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Top Five Reasons Why Natural Stone is a Sustainable Choice for Your Home

Posted by Stephanie Vierra, Guest Columnist

Jan 23, 2017 2:05:38 PM

There is growing interest in creating beautiful, timeless, homes that are also sustainable. In today’s marketplace, with many materials and design options fighting for your attention, natural stone stands out as the perfect choice for meeting all of your needs while also enhancing the sustainability of your home. Natural stone is versatile enough to achieve the aesthetic, performance, and cost goals on both the exterior and interior of your home over the long term.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN FOCUSES on increasing the efficiency of resource use — energy, water, and materials — while reducing a building’s impacts on human health and the environment throughout the building's life cycle. Designing and constructing buildings in an environmentally-friendly manner requires careful thought and planning at the outset of the project. However, the paybacks from building green far outweigh the time and resources spent.

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Open Kitchen Be Gone

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Oct 6, 2015 5:36:00 PM

Even the prettiest kitchen is often noisy and messy. As homes grow smaller, backlash is growing against the open kitchen.

Want to see if a design idea is trending? Check out broadcast commercials. One of the newest is for HomeGoods and features a young couple preparing food in a closed in kitchen and bringing it to a dining area to share with friends. See the link below to watch it.

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Designed for Flexibility

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 26, 2015 2:52:56 PM

For this Portland, Oregon makeover, creating the perfect kitchen meant energy-efficient, customized design—with minimal waste.

PHOTOS BY AARON ZILTENER / NEIL KELLY COMPANY

THE KEY TO FITTING the perfect kitchen into this small 1940s home was flexibility, says Therese DuBravac, design consultant at Neil Kelly Design.

The original kitchen was a very tight space, but the 40-something chef-and-teacher couple has no children and plans to live in the house for the long term.

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Taos Treasure

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 20, 2015 1:38:00 PM

The bath and kitchen in this Passivhaus, which is part of a senior co-housing community, feature clean lines and compact design.

PHOTOS BY AMADEUS LEITNER

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A Modern Colonial Kitchen

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 15, 2015 8:45:19 AM

The kitchen in this energy-efficient new home combines style with water-saving fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and appliances and beautiful, natural materials.

PHOTOS BY PETER KRUPENYE

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