Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Remodel? Creative Ways To Make Your Home Stylishly Sustainable

“You don’t have to throw out everything you own and start with a new look. We’re going to help you sustain the environment with your own personal style,” designer Linda Woodrum told HGTV in a recent interview.

And it’s true! Many people don’t see much of a bridge between home decor and environmental sustainability, but there are countless ways to personalize your home with your own unique style without leaving much of a carbon footprint. Here are some creative ways to combine home decor with eco-friendliness in your very own home.

In The Kitchen

A minor kitchen remodel has an average return on investment of 82.7%, so why not remodel using Earth-friendly materials? Woodrum suggests natural stone countertops and cabinets created from bamboo, eucalyptus, or another sustainable or recycled wood. You can find some great options for Kitchen Cabinets Online here.

“Think about things that won’t end up in landfills and they’re probably green. You don’t see people pulling out granite counters and throwing them in the local landfills.”

Woodrum also recommends homeowners consider the possibility of updating just the front of your kitchen’s cabinets since that’s the only part that’s seen. Otherwise, recycled hardware can usually be found at flea markets or secondhand stores, and recycled glass tiles are growing in popularity as well.

In The Bathroom

In a Houzz survey, 60% said they plan to remodel their master bathroom, but chances are very few of them understand the virtually endless ways to transform it while staying eco-friendly. As for counters and cabinets, Woodrum recommends following her guidelines for kitchen remodels, but it doesn’t end there. She also suggests water-saving shower heads and toilets, as their savings can add up faster than you might think. Tankless hot water heaters are also a worthwhile and eco-friendly investment. Aside from that, make sure to replace leaking appliances as soon as you can.

In The Living Room

If you’re considering getting new carpets, take a minute to consider some eco-friendly options.

“A lot of the major carpet manufacturers are working to bring green into the home,” says Woodrum. Green carpeting is an increasingly popular option due to its versatility and recycled materials. She says the same goes for paint and wallpaper. “All the major paint companies are now offering green products. And it’s the same for wallpaper.”

Purchasing antiques is also a viable way to lessen your carbon footprint. Rugs, furniture, and even small knick knacks are better purchased used than new, Woodrum says.

In The Backyard

Everyone knows that growing trees and other gardening efforts greatly benefit the environment. However, Woodrum says some plants are better than others in certain areas, and homeowners should choose plants that grow well in their area’s natural climate.

“Using plants that are native to your area — thus sustainable in your area — are easier to grow,” she says. “Choose plants that work within the natural climate and soil conditions to your area.”

According to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey, homeowners are spending nearly 60% more on home improvement projects in 2017 than in 2016, and now is a better time than ever to do your part to make your home decor as eco-friendly as possible. Between sustainably sourced countertops, cabinets, carpets, and furnishings and contractors like, you, too, can have your very own ‘green’ house.

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