Every once in awhile an area of the home needs to be renovated or refreshed, either because it is looking tired and out of date, or because your style or practical needs have changed and a revamp is in order!
One negative aspect of these kinds of projects, (aside from the expense), can be the waste involved with proposed changes, but for those of us who are environmentally conscious, there are lots of ways to make home renovation projects greener and more sustainable.
- 01. One Mans Junk
You may become tired of a piece of furniture or item or decide that it no longer fits in with your interior design, but there are probably lots of people out there who would happily put it to good use. Starting with family and friends, see if you can pass on any items that you no longer need as the last thing you want to do is to send them off to landfill.
Other options to explore include advertising on a sites like freecycle or preloved, or donating to a charitable organisation. It may take a bit more time than simply discarding it, but the environment will thank you for your efforts and we all need to do our bit.
- 02. Consider Using Reclaimed Wood
Purchasing reclaimed wood is a green option because it enables you to divert the energy and resources that are required to produce new materials. Putting environmental benefits aside though, reclaimed wood adds a depth of character and charm to your design projects; introduce this material to your shelving, Kitchen Island, floor or cabinetry for the most fantastic results.
- 03. Choose Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy efficiency should be high on your list of priorities when shopping for new appliances, because using less energy is great news for the environment and your wallet! We are seeing a growing number of clients install energy efficient hot water taps from brands like Quooker UK. Despite the initial investment, the low running costs and green credentials make this type of fixture a great choice for an energy efficient, green home.
- 04. Reuse Existing Materials
Pre-existing materials can quite often be recycled and reused in new projects, particularly if they are of a good quality. Take solid wood for example: in a recent project where a client was extending their home to accommodate a larger kitchen diner lounge area, we were able to reuse a high percentage of the carcasses and doors, which were made of solid wood, by using them in the new design and adding to them.
One of the key benefits of working with wood is its flexibility and durability, giving it a huge advantage over lower grade materials that are often impossible to repair and refresh successfully.
Even if the design of your cabinet doors is no longer a style you feel you can work with, quality carcasses can always be given a new lease of life inexpensively with a set of gorgeous new doors.
- 05. Not So Shiny & New
Consider integrating unique antique or vintage items into your scheme to inject some serious personality into your project. Old fixtures and fittings like pendant lights or handles can inspire entire schemes or become an interesting focal point in the room.
You could also look for unusual decorative pieces and memorabilia to decorate your space with rather than buying off the shelf items, adding a huge dash of style and warmth to your home.