Green Design Choices For Your New Home

Every year in this country, thousands and thousands of acres of natural landscape – meadow lands, deserts, forests, coastal bushland – are transformed into home developments by former city dwellers buying their dream property to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. They are encouraged and assisted by developers eager to make money by taking advantage of the trend of people moving away from city centers.

Conventional Building Methods Are Damaging

The tragedy is that by building their homes using conventional techniques, the beauty and character of the landscape is destroyed – which defeats the entire purpose of moving out of the city in the first place. But the building industry does show signs of changing directions in its approach to green building methods and green interior design.

Traditional building methods are designed to make the building process easier, faster and cheaper. They are not at all designed to take into consideration the value of the surrounding environment. This is understandable, because the builder’s job is to build houses, not to preserve habitat or create self-sufficient resource systems. Far too often, green building is viewed as an impediment to economy and efficiency.

You Have A Choice To Make

The building industry, however, is not ultimately to blame because the final responsibility rests with the home buyer. Homeowners will often allow the destruction of natural features on the building site because they do not realize that they have a choice in the matter. They tend to accept at face value whatever the builder tells them. This scenario is reinforced whenever home buyers look around to see what is happening on other construction sites. Time after time, they will see building lots completely bulldozed and see a whole variety of environmentally damaging products being used. The assumption is that, because everyone else builds this way, then it must be the best way to build.

You’re The Boss

It is very important to realize that there are methods of preserving the natural qualities of a building site, as well as using environmentally friendly building materials, that do not cost much more money upfront. Such methods can actually save money in the long run when you take into consideration the long-term benefits of using materials that reduce maintenance and energy costs. In conjunction with a natural design principles used in the construction of the house, using a knowledgeable green interior designer will help to complete the overall natural balance and harmony of your home. Remember that you are the one in charge, not a builder or developer, so the decision is ultimately up to you.