Sustainable home design is much more than a trend. Homeowners are increasingly interested in eco-friendly design, and whether it’s an apartment complex, a single-family home, or a studio, there are many ways to design a sustainable home with the help of a residential architect. Here are some of our top sustainable home design tips:
- Invest in high-performing and environmentally-friendly building materials. These materials will impact your indoor air quality, how well your home retains cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter, your home’s durability, and perhaps most importantly your home’s longevity. Things like insulation, eco-friendly flooring, safe paint, and durable countertop materials will all affect how sustainable your home is overall.
- Don’t build bigger than you need. The larger your home, the less energy efficient it will be overall. If you’re designing a home from scratch we know it can be tempting to build it using the “bigger is better” mantra, but many residential architects have observed that the era of unnecessarily large homes has now started to pass. People have started to shift more towards homes, and sometimes apartments or studios, that are only as much space as they need.
- Design a flexible house. Your family’s needs change as the years go by, so the way you use your home will also change. A flexible house is one that can accommodate changes with minimal disruption and minimal costs. For example, your home office or spare bedroom may be converted into a nursery in a few years’ time, so keep this in mind when designing your home. You’ll avoid expensive renovations by putting the necessary infrastructure in place from the beginning.
How to make your home more eco-friendly
Many internal and external factors contribute to an eco-friendly home. For the interior of your home, you’ll want to consider energy efficient appliances and light bulbs throughout, as well as an energy efficient air conditioning and heating system. An interior designer can help you find furniture made from reclaimed or recycled materials, including rugs, curtains, and other interior elements.
More importantly, a residential architect can help with the overall design and structure of your home, ensuring it’s compatible for the climate you live in. Things like solar panels and windows, and using environmentally friendly materials throughout all contribute to sustainable home design.
For more tips on eco-friendly residential architecture and interior design, please contact our team today. We’re happy to help you on your sustainable home design journey and look forward to hearing from you.