What is Natural Building?
Natural building utilizes building systems and materials that place an emphasis
on sustainability. Natural building principles focus on durability
and the use of minimally processed, plentiful, and renewable resources, as
well as recycled and repurposed materials that maintain healthy living environments
and indoor air quality. The architectural design and orientation of the building
maximize passive solar utilization and natural ventilation that will allow
building to function more efficiently and reduce its operational costs. WHS
also encourages the building of small footprint homes and use of renewable
energy systems to lessen ecological impact.
Wholistic Home Solutions, LLC takes a pragmatic
approach to natural building. We
work with home and business owners to make the best natural building decisions
that work specifically for them. We use local, renewable resources to
build our houses, and encourage our clients to consider using them as well
for the health of their family, community, and the planet.
Does natural/green building cost more?
There is great value (cultural and economic) in a home built with natural materials.
The type of work that WHS does may or may not have greater initial cost. Each
project is unique and will have different variables. The value of the
home or renovation will equally reflect that cost. A Wholistic Home
is an investment pay itself off because of its greater efficiency, cleaner
indoor air quality for the health of your family, sustainability, and longevity.
When evaluating cost vs. value of a home, it is very important to look at
a broader scope of contributing factors. One question to ask yourself is, “Where
do the materials come from?” Most materials from conventional building supply
stores are imported great distances and their price does not reflect the true
cost of embodied energy and pollution from such long haul transportation. Embodied
energy is the amount of energy it takes to make a product, bring it to market,
and eventually dispose of it. This is where we as consumers have the opportunity
to create change with our actions.
Another value to consider
is the feeling we get when we come home. Do you feel like your home is a
just place to hang your hat, or are you a nest builder who wants to be inspired
every time you walk in the door? Comparing naturally and conventionally built
homes is not an “apples to apples” comparison because the materials and craftsmanship
differ greatly. A Wholistic Home is a
place of inspiration that is free from the worries of toxic, conventional building
Does it take longer to build?
No, with a crew of competent, cooperative workers, flexibility, and good leadership
a naturally built home, can be constructed in a timely fashion. The natural
building can be labor intensive, but do not be fooled- all construction is
WHS takes an artistic approach
to building that involves client-builder collaboration to create a fine crafted
and inspirational home. To us, building is a
full embrace of artisan craftsmanship. Most builders take pride in their work
and strive to create a beautiful product. The quality that makes WHS
stand out is the process that we take. It is making a solid plan, so that when
an opportunity arises, it is easy to make changes and calculated improvisation. The
process may seem unfamiliar to most folk, because the material selections are
unconventional, but the building process, principles, and craftsmanship are
similar if not elevated.
How can WHS be skilled in all the services it provides?
Through a network of skilled trade professionals and natural builders, WHS
has what it takes to ensure that your project will be completed with the
utmost quality and punctuality. Though, I am a competent builder and confident
in my skills and abilities, I am the first to admit when I cannot do something. At
that point, I find the right people to consult or work with to do the job
correctly. My approach is transparent, and I encourage open dialog
with my clients and coworkers.