A chance comment lately made me realize that some of what we take for granted about high-quality home design, especially eco-friendly features, can be daunting for those just starting on that path. Because I want to raise awareness, I’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions below.
Isn’t eco-friendly design expensive?
Let’s think about your car for a minute. Upfront, a Tesla might cost you more, but it only needs maintenance once a year, far less than is typical. Because of the energy savings and maintenance savings, in the long run, a Tesla can end up costing you similar to a mid-range luxury car (Lexus) or even less.
Also consider potential savings from a cleaner environment – anyone with asthma or allergies will relate. If your eco-friendly features also lead to saving energy or conserving water, we’re looking at a higher quality home with better durability.
What are your fees and process?
You will find the best design process is very collaborative. Due to time demands, that can be hard and some flexibility helps. So in my practice, for example, the clients are as involved as they want to be. We prefer more involvement, with feedback and input through multiple meetings and about all selections – appliances, cabinetry, furniture. This helps make sure we are on track and that you like the choices.
Firms vary in how they structure fees. Mine are completely tailored to your specific situation. This will not be hourly or on a square foot basis, but on project, results and value basis.