We create healthy, joyful places to live – part of what we consider to be sustainable homes. Bringing in natural light and heating from the sun, creating a sense of place with local and natural materials, and using non-toxic finishes and adhesives can all affect your personal comfort on many levels. There are some wonderful choices in the Pacific Northwest today that are appropriate for the most sensitive members of our community. You really can create a sanctuary in your own home.
Employing building science is an important aspect of creating a healthy, comfortable home. Using super insulated walls, ceilings and floors with energy efficient windows, a carefully constructed home will have a much more dependable operating budget as energy costs increase. Whether you are remodeling or building new, attention to integrated home performance will pay off in a very short time frame. Your home will also be less likely to develop mold or other indoor air quality problems over time.
Today, you can even choose to completely offset your power bills with design strategies for “zero net energy”. This means you supply the grid with electricity part of the year, and are supported by it at other times. It’s a great way to be energy independent without the batteries and generators typically needed to live off the grid. Zero net water is becoming acceptable by many jurisdictions as well. We like to set up all our projects to be “zero net ready” so converting is easy when you are ready.
Choosing to build a highly energy efficient, healthy place with character and beauty may be the best decision you can make as you start down this path to a place called home. Give us a call and see how we can help you!