It is now universally acknowledged by climate change experts that energy used within the home is a major contributor to global warming. As a company, we where possible, through energy efficient & sustainable designs, aim to minimise the impact by incorporating some of the following in our projects. It is unlikely that you will do everything but even small steps in this direction can make a difference.
LED lighting has progressed hugely in the last few years providing soft lighting and lamps that can be dimmed.
Good insulation in walls, floors and ceilings is the best way to reduce energy usage and consequently running costs.
Solar hot water heating and photovoltaics panels with appropriate use can go a long way to reducing your household bills.
Ground source heat pumps in new builds can be appropriate.
Wood burning stoves are ecologically sound and can create a comforting focal point in the home.
Sun pipes can introduce additional natural daylight.
Aerated shower heads use less water than conventional shower heads.
Most straight forwardly efficient boilers and modern radiators and the use of thermostatic valves use less fuel and allow you to regulate the temperature in each room to meet your needs.
Sometimes it is a case of endeavouring to make sure that all openings are air tight by installing new windows and doors, a simpler remedy is to use interlined curtains.
We use sustainable materials, wood flooring from sustainable sources, natural stone and recycled glass and other materials and regularly source vintage furniture.
"Although I had quite a bit of experience of doing up houses, this time around I knew that I just didn’t have the time that is necessary to look for curtain fabrics, paint colours and upholstery fabrics. It really does take time to see what is around and to work out combinations. Because of my experience I have a strong sense of what I like and I was slightly sceptical of what use I would have for an interior designer. However, Georgina proved to be extremely useful. This may be because she doesn’t really fit my image of an interior designer. She is normal and down to earth but with a very good eye for colour and style. Georgina was able to understand exactly what sort of look I was after and was able to source items that she knew I would like. She also is conscious of budget and never tries to push you towards the more expensive option – which is what I had feared of an interior designer. She really provided two roles for me – firstly as a source of possible fabric choices and secondly as a sounding board for my ideas. In both roles, she was excellent and I couldn’t have done the project without her."Elaine, Withdean Road, Brighton