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At Clarum, the modern homes we build are both sleek and luxurious. We take great pride in our ability to weave together luxurious comfort with high levels of energy efficiency through passive-inspired design.
During the building process, you can work with us to transform your home into a relaxing harbor that buffers you from the stress of the outside hustle and bustle.
The Clarum team believes that comfort is an integral component of building a passive-inspired modern home. Our goal is to create luxurious havens that put people at ease and add to their wellbeing. We work closely with every one of our clients to ensure that the home we build for them is the perfect blend of function, luxury, style, and relaxation.
Here are some of the elements of modern design that Clarum leverages to enhance the comfort and serenity of your modern passive home.
Clarum ensures that each home we build has a constant supply of fresh, filtered air for clean, comfortable breathing.
The key is whole-house ventilation. Equipped with mechanical ventilation, our passive homes continuously introduce fresh, highly-filtered air into your home, while exhausting stale air out of doors. Before exhausting the outgoing air, however, we use a heat recovery exchange to transfer heat from the old air to the new – so the temperature within your home remains constant from one room to another.
In so doing, our ventilation system replaces all the air throughout your home nine times every hour: doing its part to prevent the respiratory problems that can arise in homes without proper ventilation. A home built with an insulated, airtight envelope and equipped with whole-house ventilation… that’s the key to fresh air in your modern home.
One of the most important, and often overlooked, comfort factors in any home is protection from unwanted noise. Sound energy created within and outside of the house can infiltrate your home environment, creating a noisy, uncomfortable atmosphere for you and your family. Unfortunately, today’s standard homes are incredibly susceptible to sound penetration.
In contrast, the passive home is a tranquil sanctuary with its nearly silent ventilation system (no blasts from vents), super-sealed joints, and maximized insulation. Homeowners are amazed at how effectively passive homes silence even the busiest street noise.
Not only do passive building practices help to prevent and dampen noise energy in your home, they employ additional high-efficiency systems that work quietly to keep your environment in balance. Tankless on-demand water heaters, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high efficiency appliances, flexible duct work and the silent HRV work in unison to keep your home comfortable, eco-friendly, and quiet.
Wool isn’t only for socks and sweaters during the colder months – the material works great for flooring in your modern home as well. The material itself is comfortable on the feet, non-toxic, and also has a highly-insulating nature. Its ability to limit the transfer of heat or cool air in your home saves energy and puts less strain on your HVAC system.
For the environmentally-conscious homeowner, wool can provide a welcome alternative to synthetic materials in carpeting. This all-natural material has significant sustainable benefits – because wool carpeting is often manufactured without any dyes or synthetic materials, it provides a great hypoallergenic option and reduces environmental quality issues. For example, wool carpet doesn’t off-gas – meaning it won’t release harmful, foul-smelling chemicals into its environment – as long as it isn’t installed with any stain-resistant chemicals.
Having a modern living room doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the comfort of a fireplace. You can find modern, energy-efficient fireplaces that will add to your room’s beauty. Fireplace options have evolved significantly over the last few years. They are an elegant blend of function and beauty – modern fireplaces often omit mantels to create a minimalist aesthetic, and are framed with striking materials such as slate, marble, or other interesting textures.
You can choose from sleek glass designs, ventless gel fireplaces, or trendy double-sided structures. Regardless of your preferences, there are nearly endless fireplace design options available to you. And you don’t have to stop at the living room. You can incorporate chic, upscale fireplaces into bedrooms, dining rooms, entertainment rooms, and yes, even bathrooms.
In a modern home, it’s essential to keep the space clean and uncluttered to maintain the desired aesthetic. That’s why the popularity of floating media centers is on the rise. In contrast to giant, bulky wall systems, Floating shelves and sleek entertainment systems can accommodate various media and devices such as DVDs, receivers, speakers, and controls without taking up much space. Systems come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. And they can be mounted to the wall or recessed into the wall. Some have screens that you can pull over your TV and devices when not in use.
Your home should serve all of your needs for relaxation, rejuvenation, and comfort. From airflow, temperature, and noise protection, to your flooring and entertainment, plan each element of your modern home to ensure you have the sanctuary of your dreams.
Want to learn more about how Clarum can help you build the modern minimalist home of your dreams? Give us a call at 650.322.7069.