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Green Remodeling

Re-evaluate the Space You’re Working With

Remodeling is often associated with building an addition onto a home.  However, Aaron is a strong advocate of re-evaluating the space that your home  already contains and working within that original floor plan whenever possible.  It’s important to ask yourself how you can make your existing house more tailored to the way you live. Instead of jumping ahead and planning a structural addition without any thorough thought, take a moment to consider  whether or not you could work within the space you already have available. Ask  yourself these questions: Do you really need more space? How much space do you  need to be comfortable in your home? Can you borrow from the adjacent space to  conjure the extra square footage you need? Then, as a last resort, consider a  addition.

Unfortunately, most people start at the last resort instead of first weighing  the other more economical and quality-generating options. Remodeling can be a  difficult and often stressful project, Aaron is there to provide all the professional guidance needed to get the job done right an relieve all of our customers concerns. Remodeling your home  is one of the most expensive investments of a lifetime so we want it done well.

 Get an Energy Audit

When Aaron starts engaging in a remodeling project, one of the first things  to check off the list is an energy audit. This helps you identify some  of the most cost effective ways to make your home more sustainable, and those shifts can  easily be incorporated into the changes throughout the rest of the  renovation process.

20% of carbon emissions come from existing  housing stock. By incorporating energy audits into the renovation process, not  only will you end up with economical savings, but you will also contribute to  the larger home emissions issue. This will help make your home easier to  maintain as well as reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win situation for  both you and the environment!

Invest in Quality Over Quantity

When you get home and enter a space that exudes quality and character, you  automatically feel more at home. On the other hand, if you go overboard with  quantity because it’s the knee-jerk response to generate change, you end up with  a lot of uninspiring stuff. What Aaron reiterates throughout our projects is the  importance of utilizing the space you have to its highest potential. By creating  a room that’s comfortable to be in, we are motivated to care for and sustain its  beauty. Instead of tossing dollars around to quantify space, use your budget to  induce quality elements that address your particular needs and aesthetics.

Ask yourself what will add more of your own personality into your space. What  colors, shapes, or artwork do you enjoy looking at? Which rooms do  you spend the majority of your time in? Do you have good heating and cooling systems that maintain a  comfortable atmosphere in your home? These thought-generating questions will  help you determine the best ways to approach the concept of quality over  quantity.

Use Lighting to Amplify Perspective

The way you introduce light into a space can have an  enormous effect on an environment, hugely improving its quality and character.  Aaron can’t say enough about how reflective surfaces can influence rooms  throughout your home. Reflective surfaces help bounce light around, augmenting  the presence of natural light within a space.

One less obvious way to do this is by adding a built-in near a  window. The shelving edges act as reflective surfaces, bouncing extra light into  the room.

Another option is to place a window adjacent to a perpendicular  wall, instead of in its typical central location; that wall then becomes a  reflective surface as well. Finally, placing soffits above windows can help  transfer light into a room. All of these alternative lighting sources help with  the ambiance and feel of a space.

Enhance Your Space With Color

The way the light falls on different colors can completely transform a room.  Determine the most important wall in each room — the place to which you want to  draw peoples’ attention — and paint it to your heart’s desire.

This is the point in remodeling that can allow for personal freedom of  expression in your home. Aaron points out that there’s no need to be shy in  this process; be creative and experiment with a variety of colors to sense how  they each make you feel in the space. You might just find that the brightest or most unexpected shade fits perfectly  on your favorite wall