green-home-remodeling2 Though comfort in the home seems like an essential principle, it’s a far more complex process when aiming for  comfort and sustainability in your personal abode.  Building better, not necessarily bigger promotes quality over quantity when remodeling a home.  Transforming your living space into a more beautiful and comfortable environment results in peace of mind and pride which usually translates into the occupants taking better care of their space in a more sustainable way.

 

energy_audits2TIP 1 – Get an Energy Audit

During a remodeling project, one of the first things to check off the list is an energy audit. This helps to identify some of the most cost effective ways to make your home more sustainable, and those modifications can easily be incorporated into the changes throughout the rest of the renovation process.

20% of carbon emissions come from existing housing stock. Incorporating energy audits into the renovation process will provide you with economical savings, and you will also reduce your contribution to the larger home emissions issue. This will result in your home being easier to maintain as well as reducing your carbon footprint. A win-win situation for you and the environment!

 

Quality-Over-Quantity-ContentTIP 2 – Quality Over Quantity

Going home and entering a space that exudes quality and character, you automatically feel more at home. On the other hand, going overboard with quantity because you can afford to and you just want different stuff causes you to end up with a lot of uninspiring stuff.  Utilize the space you have to its highest potential. By creating a room that’s comfortable to be in, we are motivated to care for and sustain its beauty. Instead of tossing dollars around to quantify space, use your budget to induce quality elements that address your particular needs and aesthetics.

Ask yourself, what will add more of your own personality into your space. What colors, shapes, or artwork do you enjoy looking at? Which rooms do you spend the majority of your time in? Do you have good heating and cooling systems that maintain a comfortable atmosphere in your home? These thought-generating questions will help you determine the best ways to approach the concept of quality over quantity.

 

natural-light-living-roomTIP 3 – Use Lighting to Amplify Perspective

The introduction of light into a space can have an enormous effect on an environment, hugely improving its quality and character. Reflective surfaces can influence rooms throughout your abode. Reflective surfaces help to transmit and bounce light, augmenting the presence of natural light within a space.

One way to do this is by adding a built-in bookshelf near a window. The shelving edges act as reflective surfaces, bouncing extra light into the room.

Another option is to place a window adjacent to a perpendicular wall.  That wall then becomes a reflective surface as well. Placing soffits above windows can help transfer light into a room. All of these alternative lighting sources help with the ambiance and feel of a space.

Kitchen brightTIP 4 – Enhance Your Space With Color
The way the light interacts with different colors can completely transform a room. Determine the most important wall in each room — the place to which you want to draw peoples’ attention — and paint it to your heart’s desire.The point in remodeling is to allow for personal freedom of expression in your home. Do not be shy in this process; be creative and experiment with a variety of colors to sense how they each make you feel in the space. Paint large pieces of paper in all the colors you imagine and place them on the wall to analyze their effect.  You might just find that the brightest or most unexpected shade fits perfectly on your favorite wall.