Whether you are looking for a green custom home that is super insulated, passive solar and sustainable, or the ultimate energy efficient home design; a zero energy home with no net energy consumption or carbon emissions, the most effective strategy for building a green home is building a small home.
Since the 1970s we have specialized in energy efficient, passive solar, green home design, and an important part of our business has been designing beautiful and comfortable, small homes.
Values + Goals for Green Home Living
Designing, building and living in a small, green, custom home starts with a unique set of values, goals and perspectives. It is a departure from the contemporary American status quo where bigger is better and more is best. The green home perspective is that less is more.
First, it’s important to realize that a small, energy efficient, green home can be just as comfortable, beautiful, inviting, functional and interesting as a big home; perhaps, even more so. Small is also relative and depends on how many people will live there.
When space is carefully considered and valued, making every square foot count is important. Deciding the size of your new home and where the square footage will be allotted will depend on your individual needs, wants and lifestyle. When energy efficiency, low environmental impact and living green is important and attention and experience is given to doing more with less, it’s surprising how much good living you can comfortably fit in a small home plan.
Small, Green Home Design Strategies
What follows are some design strategies that make our small, super energy efficient house plans comfortable and functional while feeling open and cozy: