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Green Remodeling Tips

Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 2

Part two of our series on custom home remodeling explores some more eco-friendly design tips.

Green Remodeling Tips Include More Effective Ways to Use Electricity | 480-710-3861

Green Remodeling Tips Include More Effective Ways to Use Electricity | 480-710-3861

Green Remodeling: Reclaiming Your Floors

Let’s say your floor has seen better days.  One green remodeling tip that will not only save you some money as well as more than a few trees is to use reclaimed wood.  Be sure that it is free of adhesives and preservatives such as formaldehyde, but it is both sustainable and if properly refinished can be as beautiful if not more so than original hardwood floors.  But what if you have concrete floor?

One thing that a lot of people don’t know about is how to transform a concrete floor with things such as acid stain or sealing.  You’re using your existing floor, you’re just adding a bit of color to it.  Changing your floor is one of the many ways that you can not only add to your home, but do it in an affordable way.  One of the most powerful ways that you can also change a room is by the use of light and color.

Color:  Light and Shade Tricks from Your Residential Architect

In our last article, we covered the use of a window or skylight to highlight a particular room.  However, did you know that you can use solar design to help your home stay warm in the winter?  Passive solar uses the sun’s own warmth to help keep your home toasty in the winter, without paying higher utility bills to do so.  In Arizona this is not as much of a problem as we have mild winters, however, an architect can help you keep your home cool by the installation of better insulation, better windows, and other tricks that help to keep your home cool without paying the high summer rates that electrical companies will charge you.

Our next article will cover the use of green materials to remodel your home with, and some of them may surprise you.  What is imperative however, is that you get a professional to help you with your remodeling project.  You not only want to stay green as possible, you want to stay within the confines of the law.  The best person to consult for any home remodeling is a professional such as a designer or better yet, a residential architect.

For more information on green remodeling tips, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

 

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

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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 1

Part one of our series on custom home remodeling and green remodeling explores some green remodeling tips.

Installing a skylight is one good green remodeling tip | 480-710-3861

Installing a skylight is one good green remodeling tip | 480-710-3861

Green Remodeling Tips

One trend that is achieving prominence these days is to not only remodel your home, but to do it in such a way that it is sustainable.  So here are some green remodeling tips.

First off, consider what you have to work with.  So many times people think that they have to add a room to get the sort of space that they need, however, sometimes, something as simple as using your existing floor plan and simply adjusting it a bit to better fit your needs can reallocate your space more effectively.  Can you work with what space you have? Green design involves using environmental principles such as reduce, reuse, and recycle. Why not recycle your living space?

Home Remodeling and Natural Light

One of the biggest problems that most modern homes have is their use of electricity.  While switching to LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lights can help, sometimes, adding a skylight or a window can help to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your electrical use, and incorporate natural light into your design as well.  If you get the right sort of skylights and windows it will not even add to your energy bill.  When in doubt, consult an architect that does home remodeling.  He or she can help you with placement of the windows and skylights to help you get light without it being overpowering or not getting enough light to a room. And using light effectively is one of the greatest tricks an architect can perform.  Natural light, when properly placed not only illuminates a room, it highlights it. For example, let’s say you have an amber colored wall. The use of a window or a skylight on this surface can reflect light into the rest of the room, and give it an almost homey sepia touch.

So remember, sustainability is all about the choices you make.  You want to reduce your carbon footprint, as well as take what you have and make it better.  And you want the advice of a professional whenever possible.  The perfect consultant for any project of this sort is your local custom home remodeling architect.

Read our last article about residential architects.

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

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

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