Eco-Conscious, Budget-Savvy Home Renovations

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Two of the main motivations for staying in your existing home are environmental and economic concerns. Even renovating an existing home can become a burden on the ecosystem, as well as your family’s budget, though. The good news is that the same options that benefit your bank account and your environment also meet the standards of today’s popular interior designs.

Reclaimed Materials

reclaimed salvaged woodOne of the main reclaimed material types making waves in today’s homes is wood. From interior doors and flooring to furnishings and décor, the look of reclaimed lumber is certainly in vogue. While some homeowners are paying top dollar to get new wood to appear distressed, the budget-savvy are salvaging “wood with history” and keeping that valuable wood from going to waste lying in landfills.

Salvaged Elements

couple remodeling homeBefore you look at that soon-to-be-demolished home across town for items you can salvage, take Dorothy’s advice and look a little closer to home: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” While this takes a little care in deconstructing your existing spaces, instead of demolishing them, it can pay dividends.

Perhaps the wood from the fence you want to replace could be used instead of bead board for a rustic look in the living room, or the chandelier that’s too formal for your new dining area could add just the right amount of bling to your little diva’s bedroom. Salvaging additional elements from consignment or antique shops can help you save on items from mantels to doorknobs, giving your home a custom look that exudes charm and personality that new, mass-produced items cannot provide.

From bricks to cabinets, moulding to light fixtures, what you salvage from your home but don’t use yourself can be sold on sites like eBay or Craigslist or at local garage sales or consignment shops to help offset the cost of the items you do buy new. Alternately, you can at least donate the items to local crafters or charities, possibly giving you a tax break in the process. Even if your pocketbook doesn’t benefit, helping others has its own rewards.

Refaced Surfaces

adding new hardwood floorReplacing cabinetry can be expensive and wasteful. By repainting or refacing solid elements you can give your kitchen or bath the desired face lift without busting your budget or filling a dumpster. Perhaps your existing built-ins need more than that; new cabinet doors and drawers may be a good option. Add slide-out shelves and new hardware, and you could achieve a completely new look. You’ll save on labor as well as materials when you leave the main cabinet boxes in place.

A little industry and imagination can go a long way toward helping you save a bundle on your home renovation while contributing to the environment and your community. What’s more, you’ll have the satisfaction that comes with contributing your own set of unique elements that no one else will replicate.

D.R. Hartman Construction

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