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
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.
Choosing efficient products and renewable energy sources can put money in your pocket through rebates and tax credits – but only if you know what programs exist in your area. This tool makes it easy.
How many times have you seen a green claim on a product and wondered if it was legit? If you're like most consumers, it's been too often to count. Luckily, green product databases – developed by credible institutions – are becoming increasingly common. Still, they're...
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...
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Energy-efficient appliances? Check. Recycled glass countertop? Check. Water-saving faucet? Check. You’re working through your kitchen eco-renovation and it’s time to pick a sink. We scoured the internet and found a wide array of gorgeous green options.
Residential homebuilders Meritage and Hanley Wood set out to rethink the way homes are built. The result is a safer, more comfortable, healthier home that promotes family connectivity, integrates technology seamlessly and challenges the very materials and processes used in conventional construction.
REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, IMPROVING PERFORMANCE. Accoya® is wood, but not as you know it. It is modified timber in which a process called acetylation, a cutting-edge patented technology, enables it to resist rot, defy the elements and stay...
The words “sustainable” and “bathroom sinks” might not be the most common companions, but there’s no denying that some bathroom sinks are indeed greener than others. Here are gorgeous options – all aesthetics, all levels of affordability, and all eco-friendly in one way or another.
2017 was a record-breaking year of catastrophic destruction due to weather and climate change, and with similar natural disasters expected to increase in intensity and frequency in the coming years, “home resilience” is becoming an imperative part of sustainable home design.
Nature’s Carpet’s line of carpets has been tailored to the consumer who wishes to make a flooring purchase decision with consideration to its environmental impact, but does not wish to sacrifice quality and style in doing so.