As I am in the midst of building a green home, it is important to me to make sure that the aesthetics and "energy" of this home reflect, honor, and bring forth the power and beauty of the earth. I want the "what" and the "how" to converge, so that not only do the building practices honor this planet as much as possible, but also that the energy which the home creates inspires whomever inhabits this home to also honor the earth. OK. You might think this sounds a bit hookey or new agey. (New agey I am not - maybe just a bit crunchy). But haven't you ever walked into a house and just felt like all your energy was striiped away? Or what about walking into a home and, well, feel like you are home? (As real estate brokers, how many times have our clients walked into a home and just known that this is the one?). I find that most of my clients would rather live in a cozy, old full-of-character home located in Albuquerque's North Valley, Old Town, or UNM NobHill area instead of a new track home with less "problems" located in newly developed Albuquerque or Rio Rancho subdivisions. I think much of this has to do with with energy of a home which has been created by those living in it before. It's almost as if every home has a story to tell (or keep hidden). Maybe the more narratives the richer the "feel" of a home.
Anyone interested in this idea about how homes create certain energies might enjoy reading a book by Ann Marie Holmes entitled, "Earth Spirit Living: Bringing Heaven and Nature into Your Home". Not only does this book speak about design and personal space, it talks about how "by picking up subtle cues from the natural world we can create healthy, enjoyable, and sustainable living spaces." When we live in collaboration with the natural world or environment, we can create more comfortable homes, more peaceful living spaces, inspire prosperity, improve work effectiveness, enhance relationships, and help to determine how smoothly a remodeling or construction project goes. Earth Spirit Living has been an inspiration and practical guide on my home construction experience.