Green Architecture - Boring or Beautiful?

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One Asheville, NC architectural design firm is changing the mindset of a generation.

There has been a disconnect between beauty and green in the minds of many. That is, there was a belief that if an architectural element was green and environmentally friendly, it was also lackluster in the looks department.

Today, Carlton Architecture is changing the public perception that green means less than beautiful. Yes, green architecture can be beautiful architecture. It can be modern and cutting edge, as well as sustainable and friendly to Earth.

It's in this vein that Carlton Architecture operates. The firm works with design principles that are rooted in environmental awareness.

"Green" has become one of the most popular buzz words of the day, but green is so much more than a buzz word when it comes to designing custom homes that are green in every way. Carlton Architecture is raising the bar in green architecture. Every home that they design is a completely "green" home - not only the building's interior and exterior, but the home is designed to be in complete harmony with its natural surroundings.

Although most of us think about our cars when we consider our contributions to global warming, we often forget about our homes and other buildings. But according to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Government, buildings are responsible for almost 50 percent of the greenhouse gasses emitted and consume over 75 percent of the total electricity generated in the United States.

It stands to reason, then, that we should focus as much - if not more - energy on creating homes that are greener, and make use of sustainable materials.

Carlton Architecture's designs make beauty and usefulness out of natural materials like stone, brick, and timber. Utilizing the services of local artisans ensures that the local economy benefits as well.

Carlton Architecture is proud of the beautiful, warm and green custom residences they have created. To learn more, visit their web site:


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