Homeowners looking forward to move in day for Proud Green Home of St Louis

As the Proud Green Home of St. Louis rises on the wooded lot, the homeowners are looking forward to the day their family can move in.

Michael and Emily Kuentz had planned to build a new home in Texas, but a job transfer led them to St. Louis. They took what they had planned and used those ideas with their new builder and architect.

One of their top priorities was to build a home with a very high level of indoor air quality because one of their children struggled with allergies and asthma.

Emily simply wanted a new home that wouldn't aggravate problems for their son, and would be healthy for the whole family.

"We bought land and decided we wanted to build because we don't want to by a home that could be older and have mold, we were just fearful of that," Emily said.

In St. Louis, they connected with Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes who in turn connected them to architect Curtiss W. Byrne.

Hibbs also included Matt Belcher, a green building consultant. He is the director of the High Performance Buildings Research Center, part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a principal with Verdatek Solutions, a consulting firm in Wildwood, Mo.

Ready for move-in day

As the home take shape, the Kuentz family watches with anticipation. They're eagerly awaiting the day when the building site becomes their new home.

The most important aspects of the home will be all but invisible. But each day in the home will reflect the devotion to quality behind its design and construction.

"The main thing we wanted was a home with clean air and materials that were not going to affect my son," Emily said.

Read more about the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.


Topics: Healthy Homes, Home Design & Plans, Indoor Air Quality, Interior Design, Proud Green Home of St. Louis, Ventilation

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