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Home's design promotes peace and relaxation

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 13:29

A couple in Victoria, British Columbia, is using a combination of design esthetics to promote peace and relaxation within their home. The Times Colonist reports that Kevin and Liz Fraser have built a house that incorporates the use of eco-friendly materials and technologies and follows feng shui for design.
"I started learning about feng shui back in 2005 and we used some of the basic concepts of room placement and materials in our previous house," Kevin told the news source. "We found that we were very happy and prosperous while living there, so we decided to use those design principles again in this house." 
For example, the couple has placed the master bedroom in the northern side of the house to promote a calm and restful atmosphere. 
To keep the space green, the couple decided to use a number of eco-friendly technologies and materials. The Frasers were successful and achieved Built Green platinum status - the highest accreditation offered by Built Green Canada, indicating that maximum efficiency was attained. 
"We made use of many local materials; for instance, we used concrete countertops instead of imported granite, and sustainable materials such as cork flooring," Kevin told the news source.
All of the woodwork in the 2,900-square-foot home was taken from recycled bridge timbers and salvaged from the logging roads in the Nanaimo lakes area, reports The Times Colonist. Underneath the refurbished wood floors is a radiant floor heating system. The couple selected the utility option because it is highly effective and can run off less energy than traditional systems - perfect for running off the geothermal heating system that was installed. Radiant floor heating can effectively run off renewable energy resources.