5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home Remodel

5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home Remodel

Remodeling a home comes with a lot of decisions. One decision you can make that has a positive impact beyond your home is to invest in eco-friendly home options. In today’s world, you can add to your home’s resale value and decrease your carbon footprint. If you’re planning a renovation, here are five ideas to keep in mind so that you can create an eco-friendly home.

1. Choose Reclaimed Wood

We all like things that are shiny and new, but when you create an eco-friendly home, think out of the box. By using reclaimed wood, you’ll get both beautiful and environmentally friendly textures in your home. Reclaimed wood can be used for countertops, cabinets, walls, and flooring. Today, reclaimed wood is growing in popularity. It can be tricky to source reclaimed wood, so start locally. Look to community groups and organizations, and you will likely find others letting go of perfectly good wood after a remodel or project.
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2. Donate Your Unwanted Stuff

While in the process of remodeling, you often get rid of things that you don’t want anymore. From the bed in your guest room to the cabinetry in your kitchen, the amount of unwanted stuff can quickly add up. Instead of throwing it all away, an eco-friendly solution is to donate. You can take your unwanted things to a consignment store or give them to a family member or friend in need. Your unwanted stuff can be repainted or repurposed to create something new for some else’s eco-friendly home.

3. Think About Energy Efficiency

From dishwashers to refrigerators, when purchasing new appliances look for those that are the most energy-efficient. Many larger appliances generate lots of electricity, which is not energy efficient and is costly. While shopping for appliances, the easiest way to spot an energy-efficient appliance is to look for the Energy Star logo. The Energy Star program is one of the most successful energy efficiency movement in the United States. The Energy Star program also provides information about how to find the best eco-friendly home appliances.

4. Reface Your Cabinets Instead of Replacing Them

One of the biggest expenses when remodeling is cabinetry. Instead of replacing your cabinet boxes, you can reface them. This works especially well if your cabinet boxes are still in great condition. Whether you replace the doors of your cabinets or change the color with paint, refacing your cabinets can give a room a whole new life. If you choose to repaint your cabinets, look for paints that are low VOC or VOC-free. These paints have fewer chemicals that are harmful to both the environment and you.

5. Deconstruct Instead Of Demolish

To keep your home eco-friendly during the remodeling process, deconstruct instead of demolish. During the remodeling process, there will be plenty of materials that you can salvage and reuse. From the light fixture and tiles to the cabinets and bricks, it can all be reused. If you are wondering what to do with the materials that you no longer need, look back to your community groups and organizations. You will often find people looking for reclaimed wood or other materials for various projects.

Going Green with an Eco-Friendly Home

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No matter what you’re doing to your home, choosing a home remodel in an eco-friendly manner helps the environment. It also adds value to your home. In addition to the increased value of your home, there are also tax credits and rebates for choosing eco-friendly options for your remodel. Beyond the monetary benefits, choosing eco-friendly options for your home helps to decrease your carbon footprint and impact on the planet. Deconstructing and donating your materials can also be a great way to help others in your community. If you need any help getting started, or have specific question about things like measuring, give us a call at 1-844-326-6680 or email us at info@cabinetdoormart.com.