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
One of the easiest ways to make a major statement in a kitchen or bathroom is by installing a stunning countertop that becomes the focal point of the room. But some of the most popular materials for countertops are not-so-eco-friendly and some come with a handful of health risks.
Comfort and quality are key to restful sleep, and natural materials are key to your long-term health. Here’s a guide to mattress companies that are doing good for the earth and your health by using natural and eco-friendly materials.
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.
Tesoro Woods is a certified advocate of sourcing sustainable materials and using eco-friendly, low- VOC finishes and glues to minimize the impact on indoor air quality and health.
Fireclay is unique from anyone else in that they hand-make every tile to order using recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing practices. They come in tons of shapes and colors using a natural VOC-free pigmenting process.
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.