5 Eco-Friendly Home Design Tips
DIY home improvement and design can be a challenge for today’s environmentally conscious homeowner. Here are 5 eco-friendly ideas for shaping any DIY project into a creative triumph, brought to you by the flooring and design experts at Unique Flooring in Oceanside.
1. Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose with Personality
Leftover materials from your personal hobbies and interests can be used to infuse character into any design. For instance, sewing lovers can use empty thread spools and fabric scraps to create unique wall art, and musicians can create table covers out of old sheet music.
2. Use Low-VOC and Sustainable Materials
Make design choices that leave a small carbon footprint by choosing materials like low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, cedar shingles, and cellulose insulation when building or remodeling a home. Also, consider using sustainable building materials such as salvaged wood, dimension stone, recycled metals, solar tiles, and formaldehyde-free cabinetry.
3. Save Your Energy
Energy conservation in almost any home can be as simple as adding energy-efficient windows, which reduce the need for artificial lighting, and using LED bulbs in lighting fixtures. Also, planting trees on your home’s east and west sides can reduce the energy used in cooling the inside.
4. Install Bamboo Flooring
A home is only as cozy, healthy, and eco-friendly as the floor it is built on. When searching for San Diego hand-scraped flooring, consider bamboo. Bamboo flooring is beautiful, highly renewable, and often used in LEED-certified house designs. However, keep in mind bamboo would not be a good choice for rooms with large amounts of moisture like bathrooms.
5. Embrace Nature
If a design project requires land to be cleared, like when building an addition to the home, be sure to use the wood from felled trees to create furnishings and accents for the home. Bookshelves and end tables made from rough-hewn wood can be both charming and functional.
Get in touch with Unique Flooring for more ideas on eco-friendly design. If you are looking for flooring that will last a long time, we carry a wide selection of urban, vintage, and Alston hardwood flooring in San Diego. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 760-945-0010 and one of our friendly representatives would be happy to provide a free quote.