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Introducing: Going Green

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There’s a lot of go-to phrases attached to the word green. And as a writer, more specifically a writer who’s work is meant to grab a reader and link him or her to a topic they are interested in but may know little about, go-to phrases are the bread and butter, the workhorse, if you will, dragging the reader through the transition from enthusiast to know-it-all.

But back to my original point: the word green’s got a lot going for it. Color of money. The shade of envy and, by extension, the variance with which you judge the grass “on the other side.” The color you get “around the gills” when you’re not feeling well. Green thumbs. Greener pastures. Green light. Now, if I wanted to be cute, I could keep going, or I could promise how I could link all these into some article that essentially had nothing to do with any of the phrases themselves. But I’m just making a point. For such a small word, there’s quite a depth of content.

The concept of building green is just like that. People have been talking about green living or building green in some form or combination of the two since as long as I was old enough to care about the scientific mechanics of the world, the stuff that makes the wind blow, the complexity of purifying water and how all the junk we leave behind somehow makes its way into those same mechanics and gum up the works. The subject has only grown since then. Layers and layers of details, techniques, understanding and then research that clarifies or outright reverses that previous understanding. And it’s only getting crazier.

This may sound like a long sell, but honestly, I’m just trying to foster an appreciation for how deep this winding rabbit hole goes. Even though green building has been around for as long as it has, the movement in its advancement, the sheer volatility in discoveries – it’s like there’s a whole new theory or some new gadget that’s going to change how we look at capturing and storing energy, or the efficiency of the whole procedure coming out every month.
Stuff is getting sleek. Gone are the days of bulky solar panels thick as slabs of sidewalk cement. Living green now isn’t equal to being in a shack in the woods. Current homes are all but indistinguishable from their non-green counterparts, and when you can tell a difference, the look is classy, modern, at home in a swiftly changing, technology based society. And it’s only going to get better.Modular solar panels that basically install themselves and can be taken with you if you leave the house. Batteries to store all that solar power, not filled with lithium or lead, but salt water. Thin, light-weight insulation that offers better protection from the elements than stacks of the traditional variety. A power hub that helps regulate the transition from AC to DC current with the intent of being cheap, efficient and easy to use. Weird, bendy pipes that are super easy to install and don’t make your water taste like plastic. A self-cleaning roof that combines all sorts of different energy systems into one, providing enough power for six people, increasing ventilation and lighting, along with a number of other neat tricks. Hubs that control lighting, heat and cooling that can be controlled from your phone and monitor your habits to save you every penny possible. Even a solar powered riding lawnmower.

This is not the typical blog-in-three-parts. Going Green will offer snapshots into the constantly shifting world of energy efficient technology. When we find cool new ways to make your house do what it does, but better and safer, you’ll find them under this heading. When we hear of something that takes your house a step closer to being the starship Enterprise, you’ll get to read about me geeking out over it here.

Take a chance to hit the subscribe button over there in the column so you don’t miss when something new drops. As fast as this market is, if you don’t catch it right away, you’re likely to miss it.

Rebel Design Fights Industrialism

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Imagine England, the bustle and sweep of a country in the midst of its push towards industrialism. Turning momentarily from Crusading and beheading to house design, King and Country decide to focus on making their grand castles a little smaller and easier to build. Industrialism, with its promise of steady production, becomes quite popular.

To celebrate progress, the country stages the Great Exhibition of 1851, first of a long series of self-congratulatory World Fairs, where they show off their new toys to all the other children. Everyone revels in the quickening march of progress.

But all is not well. Enter the Arts and Crafts movement. A vast portion of the populace is unhappy with the unfeeling, factory-made pieces that pull work out of the hands of trained artisans who rely on that wage to survive. The resulting work, say the artisans, denies the truth of the material and has a more commercialized, generic feel.

So the Arts and Crafts movement begins designing with materials built by artisans, in many styles, some of which gain much popularity. One of those styles is Tudor Revival. Tudor Revival homes, although quite impressive, are meant to invoke a more humble rustic feeling, like a cottage. Steep-pitched roofs, half-timbered upper floor, herringbone brickwork on the lower, beautiful high windows, tall chimneys, an overhanging upper floor, dormer windows with supporting consoles. Not exactly what comes to mind when thinking simple, but the important fact is that they show each material used for what it is, unblemished by the touch of industrial machinery.

Simple, right?

Simple, right?


The style is a huge success. Even the Rothschild family gets in on the action, boosting the popularity immensely. After World War I, the style spreads to the US and Canada, but, ironically, becomes its own worst enemy. Starting as a rebel design against quick-built, cookie-cutter homes, its popularity takes all the authentic aspects and throws them out a window in favor of production.

Today, the style has fallen out of popularity, but is still so unique that it stands well next to other homes. While other European or modern buildings may now be the go-to design preference, there are few choices that impress a sense of homey elegance more than Tudor Revival.

If you are interested in a home designed in this style, contact us at:

 

Home Designing Service, Ltd

25 Meadows Rd.

Windsor, Connecticut 06095

860-724-5522

inquiries@homedesigningservice.com

 

 

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