Designing A Sustainable Home

One of the things that designers get to do is to take an idea and visually transform it to make it real. It occurred to me that when most people think about sustainability, images of a green planet come to mind. For me, I see something totally different when I think about sustainability. It's a vision that takes more than words to communicate and one that I really love to share so that I can help others create a vision of what their interior environment could look like!

Award winning interior designer, Patrice Rios, brought this concept to life perfectly with a container home that she designed for a property in Austin, TX. The major feature of this home is the re-purposed shipping container that acts as the frame for the structure. Sustainable elements are carried throughout the entire interior of the home by using materials such as concrete flooring, a steel staircase, quartz countertops and employing daylighting techniques -- all things that promote improved human health! This is design that goes to work for you by keeping the air cleaner, reducing contamination from germs, and maximizing daylight. But when you soak it all in, it's simply beautiful design. 

 

Repurposed shipping containers provide the walls and frame for this home. 

Repurposed shipping containers provide the walls and frame for this home. 

Daylighting techniques are use to maximize natural light. Quartz countertops, concrete flooring, and steel shelves come together to provide a stylish and modern aesthetic. 

Daylighting techniques are use to maximize natural light. Quartz countertops, concrete flooring, and steel shelves come together to provide a stylish and modern aesthetic. 

Reclaimed wood and textiles add warmth and coziness. 

Reclaimed wood and textiles add warmth and coziness. 

Kady Brown