Last month, I attended the ribbon cutting/switch flipping ceremony for the new solar array at Isaac Dickson elementary school here in Asheville, North Carolina. Consisting of 300 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels, the project was six years in the making, and is estimated to save the school more than…

Our annual sustainability report for 2020 is hot off the presses! We know it’s already July 2021. You’ll have to excuse the delay, our green building and sustainability manager was out on maternity leave for several months at the end of 2020 – early 2021. And 2020 was, well…you…

Today we honor the memory of the matriarch of the Deltec family, Cathryn Kinser, who passed away at the age of 83.  The wife of founder Robert Kinser, Cathryn helped to build the legacy of Deltec Homes into what it is today.  Cathryn nurtured a lifelong dedication to education…

Sustainability is not just important for our homes, but how we operate ourselves. We were one of the first companies in NC to use 100% renewable electricity through our on-site solar array and purchased wind power to power our manufacturing facility.  That was 13 years ago. But we are…

Head south of Atlanta, away from the skyscrapers and 12-lane highways, with an ever-so-slight turn toward the coast before Northern Florida, and you’ll find yourself in Moultrie, Georgia—and square in the heart of pine country. Longleaf and slash pine trees, both varieties of Southern yellow pine, have long been…

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…

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