your Home

Six Green Design Tips for Winterizing Your Home There are many practical aspects of green design that can lead to better insulated, more comfortable homes during the winter months. Here are some top ways to conserve energy and save money! Invest in a programmable thermostat. One of our favorite ways to save energy is to update old thermostats with a smart panel that allows you to program the temperature of your home, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You will be surprised by how easy they are to install and how easy they are to use. Find …

Green Interiors: Ingredient List

Green Interiors: Ingredient List While green design is becoming more and more mainstream, there are still hurdles left to cross. Classification and transparency are two important factors that, when ironed out, will go a long way in establishing green design as the norm.  For a long time, companies have been issuing green products and giving general, non-descript labels like “natural” or “earth friendly. Think of it like the debate surrounding our food chain and what is classified as organic or natural. Organic food is the most black and white because it must meet specific standards to be classified as organic.  …