Sure, you recycle, repurpose, and refurbish, but now you want to try something new. Wouldn’t you love to really impress your friends and turn them green with envy with these on trend, stylish, sustainable upgrades and remodeling ideas! These eco-friendly renovation tips will not only have your friends impressed but you’ll also be helping out the environment!
Think Outside The Box
Detached workshops and studios carve out a nifty workspace, but you can make yours a green endeavor with these prefabricated rooms by Kanga Room Systems. They’re made with sustainable, high-quality materials here in the U.S., which means they don’t have to be shipped as far to reach you (as long as you live in America). Prices for this model range from $7,150 for a 8-by-10-ft. room to $13,400 for a 14-by-24-ft. room.
Reclaim Your Floors!
Renewable, durable, and versatile, reclaimed wood is recycled — no new trees are chopped down for your floors. If you want a truly green floor, remove any adhesive backing containing formaldehyde and other harmful VOCs. Prices vary depending on the source and how much work it took to transform the wood from its previous use into flooring, but expect to pay about $5-$15 per square foot. Reclaimed wood is a hot seller, so it should be clearly labeled!
Let’s Use The Sun!
Solar power and design is really after coming in the past few years and is an option any home renovation should consider. Passive solar design captures the sun’s energy to keep interiors toasty and save you energy costs. Concrete floors and thick interior walls made of concrete, brick, or plaster soak up heat during the day and release it at night when sunlight goes away or your cozy fire goes out. That helps stabilize temp changes and makes a room — or house — more comfortable. If your remodel plans don’t include passive solar design, you can always beef up your insulation!
Embrace The Rain
Rainwater picks up all sorts of pollutants like salt, fertilizer, and oil on its way into storm drains, which then dump the water into rivers and lakes. Rain gardens — plants arranged in a shallow depression — help soak up rainwater. That reduces erosion, improves water quality and decreases the chance of flooding. Costs vary depending on the size of your garden and what kind of plants you use, but native plants are typically cheaper and better for wildlife, too!
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