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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 3

Part three of our series on custom home remodeling explores using environmentally friendly materials for your project.

Green remodeling sometimes employed re-used materials 480-710-3861

Green remodeling sometimes employed re-used materials 480-710-3861

Green Remodeling and your Kitchen

One of the worst offenders in any custom home remodeling project is your kitchen. Installing new stone countertops involves stone being quarried, and adds to your carbon footprint as the stone has to be shipped, often thousands of miles away from where it came from. In addition, some stone is sealed with chemicals that are not environmentally friendly. Instead of putting in travertine or granite counter tops in your kitchen, one thing to substitute is terrazzo.

Terrazzo is a green remodeling idea that a lot of people don’t know about it. It is made with recycled glass cast in concrete. It is durable, has millions of color options, recycled glass form the material, generally from bottles and windshields. Terrazzo is not just durable, it is tough enough that you can put a hot pot on top of it without risk of damaging the counter top.

Using Green Building Materials to Remodel your Home

According to the EPA.GOV website: ”

Building construction uses large quantities of natural resources; in fact, construction activities use 60 percent of the raw materials, other than food and fuel, used in the entire U.S. economy. And the nearly 170 million tons of annual building construction, renovation, and demolition derived wastes (commonly referred to as C&D materials) account for nearly 60% of the nation’s non-industrial, non-hazardous solid waste generation.

Salvaging building materials and reusing them saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing the need to extract and process raw materials and ship new material long distances; it also reduces the economic and environmental impact from waste disposal (for example, greenhouse gases generated from waste decomposition, the need to build new landfills or the emission of air pollutants from waste incineration). Also, some salvaged building materials are rare and sought-after, such as marble mantles, antique fixtures, old growth hardwoods, wide-plank lumber and knot-free, fine-grain wood.

You can reduce the environmental footprint of your home by incorporating salvaged materials into the construction or renovation of your home. Nationally, hundreds of building material reuse stores sell high-quality salvaged building materials for construction and renovation projects, including lumber, flooring, cabinetry, bricks, doors, windows, fixtures, and iron work.” [READ MORE]

Making a difference is easier than you think.  Just make the right decisions in the products and materials that you choose.  And get the advice of someone who can help: a residential architect.

For more information on this subject, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
http://www.designlinearchitects.com

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