Things to Consider for an Eco Home

Building an environmentally friendly home makes sense in this day and age. Not only does lowering your carbon footprint make sense from a sustainability perspective, it can also help save you money on your utilities and may even add resale value to your home. If you’re thinking about incorporating some eco-friendly features into your next house build, read on to find out what you need to think about before you get started.

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Not All Builders Are Created Equal

You need to find the right construction company, so start doing your research. Visit some display homes and check out who are leading the pack in terms of innovation, sustainability and creativity in your area. You need to find someone who can be flexible with their options. Builders like Coral Homes specialise in tailoring their house and land packages to suit the buyers’ vision (and budget).

Think Like A Buyer

People value things differently so if you need to prioritise your eco-friendly features, choose things that future buyers are likely to consider important too. That natural pond style swimming pool may be your dream, but things like solar electricity and energy efficient built in appliances are more likely to get you a higher yield down the track if you decide to sell the property.

Basics Matter

While there have been some impressive advances in architecture and technology, some of the fundamental home features like insulation and the materials used to build your home can still have the greatest environmental impact. Light colours reflect heat, so incorporate them into your roof and exterior wall palette. Your floor plan is also important. Things like having the living areas placed so they are north facing ensures that you can make the most of natural light mean that the bedrooms can be on the southern side of the property and stay at a cooler, more comfortable temperature for sleeping.

Open Plan Isn’t Always Efficient

The problem with open plan layouts is that because you can’t close off zoned areas, you end up using more energy (and spending more money) on heating and cooling. Stacked or recessed sliding doors can be a great option to consider as they let you keep that open plan look while maintaining the ability to close them off when you need to turn the heater or air conditioning on.

Start Hunting for Recycled Materials Now

Recycled or reclaimed building materials can make stunning features, but it can take a bit of time to find the perfect piece. Your builder will need to know the dimensions of any pieces you want to include, so it is worth keeping an eye on the classifieds or visiting some demolition yards well before you start building your new home.

Environmentally friendly homes can not only save you money, but also give your property unique character and style while helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

Have you incorporated environmentally friendly features into your property? What advice would you give somebody wanting to create an eco-friendly abode?

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From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Katherine Gadd.

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