Green Design For Today

This is the fastest growing segment of the Interior Design industry. Sustainable design is about creating healthier spaces and improving its effect on people and on the environment. Using recycled materials, Low VOC paints, water efficient appliances and fixtures, solar powered products, and locally procured materials are just some of the ways you can go green. The more you become educated on green design, the more you will want to start giving back to our environment.

GOING GREENER

In addition to the ideas above, there are a host of other options for making your bathroom even greener. While these will add additional cost, they promise a significant return on investment.

Tank less hot water heaters – While these can add several hundred dollars to your bill, tank less water heaters use 20 percent less energy than traditional water heaters, paying for the extra up-front cost in just a few years.

Water Flow-Low-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads help to ensure conservation by restricting the volume of water involved in each flush or during each shower. Also consider cutting back your “hours in the shower” for optimal conservation.

Full Load-Using an updated and energy-efficient washing machine, in addition to washing full loads, can drastically improve water conservation. Energy-efficient front-loaders can cut water consumption by almost 40%!

Scrub-A-Dub-If you have access to a dishwasher, by all means, use it! New, energy-efficient models can conserve water, compared with hand washing, by up to half. Try for a full load of dishes each time. If a small load is being washed, look for features on your machine that will allow you to adjust the water setting to accommodate a smaller load.

Did you know… Paint and sealers cover a large amount of surface area in any building, and therefore have a significant impact on indoor air quality. There are two major types of paint products: solvent-based oil paints and water-based paints. Solvent-based paints contain large amounts of toxic chemicals and produce a great deal of hazardous vapors. To sustain a healthy work environment, choose only low-VOC, solvent-free paints, adhesives, sealants and counter tops.

What’s Hot…Bamboo Flooring, Recycled Glass & Metal tile, Cork flooring, & Resin Panels.