Why Green Design?

What is Green Design?

Green today has become synonymous with saving the very earth we live on. It is an acknowledged fact that if we do not take control of the greedy people who will only ever think of now and not the future longevity, we will lose it all.

There is no profit in not thinking green.

Long term we are all affected when mining companies leave us with acid water and kilometres of abandoned mines and strip mines, devastating the local area and affecting millions. The short term financial gains will be wiped out by the reality of no planet to give life.

How does this affect your web site?

Simple, by hosting your web sites on servers that use green technology and in some cases are completely powered by solar energy, we are doing our bit to keep the ball we live on, alive.  By hosting with us you are doing a small part of your duty to help this home we all share, earth.  We use the lowest power in the way we design web pages ensuring that the amount of energy it takes to download our web pages means they load in under 8second on a dial up connection and in under 4seconds on a high speed connection.  The longer it takes to load means it takes more power, more power = less green.  Less green = less profit for you and Google is now taking this into account.

Google will penalise you for having power hungry web sites that load too slowly.

Not too surprising when you consider how much it costs Google to download and index those pages when they are running server farms that are bigger than some suburbs. So you need to check on a regular basis if your web site is loading as fast as it can. I do, does your web developer?

Things to Consider With Your Outdoor Putting Green Design

Most instructors, for golf or any sport, will tell you practice makes perfect. What better way to practice than to have a putting green in the comfort of your backyard, especially when time is an issue.

When designing your outdoor putting green there are a number of variables to think about (in this order).

  • Cost
  • Practice
  • Location
  • Turf
  • Contour/Cup location
  • Amenities

Cost:
First things first, what are you able to invest into your practice green? Once you’ve set a budget it’s easy to base your design around what you can afford. The cost of a putting green is similar to a paver patio. If you are contracting the work out or doing it yourself the price can vary drastically. The biggest variable is the turf costing anywhere from $1.25 a square foot to $12 a square foot.

Practice:
Think about what you need to practice most? Is it putting or chipping? Do you miss those 5 foot putts or make them? You need to decide what is more important for you to work on. If you find the need to practice more chipping you might change the location of your green–especially if you wanted it near any glass windows.

Plus, will you be the only person using the green? Often family and friends including children want to enjoy your putting green as well. What do you want them to practice? Depending on your friend’s handicap, you might want them to only be able to putt. However, most greens incorporate chipping and putting.

Location: It’s best to find a relatively flat area to install a green. However, if you have a good installer they will be able to combat issues including severe grade and drainage. It’s important to keep your green out of any potential standing water and/or flood planes.

If your green is going to be used primarily for practice you should position it in an area that is most functional. Look around for grade variances already in your yard. The varying grades will allow you to have different angles of open and closed faced shots. Are you lucky enough to have enough land to make a 40yard shot? If so, take advantage of it and put your green in an area that will allow you to make those shots.

If you are using your green more for entertainment, put it in an area that is already communal. You’ll find you need a place to sit after a while. Often, greens are installed adjacent to patios or pools. It makes you feel like you live on the course even if you don’t.

There are many different turf companies to choose from. Each turf has positive and negative attributes. Turf selection should depend on your purpose for the green. There are 3 different types of turf-nylon, polypropylene, and hybrid.

Nylon is a good choice for someone who isn’t going to be hitting longer shots into the green. You are limited with controlling speed or roll with a nylon turf. Nylon also has its limitations on holding a ball. It won’t hold longer shots like an in-filled turf. A nice aspect of nylon is it requires very little maintenance and has longevity. This turf is non-sand infill increasing life expectancy.

Polypropylene requires sand in-fill. You can control ball speed and roll with this turf. It will hold a shot from longer distances. This turf is less expensive, but does not have the life expectancy of nylon. In order to maintain ball speed and roll you have to keep it filled with sand. This may be labor intensive and daunting if you aren’t on a maintenance schedule with your contractor.

Hybrids are typically your fairway, rough, and first cut turfs. These turfs can be either in-fill or non in-fill.

Contour/Cup Location:
Always be prepared. Think about and make a drawing of the types of putts you want to make. Most people want a break left/right (is possible with one break just switch the direction you are hitting from) and an area for a straight flat putt. The larger your green the more contour/tiers you can add. Make sure you have a path designated for water flow. Remember water drains off not through.

It is very important to putt on the base once it is completed. This will help determine where to put your cups. Most people want to crowd their green with too many cups. The fewer cups you have the more room you acquire around the green. If you want to chip, arrange the cups so you have different distances to target for your shot.

Amenities:
Wouldn’t it be nice to putt in the dark? Imagine its midnight and you can still practice your game. Spot lighting can sometimes cause a shadow. It’s best to have a high voltage light at ground level.

There are many companies who manufacture and supply most golf courses with tee markers and many other accessories. Pick up a catalog or go online and look at your options. You can really personalize your green with a custom course marker or bag caddie.

Most of you have been thinking about designing your own green for years. Hopefully the information provided here gives you insight to the design process. The most truly rewarding part of having your own putting green is that nobody will have one exactly like yours. They are truly unique providing you with a lower handicap and your friends and family with entertainment for years to come.

Interior Redesign – Designs With Repurpose, Reuse and Recycle in Mind – Redesigning Is Green Design

Interior redesign is Green! Redesigning a room in your home does not mean spending a lot of money. Changing your interior space, costs zero, zip, nada (except for our fee – we do charge a small fee for our services). Nothing to buy or do in debt for, we can help you redesign your space using what you already own. We can envision your space in a way you have not thought of before.

Change is exciting and will give you a new outlook at how you view the things you already own.

We will repurpose items you have long forgot about or didn’t know where to put. Judy has a great eye for grouping items together. She even surprises me from time to time. For example, art does not have to be matchy in content. Black and white art can be on display with colorful art. Neither one of us does “matchy matchy” unless there is a specific request from the client.

You might have side tables or other pieces of furniture in the garage, some you may have forgotten about. We will repurpose an item saving you money and time, no shopping for new things unless you want too.

It is one day, not expensive, and the outcome is Wow! Give us a call or send an email after you visit our website. We offer Virtual Designs that will help you redesign other rooms on your own or think of giving

the “gift of design” to someone who has everything. This is a unique gift, thinking outside the box.

Redesign to help you fall in love with your things all over again!