DIY and Eco Friendly Materials

DIY is the word of the day in home remodeling. Everyone wants to do it themselves and have an awesome looking home when they are done. In many ways, it is much easier than you think. If you are worried about your home being green, you can find eco friendly materials for just about any type of project. From painting your walls, to redoing your floors or even building a deck, you will find that there are all kinds of resources to help you.

Painting with sustainable paint

Painting with sustainable paint

Today our paint manufacturers are much more involved in the color green (no pun intended). They have eliminated the chemicals and nasty fumes from paint to make sure that they cannot be damaging to your health or the environment. In addition there are many places where you can either “trade” paint or buy leftover paint that people have turned in in their efforts for being eco friendly. You can buy leftover paint at the Habitat for Humanity store.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore in San Diego has everything you could want for your DIY project in an eco friendly way. From lumber and drywall to lighting and faucets, you will find aisles and aisles of gently used products that are a great way to lessen our impact on our environment. Using products like these will also make a big difference to your wallet as well.

Floors

Floors

If you are putting in new floors, you might want to consider shipping containers as an option. Reusing the wood from shipping containers and pallets will give you a unique look and help keep our forests from being over-logged for wood. Recycled glass can make beautiful terrazzo countertops and flooring as well. It is easy to mix with the resin used and looks amazing when you are finished.

Bamboo is a wonderfully renewable source of wood. It can be made into so many items and is fast growing as well. They even make a kind of plywood out of it that can be used for flooring, walls, decks etc. It is without a doubt one of the best building material for green building there is.

When you decide to redo your flooring, be sure to decide ahead of time exactly what look you want as far as color and texture. Look into where you can buy the most eco friendly materials and still achieve your ends. You may find that there are other looks you hadn’t before considered in your research. Ensure that you have the funds to see the project through to the end. There are always last minute expenses with any project that seem to pop up, so make sure there is enough to cover those as well.

In Southern California, there is a growing trend towards sustainability and eco-friendly building. You can join in and do your part to help our environment as you build a deck, or an addition to your home. Of course, you may need to find a San Diego equipment rental company to suit your needs if you have to level out the ground or do any digging yourself.

Be sure that all of your permits are in order for these kinds of projects before you begin. You don’t want to have to tear it all down after it is halfway finished or completed. Your local building and codes office can tell you exactly what you will need.

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