When it comes to being green, for some people that means spending more money. It’s not difficult to see why…many of the household products or green services come with a hefty price tag. After all, many of the ingredients and/or processes that make stuff bad for the environment also make those things much cheaper for consumers. For the manufacturers of these products, it’s all about the bottom line and virtually no consideration is given to the environment. That’s why we are here, to give you some ideas on ways you can take a sustainable approach to giving your home a face lift while also saving some money!
Reuse existing materials
Perhaps the most sustainable thing you can do when renovating your home, whether it’s your kitchen, basement, bathrooms or any other space is find creative ways to use existing materials. Reuse is probably the most green thing you can do when it comes to home remodeling. And it’s not hard to figure out why…by re-using existing materials you save things from going to landfills and if you are using wood products, you can also prevent further deforestation.
Refinishing kitchen cabinets
Are you doing a kitchen remodel? If so, is it possible to take existing cabinets and refinish them? When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, you would be shocked what a fresh look to your cabinets can do for the style. Depending on your style, you could bring a rustic antiqued look to the cabinets and add new hardware. This will completely transform the look of your out-dated cabinets and be a beautiful way to re-use already existing material. What’s more green and budget friendly than that?!?!
Using reclaimed hardwood flooring
Each year millions of tons of wood gets sent to landfills. What a shame, because vintage wood is absolutely beautiful and you simply can’t recreate that character, no matter how much hand scraping you do. One way to make your home pop is to add reclaimed wood flooring throughout. Whether it’s oak, hickory, beech, or pine, there are no shortage of hardwood flooring options out there using reclaimed wood instead of new wood products. If you have an ‘average sized’ home with around 2,400 square feet of flooring and you plan on making all of that space wood flooring, you would need roughly 24 trees to complete your finished floors. WOW! That’s a lot of trees being felled just so you can have the floors of your dreams. But luckily you can still have those beautiful floors without having such a negative impact on the environment.
As you peruse our site you’ll find more and more creative ways to make your home beautiful in a sustainable way. Hopefully these two tips save you some money and help save our environment. If you have other ideas on green remodeling, please feel free to add them to the comments section. We would love to hear from you and are happy to create a platform where ideas can become realities and we can all start making a positive impact on our environment!