De-Mystifying the "Green-THING"
Green Homes & Land, Various Verdant Variables & Gorgeous Green "Complexions"--A Mystery?
Here's a solution. Take a look at the photo to your left. It could be a quick reference point. I took it overlooking the valley that rolls out beneath my home here in Asheville, North Carolina. At first glance, you notice what appears to be a colorful array of flowers and berries, right?
But take a second look. Those aren't berries; they are buds. And do you see a "tiny" home (on your left) in the distance? Wing across the valley with me now. Land on the rooftop of that "not-so-tiny" 5,000 sq. ft. home.
Aha! It's a whole new world.
Like the scene in the photo, the "complexion" of sustainable development and green-built homes is varied and variable, depending on your perspective and your perception. Getting the whole picture can be illusive. That sure was the case with "Kristy", one of my Asheville real estate clients. She found the many "shades of green" that come into play in land preparation, home building, possibly even the entire design process quixotic. Here's her story:
Like a number of real estate clients these days, my client totally was intrigued with the idea of conservation land for sale in the Asheville area. The idea captivated her, and led her boldly to choose to build a green home. She even liked the idea of being in a community that bordered land in conservation-land planned with sustainable design in mind. So, over the past week, together we had searched for green homes for sale in Asheville, but she had come to the conclusion that it would be "more fun" to find land and build green.
Soon afterwards, on a blustery day, just as my client made the decision to invest in land- rolling land- -land perfect for nature-loving people and their horses, with riding trails right off the property- land where she and her partner would build a south-facing "green home" looking out to the distant mountains, suddenly Kristy was overtaken with ambiguity. On that decision day, as the skies darkened and flashed and had us both jumping, as if coaxed by the weather, in thunderous tones and above the storm, she blurted out,
"To tell you the truth, janeAnne, I am a bit "nervous" about this whole ‘Green-THING!"
"Green ideas are new to me, " she sang out between thunderclaps. " I guess that's why they are mysterious. Actually, I can't even tell you exactly why I am so attracted to green-built homes, except for they smell nice, and feel cozy, especially on days like today." Hastily she added, "I think that's a good omen!".
I can relate to her puzzlement. As we know, the "complexion" of built-healthy homes is varied and, at times, can be illusive. A green home can be large as the green luxury abode(see my photo below of one of our favorite super-green homes on the market here in Asheville.). Or (more commonly) it can be small. It can be totally, partially, or nearly "green." It can be more or not so much "green" depending on how close to the city and foot/transit friendly it is, and it can be "green" depending on how it is sited on the land... You get the idea. There's a lot of space for conjecture around the Green-THING"....
"green" luxury abode in Asheville, N.C.
That's why I say, (even after many hours of classroom training, hands-on field work, site evaluations, and a huge interest in sustainable design and development, plus accomplishing my ECO certification,) that I constantly continue to be surprised at all that is embodied in green development and building. Possibly that's why I have acquired a serious lexicon of adjectives to help me describe such undertakings to my real estate clients... (see below.)
Whatever the impetus, when Kristy expressed interest, I, equipped with "Green-o-Lina's Lexicon" , was heard to say, "Not to worry! I'll email you a splendid collection of green-related adjectives. That should de-mystify the ‘Green-THING', at least to some extent!"
De-Mystifying the "Green-THING":
Green Homes & Land, Various Verdant Variables & Green "Complexions"
To de-mystify "green" this simple set of adjectives seems to work wonders for my clients. Here is my current collection of "tell-all" adjectives. Hopefully, these words shed a verdant light on the concepts and benefits of green homes and land in your life today ...and tomorrow.
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CHALLENGE: Green-o-Lina's Lexicon needs your adjectives. Just tell me your suggestions in the comment windows, and I'll add them to my list with delight!. And let me know if thinking of "green" homes and land in this way works for you.
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