Going Green Without Sacrificing Good Design

It is so easy to be drawn to the many products are labeled as “green” or “sustainable” these days, but are these items actually saving the planet?  And are they really worth the extra cost?  When it comes to designing a new home or renovating an existing one, budget is no small consideration and paying extra for a label is not something we ever recommend to our clients.

The good news is that often an architect with some common sense and a good design can easily incorporates eco-friendly values and materials without labels or breaking the bank.  In fact, using local products like Texas limestone not only lowers the carbon footprint of the product, but also provides true Southwestern charm to a patio or walkway.  Reclaimed wood from an old barn or building can be used for built-in bookshelves or cabinets.  Repurposed stained glass windows can be integrated into a wall hanging or mosaic.  

Even the layout of a new home can be a part of a sustainable design.  This can stem from the type of insulation used and extend to  the way we position windows and openings to allow natural ventilation and natural light to flow through the home.  Low flow faucets and shower heads can reduce consumption and lower your water bill at the same time.  

With the right architect, I think you’ll find that green design and good design don’t have to be mutually exclusive- you just might need a little creativity to strike the right balance.