Remodeling is nothing new. Back in the mid-1700s Queen Maria of Portugal was into it...on a grand scale.
This portrait, courtesy of Wikipedia , seems to reveal a woman ready to make changes in her home... And indeed, Queen Maria began making sweeping changes in one of her castles built in the 1600s. This was to be the royal family's "Country House" and a summer residence. The palace would be her escape from the burdens of her work and a place where she could relax and enjoy life. It didn't happen overnight, but after many years, her place in the country, AKA "Second/Vacation Home" underwent a remarkable transformation. But all this time, Maria had left the details to the experts, and did not visit the remodel.
One day, as the story goes, the Queen could wait no longer to see the changes.Off she sped to the mountains. It would be a grand time for the whole family. Arriving by daylight, she began her inspection. You could see a number of artisans smile as she marveled at the illuminated gold carvings, and gold framed mirrors throughout . How they lit up the interior halls reflecting the tracery of the Pensile and Malta gardens. As Queen Maria admired her surroundings, her courtiers flung open the garden doors. Sunlight (passive solar?) poured in. The mirrored rooms flashed beams of light and nature's reflections.
"Que Luz!," she exclaimed. "What Light!."
Jumping ahead to this day of "green" rehabs and solar delights for remodelers---We may not have the crew power Queen Maria enjoyed, but we have another kind of power, and we can do so much these days with light! We can pull together a stylish, comfortable, and beautiful “palace” that is also non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Here in Asheville, we are really getting into Solar Power.
Out at the Environmental Learning Center at Warren Wilson College, just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, a group of REALTORS® gathered this year to get familiar with how these solar panels work. We touched them, we saw the batteries they powered, and the golf carts that tool around the campus, solar-powered, too.
"Que Luz! ," I exclaimed....
Here’s a picture I took while I was there.
Do these littl buggies look like fun for a Queen? =)
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