Smart ways to Eco-Renovate for 2013: Part 1

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With the new year right around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about plans for your home in the coming year. Planning a new kitchen, redecorating the bathroom, or perhaps modernizing the living room? No matter what you have planned for your property in 2013, you should probably consider Eco-Renovating.

Eco-Renovation is a new trend that is saving hundreds of home owners tons of cash, and helping reduce waste all at the same time. Using recycled materials, being conscious about your choice of paint and even buying used furniture are great ways to bring a new and dynamic look to your home without getting too muddled in the new, shiny, and sometimes expensive alternatives.

There are literally dozens of ways to Eco-Renovate your home in 2013, but the easiest and most common way to go green and still look good is to buy reclaimed or recycled materials. Next time you remodel your kitchen, consider using reclaimed wood, tiles, countertops and cabinets. Most of these items can be found relatively cheaply when compared to their newer alternatives, and they still look and function like new. Buying reclaimed can end up saving you hundreds, if not thousands, and bring a vintage touch to your newly remodeled space.

If you plan on adding or removing a portion of your home in 2013, or perhaps trading up for a custom home, consider deconstructing instead of demolishing. Salvaging walls, windows, flooring and anything that is still in usable condition can decrease the cost of buying your new addition by a considerable sum, not to mention take a much needed load off of your local landfill. Even if you have no plans to use any of the salvageable items in your home, you can still donate them to charities like Habitat for Humanity.

Whether you’re looking to help the environment, bring a unique new look to your living space, or just stretch your dollars a little further, Eco-Renovation is, without a doubt, the smartest way to accomplish what you have planned for your home in 2013. Give us a call and we can help you start looking for Stephenville real estate so you can get a jump on the new year!

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