Friday, May 7th, 2010
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.
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:
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: http://www.metromag.com/0p372/green-home-happy-hours/