Concrete Floors in High-End, Green Home?

Real Estate Agent with Earth Origins Realty

As a green builder with Albuquerque's Earth Origins Construction, I am constantly researching and pondering over the best products and processes to use to make a home both green and beautiful.  (Although in my mind, anything that is sustainably built is, by principle, beautiful.)  As a real estate broker I also have to consider what makes a home marketable, too.  It's great to come into the real estate world from both these angles, as a realtor and builder. 

I would like to thow a question out to you brokers, in particular to those who have experience working with clients concerned about green building practices-and who also have, let's say "high expectations" when it comes to aestheic appeal.  How do your clients -or you-feel about stained concrete floors, in let's say a home appraised above $700,000 in the Albuquerque North Valley market?

Personally, I do not like the feel of hard concrete under my feet (even if its warmed with radiant floor heating).  But I also know that concrete floors are a sustainable, green flooring choice (as most homes have concrete subfloors-at least here in New Mexico), so the material is already there.  And if the home is built to take advantage of passive solar orientation heating, concrete floors act as a thermal mass storage for heat in the winter, and help cool down the home in summer heat.


Any thoughts?   

Comments (8)

Bobby Stevens
Windermere Real Estate/Lane County - Eugene, OR
Realtor, Eugene, Oregon

I personally love the look of a richly stained concrete floor that has been waxed and buffed to a high lustre. I have seen some examples of this surface that look better in a commercial/industrial setting though.

I think your last paragraph sums it up well - in the end all aesthetic choices come down to a matter of opinion.

Congratulations on the choice to build green!

Nov 10, 2008 08:14 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Paul,, I showed a high-end duplex and one of the units had a richly stained concrete floor.  The unit was a little dark for the color of the floor but it was really nice.

Nov 10, 2008 08:30 AM
Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN

I don't see a high quality stained and etched concrete floor being any different than a tiled floor.  We are actually looking into doing the stained design in our addition.  They have came along way with the technology.

Nov 10, 2008 08:36 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Love the well done concrete floors, with a beautiful rug on top.

Nov 10, 2008 08:44 AM
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Nov 10, 2008 10:40 AM
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello and welcome to Active Rain! I encourage you to learn from others, share your knowledge and experiences with all of us, enjoy yourself, and try to log in and join us in the Active Rain community as frequently as possible. I look forward to your future blogs and comments! Take care, --Kirk.

Nov 10, 2008 10:43 AM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Paul, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

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Nov 10, 2008 11:19 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I think it's a question of visual appeal and resale capability. The average home buyer doesn't want a concrete floor home. They new buyers may factor in flooring to the purchase price.

Jan 05, 2009 12:52 AM