The bathroom can be one of the least eco-friendly spaces of your home if you’re not careful. Just think about how much water and energy is wasted in the bathroom everyday – not to mention the materials used in the design of the bathroom. If you’re looking to design a more eco-friendly bathroom, then consider some of the following bathroom remodeling tips:

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When remodeling your bathroom, try to use materials that are eco-friendly. For example, using local materials, such as stone, instead of ordering materials from far way. Materials that are shipped to you have to be transported, which means that you are contributing to the use of gas and the release of exhaust. You may also want to think about using recycled materials – you can find some beautiful wood to repurpose for your vanity, for example.

Don’t forget about your fixtures either. Look for low-flow faucets and dual flush toilets. These fixtures help to reduce the amount of water that is used without sacrificing performance.

Consider some of these eco-friendly bathroom remodeling tips. Be sure to contact us at Trilogy Builds today for more information and advice concerning eco-friendly bathroom design and green building in general.

Sustainability has become more and more of a hot topic over the last two decades as the extent of the problem has become clearer and clearer. Since each of us contributes to the human impact on the planet, it is up to all of us to be part of the solution.

Trilogy's Tips On Becoming More Eco-Friendly


Use these tips to become more eco-friendly:

  • Replace old, incandescent light bulbs with their compact fluorescent counterparts, which last longer while using up less power.
  • Set up a bin for composting. Something like a trash can with a lockable lid and 20 to 25 holes drilled in its side should more than suffice.
  • For shorter distances, you can either bike or walk. For longer distances, you should do all of your weekly errands in a single trip rather than spread them out over multiple trips.
  • Be sure to turn off your lights as you leave the room.
  • Even something as minor as using reusable bags rather than their disposable counterparts can help.
  • Likewise, purchase a reusable water bottle that can be refilled again and again rather than stock up on plastic water bottles.

Please contact us for more eco-friendly tips about making specific parts of the home more sustainable.

One of the ways that we here at Trilogy Partners are able to stay ahead of the competition and keep up with current home building trends is by making full use of technology in design. We never shy away from using new technology in order to improve our home building. Here’ a look at some of the technology that we are using today:

Trilogy Build 3D Design

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One of the most important elements of designing a home is making sure that the client knows exactly what the house is going to look like. We understand that showing them blueprints for our designs isn’t always the best way to get across what the house is going to look like when it’s built. Blueprints can be difficult for non-designers to read, after all. Because of this, we are now using a 3D design tool that brings the design to life, making it easier for clients to inspect the design and work with us in making any changes that they desire.

We make full use of advances in technology, such as the 3D design tool, to better serve our customers. For information about our home building services, be sure to contact us at Trilogy Build today.

In the lead: Will William and Kate be getting their own house built?

In the lead: Will William and Kate be getting their own house built?

There’s much fevered speculation surrounding Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but in the property world, everyone’s talking about where the royal couple will call home.

Word has it that when Prince William’s posting at RAF Valley in Anglesey comes to an end in 2013, the young royals will move to the Harewood End Estate, near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

The estate was bought by the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall in 2000. there was a fine country house on the site, before it fell into disrepair.

In 2007, Prince Charles obtained outline planning consent for a replacement dwelling and two detailed schemes have been approved. A royal self-build is set to take place, though exactly who will live there is uncertain. But it could well become the country seat of a future monarch.

And to that end, Homebuilding And Renovating magazine commissioned three of Britain’s leading house designers — Pete Tonks, Meredith Bowles and Stephen Mattick — to design a home fit for William and Kate. They were asked to follow the principles of sustainable design and use the  approved dwelling as a guide for scale.

‘We understand that Prince Charles would like to see an eco-friendly and contemporary update of the old manor house on the site,’ says Jason Orme, the magazine’s editor.

Mattick was involved in the Poundbury Architectural Review Committee and some of his designs feature in The Prince of Wales’s book, A Vision Of Britain.

He made a name for himself in the Eighties and Nineties converting and designing attractive new houses, based on the local style in East Anglia. He has continued to specialise in the local style and won several architectural awards.

His plan for the royal couple is a departure — it’s much larger for a start. ‘It’s around 1,022 sq m and designed so the couple can evolve into it. My house, which would be built in local stone, is flexible enough for the longer term,’he says.

He has allowed space to accommodate staff, a nanny and children.

