Renovating or remodeling a home requires some pretty serious decision making skills. From color schemes and textures to shapes, materials and much more – most homeowners spend more time actually planning for their renovation than the entire project actually lasts.
However, renovating your home also provides you with the unique opportunity to not only make better decisions regarding style – but also energy efficiency and environmental health. Not to mention, choosing from eco-friendly home materials helps you to narrow down the list.
Here are three popular eco-friendly home materials for your remodel:
RECYCLED GLASS COUNTERTOPS – Everyone has fallen in love with the classy appearance of stone countertops – especially marble and granite. However, quarrying and engineering these materials aren’t exactly friendly on the environment. To achieve the same look, consider recycled glass counters. These beautiful and sustainable countertops are usually fashioned from recycled jars and bottles, and give your home a luxurious and unique touch.
by Howells Architecture + Design / photo by Matt Niebuhr
by In Detail Interiors
by Gleicher Design Group
CORK FLOORING – Polished wood flooring looks great, but isn’t exactly the most sustainable option. However, cork flooring is a great alternative. In addition to being moisture, fire and mold resistant, it’s also derived from the bark of cork oak trees without requiring the tree to be chopped down. Cork can be laid in a variety of patterns and will give your home added character and charm.
by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech / project for architect Michal schein
by Cornerstone Architects / Photography by Allison Cartwright
by Burton Architecture
by Archipelago Hawaii, refined island designs
CARPET TILES – Area rugs are a necessary investment for nearly every home, but its east to become bored with the style or pattern. Modular carpet tiles, however, allow homeowners to mix and match tiles into various designs. You can rearrange or add tiles at any time, and most manufacturers also have a recycling program. Best of all, they’re made in energy efficient facilities and often made from recycled materials. Carpet tends to feel much softer when you know it came from a healthy place.
by Jodie Rosen Design
by Watermark & Company / Photography by John R Rogers.
by Shryne Design