Expanding Your Home? 5 Eco-Friendly Options To Consider
Expanding or renovating a home can be challenging in itself – let alone if you’re looking to do it green.
There are the costs, the contractors, the missed deadlines, and of course, the stress of having your home invaded and worked on while you’re most likely still living in it. But, we’ll leave the topic of tackling the stress of home expansion for some other time. For the time being, let’s explore some eco-friendly options for your expansion project.
Tear down and build up
If your current home is completely the wrong size for your family, you might be considering an entirely new one. And while selling your current home and moving to a new one sounds like the logical option to most of us, there’s another way.
You can tear down your current home (some parts or all of it) and use the materials to build a new one. True, you need to invest in some new materials, but as the foundations are already there, that part will be much more eco-friendly than building a new home altogether.
This way, you can source local materials, make your home better equipped to regulate heat, and invest in green and sustainable energy sources.
Add a room or two
Another obvious choice, building on the additional rooms you need is the choice many turn to when looking to expand on their living space.
If you have a garage, a terrace, a patio, or another (semi)open space, the simplest and greenest choice would be to convert that. You can, again, source local and green materials. Another important part is ensuring your contractors and workmen know how to achieve the best results, without damaging either the value of your home or the ecosystem during the process.
You can convert the attic or the basement as well – often the greenest choice, as the space is already there.
Adding an additional floor to the home can be expensive, especially if you need to work with green materials that differ from those used for the original build. But if the expense is not a concern, this is a fantastic option.
Adding a container home to your backyard
If the space you need doesn’t necessarily need to be connected to the house – for example, if you’re looking to set up a home office, build a man cave, a playroom for your kids, or a space for your parents to retire to, a container home in the yard is a very green way of going about things.
You can find many examples of similar solutions, which have successfully tackled the issue of a lack of space with the addition of a container. And don’t make the mistake of believing it has to be an ugly solution either – there are plenty of ways to make the new addition blend in with its surroundings.
This is an excellent choice if a member of the family needs a bit of solitude and alone time in a quiet space, as they will have their own rooms away from the main area of the house. Great for teens looking to come into their own, without actually having to move out.
Subdivide your existing rooms
If building on is not an option, you can divide the rooms you already have in the home – the dining room can be moved into the kitchen if you have the space, the living room can be sectioned off, the master bedroom can be made smaller to add in another bedroom, and so on.
This is another very green option, and it is also cost-effective. You already have all the space you need; the only question is how to divide it.
You can, of course, do the reverse as well: tear down some walls to gain more space, especially in the living and eating areas.
Building decks and patios
If you’re looking to add on to your outdoor space, a reclaimed wood patio or deck is an excellent green option to look into. It doesn’t have to be all that expensive either, but do make sure that the wood and other materials you use are eco-friendly.
This kind of space can later be built on further if you need to, as we’ve already listed in one of the above examples.
Adding space to your home doesn’t have to be an impossible challenge – and finding the best green materials is also becoming easier and easier. An increasing number of companies are starting to provide these options, having realized that that’s what their customers are looking for.
Before you begin the expansion process, make sure you agree with the contractor on the exact materials, and check what their impact on the environment is. That way, you’ll be sure you’re making the best choice both for your home and your planet.
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