As an architectural designer there is nothing more enjoyable than making our clients dreams a reality. It is through our design process that we determine the client’s style and vision for their project. More than ever before, today’s homeowners are requesting for sustainable elements to be incorporated into their homes. Sustainable design is the intention to reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts through thoughtful designs. Sustainable features are the latest trend to attract buyers who are familiar with the benefits this design entails. When designing a sustainable home, the first thing that comes to mind for most people are high price tag items such as solar panels and green roofs; however, there is so much more to a sustainable home than just these traits that can be more affordable. When working with clients, it is my job to ensure the projects we develop not only look amazing but are conscious of the impact they have on the environment. Whether your designing a new home or retrofitting your existing home there are several sustainable avenues to generate a more energy efficient design and lifestyle.
When starting to design a new home, the orientation of the structure on the site is an important factor to consider. Designing in New Orleans the lot sizes are usually limiting, so being creative with window locations and the orientation is critical. Installing clearstory windows on south elevations allows for natural light to flood the space while keeping the house feeling cool. These conditions make homeowners feel ecstatic. During Project Development of a recent new construction home, that is exactly what we did – what’s better than an ecstatic client? On this particular project (3) clearstory windows on the south elevation allow natural light to flood the large open concept kitchen, living room, and dining room making for the perfect entertainment space.Some additional sustainable features for this project include low-e energy efficient windows, high-efficiency toilets and shower heads, and Cumaru wood siding from Advantage Lumber who grow and manage forests in South America to produce a product that is 100% authentic and chemical free.
An existing home still has plenty of opportunities to achieve sustainable design. Some affective adjustments include changing all your fluorescent bulbs to LED bulbs, installing a water filter to remove microplastics or updating the insulation throughout your home. Weather your building new or retrofitting your existing home remember to think about your design decisions because sometimes it’s the small decisions that prevent the greatest impact.
Justin’s passion for architecture and design makes him an asset to the DMG Design+Build Team. Justin works closely with homeowners and our tradesmen throughout The DMG Process making sure that each project is built according plan. Visit https://dmgnola.com/justin-fredricks to read more about Justin Fredricks.