8 Design Tips For An Eco Friendly Home Coastal Living

February 5, 2018 5:23 am by admin
8 design tips for an eco friendly home
8 design tips for an eco friendly home
8 Design Tips For An Eco Friendly Home Coastal Living

This home is built of durable building materials which tolerate seaside conditions better than standard options. With little need for replacement, less waste will be generated in years to come.

Choose durable materials. The house’s cedar-plank siding, which is resistant to pests and water, is both strong and low-maintenance. Its beautiful gray patina also means infrequent repaintings.

The barnlike shape of this home does more than mimic this area’s architectural vernacular. Curved roofs aid airflow for natural ventilation. Large banks of windows capture natural light, and the southern exposure takes full advantage of sunlight for solar gain in cool weather. During summer, leaves on the trees shield the house from direct sun.

The fundamental material for these barstools is wheatboard. Unlike woods and teak, whose harvest requires the destruction of slow-growing forests, harvested wheat replaces itself quickly.

Design for a small footprint. A grid of small holes, rather than an invasive crater for a foundation, was dug for pilings that support the house’s small but tall design. These homeowners added the steel-and-cedar railing to the rooftop terrace that rises above even the tallest trees.

A mix of sustainable and healthy products, such as bamboo floors and formaldehyde-free fabrics, introduces fewer chemicals in the environment of this home. There’s no one part that makes this a healthy house. It takes all the pieces working together.

Save trees and trim your energy bill! The placement of this house and its decks was dictated by the trees, limiting the number that were cut during construction. In return, the trees provide shade that keeps the house cool.

This house is totally off the grid: Solar panels and a wind turbine capture the elements to make power; a high-tech system purifies wastewater.

The radiant heat system underneath this concrete tile floor significantly reduces the homeowners’ reliance on a traditional heat system during the winter months.

Go low VOC. To cover the poorly maintained interior siding that had turned black, Marc chose a low-VOC white paint in a finish that allows the wood’s texture to show through. Paints like this one from Benjamin Moore (Muslin [OC-12]) contain fewer atmosphere- polluting volatile organic compounds.

Inside this home low-VOC paints, and reclaimed-pine flooring and paneling milled from locally harvested yellow pine was used to reduce air pollution. Instead of accepting factory-applied coatings with high levels of VOCs, they finished the sustainable material on site to lower levels of offgassing.

Opt for one-room living. Gifford designed the glass-walled living/dining/cooking space as part tree house and part loft, with a floating island and a paneled wall of storage that doesn’t look kitchen-y.

This dining room’s garage-style door permits instant access to the deck area and admits cooling breezes. Skylights eliminate the need for lighting during the day.

Save trees and trim your energy bill! The placement of this house and its decks was dictated by the existing trees, limiting the number that were cut during construction. In return, the trees provide shade that keeps the house cool.

Make use of Mother Nature. Windows cut in the wall bring in breezes on even the warmest day.

Common real estate practice places a premium on coastal bluff homesites, but the landscape architect of this development had a different idea of value: Instead of giving that prime location to a single homeowner, he left the bluffs open to all, thus making them a community amenity. He also allowed only 50 percent of the land for private ownership, designed roads to follow the land’s natural contours, and emphasized the bluff, meadow, hedgerow, and forest over ostentatious house placements.

Use ideas from these real, eco-friendly houses and gardens to green-up your own home.

This house’s cedar-plank siding, which is resistant to pests and water, is both strong and low-maintenance. Its beautiful gray patina also means infrequent repaintings.

Made of light-colored steel, this roof reflects the sun’s heat and extends about 2 feet beyond the house’s wall, creating ample shade for the windows below.

Building or remodeling? Become a better steward of nature with these innovative ideas.

Move bedrooms to the lower level. The living space and roof deck clear the canopy of trees, while the sleeping areas are shaded by the leaves and feel more private. With mature trees so close to the house, the bedrooms also don’t need curtains.

Closed-cell spray foam insulation wraps the entire exterior and attic space of this home. It regulates the temperature inside the house by absorbing cool air in winter and warm air in summer.

Put your windows to work. The angled windows in the living area allow maximum light to filter in. Glass panels at the base of the windows open like trapdoors to admit breezes and eliminate the need for air-conditioning.

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