We’ve all heard it before: If you want to show the earth some TLC, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But it can be tough to be eco-friendly when you’re remodeling or redecorating. Throwing out counters or ripping up flooring may be necessary for your design but might feel wasteful. How can you be eco-friendly while you remodel? Here are our top 5 tips.
Re-purpose: What do you own right now that could be used in a new, creative way? Instead of buying new patio furniture, consider re-purposing your coffee table with high-gloss exterior paint.
Re-surface: If your kitchen counter layout won’t change during a remodel, but you’re planning to rip out the cabinets and replace them with new ones, consider re-surfacing. Granicrete can be applied over your existing countertops. Bonus? No demolition mess to deal with, and counters are usually done in three days. Pro Tip: You can even resurface your existing floors or showers!
Reclaimed: Buying reclaimed materials like wood is a great environmentally-friendly choice. Instead of paying for newly-created materials or items, you can reclaim them and save on energy, time, and even money.
Refresh: Spruce up your décor by rearranging it. Add a fresh coat of paint to your existing table. It’s amazing how much small changes can brighten up your space.
Research: When you’re taking on a remodeling or redecorating project, research what eco-friendly options suit your needs, budget, and the environment. If it seems overwhelming, consider starting small; energy-efficient appliances for the kitchen, low-volume toilets in the bathroom, and high-efficiency insulation are all great places to start your redesign!