Today, green home designs and sustainability are an important part of the building process. If you are considering building a new custom home, you may want to have these features, but still have a traditional home design and minimal visual impact. There are many things that can be done to give your home these modern features without having a major impact on a more traditional design. This can be done with things like solar panels integrated into roofing, buried water conservation systems, and building methods that help add thermal barriers. Here are some ideas to give your home modern comforts and preserve a traditional look:
1. Installing Solar Energy Solutions That Have Little Visual Impact
Solar energy can be a great solution to give your home sustainable energy, but conventional systems can be unsightly. Today, there are many alternatives that you may want to consider for your home. Some of these solutions can include integrated solar panels in your roofing. You can also have solar water heaters recessed in your roof at an inconspicuous location, such as on the back of the roof if it gets enough sunlight.
2. Water Conservation With Grey Water And Rain Water Systems
Water conservation can be another improvement that you may want to add to your new custom home. The water conservation can be a rain collection system that you add to your home. When building a new custom home, these features can be integrated into the design of your home with buried tanks. You may want to give grey water a separate tank to use for non-potable water, as well as reduce stress on septic systems if you need to install one for your new home.
3. Inconspicuous Architectural Designs For Passive Heating And Cooling
The design of your home can also contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability with inconspicuous passive solutions. Some of the things that you may want to consider are things like cupolas that help with ventilation and heat convection for passive cooling, as well as functional dormer windows. In addition, features like glass enclosures and screened in porches with windows can be a great solution to help with passive heating.
Traditional designs can have many modern features to improve energy efficiency and sustainable design. If you are ready to build a new custom home, talk with a custom home builder about some of these ideas to incorporate into the design of your new home.