Think Green When Remodeling (Not the Color)


| 8/19/2014 8:44:00 AM


Tags: Green Remodeling, Home Renovations, Green Homes, Recycled Materials, Juliana Weiss-Roessler,

Even the most environmentally-conscious among us sometimes need to make upgrades in our home, whether it’s renovating the kitchen in a mid-century house or adding an extra bedroom for an expanding family. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to minimize the environmental impact of your remodel and even improve energy savings with your changes.

green remodeling
Photo by Fotolia/iofoto

See What You Can Sell/Donate

If your remodel requires you to get rid of certain appliances or items like your old dishwasher or cabinet doors, try selling them or offering them for free on a site like Craigslist, or donate them to an organization like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, rather than just throwing them out.

If you’re unable to sell or donate certain items, check with the local waste management department to see if they have a recycling program for appliances.

Assess Your Floor Plan

Thinking of adding a new room to your home? First consider whether you have enough existing space to add that room without adding any square footage.

For example, you might be able to add a wall to create a small kid’s bedroom out of part of an L-shaped living room, or you could add a partial wall to a living room to create a separate dining room area. If you want to add a front entryway or mud room, you might be able to pull space from your existing kitchen. If you do need to make an addition, think about how you can add enough square footage to meet your needs without going overboard.

angelina
11/7/2014 12:51:03 AM

Excellent post. Going green is a necessity nowadays. We must all be aware of what all green products are available in the market and must remodel our house accordingly. A green home is not only beneficial for the environment but also cater to our selfish needs such as reducing our expenses. To take a look at some green buildings visit: http://www.amfsteel.com/


jassos1234
9/19/2014 6:25:22 PM

Good post. Thanks for sharing. Wallpaper also can improve the appearance of a home. So keep in mind about modern wallpapers when redecorate home. http://melbournewallpapers.com.au/





mother earth news fair

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Oct. 21-22, 2017
Topeka, KS.

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!

LEARN MORE