Another element of Scandinavian living is friluftsliv. Many have heard about hygge and we discuss it here. Less well known is this concept that complements hygge. As the pandemic stretches on, friluftsliv, or living outdoors, has becomes even more relevant than before and is gaining rapidly in popularity. Like…

Many people are familiar with Scandinavian design from the 1950s that celebrated clean, functional, and minimalist design. It has regained popularity recently and there are many modern interpretations of it.  Ikea is one of the most well-known examples for its simple and inexpensive furniture but many high-end furniture stores…

Includes trendy new colors and timeless classics One of the most important design considerations for your home is the exterior paint selection. What seems simple can be surprisingly difficult. While the interior paint colors are often geared towards your style and taste, the exterior colors are one of the…

The two previous blog posts have pointed out the historical background and the guiding principles of biophilic design, but how might you apply that to your own home or residence? For this blog, we will approach biophilic design from the perspective of building a new home so that we…

Many people build Deltec homes as vacation homes to rent out on sites like VRBO or AirBnB. Vacationing in a Deltec is a great way to see firsthand what living in one of our round houses is like. Here is a list of some of our favorite homes that…

While there is a long and studied history of biophilic design, what does that mean for design today? The simple answer is: a lot. Biophilic design is rapidly gaining popularity as people become even more interested in creating healthier public spaces, commercial buildings, and homes that promote heathier living….

Living in our built environment: The current world is littered with examples of humans building structures and spaces that meet functional needs or demonstrate its power over nature. From windswept grand plazas to sunless city street corridors leading to soulless grey cubicles lined up in matrixed rows or windowless…

Most of us can control (at least, to some extent) the quality and safety of the water we drink, the food that we eat. These days, we are even forced to exert greater control over what surfaces we do or do not touch, and the physical distance we must…

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With hurricane season upon us, it is more important than ever for homeowners to prepare their abodes for hurricane-force winds, tropical storms and possible flooding.  Starting from the ground up to design a home that resists hurricane-force winds is the ideal option, but for existing homes there are still…

Deltec Home’s 2019 Sustainability Report is hot off the presses! You can click here to see the new, full color report in full. Inside this report: Learn about our ongoing use of 100% renewable electricity in our facility, and read more about some of or waste reduction programs. Check…

Being in quarantine, especially for parents of young children, is a new normal that most are not used to. Ideas for keeping the kids busy are running low, but fear not, we’re here to help! Over the years, we’ve participated in several events in our community and have found…

By: Leigha Dickens, Green Building & Sustainability Manager To me, off-grid homes have always been about a certain kind of longing. A longing to live a life that is simpler, more self-sufficient and more rewarding.  A longing for a better way, one that respects our connection to the natural…

In 2018 over 20,000 new homes projects across the US and Canada were designed as “ready for zero” or “zero energy” homes. That means they were designed to be highly energy efficient and ready to produce most of their energy needs through renewable energy. These homes, many of which…

So you’re preparing to embark on a journey to build a new home.  And you’d like to ensure the process is quick so you can get straight to enjoying your amazing new home.  One question you may be asking yourself is how can I design and build my home…

Deltec Is Celebrating Third Party Green Building Programs with a New Rebate Program Third party verification is so important in new home construction. It can be the difference between a key detail that is handled correctly or is forever missed, dogging the home with energy efficiency or durability issues…

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