Meredith Bowles, who won the 2010 RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Award for Sustainability, is known for unusual and innovative homes, from a flat-roofed contemporary solar house, to an extraordinary cantilevered barn in Suffolk.

‘It’s an interesting site in the middle of parkland, next to the classical stable courtyard. The plans Prince Charles has approved are squarish, sombre, almost mausoleum-like,’ says Bowles.

Historic Ross-on-Wye: It is rumoured that the young royals will move to the Harewood End Estate in Herefordshire

Historic Ross-on-Wye: It is rumoured that the young royals will move to the Harewood End Estate in Herefordshire

He suggests a 720 sq m, four-storey house with a courtyard and sunny, walled garden.

‘Walled gardens give you privacy, shelter and are safe for children. Like the house that’s been designed for Prince Charles, it takes its cues from the stable block with colonnades and round-headed windows,’ he says. ‘We’ve created something that might appeal more to a newly-married couple.’

His house is romantic and fun with five bedrooms and an attic floor. It resembles a dovecot with a white painted timber exterior above a stone or brick base.


Traditional: Stephen Mattick opts for local stone

Traditional: Stephen Mattick opts for local stone

Timber frame: Pete Tonks's dramatic gothic design

Timber frame: Pete Tonks’s dramatic gothic design

Courtyard: Meredith Bowles's plan

Courtyard: Meredith Bowles’s plan

Bowles is working on four large four-bedroom houses in Notting Hill, West London for developer  Baylight, destined for sale in 18 months’ time.

Pete Tonks works with English oak to make traditionally framed homes. He has also designed much smaller two/three-bedroom properties and contemporary builds. He worked for Potton, one of the largest self-build timber frame companies, for 20 years, but started his own company, PJT Designs, in 2003.

‘I am inspired by historic houses, particularly the gothic period. I chose to design my house with a gothic revival exterior,’ says Tonks. ‘I was tempted to do a modernist glass cube, but thought this might not be to Prince Charles’s taste, so decided to keep it traditional. I would like it to have a timber frame,  which is a sustainable form of construction.’

Tonks’s plan has five en-suite bedrooms, with a large master bedroom with a dressing room and balcony. The interior encourages free-flowing family life with clever use of space, galleries, double height ceilings and lots of glazing.

There are several plots of land for sale around Britain that have planning permission for houses designed by Tonks. In Otford, near Sevenoaks, Kent, an acre plot with planning consent for a four-bedroom, timber-frame, single-storey house has just gone under offer. It was on at £425,000 (Strutt & Parker, 01732 459900).

In Flitton, Beds, a 700 sq m plot with planning permission for a four-bedroom house is available for £250,000, and in Catworth, Cambs, a quarter-acre plot with consent for a contemporary house is £200,000 (both

Finding a plot is harder than building your own home. ‘An acre plot with planning permission varies from £140,000 in Scotland to around £750,000 in Surrey,’ says Jason Orme. ‘Don’t buy a plot without current planning permission. There are lots of scams around.’

None of the three bespoke houses has been priced by its architect, but a self-builder should look at spending £600 to £700 per sq m. A project manager would spend around £1,100 per sq m; building a contemporary, high-spec home would cost around £2,000 per sq m.

However there is no VAT on materials and building costs. So once you have the completion certificate, you can claim back the VAT.

Source: Daily Mail UK


As previously posted, I often work with clients to develop a “fictional story” that will aid in the design of a home. This story is the lynchpin for a thematic approach for design. In the case of the house on lot 231, AKA Caleb’s Journey, we wanted a home that looked like it simply belonged in Colorado. The Highlands in Breckenridge development is filled with homes that fit the mold of mountain contemporary. We wanted something mountain authentic. So we invented Caleb, the man who built the house. His story goes like this: Caleb was a man who had spent years building homes for other people. Whenever he finished a home he took the left over scraps with him and they became, over the years, a very large pile in the backyard behind his cabin. One day Caleb estimated he had enough material to begin the construction of his own home. And over the next couple of years, he built the home of his dreams from castaway materials.The result was a rustic, well worn dwelling completely at home in the Colorado Mountains. This home features a timber frame made from 20″ logs and hewn douglas fir dimensional beams, reclaimed siding and ceiling cladding, and gorgeous oak floors recycled from a granary. Perhaps Caleb was only a figment of our imagination. But he came to life within the walls of Caleb’s Journey.

If you were going to design a home, where would your ideas come from?

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