Interior Design: Ditch the Mansion?

Dec 15, 2010

In this month’s green article, I can hardly believe I’m going to tell you the first rule of being green is living smaller, fewer resources for initial construction, less for maintenance and less for heating and cooling.  In the name of full disclosure, I need to mention that I have worked on some very large homes. One home was 14,000 sq.ft. and I had an incredible time working with the home owner to make it spectacular. If living ‘klein aber fein’ (small but spectacular) is difficult, and bigger is better for you, just go the extra mile and do as much green as you can.  In the large home I mentioned, we used sustainable woods for the over 1,000 linear feet of cabinetry in the home, solar roof, and instant hot water heaters, just to mention a few.

Luckily for the environment, urban living is on an upward trend, which means people are learning to live in smaller spaces. Interestingly though, according to TIME,  the size of new home construction square footage has increased from the 1,000 average sq.ft. in 1950 to 2,500 today, even thought the average household has gone from 3.4 to 2.6.   If you have decided you want to live smaller, don’t think you have to sacrifice on luxury, there are wonderful materials on the market that are green to help make your home special and unique to you.

So why do we need so much more space now? Please use the comment feature to tell us your thoughts on this.