Good design comes from good communication. Working closely with each client, we help them to determine their needs and vision for each project. This combined with our design experience over the years, had helped us to formulate six simple steps to become more environmentally friendly on each project. We try to encourage our clients to consider these simple steps:
- Healthful – Healthful indoor air quality is essential. The use of non-toxic materials, good insulation and proper ventilation will create a comfortable and pleasurable home.
- Energy – We work with our clients to design a home that uses the least amount of energy that suits their priorities and budget. Weatherization of an existing home with additional insulation and air sealing is the first step. Next, thoughtful design of the building envelope, including using new construction techniques and products such as S.I.P.’s (Structural Insulated Panels), high efficiency mechanical systems, energy star appliances and natural lightings, is a second step. Finally, using alternatives to fossil fuels such as solar or geothermal, can make a huge impact.
- Water – Water is becoming a precious commodity even in the wet northwest. There are many ways to reduce our consumption with water saving devices, both indoors and out.
- Less is more – A good design uses space that is flexible and accommodates the changing needs of our clients. We encourage spaces that are versatile and unique.
- Artisans – We encourage clients to use local artisans to create unexpected details such as stair railings, doors, tiles, or to use reclaimed wood.
- Buy local – Whenever possible, we urge our clients to buy local. We are fortunate to live in a region rich in building products. When using a local product, we are not only supporting our local economy, but we reduce energy generated from transporting items long distances.