Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.
If you want a home with a contemporary design, there are many opportunities for green features when building a new custom home. The green features that are going to give you modern design with energy savings and sustainability include:
Concentrating your design around these basic principles will ensure that your home is green and environmentally friendly.
Passive Climatization With Solar Solutions for Heating and Cooling
You know that the greenhouse effect can be used to heat your home, but did you know that solar designs can also cool your home. Contemporary architecture is perfect for using solar towers, which are designed to create heat convection currents that carry the hot air out of your home. The solar tower can be strategically located in stair-well designs to allow heat to escape when automated windows at the top are opened.
Thermal Mass for Exterior Finishes with Solid Wall Designs
Creating thermal mass for exterior walls helps to reduce energy loss. Thermal mass can be created with conventional construction techniques and using wider exterior walls for more insulation. There are also alternatives like using Earth for the exterior, or even recycled materials. The more thermal barrier your exterior has, the less of a temperature change you will experience from heat gain during the summer or loss during the winter months.
Plants and Living Features for Greener Home Designs and Energy Efficiency
Using plants in architectural design has many benefits, such as giving you thermal mass or more green space. Consider solutions like roof top gardens and living finishes. Vertical gardens are another practical design that you may want to consider for exterior walls and to add more green space to your home if you have a limited amount of landscaping to work with.
Integrate Renewable Energy into Contemporary Designs Seamlessly
Renewable energy is something else to integrate into the design of your home. Consider using solar membranes for roofing or on inconspicuous walls that get a lot of sun. Vertical turbines can also be used to supplement solar panels and are less noticeable than more conventional designs.
With a good design, contemporary homes are the greenest and more environmentally friendly solutions for custom home construction. If you are ready for a new home that is designed for green certifications, contact a building engineering contractor like Hastings Construction INC. to start planning with some of these ideas.Share
23 June 2017