By getting several quotes from local contractors, you can save a good deal of money on your entire project, and you may find that you can afford much nicer lighting, cabinets, appliances, and flooring than you originally expected. Given the amount of time you and your guests will spend in these areas of your home, and the increased resale value, kitchens and bathrooms are usually the best invested dollars for any remodeling project
THE GREEN REVOLUTION
A True Green Commitment
In our way of thinking, it makes perfect sense that these days a homeowner is more likely to choose a composite material or add more insulation or opt for low/no VOC paint, because those are relatively easy commitments.
We don't believe that this Green Movement is a fad or that people will soon forget about energy efficiency. This is real, and it's here to stay. You don't have to be an environmentalist to want to save money, either in the long term or the short term. For many, helping the environment is just a nice byproduct of the savings.
We do not advocate that you claim to be green if you truly aren't. There is an industry term called "greenwashing" that refers to people who are trying to make a buck selling a green offering when in fact it is not green.
If you're planning a renovation project, keep in mind that it's easier than you think to make it an eco friendly green project. In nearly every aspect of home improvement, there are green materials you can implement. Using composites to build decks, for roof replacements, flooring, fencing, siding, the list goes on. If you install windows, use energy efficient models. If you're painting, use low or no VOC paint. Many home improvement products used today contain high levels of toxins. These chemicals can have many adverse affects on the health of you and your family. Green building practices are environmentally responsible and can save you money in a number of ways, including your energy and water utility bills. Most green building techniques will not significantly increase the cost of your home improvement project.
Benefits of green remodeling:
*Recycled building materials are often less expensive and will increase the useful life of landfills.
*Ultra-efficient windows can significantly reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling thereby cutting carbon emmissions while at the same time lowering your utility bills.
*Utilizing plants and grasses that use less water will lower your water bill and help to conserve a vital natural resource.
*Non-toxic natural paints improve indoor air quality, reduce alergies and save energy.