Sustainable Renovation Ideas

Sustainable Renovation Ideas

Planning an eco-upgrade to your home? You’ve come to the right spot for help! Below you’ll find articles with helpful tips and expert advice, inspirational before and after examples, and products galore to make your green dream home!

Sustainable Home Renovating 101

Soaking, Sustainably: 11 Eco-Friendly Bathtubs Worthy of Extra Bubbles

The cast iron tub was invented in the 1880s, and there are many who believe it’s still the purist’s bath. It holds heat well, lasts long, and is recyclable at the end of its use. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite eco-friendly bathtubs that include cast iron and a host of natural materials.

Heat and Cool Your House With A Geothermal Home System

What is geothermal heating and cooling, and what are the benefits? Geothermal heating/cooling systems are 300-600% more energy efficient than traditional systems. They use less energy even during the coldest winters, emit less CO2 into the atmosphere, and last longer. See how they are used and why one may be right for you.

A 9-Step Checklist for an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodel

Nothing totally transforms the feel of a home like a freshly-updated kitchen. And when it comes to green remodeling, the kitchen may be the absolute perfect candidate – as anyone with remodeling experience knows, there are just about a million different ways to do it!

Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals During Home Renovations

When it comes time to do a home renovation, it’s often easy to get swept up in creating the new design and choosing all the products. But, have you ever thought about what types of dust and contaminants you could be exposed to during demolition? Or, what types of chemicals might be released from the new products?

23 Green Certifications to Look For When You’re Building or Remodeling Your Home

When you’re doing a green building project or starting the research for one the amount of information about products can be overwhelming. Many of the terms related to eco-friendly construction might be totally new to you and leave you bewildered, and scratching your head. We compiled this list of green certifications to help you navigate the world of green building.

10 of the Cheapest Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your Home

While many eco-home maintenance projects can cost a pretty penny, the good news is you don’t need to do all of them at once to reduce your home’s eco-footprint. Even better, there are steps you can take that can make a big impact for relatively little money.

6 Top Renovations to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

by Nikki Fotheringham, author specializing in environmentally-friendly building technologies, renewable energy and all things green Not everyone thinks to remodel their home for efficiency purposes, as well as aesthetics. However, there are several ways your...

The Top 10 Myths About Green Home Remodeling

So, you’re about to do some home remodeling, but you’re on the fence about making the upgrades eco-friendly. Today, I’m here to help you off the fence and send you on the path to sustainability with absolute confidence in your choice. How? With a little myth-busting because people make a lot of erroneous assumptions about what it takes and what it means to have an eco-home. And you’ll probably be surprised once you see how completely wrong they are.

Sustainable Home Renovating Inspiration

Before & After: Eco-Friendly Renovation of a Historic Home

Vujovich (Voy-o-vich) Design Build tackled a full renovation of this historic home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally built in 1909, this home has been returned to its original charm, only now with a high performance and low impact spin. Inside and out, a thoughtful green remodel shows that sustainable living doesn’t mean sacrificing beauty or comfort.

Before & After: EcoDEEP Haus Sustainable Renovation

This former 1940’s one and a half story Cape Cod house was transformed into a high performance, sustainably designed modern home that uses 50% less energy than code and 40%+ less energy than its predecessor – even at nearly twice the size.

Before & After: Whole House Eco-Renovation in Oregon

Hammer & Hand worked with Seattle architecture firm Board & Vellum to give a home built in 1937, but badly remodeled in the 80s, a fresh update. The home had a myriad of issues: decks that were only accessible by one room, rooms inside the home that didn’t take advantage of Puget Sound and canal views, and much more. The transformation is unbelievable.

Before & After: Modern High-End Design That Doesn’t Cost the Earth

People spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, interior design plays an important role in creating functional, beautiful spaces that also maintain our well-being. Let’s take a closer look at some of the design decisions in this project that have our health and the environment in mind.

Before & After: Sustainable Condo Renovation

Depending on the year built, condominium buildings may be burdened by outdated or inefficient systems. And yet, they start out with two big gold stars on the list of sustainable design features: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Land Use. Click through to see an inspiring transformation and learn strategic design tips for your next project.

Before & After: Eco-Friendly Bathroom with a Zen Aesthetic

EcoArtisan Builders, based in San Diego, California, renovated this 1920’s bathroom in Point Loma giving it a calm, Zen aesthetic at the homeowner’s request. What made it more eco-friendly? They repurposed and reused materials wherever possible to reduce the resources necessary to complete the project. They also opted for sustainable bamboo products when needed.

Sustainable Home Renovating Products

Everything You Need to Know About Low-Flow Toilets, And Which Ones To Choose

Did you know toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption? According to the EPA, “Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you replace older, existing toilets with WaterSense labeled models, you can save nearly 13,000 gallons per year with this simpler, greener choice.”

Extreme Panel Energy-Saving Structural Integrated Panels

Extreme energy savings Building with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) from Extreme Panel Technologies is the ultimate way to build green. Extreme SIPs regularly save owners 50-60% on heating and cooling costs. The panels can be used as a complete building envelope...

My Green Mattress: The Environmentally-Friendly Mattress Made With Love

My Green Mattress founder Tim Masters first developed an all-natural mattress for his daughter Emily, who suffered from allergies and eczema. Today, the brand is a full-blown family-owned and operated factory handcrafting sustainable mattresses that are GOTS and GOLS Organic certified, making them one of the most environmentally friendly mattresses on the market.

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