I don’t know about you, but I love a good parade of homes… AND this parade happens to be the ultimate in green design and innovation. To give you a brief explanation of the event. The decathlon is a contest for collegiate teams to and I quote “Design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.” On the website linked above they also have tours of the homes, and I am telling you, they are amazing!
I want to show you a few of my favorite homes:
They created a home base on the homesteaders of the past. The home has a large porch, and out buildings, All connected but also with the easy ability to customize for your particular needs. I love the open outdoor space. Especially having lived in the Appalachian mountains, I completely understand the need to use that outdoor space! They also incorporated some really beautiful design elements. Including bark siding… I think it is really cool.
One feature that sounds especially interesting to me with kids (that can wake each other up from naps… I know many of you know what I am talking about), is the special soundproofing of the bedroom walls. They used an insulative rubber/plastic sound barrier. This feature sounds like a really easy and useful feature that would be very doable for about anyone building a home, or even updating one.
And speaking of gardens another features that I especially love the idea of is the vertical indoor “bio wall” “The plant filtration system retains volatile organic compounds and improves air quality while saving energy at the same time.” I would love the idea of adding one of these to my home, not only to cleans the air but to add some fresh herbs that could be harvested.
There is a video hereabout how to create a living wall, using these Wolly Pockets which are a smart breathable plastic pocket lined with a recycled bottle plastic coating that creates a moisture tight barrier. How cool would it be to have a wall of fresh basil and parsley that you could collect while cooking too! So, while it might be hard to create the bio wall, you could do it in a smaller scale on your own. And maybe I am just a geek, but I sorta love caring for plants, too. My mother always has a lot of plants, so I guess that has rubbed off a bit, besides it is fun to watch them grow.
They won overall.
Remodelaholic is written by Cassity and Justin. Cassity has a degree in interior design and Justin is a landscape architect, so we adore everything that makes up a HOME! We love to share home remodeling ideas and projects we’re working on. From huge kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, there isn’t anything we won’t try to tackle (at least once!). We are in the midst of our third whole home renovation, (check out house 1 and house 2 as well, so there should be a lot more inspiration coming your way. We hope that you will stop by often for home design inspiration, tutorials, interior design tips, delicious recipes and what going on in our family life.
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.