When it comes to increasing the energy efficiency of a project, solar panels provide many benefits, but architects often avoid using them for aesthetic reasons.Read More
Home Renovations Ideas and Tips from the Best General Contractor Company Calgary
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Commercial Architecture in Calgary – Inspiring Examples of Well Designed Public Spaces and Buildings
Calgary architecture is getting a substantial uplift from several well designed public buildings. In particular, comes to mind StudoBell and the new public library.
These inspiring public buildings successfully bled innovative and exciting design and can serve as an inspiration for other projects around the city.Read More
Midcentury modern has been a very popular style as it offers a simple yet elegant mix of space and character that suits modern, eco-friendly living. Many bungalows build in 50s and 60s carry many elements of the style, therefore, a renovation to with a modern twist.
Here is a great example of a midcentury bungalow remodel with a modern twist we love "San Carlos Mid-Century Rescue" by Klopf Architecture:Read More
Smaller footprint houses such as mountain cabins can provide valuable lessons in eco-friendly design, construction innovation, and eco-friendly materials. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this selection of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale home design. Most of the projects prove that that small-scale efficiency, as well as beautiful, thoughtful design, can overcome the apparent constraints of a small footprint.Read More
Over the years we became increasingly interested in new building construction, home renovations and retrofits that consume less energy by adopting many "passive" building techniques. The huge benefit of this approach in building construction is a substantial reduction in energy used, exponentially friendlier buildings to the environment and overall healthier living environment for people.
Here is the list of the passive design techniques that will greatly cut the energy consumption and reduce building environmental footprint.
Residential renovation and construction budget: Many potential clients call us asking about a rough renovation budget. Unfortunately, unless we are able to conduct a site visit to better understand a renovation scope, there are no easy and fast answers. Each project is completely different which makes very difficult to create a reliable shortcut to cost estimation /budgeting of any renovation projecRead More
We have recently completed a professionally designed multi-purpose home theatre room that can also serve as an entertainment room, playroom and family room. To find out more read our post:
With much greater emphasis on energy and materials preservation efforts, the housing and renovation trends for 2016 emphasize design and building techniques that sustain our natural resources.Read More
Home Renovations Tax Credit 2016
We have recently received many inquiries about home renovations tax credits and we have good news!
The 2015 federal budget introduced a new home accessibility tax credit to help seniors, disabled Canadians and their families pay for certain home renovations, but it doesn't go into effect until 2016. So now is good time to start planning for 2016.
For more information visit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2015/qa04-eng.html
Here are some great examples of renovations to improve accessibility and mobility:
Harmony Home Projects Inc. services Calgary and Calgary surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a design /build renovation company for residential and commercial projects give us a call at (403) 923-2996 to discuss your next project.
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Well-designed buildings, in commercial and residential architecture, are well integrated with its site and use design approach that promote coherence between a building and its natural surroundings. Thus a building and its setting become one unified composition.Read More
Garages are loaded with an untapped potential and can become more than a space to hide the junk. With relatively small budget, diligent planning and a few simple steps, any garage can be transformed to a very useful and pleasant workshop space that can also add value to your property.Read More
Energy conservation achieved through energy efficient home design it is now becoming a higher priority on many homeowners' agendas. The reason is simple: energy efficient design reduces the running and maintenance cost of the house (or a commercial space). Thus we are noticing a growing interest among our clients in home renovations that can improve not only the aesthetics and comfort, but also the energy efficiency of their dwellings and commercial or public spaces.
Achieving this goal does not have to be overly complex and can be achieved by:
- High performance, simple and efficient building envelope (simplified building geometry to minimize thermal bridges, insulation and U-values, minimize north glazing)
- Passive solar heating, natural ventilation and passive cooling
- Natural daylighting
- Renewable and non-toxic interior materials and finishes
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
- Advanced geothermal systems
- Radiant heating
- Heat recovery ventilation
- Low energy lighting & appliances
- Water conserving appliances & fixtures
Following are some fantastic examples of the applied energy efficient home design that can be adopted in renovations and new constructions:
Harmony Home Projects Inc. services Calgary and Calgary surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a design /build renovation company give us a call at (403) 923-2996 to discuss your next project.
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The Greenest Home by Julie Torres Moskovitz