Friday, February 15, 2013

Green vs. Sustainable

Perhaps you've heard the term Sustainable used in conversation about Green construction. Like Energy-Efficiency or Water Conservation, Sustainable Construction is an aspect of many Green homes. But a home doesn't have to be "green-certified" in order for it to be Sustainable.
Sustainable Construction refers to the aspects of a home that contribute to its long-term use. Products used within a home that have a long lifespan are sustainable. Likewise a product or feature is sustainable if it requires less maintenance or if can be recycled at the end of its life.

Sustainable construction focuses on minimizing the impact that buildings have on the environment with a key emphasis on durability and longevity. If a home is built to last a long time, additional resources won’t be needed for repair or remodeling. 

Sustainability saves money and reduces the time spent on maintenance; side benefits that everyone likes.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Design Questionnaire

A design questionnaire or checklist can help stimulate thoughts when working on a new home design. 

How do occupants effect the function of the design? 
How long do you plan to live in the home? 
Can the design adapt to the changing needs of a family?
Where are rooms located and how do they interact?
What are the public and private room relationships?
What are the specific requirements of each room?
Do you have pets or frequently have guests?
Describe the type of entertaining you do.

These questions and many more can help you think through important decisions that an architect or home designer will need to develop a home design for you. Here's a thorough checklist that will really get you thinking. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Design Questionnaire