Local architect, Brad Tomecek of Tomecek Studio Architecture, discussed in our interview for mhm’s the voice of series that awareness is key to the future of eco-conscious architecture and included an easy solution to make both new builds and pre-existing structures more sustainable.
“Converting to an all-electric energy system with solar panels, to offset usage, is a great way to offset carbon if you have a well-sealed building envelope. The ROI is usually reasonable, and local energy companies still have some rebates available,” says Brad.
Another suggestion from an efficiency perspective is the appeal of homes with smaller square footage, and ultimately, a smaller carbon footprint.
Moderately sized homes, like 768 Jersey Street, appeal to green-conscious individuals looking to become more energy efficient, and in turn, save on energy bills. The science is simple. Less square footage means less area to heat and cool, making smaller homes inherently eco-friendlier.
John Reilly is the developer and designer behind 768 Jersey Street, a 1,000 square foot, four-bedroom abode situated in Hilltop.
Doused in a bold, saturated wrought iron grey, it’s a futuristic face to the homey block. The modern abode has been redesigned, breathing new life into the living space while maximizing the square footage with an open floor plan and finished basement.
As proven by this renovation, big style can be incorporated into smaller homes.
“We spend a lot of time thinking about the design,” says John. “For Jersey, the exterior elevation was really unattractive. I thought by enlarging the front windows, it would change the exterior as well as the interior look of the house. It added a ton of light to house and made it feel so much larger and open. Also adding walls clad in reclaimed wood warms the house up. Although my design aesthetic tends to be more modern, we try to use colors that aren’t too stark.”
So, whether your building new or retrofitting your period home, here are tips for incorporating sustainable design.