Are you thinking about remodeling your home but feeling unsure of where to start? A new book by our friend + colleague Stephanie Wascha of Wascha Studios, summarizes what she’s learned from 18 years as an architect, on two key subjects. First is how to prepare for your project – information you’ll need to give your architect, how to establish your priorities and save money. Second, she outlines how to avoid major conflict when you and your partner have different ideas in mind.
Unlike any other book on remodeling, Stephanie shares not only project challenges but emotional challenges commonly associated with remodeling as well. You will be privy to her years of observations, learn how others have managed typical stresses, mistakes, and challenges of this complex process both successfully and unsuccessfully. Avoid the avoidable, get inspired, and confidently navigate your way through your remodel to your new amazing home haven.
More info here. Available from Wascha Studios as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the like.
p.s. Designers and Contractors, this is a great book to share with your clients!
We’re getting excited for this year’s NW Green Home Tour from the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. The 2017 tour will be the seventh annual event that brings together thousands of visitors, helps educate the public on green building, and lets you get into homes and experience real-life sustainable solutions in person!
We will be co-hosting a site on the tour with LD Arch Design. The Westwood Addition project features DEEP GREEN solutions and infrared radiant ceiling panels.
April 29 – 30, 2017 | 11 am – 5 pm
Join us! FREE Tickets Here
Read more on our blog!
This DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) in Columbia City was designed by Sheri Newbold of Live-Work-Play Architecture and to maximize low-cost, efficient solutions. Built by Model Remodel, the project consists of a studio apartment with a deck situated above a new garage. The structure achieved a Built Green 4-Star rating and exceeds the required 20% energy savings compared to 2012 Washington State Energy Code.
Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels were installed to provide efficient, cozy heat throughout the space from an aesthetically pleasing source. The panels warm people and objects in the rooms quickly, while also providing effective zone control.
This project also took advantage of rainwater catchment, moisture protection, and recycled materials! Read the full case study from Built Green here.
Earlier this year Portugal reached a major energy efficiency milestone. As reported on by The Gaurdian, the country was entirely powered by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro power for four days in a row or about 107 hours. And in 2015, 48% of Portugal’s energy came from renewable sources.
Looks like we’ve got some efficiency strides to make if we want to keep up with the Iberian Peninsula!
Choosing efficient products is a great way to reduce your energy consumption, but it’s also important to be aware of your usage and how that contributes to your utility bill. Have you ever wondered how much watching TV actually costs you? How about powering your aquarium?
Check out this tool from the Department of Energy to calculate your costs!
When the heat source is an infrared radiant ceiling panel the answer is: Healthy Living!
Reducing clutter, airing out rooms, and cleaning those hard to reach areas removes dust, dust collectors, and potential mold growth opportunities. Here’s how infrared radiant ceiling panels do the same thing:
- Since they are on the ceiling, our panels are no more likely to collect dust then your ceiling generally does.
- Their uni-body construction removes “nooks and crannies” that collect dust in hard-to-clean places.
- Without any moving parts to blow air around, infrared radiant ceiling panels promote positive indoor air quality with dust-free, allergen-free, and bacteria-free heating.
- The sun-like heat warms the surfaces of objects which then radiate heat back out and around – discouraging mold that thrives in cool, damp environments.
Now if only Spring Cleaning would come with a 20yr warranty like the infrared radiant ceiling panels – then we’d have something!