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.