Green is where the Heart Is for August 17th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 17 August 2016 04:00

“There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.”

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Randy and I were sitting at the kitchen table today with our builder, Tom, going over the myriads of details regarding lighting, flooring, countertops, cable wire, building materials, water systems.  Just when I think we are ahead 3 spaces it seems like we go back 2.  I have worked helping people build their dream homes for almost 30 years, but this is the first time Randy and I have built our own.  You know how they say that doctors are the worst patients?  Well, let’s just say I am very grateful for Tom’s patience with me.  
My problem is not that I cannot find what I want.  My problem is that I know too much and I know exactly what I do not want.  Our house will not be a cookie cutter.
At the beginning I may have settled for a cookie cutter but the lot did not allow it.  After looking at hundreds of stock plans, we hired Scott Sullivan to create a design including ideas in my mind that I have held onto for years (if ever I build a house.)  Some things I found on Houzz.  Some things came out of my right brain.  Some things I borrowed from clients’ homes, like the European shower in the master bath and the walk-in butler’s pantry.  Maybe a traditional butler’s pantry is more walk-through but mine will house all of my appliances that are now sitting out on my counter in my kitchen.  In this house they will be out of sight, hidden behind the slightly trendy sliding barn door.
Last Friday my daughter-in-law Shawndy Linquist joined me in touring the Foster residence, a sustainable home built with a big green heart, sponsored by the Cape Fear Chapter.  I realized that you can be green in building your home even if you cannot add solar panels to the roof or geothermal heating to the plan.  The Foster’s home began with the orientation of building, primarily most glass facing the north and south.  The homeowner admitted, the west facing slider was added simply because his wife wanted it that way.  I suggested using cellular shades as a cure for energy efficiency in this area. In pyramid feng shui, the geographical orientation of the home on the lot is of utmost importance and it all depends on the people living in the home.  
Randy and I chose our lot so our home would face west and the “tranquility zone” where he hangs out most of the time, would be in the northeast quadrant of the lot, protected from the brutal heat and sun.  Feng shui begins with nature and orients spaces according to sunrise and sunset, the seasons, landscape and surrounding topography.  Neighbors are also an important factor and our outdoor space will be conveniently located away from the next door homes so as not to interfere.  
The best part about this whole process is that it is for us. We are not building for resale.  We are building for what we want.  Yes, it is built to create memories with grandchildren and the Swedish table will always be ready to seat 10 or more.  The bunk room sleeps 6. These are the people in my life that matter.  The garage will be big enough to house lots of beach paraphernalia.  
This house will be our statement of who we are.  It will be different than most but hopefully accepted and admired because of its uniqueness.  It will have as many green features as I can convince my husband and builder to allow me.  It will be a place were memories will be created and grandchildren will remember even after Poppy and MoMo are gone. The house you live in says a lot about you.  Look around your home right now.  What does your house say?  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 the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear 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  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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