Less stuff is always better
To create a Swamp Yankee Green home, opt for fewer light fixtures, fewer doors and windows and fewer bath fixtures.
Of course it also costs less if you don't buy and install, use and maintain so many extras, but living in a barracks or a prison cell won't be too appealing once you've satisfied your Thoreau fetish.
So try to forget the more absurd "requirements" for resale, and fight the urge to protect yourself from potential disappointment and just avoid unnecessary overlighting, overtoiletting and having four fireplaces in an 8-room house. I won't even mention speakers in every room and central vacuum systems that some people opt to include in their homes. Less is more when you're Swamp Yankee Green.
This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson. Read his original blog about Swamp Yankee Green.
Duo Dickinson Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinsons latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www