Going green doesn’t mean sacrificing style

Call me naive, but when I hear about someone going green, I immediately envision flower children spending the day walking around barefoot, building composts, and retreating to their candle lit, minimalistic homes. I love the idea of a green lifestyle, but when it comes down to it, there are a lot of things I would have trouble modifying when it came down to practicality and style.

This week I attended Metro Mag’s first Green Home Happy Hour and it completely opened my eyes to how green design can be not only enviormentally practical, but absolutely beautiful.

The event was held at a home in the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis that was completely redesigned by green remodeler, Otogawa-Anschel. Just by walking through the house, I never would have guessed that it was a green home. The design was very modern with gorgeous detailing. My favorite part was this bathroom with the stone tiling on the floor:

Photo credit: Metro Mag, design by Otogawa-Anschel

This home was particularly special because it received a Gold certification from MN Greenstar, a program that promotes and evaluates healthy, durable, and energy efficient homes. There are only a handful of Gold certified homes in Minnesota. This means that they use everything from energy efficient/water reducing appliances to organic rugs and towels – among an extensive list of other things you can read more about here.

The main thing I took away from this event was when the time comes for me to buy my own home, there are easy ways I can integrate enviromentally conscious features that still fit with my personal style. And save a buck or two on energy bills along the way. No flower child lifestyle for this girl.

To see more photos of the home and learn about future Green Home Happy Hours, take a trip over here:

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    Michael Anschel
    May 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Thanks so much for coming to the house and for the great comments! I am so happy that this event helped change your perspective of the Green building possibilities! There really is a hurdle out there for us to overcome when it comes to the perception of options and cost.
    If there is ever anything that I or my staff can help you with (more happy hour home tours?) feel free to call anytime.

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      May 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Michael. I plan on going to another home happy hour tour later this month. Hopefully we can connect then!

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    June 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, awesome info. Thanks!

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