Let’s talk about Eco-Friendly Home Renovations. If you’re a homeowner on the Gold Coast, whether you live in Palm Beach, Currumbin or all the way up in Helensvale, chances are that the day will come where you will want to renovate your home. So, when that day arrives, why not make your home renovations eco-friendly?
Did you know that on a global scale, building materials use up 30-50% of available raw resources (source). In Australia they constitute one-third of total landfill waste(source). Unfortunately, past data shows that this is only getting worse, with construction waste increasing by 22% since 2017 (source). The production and use of building materials also generates a lot of significant environmental pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions (source). You know the saying ‘little things make a big difference’? Well, it’s true, you don’t have to do a lot to be green during your renovations, but in the grand scheme of things, it will have a huge positive impact on the planet!
So, what can you do to ensure your home renovations are eco-friendly? Well, here at Purcell Homes, we like to think of ourselves as the Gold Coast Green Builders. We believe construction, either being renovations, extensions, or entirely new builds should be looked at from a sustainable point of view. That’s why we ensure we use an eco-friendly approach in every one of our projects, without compromising on budget or timeline. However, for those of you who are wanting to tackle your renovation project with a DIY approach or are looking to save costs by doing some of the work yourself, here are a few things you can do to make sure your renovations are green and environmentally friendly.
Yes, it may be tempting to go ‘out with the old, and in with the new’ but by deconstructing you’ll find that a lot of the ‘old’ material can be salvaged and reused down the track. From plaster, flooring, carpet, tiles, mouldings and trims to cabinets, lights, fixtures, sinks and even metal scraps, all of this can be repurposed instead of being sent off to landfill. Even if you don’t re-use it in your home or during the renovation, you can just chuck it on marketplace or gumtree to sell or just give it away for free. It’s an all-round win! Less pollution for the planet plus you save money (and hassle) of having to pay for the waste removal, and hey, you may even make some extra bucks on the way if you choose to sell it. This brings me to the next green renovation building tip: Instead of buying something brand new, look to see if you can find it second-hand or reclaimed.
Reclaim instead of buying brand new
If there’s something you need for your renovation that you don’t have or couldn’t salvage, have a look around to see if you can get it second-hand. There may be a fellow greenie who has just finished a renovation project and are looking to give away whatever they didn’t use. Not only will it save you money, but you might just hit the jackpot and find the perfect item that ends up pulling everything together, completing the look of your new renovation.
Use sustainable materials
So, you need something that you weren’t able to salvage, and you can’t find it second hand, now what? If this happens then don’t worry, you can still be eco-friendly in your home renovation by ensuring you purchase sustainable building materials. This means buying natural materials that are durable with minimal environmental impact such as recycled steel and timber, mud brick, and lightweight panelling.
These are only a few of many ways to make your home renovations more eco-friendly. If you want to learn more about green and sustainable home renovations check out our Sustainable Projects page or have a browse of our website.
Are you planning a to do some upcoming renovations or to build a home extension? Let the team at Purcell Homes guide you on this exciting journey! We are equally as dedicated to ensuring your dream home becomes a reality as we are to saving the planet and sourcing products and materials that offer an alternative to new materials. We have years of experience in managing trades, deliveries, client communications, architects, engineers, and everything in between so we’re sure that you’ll be more than impressed with the way that we operate. Get in touch with us today by calling 0430 370 089 or send an email to [email protected]. Otherwise, be sure to visit our website for more information on our services.