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Back in May, you probably remember my post about my wonderful afternoon with architect Sarah Susanka. Well recently, Susan was interviewed for inhabitant.com, where she shared 5 great tips for a green home remodel. Susanka believes that comfort can significantly influence the sustainability of your home and her mantra “build better, not bigger,” promotes quality over quantity.
Take a look at Susan’s 5 tips for a green home remodel:
1. Re-evaluate the space you have to work with. Instead of adding on, evaluate your existing space and work within that original floor plan whenever possible.
2. Get an Energy Audit. Let this be one of the first things you do before a green remodel. The audit will help you identify some of the most cost effective ways to make your home more sustainable.
3. Quality over Quantity. Instead of investing your money to quantify space, use your budget to induce quality elements that address your particular needs and aesthetics.
4. Use Lighting to Amplify Perspective. You can greatly improve the quality and character of a space by changing the way light is introduced into the space.
5. Enhance your Space with Color. How the light falls on different colors in a room can transform the look of a space. “Determine the most important wall in each room — the place to which you want to draw peoples’ attention — and paint it to your heart’s desire.” - inhabitat.com
For more details on these great green remodeling tips, visit inhabitat.com. If you live in the Kansas City area and want more information on how you can remodel your home into a more sustainable space, contact Design Build Team today!
Photo Credit: inhabitat.com