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7 Tips To Design an Energy-Efficient Home

The design of your home can have an impact on the environment. And if you’re conscious about protecting our only planet, you would want to have an energy-efficient home. When it comes to this, you think about the basics – installing solar panels and having fixtures that use as little energy as possible.

While using the aforementioned methods does reduce environmental impact, there is still another way to have an eco-friendly home. Your house’s design also improves sustainability and further reduces your impact. Here are tips on how you can have a more energy-efficient home.

#1. House size

A smaller home is basically considered more eco-friendly than a bigger one. However, size is not the only thing to consider to have an energy-efficient abode. A two-level stacked house with smaller square footage is much more energy-efficient compared to a single-level sprawling house. If you want a sustainable home, think of how much space you need to have and figure out how you can conserve more energy. If you can have everything you need in a smaller space, you’ll be increasing sustainability.

#2. Passive design

Design your home to be passive – you need a house that can look after itself. A house that receives more sunlight during winter means you don’t spend a lot on heating appliances. Windows that are strategically placed to allow in cool breeze means you don’t need to spend much on cooling appliances.

#3. Smart home

Automating the processes in your home may be an expensive way to design a home. However, if you want an eco-friendly place, technology may be able to help. If you automate your home, all processes that waste energy can be minimized. Your home will adjust according to what’s mostly used in your home. Having a smart home is not only convenient but it’s also energy-efficient.

#4. Recycled materials

Building a home in itself is not quite eco-friendly as you need to think about the construction materials delivered to your place. Sure you are going for more sustainable design, but the manufacture and delivery of the materials already have an impact on the environment. To remedy this, going for reclaimed or recycled materials for your energy-efficient home project is a smart choice. Further, reduce your environmental footprint by asking around for the materials from local builders or checking out classified ads. Your contractor can also offer recycled alternatives.

#5. Sustainable landscaping

If you want greeneries in your property, you need plants that thrive best in the climate of your area. Doing so means you get to save energy and water while rearing them. You can also go for trees that offer shade in your home and if you plant them, make sure they block out the scorching heat of the sun so you wouldn’t have to turn up the A/C on full blast during hot months. At the same time, make sure the trees also allow in sunlight during winter months.

#6. Lighting

Indoor lighting takes up so much energy if you don’t consider energy-efficient options. You’re not only burdened by electric bills but also the fact that you need to buy and switch out the bulbs from time to time. To go around this, inform your architect to design a home that takes advantage of natural lighting. LED lights are also a great option for a more sustainable lighting for your home. They may be more expensive but they last longer and consume less electricity.

#7. Proper insulation

When it comes to having an energy-efficient home, insulation is one of the most important things to consider. Without proper insulation, most of the heat in your house will escape through the walls and roof. Having a properly-insulated home not only means you get to save on energy bills but also you’ll be reducing your environmental impact.

A house with effective insulation means you don’t have to tinker with your thermostat every now and then. You also get to experience few uncomfortable temperature fluctuations and spend less energy to live comfortably.
 

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Modern Single-Story House With Hip Roof Design

A very spacious single story house.

This contemporary single story house consists of three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a living space of 165 square meters.

This house design is typical for places that are prone to flood because it is elevated a few steps higher than the ground. This elevation is about one meter high, which does not only makes the appearance look more beautiful but provides protection from flooding.

There is no attached carport like what the usual house designs have but this house design is perfect for lots with extra space, so you can always build a garage if you want.

The glass windows make the interior naturally bright because of the natural light coming from the sun. They are also a good source of ventilation.

As you enter from the main sliding door, you will be greeted by the combined living room, dining room, and kitchen areas.

These three areas are combined to maximize the floor area in the house.

From the kitchen, there is a back door leading to the other terrace. This terrace can be used as a service area, a dirty kitchen or a laundry area.

There are also three bedrooms in this house: A bigger one which can be used as a Master’s Bedroom as it has an ensuite toilet and bath as well as two smaller rooms for the other occupants of the house.

The bedrooms are spacious enough to accommodate a full-size bed, bedside tables, and built-in cabinets.

All the bathrooms in this house are spacious.

They can fit a lavatory, a toilet bowl, some storage cabinets, and even a bathtub.

Let’s see the designs of each rooms here:

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Modern Single-Story Loft House With Polished Cement Finish

Loft is a type for modern urban style which is characterized by an abundance of open space and industrial elements such as a very high ceilings, raw brick walls, exposed beams and pipes, cement floor, etc.

In recent years, this style has become a widely popular trend all over the world. Loft house designs are mainly chosen by creative, freedom-loving people who appreciate practicality, creativity, and minimalism.

Just like this single-story house which is designed and constructed by BR Company. The bare and polished cement finish gives this house a beautiful, raw, and charming look.

The ample-sized glass doors and windows allow natural light to enter the house.

In front of the house, the spacious front steps connects to an open terrace which serves as an outdoor lounge and has enough space for a couple of chairs. A perfect place to enjoy a quiet beautiful evening or have a good party with friends.

The design of the house is simple yet outstandingly beautiful, slightly elevated to protect the property against possible floods.

The interior walls utilizes the same elegant polished cement finish in every room. The resulting gray-toned color from the walls is balanced by the radiance of the white-toned ceiling and floor.

The interior of the living room is decorated in a simple but elegant style. The tall windows and glass doors gives a resort-like feeling and a relaxing atmosphere.

The two-layer curtains in white and dark gray compliments the simple aesthetic of the living room.

The receiving area is quite spacious and airy, which welcomes the visitors upon entering the house.

The bedrooms are also in bare cement finish which might look cold but the wood-patterned floor provides a warm and homey feeling.

This modern loft style house consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 108 square meters of living area which is 10 meters wide and 11.5 meters long.

The master bedroom has high windows on both sides, all are protected by mosquito screens so you can sleep peacefully at night with the windows open if you want to feel the cold midnight breeze.

As for the bathroom, the walls are also in polished cement finish. The floor is laid with gray tiles. Along with good quality sanitary wares.

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Small Elegant Modern Home With Minimalist Zen House Design

This elevated single-story house is a small home designed to meet the needs of a limited budget.

This single-story house might be small but it has spacious rooms and is structurally adequate. The relaxing, natural colors support the large spaces and have the power to offer to the soul the pleasure of returning to nature.

Although the house is squeezed next to each other in the neighborhood, ecological functions are available.

The kitchen and living room are open and interconnected. Zen design is characterized by low furniture and straight lines. Its simplicity achieves harmony and tranquility. Everything superfluous is omitted. The color palette – soothing.

Check out the photos of this small elegant modern home with minimalist Zen house design.

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