Want to do a redo with your porch? How about doing a green porch makeover using sustainable building materials? It can be done, and you may be surprised to find out how many things you can do to make your back porch area more eco friendly. It’s actually as simple as one word. Bamboo.
How can you do a green porch makeover using bamboo?
You may be wondering how bamboo can be used for an entire porch renovation. Some people actually have built entire homes from bamboo. If a house can be made predominantly from sustainable bamboo, then you can build a porch from bamboo too.
The question really should be “what can’t you make out of bamboo?”
A while back we even featured a blog post on a Japanese car made from bamboo (I digress, but seriously, just about anything can be made from bamboo). This is awesome for a few reasons. First and foremost, bamboo is a sustainable resource. It doesn’t take much time to grow, and it can be harvested using environmentally friendly practices that don’t damage the soil. Using bamboo for more things equals helping to save the planet equals you basically being a superhero! That being said, here are some great ways to use bamboo for your green porch makeover.
Plan out your dream porch made entirely from bamboo
If you are getting ready to do a big project like building a new deck you can make an exceptional difference for the environment by choosing a sustainable material to build with. You can use bamboo wood just like you would use any other type of wood. Your entire porch can be built using bamboo. Here is a website that tells even more about bamboo decks and floors. An additional perk of a porch made from bamboo is that it is extremely hard wood and doesn’t get damaged easily. Bamboo is an excellent choice that is good for the environment. Not only that, but you will have a fantastic, high quality porch that you will love.
Furnish with sustainable bamboo porch furniture
The reason you are building a new deck is so you can spend more time outdoors enjoying your completed project. Of course entertaining guests is the ultimate way to show off your new addition. Before going to the nearest hardware store to grab a plastic set of patio furniture stop for a minute and remember all of your efforts to use sustainable wood for your deck. You don’t have to stop with the deck alone. You can furnish your backyard dining area with a sustainably made bamboo table and lawn chairs. Amazon.com carries a variety of outdoor bamboo furniture including benches, chairs, hammocks, even umbrellas for shade. The wood furniture will look great outdoors, plus it holds up well in all weather conditions. Bamboo is naturally mold resistant so it stays looking nice even after years of exposure to sun and the rain.
Don’t forget the extras that complete your green porch makeover
What better way to enjoy your new porch than to stock it with even more sustainably made bamboo items. You can invest in a set of reusable bamboo dishes for outdoor dining. They are like paper and plasticware that you don’t have to worry about breaking. But they are unlike disposable dinnerware in that you are not adding them to landfills after one use. Imagine sitting out on cool evening relaxing on a bamboo (or recycled wood) porch swing. Draped across your lap is an organic bamboo throw. While star gazing you relish in the fact that you’ve successfully built an eco friendly space with mainly bamboo materials.
The moral of this blog post is that by choosing bamboo you are making a difference! It’s true though, whether making big home improvements (like building a new porch using sustainably sourced bamboo) or doing something less drastic (like buying bamboo patio furniture), you are playing a helpful role in making your home more eco friendly.