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From Bamboo to Recycled Glass, There is a Green Countertop for Every Green Home

If you have a kitchen construction or renovation project in your future, consider using green or recycled materials for the countertops. The following recycled countertops and materials can provide a sturdy yet beautiful surface for your kitchen counters while helping sustain the status of your green home.
  • Bamboo: Bamboo, a type of fast-growing grass, is a popular material for kitchen countertops. In addition to being a sustainable and quickly renewable material source, it is also stronger and sturdier than many other sorts of hardwoods.
  • Recycled glass: Recycled glass countertops can be very attractive with color and character that matches the material. From small, fine particles of glass to larger pieces of glass embedded in concrete, recycled glass works well in most kitchen applications. Sometimes porous glass surfaces will need to be resealed once or twice a year.
  • Salvaged wood: Wood salvaged from sources such as construction and remodeling projects can make outstanding kitchen countertops. In some cases, you may be able to find excellent hardwoods or costly wood types for a very reasonable price. Remember that wood can be affected by moisture and heat, so use it most on islands away from sinks and stoves.
  • Recycled paper: Recycled paper countertops are usually made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper items, mixed with a petroleum-free resin and pigments for coloration. These countertops provide an appealing appearance and a relatively sturdy surface.
  • Concrete: Concrete countertops are very strong and generally long-lasting green options for a kitchen. Locally sourced or poured-in-place countertops are the best for most applications since they don’t require long-range transportation.
Sage Builders LLC is a general contractor in Newton, MA, specializing in residential design, construction, and renovation, including kitchens. Contact us today for more information on recycled countertops and materials that can help you sustain a green kitchen.

Tips for Maximizing a Home Renovation So It’s as Green as Possible

Keeping a home renovation project as green as possible requires sticking to a few concepts and procedures that support environmental friendliness. Here are some ways to proceed with a high-quality green home renovation.
  • Use an efficient and open design: Design your renovated spaces to provide efficiency of movement through them, with ease of access to other areas of the home. An open floor plan can give you and your family the ability to use the space efficiently for years to come.
  • Work with sustainable materials: Use sustainable materials that come from reliable sources. Materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, for example, come from carefully managed forests that are well maintained for ongoing use. Materials such as cork and bamboo are beautiful, popular, and renewable.
  • Use non-toxic materials: Install non-toxic materials that contain few volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and that don’t off-gas strong fumes. Use paints, varnishes, cleaners, and similar substances that are also low VOC.
  • Install efficient lighting: Use LED lighting fixtures that consume less energy. Instead of using standard incandescent bulbs, use CFLs that provide plenty of light but at a lower cost.
  • Use recycled materials: Countertops, residential flooring, and other material recycled from other sources can save money and prevent the need to purchase new items. Make sure that these recycled items, or other items containing recycled materials, do not include components that could still be giving off gases and fumes.
  • Choose low-maintenance materials: Choose materials that are designed to last for long periods with little maintenance, such as stone patio pavers.
Sage Builders LLC is a general contractor in Newton, MA that serves residential customers with expert design/build, renovation, and consulting services. Contact us today for more information on green home renovation and how to keep your renovation project as green and environmentally friendly as possible. Photo via Sage Builders, LLC