Green is where the Heart Is for May 31st, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 31 May 2017 04:00

"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one joined in a spiritual union."
 ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

We have walls!!  The drywall crew completed the installation of the walls in the house last week.  I was happy to see the words, ‘Formaldehyde Free’ on the panels as they went up.  It is amazing how many products used in home construction can contain toxins which invade our bodies unknowingly on a daily basis.  
We have chosen a balance of natural vs man-made products to be used in the home.  Being a living, breathing human and schooled in pyramid feng shui, I prefer my surroundings to be made of natural products over plastic.  Being the guy that holds the purse strings, Randy prefers the less expensive options.  So, we have compromised.  The floor will be real wood but engineered to give us the best qualities of both worlds.
Even though I thought I wanted to build on a crawl space, our lot was not conducive to it.  Apparently, it raised the house just enough requiring one more step to the front porch and that step would have not made it into the 18” allowed beyond setback.  After my brain felt like a ping pong game going back and forth, we succumbed to the raised slab. It appears that the building industry is moving towards the raised slab in our climate.  One benefit is the elimination of foundational mold and varmint issues that could arise in the future.  It did mean, however that I had to choose a flooring that could be installed on a slab and so the natural wood was out unless we created another subfloor, which would in turn create another added cost.  The engineered wood can be applied directly to the slab.   
The engineered wood floor has other benefits.  Wood breathes which causes it to shrink and expand with the humidity.  Engineered wood floors can offer a little more stability preventing buckling or rippling making it resistant to moisture and everyday wear-and-tear.  I chose a Hickory in a darker stain and varying widths board sizes.  It is a harder wood and will suit both of us just fine.  
The floors in the bathrooms and laundry room will be tiled.  Each room has its own personality and so does the tile that completes them.  I fell in love with encaustic inspired tiles.  “Encaustic” refers to using pigments mixed with hot wax that are burned in as an inlay.  This created patterns that are fun, interesting and timeless. They were quite popular in the art deco design period and the one I have chosen for my laundry room is a design from the twenties.  It has just the right juxtaposition of white and black as a beautiful flower motif appears in both colors.  A hint of gray will complement my cabinets and countertop, and because of the neutrality, any pop of color on my walls and window treatment will turn even the dullest of rooms, into a space where I may feel like dancing as I fold my clean clothes.  Quite often a laundry room is only planned to have a boring ceiling fixture light, but NO fluorescents for me. Our home will be mostly LED lighting to comply with Duke Energy HERS rating.  Our builder will receive a rebate from Duke Energy according to all the energy saving products we will have installed in the home.  So, why shouldn’t an energy saving lightbulb be housed within an adorable drum shade?  Form follows function. What a union.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  
Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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