Clearing the Air in the Bedroom

A bedroom should be a peaceful place where you can take a few deep breaths and relax.  One fundamental principle of green design is that the air you breathe should be of good quality, especially since indoor air can be more polluted than you might think.  Considering we spend about a third of our lives […]

Build Efficiently with Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated concrete forms, or ICFs, are energy efficient building blocks in which reinforced concrete is surrounded by layers of rigid insulative foam.  These blocks are lightweight, easy to work with, easy to cut and shape, yet very strong and offer outstanding structural integrity.  Built to last, ICFs are resistant to termites, mold, rot, fire, floods, […]

Looking for a Home with Good Indoor Air Quality?

An increasing number of people are concerned about the quality of air inside their homes, and with good reason, as indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors.  Mold, gases, toxic chemicals, and other airborne pollutants can compromise indoor air quality.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instituted […]

Enhance Your Outdoor Spaces with Faux Stone Pavers Made from Recycled Tires

Flagstone patios, cobblestone walkways, and meadering stone pathways add a lovely natural look to any homestead.  But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer looking for a durable, eco-friendly and light-weight material for these kinds of projects, a great option is to use pavers made from recycled rubber tires.  With 242 million tires being discarded or burned every […]

Deck out Your Outdoor Spaces the Eco-friendly Way, Part III

There are several options for environmentally-friendly decking materials, including recycled-content composites and reclaimed lumber. Another great option is to use lumber that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which ensures the wood has come from sustainably managed forests.  This is especially important when considering tropical hardwoods, since deforestation is a serious problem in […]

For a Classic Bathroom, Go Vintage

Remodeling your bathroom and seeking a timeless look?  It’s easy to achieve with authentic vintage elements or new reproductions.  You can re-purpose an old bureau into a vanity or visit your local architectural salvage yard for aged pieces such as clawfoot tubs and sinks.  By refinishing existing items, you’ll reduce the demand on our natural […]

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