These days, building your dream house is more complicated than ever. When in the past you can just stake out an empty lot and declare it as yours before gathering the materials you will need to build a crude house, you now have to go through a number of financial, bureaucratic and architectural loopholes in order to construct your home.
Home owners are also confronted with more profound questions as they decide on the perfect design for their house. Will they opt for eco-friendly materials, or go for the more conventional stuff that’s found in every other house in the neighborhood? Can they design the house in such a way that it is energy-efficient and well-adapted to the natural landscape of the area? But most importantly – can they even afford to incorporate these earth-friendly design elements? People mistakenly think that building a green home is more expensive and time-consuming than constructing an ordinary brick-mortar-glass affair. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Green building is catching up with the housing industry to provide more energy-efficient and beautiful homes for everyone. A lot of building contractors, architects, engineers and interior designers have also started joining in the bandwagon for environmental conservation and protection, and for good reason. Green homes are safer, healthier, and less expensive to maintain and operate. It is the most advantageous trend for mainstream construction in the near future not only because of its intrinsic benefits but also due to the federal and state incentives that come with it.
Green building is not just great for the environment – it’s also perfect for homeowners with a limited budget. You don’t have to shell out more to construct a green home. You just have to know what to do in order to maximize the harmonious interplay between your natural surroundings and your home. As a homeowner, you don’t have to sacrifice quality, beauty and durability when considering green building options. There are lots of ways by which going green can make your home a more pleasant place to live in, without having to fork over thousands of dollars every year for maintenance and repair. Here are some of the most beneficial elements in green building that you can incorporate into your house planning:
When not out building relationships with other bloggers, Krisca Te can be found reading blogs that tackle simple living. She is also a personal finance freak who is currently working with ACC, a personal finance blog that wrote about 3 Kitchen Tools That Can Save You Money. Image by and one half images
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