8 Eco-Friendly Ways to Renovate Your Home

There comes a time when your home deserves a makeover, especially when you find that everything is starting to seem tired and boring. You’d probably prefer moving into a bigger home for a whole new outlook, but the economy says otherwise. With that, you then decide to pursue a house renovation project to better accommodate your current needs and lifestyle. If you’re someone who is leaning towards environmentally-friendly ways to renovate your home, here’s what you can do.

1. Buy Reclaimed Items

There’s no need for the newest materials when there are alternatives available such as reclaimed wood. This will not only cut cost but is also an environmentally-friendly material suitable for home renovation projects. Reclaimed wood can be used for countertops, walls, and flooring. Recently, a certified kitchen designer used reclaimed wood for the kitchen hood. In the end, you’ll be saving much more time, money, and effort compared to buying new materials.

2. Deconstruction Instead of Demolition

Here’s another eco-friendly and cost-effective method. If you intend on tearing down walls or knocking down entire rooms, take a walk around your home first to see what you can restore and reuse. You’ll be surprised by how much you’re able to save from it. At the same time, do consider everything from light fixtures to flooring such as tile, bricks, cabinets and even moulding. If you happen to have a chandelier in the dining room, use it in another room instead of throwing it away.

3. Give Unwanted Items to Charity

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If there are unwanted items that are still usable lying around your home, bring it to Goodwill or a consignment store instead of tossing it out. If you have a crafty friend, they can either repaint or repurpose it. This will work for your unwanted items such as appliances and cabinets. These materials can then be sold as donations and 100% of the proceeds from these materials are used to build new homes for the underprivileged. With this in mind, not only are you being environmentally friendly but you’re also giving back to the community.

4. Energy Efficiency is Just as Important

When you’re shopping for new appliances such as refrigerators and ovens, check out the energy-efficient section. These products are usually labelled with an Energy Star logo, which includes information you’ll need to know about its efficiency. Large appliances, especially upscale refrigerators, generate a lot of electricity. For many people, these high-end appliances aren’t just costly but they will end up costing a lot more in the long run.

5. Why Replace When You Can Reface Instead?

The greatest expense of any kitchen renovation is on cabinets. So, instead of replacing them altogether, why not consider repainting them or simply refacing them? Cabinets usually last a long time so it’s very likely your cabinets are in great conditions.

6. Insulation

Why is high-quality insulation important? It protects your home from various environmental elements. As it’s always summer in Singapore, better insulation keeps your home cool especially when it’s scorching hot outside.

7. Solar Energy

These days, many people are installing solar panels to their homes as it can generate enough power to keep your fountain running. Moreover, you’d be surprised by how much lower your electricity bill will be by using skylights and solar panels.

8. Visit Antique and Consignment Shops

Looking for items such as doorknobs and light fixtures? Pay a visit to your nearest antique or consignment shop. Repurposed items like these add a warm and charming touch to your home, which can’t be replicated by their newer counterparts.

With that said, when you choose to renovate your home eco-friendly manner - you’re not only helping the environment but also giving back to the community. Not to mention how much more money you’ll be saving too.

If you’re interested in pursuing a greener alternative for your home, do consult our designers for ideas who have mastered the art of creative interior design. Make a change with i-Chapter!

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