Modern home ideas

Modern homes ideas are a result of the new development in home design, construction, and renovation technology that incorporates upscale ideas of architects, engineers and construction specialists. American dwelling areas are particularly receptive to such modern changes that readily adapt to innovations, new technologies, and construction designs and materials.

Homes in the United States tend to become ultra-modern due to the influences of liberal education and values that have characterized American “culture.” Modern homes also tend to become functional, ecstatic and opulent townhomes that are distinctively different and luxurious comfort zones on their own.

Consider, for example, a high-end townhome complex in Denver, revealing a well-designed layout that presents the best in Denver living amidst the backdrop of the Blue Mountains. The 4-bedroom and 6-bathroom home serve as a housing unit with standard components that includes an opulent living matching with an elegant dining area, a kitchen, bedrooms, a bath for each bedroom, and a storage area. It’s a rather large area where, for practical purposes, at least two families can live comfortably.

With a finished area of 3,616 square feet and a lot size of 6,250 SF, the townhome includes kitchen equipment and amenities like Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, quartz countertops, and custom cabinetry, all designed to maximize the comfort of its residents. This upscale dwelling is not really for the rich and famous but for those who have substantial assets and savings and want a super-comfortable, peaceful, spacious, grand and luxurious living.

Functional and rich in interior décor expression, the 15-foot ceiling bedrooms provides broader and larger breathing space needed for browsing of the interior beauty of the townhome for internal contemplation, with custom beds made out of hardwood with a satin dark brown finish. The hardwood floors are carpeted with a grainy light brown carpet that matches with the beautiful beige and white wall colors.

In contrast, the country homes found in Hawaii are relatively smaller in floor areas, more rustic, less opulent, and functional to adapt to countryside living. There are even smaller compact homes that can accommodate a couple, maximizing space by constructing a mezzanine floor where the bedroom is located. At the ground floor are found the living area, kitchen, and bathroom, all neatly designed and built within a 700-square foot finished area. Asians attuned to this kind of home design and space find the country homes cozy and warm.

Other residential alternative designs incorporate the apartment-type of home with a flash of opulence, where the living room floor, for instance, is partially carpeted with a luxurious cover in soft light brown cover, contrasting with the dining room and kitchen’s gorgeous non-carpeted dark brown hardwood floor. The kitchen is impressive with its grand stainless appliances, pendant lighting, and shiny countertops.

Inside are constructed wood flooring and walnut cabinets by the dining area. The kitchen is stuffed with stainless steel appliances, combined with granite countertops and espresso vanities inside the spacious baths with tubs. The 200-SF living area is contiguous to the kitchen and separates the two bedrooms and bathrooms. The entire east side is found the third bedroom with a large walk-in closet and the bath. Outside this bedroom are the work hub, the washer, and dryer.

Green energy will save our future

The use of solar energy to generate clean electricity is part of the global green energy movement. Greenpeace is one of the leading environmental organizations advocating for green energy worldwide.

Green energy is also known as renewable energy or as the ‘alternative energy’ to the current conventional non-renewable fossil fuel energy. Non-renewable energy is the primary cause of pollution in the world today due to the carbon emissions that are heating up the planet.

Green energy is also called ‘clean energy’ since it is non-polluting, free and renewable. This kind of power includes solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydropower.

Solar energy converts the sun’s rays through the photovoltaic cells that capture sunlight and converts daylight into electricity. The solar panel is attached to an inverter that generates photovoltaic power (PV), also known as concentrated solar power (CSP). Solar energy is the most widely used green energy mode on this planet.

Wind energy is the use of wind flows in open spaces to generate electricity. Wind turbines are installed on-shore or offshore, and the force of the wind turns the blades of the turbines. A generator attached to the turbine creates electricity. One turbine can reportedly power about 3,000 homes.

Geothermal energy is another form of renewable energy that comes from hot rock from beneath the earth’s surface. Steam coming from underground hot water is captured and converted into electricity. The planet earth is abundant of geothermal energy due to the presence of many volcanoes in different parts of the globe. Volcanoes are sources of molten rock or magma.

Biomass is derived from plant and animal matter which in turn is burned to generate heat and produce energy. Biomass is a form of recycling which is considered green energy.

Hydropower is the utilization of water movement to generate electricity. Examples are the hydroelectric power plants constructed along a river system. Water from a high elevation source flows down by gravity and is harnessed by the turbines of the power plant to produce electricity.

Sea waves are now being used on an experimental basis to power generators underneath the oceans. The potential of harnessing the movement of the sea to produce electricity will accelerate the use of green energy.

Green energy, if fully utilized will save our future, since it would prevent the overheating of the planet by minimizing the use of non-renewable polluting energy such as oil. Solar has become the prime example of the success of the use of green energy since there are now solar-powered homes, solar-powered cars and trains, and even solar-powered aircraft.

With less dependence on fossil fuel, we can create a new world where air and water pollution are at its lowest, and where the cost of electricity can be significantly reduced, thereby allowing economies to survive better.

One of the continents benefiting from the use of green energy is Africa where, starting in 2009, 17% of its power generating capacity is made up of renewables. And the trend is increasing.

Solar Aid reports that as of 2015, the global investment in renewables was at 198 billion pounds which indicates that green energy will become the mainstream source of energy by 2020.