Fall is upon us . Many are happy while others may be approaching it with dread. Those sad and down trodden are individuals that suffer through a frustrating condition called allergies. While the falling leaves are beautiful and bring an array of beautiful colors to most, it brings these individuals the frustration of sneezing, sickness and so many other discomforts due to mold. For allergy sufferers, making minor changes and renovations to their homes externally and internally is a necessity.
Did you know that the fastest growing flooring type is SPC or Stone Polymer Composite flooring? Most homeowners are trying to go as green as possible for their renovation options. Countertops and flooring are now being manufactured with composite materials. I know what you are thinking….every inexpensive piece of furniture that you have ever bought or put together built from composite has fallen apart and there is really no longevity. But that was in the past. Composite countertops and flooring are truly the wave of the future.
The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also the resident energy hog. Plus, your kitchen contributes its share of indoor air pollution through cooking fumes and gases from flooring, paints and countertops.
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Green design is a science, not an art. Some principles apply across the board, but many measures will depend on your home’s age, construction techniques used, building codes, local climate (temperature and humidity) and the land on which your home sits. If you’re going to get serious about green, you’ll want to do a lot of research and eventually some testing. To help you along, we’ve provided this list of recommended resources.
American Lung Association Health House
Since 1993, this program has educated homeowners about indoor air quality and its impact on health, particularly asthma and allergies. The website provides an indoor air quality checklist, tip sheets on issues ranging from lead to radon, home maintenance guides and other information about creating a healthy home.
Begun as a utility-based energy-saving program, Earth Advantage now also addresses sustainability and home performance for Oregon and Washington states. The site includes an interactive quiz to see how green your home is, information on mortgages that reward green homeowners, and a design resource center that provides green recommendations, how-to info and products for each room of your new or existing home.
Looking to build or remodel a home in the Southeast? Born in Atlanta for new single-family homes, the EarthCraft House green building program has spread to multifamily existing homes, and throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. EarthCraft offers education, training and guidelines for builders, but homeowners can benefit from the knowledge, as well as a list of EarthCraft House builders, remodelers and communities.
Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Based on the information you plug into it — age of home, location and type of project — this interactive tool recommends specific energy-efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable improvements, such as adding insulation or using low-flow faucets. Information on costs and savings is included. The tool is based on information from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recommendations are based on averages and computer models, but it’s a good starting point.
To earn Energy Star qualification, homes and products must meet strict criteria for energy efficiency set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The website offers lists of Energy Star-qualified products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers, lighting fixtures and ceiling fans; information on tax credits, special offers or rebates; home improvement tips; and a database of builders, developers and home energy raters who can help you build an Energy Star home.
If you are still looking for more ways to go green during a remodel, head to PlumbTile and ask one of our expert employees. They will be able to help you find the perfect ways for you to incorporate your green fingerprint into your home.
The bathroom is full of harsh chemicals and high rates of water consumption. We need to find better ways of conserving our natural resources and cutting down the use of such chemicals. Why not start in the bathroom? There are quite a few ways in which you can go green in the bathroom. Read More
With a majority of the population looking for Eco-Friendly ways to contribute, live as well as survive, a lot of people are looking into these options to upgrade and even modernize their home using recycled materials such as recycled tiles. Read More
Living small is becoming more and more popular, and it no secret why. Lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint may drive many to reduce the size of their homes, but there is also the quickly-shrinking space available, lower average incomes, and rising costs of home ownership to consider. Not to mention, living in smaller spaces requires you to unload a lot of that old junk in your garage and provides a simpler, quiet life. That is, if it is done correctly.
When you are thinking about remodeling or even designing your new home the latest trend is Eco-friendly building materials, appliances and even ways to cut cost and your carbon footprint. Some of the things are simple everyday changes you can make such as making meals for the week instead of the day that will save on fuel costs and save time, use a cloth tote instead of paper or plastic and you can cut down on your plastic containers and go for glass container. But if you are like most people you want to make a bigger change so here are a few ideas that will make the transition to a eco-friendly kitchen a little easier: Read More
With winter upon us most of us are thinking about getting through the long days of winter but as we spend more time indoors we start to think about redecorating and sprucing things up. So what are the trends for the Spring 2015? Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green and Classic Blue along with Toasted Almond, Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Custard, Marsala and Glacier Gray a mix of cooler color and warm tones. We also can’t leave out a nice mix of muted brights, pastels and nature-like neutrals to draw the eye to your favorite spots in your home.
2015 interior design and decorating ideas reflect the trends in architecture and art while emphasizing your individuality, simplicity and Green living ideas. Decorators are creating new, bold and fabulous designs by mixing traditional and contemporary, ethnic and retro, glamorous and rustic, and chic and barbarism.
You are now able to be completely free and creative to design a room that has both antique and modern bathroom furniture, ceramic and colored glass to create a warm cozy and inviting room one that you will find you will spend most of your days. Or you can take the distressed look of exposed brick walls and concrete surfaces mixed with soft and chic fabrics, delicate floral designs and the rich shine of polished metal to create a spectacular living space that will give you the look and feel of stepping into the past while remaining firmly rooted to the present.
When you are wanting to go green in your decorating don’t pass up reclaimed wood for your wood floors or walls, think about using old wood doors or even pallets to create interesting tables that will surely be the topic of conversations. You cannot go wrong or be too over the top in 2015 with your colors, textures or fabric styles, be creative and experiment to create your hidden oasis!
Ceramic tile is a versatile option that can fit any look as you are the artist. You can choose from a variety of patterns and colors for installation to make your new tile match any room or style in your house. Nearly impervious to moisture (less than 0.5% moisture absorption rate), ceramic tile is a great option in any room of your home and for those places exposed to moisture (when properly installed). Read More