Friday, May 16, 2014

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 5 Tips for Easy Green Home Renovation

Our homes tend to need a face lift after a while with either little changes or some major updating. Those old walls can seem tired and in need of a little refreshment.  Of course, in an ideal situation, you may even like to move into a larger home but the economy is tight and you want to spend your money wisely. That's fine and commendable. If instead, you decide to renovate your home, you'll not perk it up but also be better able to accommodate your current needs and lifestyle.  Extra bonus? Think about including some environmentally savvy ways to update your lovely home!
Looking to move? You may be able to simply give a facelift to the home you already have, with Unique Home Build in Dallas, Texas.

1. Reuse When You Revamp

Though it's easy to get caught up in the race of having the newest and shiniest toys, you don't have to succumb to it! Instead, think about other materials like reclaimed wood which is not only an environmentally sound choice, but classically handsome and gaining popularity in many home renovation projects. Reclaimed wood can be used to update counter-tops, floors, and walls. This will save you time, money and energy, in the end,  that would be required to produce a similar and newer product.

2. Deconstruct; Rather Than Demolish!

Before you start tearing down walls or knocking down entire rooms,  try taking a walk around your home first to see what you can salvage reorganize first. This will both save you money in the end and start your process on an eco-friendly note.  It's likely you have a ton of material you can salvage and re-use that you don't even realize. From lights, to flooring, cabinets, bricks, tiles and molding, instead of tossing them, consider how you can use them in another room  - perhaps your kitchen, dining room, even a bathroom!

3. Recycle Your Excess! 

Instead of tossing that grotesque chandelier in the dining room, bring it to your local Goodwill or consignment shop. Maybe you even have a crafty friend who'd enjoy repainting and re-purposing it. You could also donate them for reuse with Habitat for Humanity.  Not only do they welcome all unwanted materials, but they sell all donations and 100% of the proceeds from these materials are used to build new homes for the underprivileged.  This is both environmentally sound and gives back to your community.  Win, win. 
4. Energy Savers...
When shopping for new refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens  be sure to look for those that are the most energy efficient. You'll know them, as they will generally have the Energy Star logo visible on them and will give you all the needed energy saving information you're looking for. 

5. Make it a Reface.

Maybe you didn't realize this, but the greatest expense of any kitchen remodel may very well could be your cabinets. Instead of just replacing them altogether, think about repainting them or simply refacing them. It's most likely that your cabinets are in great conditions. New doors, drawers, paint and knobs can give seemingly tired cabinets a whole new life!
Those tips are great to get you started thinking about more sustainable options in remodeling for you home and wallet.  For any project you choose to do, be sure to contact us at Unique Home Building and know that your home renovation project is in good hands.  



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