Gallery: 5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susan...


While conjuring up comfort in the home seems like a basic principle, it’s a far more complex process for architect & remodeling guru Sarah Susanka, who believes that comfort can significantly influence the sustainability of your personal abode. With her mantra of “build better, not bigger,” Susanka promotes quality over quantity when remodeling a home. Through transforming your living space into a more beautiful and comfortable environment, Susanka says that any home’s occupants will automatically take better care of their space in a more sustainable way. We sat down with Susanka to get the low-down on how to do more with less when revamping your space.

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  1. detella January 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I am a huge fan of Sarah’s work, it’s amazing how she takes the ‘Less is more’ philosophy and use it not necessarily with stuff but with spaces. Definitely a great underestimated architect who is improving America’s lifestyle little by little but with huge results for the future. Cool tips, and great article by the way!

  2. Neeraj Singh August 25, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    your eco home should be environmentally friendly, economical to lve in and maintain.
    1. I believe you could because of the precise climate control ability.
    2. bamboo or wood
    3. natural light is the very best but fluorescent is good
    4. leather
    5. you can have an Eco home anywhere.
    6. depends to what extent you put into building your eco home the more you design and implement the more efficient the home will be.

  3. andualem May 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    still you have untapped potential…………..use it[never give up your hard work]

  4. sarahmontgomery December 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I love this list, it’s so great! Green remodels are my favoirte!

  5. smontgomery December 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Great tips! I agree that lighting is so essential to creating a great space!

  6. Terry Harrington November 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

    “By creating a room that’s comfortable to be in, we are motivated to care for and sustain its beauty.”

    I whole heartedly agree with this statement. Good tips.

  7. taraprieto April 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great tips!!! I love the concept of quality over quantity I think that works for so many things in life:)

  8. Earthman February 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Don’t waste your money on an energy audit unless you are receiving a rebate. Energy repairs and refits always go as follows: hvac systems, windows, roof, doors, basements, foundations, walls. Spend your money on those.

  9. RikF February 7, 2011 at 1:35 am

    “One less obvious way to do this is by adding a built-in bookshelf near a window. The shelving edges act as reflective surfaces, bouncing extra light into the room.”

    This is surely either badly worded or just plain wrong. The light bouncing off that bookshelf is *already in* the room. If it wasn’t, it couldn’t hit the bookshelf. Now, this could redirect some of the light in the room, creating a lighter area in front of the window as the light that would have reached the sides is redirected (at a loss – the reflection isn’t perfect that the shelves will absorb some of the color), at the expense of the parts of the room it would have previously reached.

  10. PaulaAnn February 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Ms. Susanka has long been ahead of the curve! I cited her philosophy when I hired the architect for my home remodel. Quality over quantity is my personal mantra. Photos of the project are here:

  11. Lois T. February 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Kestrel is the daughter of a friend of mine, so I wanted to check your site out. Fantastic! Send me more!

  12. jkgreen February 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Color vs white walls definitely makes a space feel more homey!

  13. raulsanchcobntempoart February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Great article, time for an energy audit at home

  14. Jessica Dailey February 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I love built-in bookshelves but I never would have thought to construct one around a window to amplify light — how clever!

  15. adamschw February 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    “One less obvious way to do this is by adding a built-in bookshelf near a window. The shelving edges act as reflective surfaces, bouncing extra light into the room.” That’s an awesome tip!

  16. Yuka Yoneda February 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I didn’t know about the bookshelf idea – smart!

  17. Rebecca Paul February 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love Sarah’s approach to designing within the space you have available. I live in NYC and space is definitely limited, and it’s this kind of interior design that I need to use in my own home.

  18. Kestrel Jenkins February 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Sarah is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the ways in which comfort inspires a sustainable lifestyle.

  19. David Brodeur February 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m a fan of the do-more-with-less theme, great article!

  20. Jasmin Malik Chua February 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I love the wall-to-wall bookcase!

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