Aging With Your Home

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Green Design: Aging  With Your Home I am currently in the process of working with a client to renovate a 1920’s four-square home. The previous homeowners were an elderly couple that had lived in the home for almost 30 years. As my client took me through each room, it was interesting to see how the couple had renovated different areas over time, allowing their beloved home to age with them. Aging with the home is something, as designers, we face all the time. Not everyone is interested in downsizing or relocating to accommodate their aging needs. Many see that final …

Don’t Be Overwhelmed by Green Design Choices

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Green Design: Overwhelmed? Don’t Be! To many homeowners, the idea of using green building products can seem overwhelming. They see the multitude of options and potential expense, wondering, “How much is too much? How much is too little?” My job is to convince homeowners that using green building materials doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all! Green construction is an exciting frontier, filled with constant innovation and changes. As we locate new ways to renew waste and redevelop dated building systems, the world of “green design” will continue to be at the forefront of sustainable practices. Because there are so …

Green Exploration-Raises the Roof on Energy Savings

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Green Exploration—Raising the Roof on Energy Savings As the summer temperatures inevitably climb, so do our energy bills. I’ve talked before about the importance of having an in-home energy audit to assess the energy efficiency of your home. According to the Nashville Electric Service (NES), to date, almost 5000 Nashvillians have participated in their energy audit program, which is very exciting news! These audits are available in most counties and/or communities and can provide sufficient savings for your home, but they are not the only way to do so.

Build or Remodel

“If you love your current neighborhood and like the bones of your existing home, then an addition or update to meet your current and future needs is a great idea,” says Bryan Edwards of Hughes-Edwards Builders. “Interest rates are historically low and financing can be more easily obtained for a remodeling project due to your home’s equity. We like to work with a client to determine what changes will have the greatest impact on a family’s happiness while being a financially good decision for the overall value and appreciation of the home.” Edwards adds, “There are a lot of great …

Exploring Green Interiors: Eco Home Tour

Exploring Green Interiors In October, Beth Haley Design was a sponsor of the Green Homes Tour of Middle Tennessee. It was the first year of the event, with plans to become an annual production supported by the Cumberland River Compact and the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council. The mission of the tour was to inspire homeowners to take action and select green building and landscaping options for their own homes. Through the tour’s motto of seeing, learning, and acting, the goal was to showcase the many benefits of green homes and help tour participants visualize …

Exploring Green Interiors – Thrifty Upcycling for Kitchen

Exploring Green Interiors try thrifty up-cycling of your kitchen for the holidays As the summer draws to an end and the weather slowly turns cooler, kids are returning to school and the holidays are creeping ever closer. It is during this time of year that our office is typically bombarded with a flurry of clients anxious to plan and execute a redesign, to be ready just in time for the family gatherings the holiday season brings. Still in the midst of a tough economy, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to completely renovate their homes. So I have …

exploring green interiors – energy efficient light bulbs

exploring green interiors – how many lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb? As January 2012 creeps closer, many designers and homeowners have begun stockpiling incandescent bulbs due to fear of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that takes effect in just six months. This article focuses on the portion of the bill that requires a 25 percent increase in light bulb efficiency starting in 2012. I have heard countless stories of people ordering bulbs in quantities of thousands—yes, thousands—for fear of running out. It actually reminds me very much of the Y2K scare over a …