A sustainable home is defined as one that has the least possible negative impact on the environment. This means energy efficiency, avoiding environmental toxins, and using materials and resources in a responsible manner.
Creating sustainability for your home’s interior design requires thoughtful planning. Think eco-friendly – green plants, energy efficient appliances, organic materials, cool colors and repurposed furniture.
You may be surprised to learn that “greening” your home can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Many green techniques have been proven to not only increase the sales price of the home, but also help act as a marketing tool to get your home noticed. Finally, homeowners can benefit from the many tax credits and incentives for going green.
Green Home Can Increase the Sales Price of Your Home
According to Estelia Mesimer, as we become more aware of the impact each of us makes on the environment, it’s smart for homeowners to maximize a home’s efficiency, including using sustainable interior design techniques.
For outdoors, Estelia suggests native landscaping including trees, shrubs, groundcover, and grasses which are indigenous to your the geographic area.
Helpful Tips to Create a Sustainable Interior Design in Your Home
Here is a checklist from Level-Studio (https://level-studio.ca/6-sustainable-interior-design-tips-home/) to help you get started creating a green design for your home.
Choose low-maintenance plants as decor that will purify the air: One of the best decisions you could do is place a plant in your space regardless if you are a plant killer or not. Plants filter air by helping remove harmful chemicals and pump oxygen in the room. Aside from the health benefits they can give, they also add that perfect touch to your home and give it a natural and fresh ambiance.
Control the sunlight: Another smart way of creating an eco-friendly indoor space is by controlling and maximizing daylight. Consider installing electric motor blinds that can control the amount of sunlight all year round. In the winter, allow as much light in and in the summer control the amount of light coming in with roller shades or blinds.
Buy local: One good way to achieve an eco-friendly home is to spend a little more money and purchase local furniture. If you are really aiming to achieve an interior that is good for the environment, you should minimize plastic, particleboard and chromed metal pieces. Most furniture that is shipped overseas and transported is releasing massive carbon footprints. Purchase your next wooden table, chair or picture frame at a local store or craftsperson.
Use energy-efficient lighting: Use an LED or compact fluorescent light to help you save energy and electrical power. It can also prevent greenhouse gases and pollutants which are harmful to your health and the environment. When you look for lighting, look into the labels and choose those that are energy-efficient.
Choose products with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content: VOCs include a variety of chemicals that may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. These can be released from paints, household products, furniture, carpets and more. Always be mindful when you are buying any household item. Ask for more information on how your next furniture piece is made, the kind of materials used and where it is produced. Doing some general homework can help protect you and your loved ones.
Use energy efficient windows: Even your windows can help in creating an eco-friendly atmosphere. Choose windows that are lined with special coatings to reflect heat and give insulation. This upgrade will keep your room warm, especially in cold seasons. It can also help you save money because you won’t need to use your cooling or heating equipment as much.
Upgrade your appliances: As Energy Star-certified appliances can now be found in just about any modern home, swap out older washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators for updated, energy-saving options as they’ll also save you money in the long run.
Choose eco-friendly material: Bamboo is becoming a popular choice as the material can be replenished much faster than hardwoods and is extremely durable. To add some personality and a punch of green-friendliness to your kitchen, consider incorporating recycled glass into your countertops. Using reclaimed materials throughout your home is another option, which is a great way to really bring some character into your home.
Bottom Line: Green homes are more popular than ever and you need a real estate agent that has experience in marketing them. Estelia Mesimer and her team understand the distinct advantages of a green home and will effectively communicate your eco-friendly upgrades to every prospective buyer!
Green Interior Design by Lori Dennis
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Sustainable Interior Design: https://spaces4learning.com/articles/2018/05/01/sustainable-interior-design.aspx
St. Petersburg Communities
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one of them and are thinking of selling, call Estelia today!
Greater Pinellas Point
Historic Old Northeast
Historic Roser Park
Isla del Sol