Thank you to Kaitlin Krull from Modernize.com for writing a guest blog on a top we are always interested in – Green Remodeling!
By Kaitlin Krull
If you’re a homeowner, renovation projects and remodels are probably always on your mind. As trends change and the latest home technology increases, it can be difficult deciding which projects should take priority on your home improvement list. At Home Improvement Leads, we love helping customers find ways to make their homes feel fresh and new. Because we’re also very serious about helping the environment, we know that an eco-friendly home renovation is always a good idea for homeowners looking for a change. Here are just a few of the many reasons a green remodel should be at the top of your home improvement to-do list in 2017.
Save money on your energy bills
A greener home is a more efficient home. If you’re looking for an energy overhaul for your home and you have a larger budget, an investment in renewable energy sources such as solar panels will save you tons of money over time on your energy bills, and your home will be more environmentally responsible, from the very first added solar panel.
Green remodels don’t have to be all about renewable energy, though. Simple changes like investing in energy efficient windows, re-insulating your attic or wall cavities, and investing in a smart thermostat can all decrease your monthly energy bills and make your home a greener, more comfortable place to live without breaking the bank.
Keep up with current trends
Another reason more homeowners are choosing green remodeling projects for their homes has to do with trends. Eco-friendly living is increasingly popular, so a green remodel will keep your home up to date and relevant in the current housing market.
Among the latest green home trends are indoor micro-gardens, energy saving home automation technology, and energy efficient appliances. Whatever your personal design style or budget, you will be sure to find fresh ideas and creative solutions to help your home stay on-trend and environmentally conscious. Plus, investing in green design, appliances and decor, and renewable energy now will save you time in the future and better prepare you to roll with new residential eco-developments.
It’s never been easier
If you were considering a green remodel for your home 20 years ago, you might have had a difficult time finding professionals and products to suit your eco-friendly needs. Now, though, plenty of construction companies and home design businesses are embracing green living— including their materials and building practices—so it’s not difficult to find products or services that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and high quality.
If budget is an issue, there are ways to achieve a green remodel without breaking the bank. Many national and local grants and tax breaks are available for renewable energy users—just check with your local government for more information on exact figures and savings. If you’re considering an addition or newly built home, choosing a natural building project. These use locally sourced natural materials instead of man-made products, which can save you tons of money and also help the environment at the same time. Finally, there are plenty of other inexpensive but effective ways to make your home greener—including weatherstripping and caulking your existing windows, regularly consuming less energy/water/electricity, and reusing or upcycling furniture and decorative accessories instead of buying new.
Increase your home’s market value
If your current house may not be your forever home, there are still several reasons to consider a green remodel now. Aside from the obvious financial and environmental benefits your green renovations would provide for your current home, if and when you decide to sell your home it will be instantly more attractive to potential buyers.
Buyers love not just trendy or refurbished homes, but also homes that will save them money on their energy bills. In fact, it’s estimated that homes with with solar panels can be sold for up to $20 more for every $1 in energy savings. While these figures understandably vary according to your location, house size, and your local housing market, this kind of data suggests that you will definitely see an increase in your home’s market value with green upgrades.
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.