Choosing a green energy efficient home doesn’t mean you have to give up style to save on energy. House number one on the 2018 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes was a Garbett Homes house, The Bellows, as well as their second model home next door, both with bright, open plans that showcase how you can have a home with a lot of windows and plenty of light and still cut energy costs. Matched with the wonderful interior design work of Akin Design Studio, a husband a wife duo who know how to style a home to show off its best features with a minimal modernist touch.
Energy savings building choices show on your energy bill, and are not always visually evident in the design of the house. Garbett Homes gave us a tour to highlight energy savings they built into their homes to make it Zero Energy Ready, a federal standard of home energy savings. Takeaways include making the envelope of the home airtight and completely sealing the duct work. They use an air filtration system that filters the air seven times a day (as the house is air tight). Plus, their homes come with tank-less water heaters and are solar ready. Shouldn’t all new homes comes this way? Watch the tour below.
We caught the Akin Design Studio duo just as they were doing a refresh of the model homes and asked them to give us a little background as to why they chose to style the model homes as they did.
Open spaces are a wonderful blank canvas where you can infuse your personality and make a house your home.
Open Plan Spaces
The Bellows model home had plenty of light and a beautiful flow. The fixtures were fun, modern, and gave the space a contemporary edge.
I want that light fixture!
A fabulous light fixture that borrows its style from an erector set,
Spacious Entry Hall
Wide open entry halls really give the whole home a spacious feeling.
And there is space for a modern farmhouse sidetable matched to a fabulous mirror that becomes the center piece of the design. And the greenery makes the space fresh and appealing.
Maximized Modern Living Rooms
Check out the textures! Smooth leather. Soft velvet. And fun fury tuffets. Simple. Modern. Perfect.
The gold of the lamp stand sneaks in the a warm elegance which is perfect balance to the pop of color the teal couch brings to the great room. Plus, the tuffets are fun and are additional seating without taking up space.
The art through the house was perfect. Contemporary. Fun. And let’s the viewer do all the interpreting.
The second Garbett model home was also an open plan but called for more design efficiency. Space was maximized. The rustic modern coffee and sidetable aren’t solid which allows for a visual flow.
Dining Room and Kitchen Design
The blue of the kitchen cabinets matched to the golden color of the pendant lamps and you have a winner.
The navy blue of the cabinetry sets off the modern cabinet fixtures.
Hello – those are fun stools. They kind of look like springs.
The rustic nail heads are juxtaposition to the soft white leather headboard. The padded leather bench at the foot of the bed is both practical and fun.
The choice of black pillows wall art and lamps brings just the right amount of the contrast to the room.
Using a drawers instead of night stand is practical and if you have the space gives you more space for a lamp, books, and a cup of tea.
Daybed. Perfect for lounging or an extra bed in a pinch. I’d prefer it over a sleeper sofa.
I fell in love with the simple modern design choice for this nursery. Who wouldn’t want stars? It’s beautiful.
If you’re unsure about trying wallpaper, use it in a small space like a bathroom. All the home magazines are showcasing wallpaper as there are so many options out there now including designing your own. The bold choice of going with a black and white wallpaper was one of the highlights of the Parade of Homes tour for me. It made this bathroom chic, even though the fixtures weren’t super high end, and the space look larger than it was, and was a statement all its own. I am checking out wallpaper for my bathroom now.
Modern fixture choices elevated this bathroom. The soft grey was a perfect choice for the cabinets.
We hope you were just as inspired as we were by the modern design choices by Akin Design Studio that took the Zero Energy Home to the next level. If you’re building your own home, or looking to buy one, make sure to ask if the house is Zero Energy Ready. The money you save in energy costs can be put towards that fabulous sofa, a piece of art you’ve been eyeing or keep it in the piggy bank. There is no reason for new homes not to be extra energy efficient for the planet and your pocketbook.
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