The Absolute Pillars of Green Remodeling
What are the purposes of your home remodel? Are you just trying to update the house, fix some lingering issues or is there a more meaningful purpose to the whole project? Every home requires care and you can use these ‘maintenance’ requirements to evolve your home into something greater - an eco-friendly environment that improves your lifestyle and contributes to the global reduction of the energy/carbon footprint. Here are the fundamentals of eco-friendly home remodel.
Consider repurposing materials
The business of pre-owned and reused building materials is booming simply because each party in the exchange benefits. You do not have to simply tear down something that needs to be remodeled. Creating collateral damage is not environmentally friendly, so you should see to it that the materials and elements which you plan to remove are taken down as intact and reusable as possible. You can then donate them to the Rebuilding Exchange instead of contributing to the ever-expanding mountain ranges of landfill.
Spruce up the backyard
You should definitely go with the reused and recycled materials for decking and pavement. These are cheap and high-quality goods that do not necessitate excessive energy spending and tree cutting, but they look just as good. Imagine a sunny backyard paved in recycled bricks, covered in lush local greenery that spreads before you as you kick back below your custom Shade Sails with a cocktail in one hand and a light read in the other.
Low-VOC all the way
We constantly use chemicals and liquid solutions that are brimming with VOCs - volatile organic compounds. In short, such chemicals rapidly release harmful molecules into the environment, which can have long-term health consequences (if we are talking about an enclosed space). Low-VOC compounds, including adhesives, paints, and thinners, can be easily purchased these days and while they may be more costly, you are investing into your health by using them, which is something that is invaluable.
Eco-friendly remodeling is mired in myths, and one of the leading ones is that it is far more expensive than regular remodels. One the one hand, it is true that some materials are more expensive; the recycled ones are significantly cheaper and you should think about the big picture - will you see the return on your investment in the immediate future? This is why energy efficiency is one of the leading aspects of green remodeling. Installing solar panels on your roof means you will reduce your electrical bill significantly and save a small fortune over the course of five to ten years.
It is all a matter of perspective. Of course, every homeowner wants to do a remodel within certain financial parameters. The upside of eco-friendly renovation projects is that they also pay off in the long run - you will save more energy and reduce your utility bills, not to mention the fact that you can adopt methods of creating your own energy. It is a brave new world of green living out there, and opportunities for socially and environmentally responsible homeowners are only increasing.
About The Author
Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture and design runs in her family and she knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper.