eco-friendly design choices that look like luxuries, but save valuable resources and reduce waste

“For any design to be truly successful, it can’t just be beautiful. It must work.”Jonas Carnemark, Owner

STANDARDS

Over more than three decades, we’ve developed a tried-and-true set of best practices for how we do business: client communication, materials selection, construction methods, and more. These have become the CARNEMARK standard. Experience has taught us how to make the right choices for a cost-effective yet enduring remodel. Is that a tactful way of saying we learn from our mistakes? You bet we do. It also means we build long-lasting client relationships that teach us what works best over time. And it means we stay current on new products and technologies that help us do our jobs better. Most important, it means we are always improving—always raising the bar—to deliver the best possible remodeling experience from start to finish.

Ask any member of the team to explain the CARNEMARK standard. They’ll share what they do to ensure your project lives up to it. You might learn about our transparent budget process, eco-friendly specifications, extensive dust-protection systems, finely tuned listening skills, careful deconstruction vs. demolition, latest 3d imaging software, value-engineering skills, client-centered approach, and continuing education support. That’s just a sampling of our best practices. But no matter whom on our team you ask, you’ll soon pick up on a common theme: At CARNEMARK, we go above and beyond. 

SUSTAINABILITY

At CARNEMARK, good design is green design. Environmental sensitivity: It’s been part of the company mission for 30 years. We've made it through the early-adopter stage. We know the pitfalls and the potentials, the small details that have big effects and the big gestures that don’t make a lot of difference. We stay in front of the changes in green building, and we know how to judge what's going to bring long-term value to your home—and to the environment.

The CARNEMARK approach relies on systems that work. Saving energy, time, and money works. Reducing waste and mistakes works. Using technology to minimize costly trips back and forth works. Improving the home’s function, beauty, and comfort works. And, ultimately, everything that works flows naturally into sustainability. What better way than to achieve sustainability than to remodel a house where you can live forever?

Good for You, Good for the Earth

Most of us are over the notion that sustainable design looks clunky and dull. In fact, many of today’s best sustainable home improvements are absolutely luxurious. CARNEMARK design + build has been dedicated to sustainability for more than 30 years—and has seen a lot of trends come and go. Here are top design choices that look like luxuries, but save valuable resources and reduce waste.

  • Feet first.

    Heated floors—especially popular in bathrooms—let you turn down your whole-house thermostat with less discomfort.

  • Pure source.

    A kitchen tap for filtered water translates into more convenience—and fewer plastic bottles.

  • Water works.

    Preset shower mixing valves for a precise temperature, with less water wasted as you adjust from too cold or too hot.

  • Lights fantastic.

    Dimmers and motion sensors balance lighting when and where you need it, with less electricity use.

  • Material world.

    Sustainable materials—such as bamboo, cork, and recycled glass—add durability and diversity to design elements.

  • Hot spot.

    A kitchen hot-water dispenser reduces waste of water and energy.

  • Clear air.

    Bath exhaust fans add comfort while subtracting water escape through humidity.

  • Safer specs.

    Low (or even no) VOC paints and other building materials reduce toxic off-gassing to improve long-term indoor air quality and environmental impact.