Performance vs. Pretty

By
Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott Real Estate

What do you think about this? I went to Central Oregon last summer and participated a judge in the Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes for Energy Star and EarthAdvantage newly constructed Homes...amazingly beautiful homes. Our group consisted of Energy Star and Earth Advantage Builders and my self a Certified EcoBroker® and an EarthAdvantage Graduate....

We crossed paths with the judges inspecting for the "aesthetics" of the homes value. I overheard them speaking to each other on the nice tile and moulding and various aesthetic features of the home and my judging team was busy determining things such as; efficiency, healthfulness for living, water savings, lighting and HVAC system.

It caused me to wonder are these two areas-homes performance vs. beautiful features- equal in value with todays world for people in general? What do you think?

 Golden Scales

Posted by

Dons SIgnature

Comments (3)

Daryl Vance Smith
Daryl Vance Realty - Grants Pass, OR
e-Pro - Oregon Real Estate

Don,

Are you working with any builder's who are going to "go green" for this years Home Builder's Tour in Medford? (Also, we got the go ahead to ad your fields to the MLS input sheet). FYI

Feb 27, 2008 03:26 PM
Don McCoy
John L. Scott Real Estate - Medford, OR
Southern Oregon EcoBroker for John L. Scott R E

Hey Daryl..by the time it gets here I will.. Thanks for the notice.

Tomorrow will be an article in the Mail Tribune on the MLS changes or Certification additions for green building!

Feb 28, 2008 01:29 PM
Kaire Downin
Keller Williams Realty Mid Willamette - Lebanon, OR

Sadly, I think people find more value in the LOOK than in the performance and sustainability. People in general are consumers, they are used to using and disposing of things without a second thought. I think that is one of the reasons I love the old homes in Oregon, they withstand so much more than newly constructed homes as well as being pleasing to the eye. With a few upgrades, they homes that mostly were already built with passive solar and natural lighting in mind, can be very  efficient and save resources by reusing them instead of tearing down and rebuilding. I am still amazind as the seasons change how well my 1870's house was designed to use the sun and natural light in a way that WORKS! All the bedrooms are ono the west side of the house, the main living areas all have large windows facing the south to get light all year, the wood stove heats all 2000 sq ft easily. It is just a wonderful design. I wish we could see more houses designed with this in mind.

Dec 29, 2008 04:47 AM