A well-designed home has an essence that can be felt immediately. It comes from a variety of sensations—color, the quality of light, the scent of fresh air, the size and height of the rooms, and the quality of sound. Your home should be the most comfortable and pleasing place in your life. A beautiful and energy-efficient dwelling can bring tranquility to an otherwise fast-paced world. I am a designer and filmmaker and good design is what my job is about. I want to show you how you can build your dream home.
The absence of machines whirring and air ducts hissing brings a peaceful feeling. Insulated straw bale exterior walls and thermal mass interior walls of adobe or stone, replace the air conditioners that we always assumed were essential in this part of the country. This is green design. Getting back to basics and re-evaluating the building systems we take for granted is what building with awareness is all about.
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