Energy efficiency is the most desirable aspect of any home designs these days, whether the homes are created from the most environmentally friendly materials or not. House plans are being drawn up to include the most beneficial levels of insulation, and the designs themselves take into consideration the best flow of heat and air. Even the appliances placed in these homes are selected for their energy efficiency.
Homeowners often request that contractors use recycled materials so that they get the look and feel they are after while at the same time saving trees. Eco-friendly materials can be used throughout the home and that does not have to stop with those members that hold the house together. Even the counter tops used in kitchen and bath can be made of paper stone and other materials that have been repurposed to mimic the look of granite.
It is the appliances, such as washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, and smaller electrical appliances that can make the most difference, and this is where home designs can make a big difference even when you are just refitting an older home. The most important label to look for would be the Energy Star label when it is time to purchase new appliance. Be sure to recycle you old ones if they are still working by giving them away or selling them at garage sales.
Furniture is another element in your home that should not be overlooked in design plans. Most people, when it is time to redesign the look of the home consider purchasing brand new furniture. That could mean that the older furniture will end up in the landfill. Buying new tables and chairs, desks, sofas, bureaus and other items can be very expensive, and we are talking about going green here after all.
When furniture is outdated or worn, it can actually be reworked to bring it back to like new quality. If it can be repainted or reupholstered why not give it a try. You already know it will fit in the room. It is even possible to reconstruct items by changing contours or adding different legs so that most items will have a new look.