Plan your eco friendly home remodel the right way

Plan your eco friendly home remodel the right way

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Did you know that remodeling your home can potentially create a huge carbon footprint? This is something that not many of us think about, but it has a massive impact on the environment. If you want to be a bit more eco-friendly during your next home remodel, then we have some advice for you.

Upcycle old furniture

When you remodel your home, you don’t have to throw everything out and start from scratch. Often older furniture can be salvaged and upcycled to make it like new again. A new coat of paint, finish or even adding something a bit quirky can allow your old furniture to express your personality.

There are loads of DIY projects for old furniture that you can follow online to make your mark on them. You can also look out for pieces from charity shops and used furniture stores if you don’t want to buy something completely new.

Use eco-friendly paint

The type of paint that you use can also affect the sustainability of your project. Older paints can contain a lot of toxic chemicals, which can potentially have an effect on the environment. You can even get vegan paint that will reduce your carbon footprint too.

Remember that older homes may still have lead-based paint, which can be bad for your health as well as the environment. Be careful when stripping this paint away, as this can release potentially harmful particles in the air.

Look for recycled wood

The wood that you use may have a backstory, so look for wood that comes with LEED credits and sustainability. That way, you’re using preloved wood for your extension or renovation, which is great for the environment. These schemes have been put in place to prevent deforestation and you can do your part if you are selective.

You can use reclaimed materials all over the house, including the kitchen. Wooden flooring and work surfaces can be refurbished to make them like new all over again! This will not only be better for the environment, it will save you money too.

Work with eco-friendly companies

Working with tradesmen and architects that also care about the environment will also make things easier for you. If they have experience with eco-friendly remodels then they’ll be able to guide you. They might just help you think up some new eco-friendly features that you hadn’t considered.

Scrappage and demolition companies can really make an impact on the environment, depending on what they do with the old material. Don’t be tempted to go with one of these companies based on price, as the cheapest scrappage companies might end up trashing your old goods. Look up reviews and information on the company’s reputation before you hire them to make sure you get the best.

Becoming more eco-friendly is something that we can all do to make a big difference to the world, next time you plan to remodel your house be sure to bear this in mind.

Read more about green home remodeling ideas.

 


Topics: Going Green, Lumber and Structured Panels, Maintenance & Repair, Paint | Low VOC and No VOC, Remodeling


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