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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

Bathroom Renovations Continue to Be Among the Most Popular Home Improvement Projects

Bathrooms continue to be a frequent target of renovation efforts in American households. Current trends in bathroom renovations indicate that homeowners are considering factors such as aesthetics in combination with practical issues such as remaining in the same home during one’s elder years. Here are some factors that make bathroom renovations among the more common and popular types of home improvement projects. Continue reading

Considering a New Kitchen Countertop? Learn Why Quartz Is Trending

High quality, stone kitchen countertops have long been a hallmark of the beautiful and functional kitchen. Current trends in the construction industry are showing quartz as a highly popular choice, even more so than traditional marble or granite. Here are some of the reasons homeowners are considering a quartz kitchen countertop.
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  • Design flexibility: The type of quartz used in kitchen countertops is made mostly from natural quartz with a small amount of polymer resin and pigment added to produce color. Where granite and marble countertops are limited to colors produced in nature, quartz countertops can be produced in almost any color imaginable. This makes the design possibilities nearly limitless.
  • High durability: Quartz countertops are very strong and durable, offering years of service with limited worries about damage. Compared to granite, for example, quartz is highly resistant to scratches and cracking. Excess heat, such as setting hot kettles or pots directly on the surface, is one of the few things known that can damage a quartz countertop.
  • Resistance to staining: Quartz is nonporous, which means it will not stain when exposed to the types of oils, fats, liquids, and cleaning materials commonly found in kitchens. Since these substances will not soak into the countertop, it is also much easier to keep quartz surfaces clean and free of bacteria.
  • Construction advantages: Because of quartz’s toughness, manufacturers often offer warranties on quartz countertops. They also provide multiple thicknesses, varied edge styles, internal design features (such as crystals), and different textured surfaces.
Sage Builders LLC, a general contractor in Newton, MA, is a leading provider of residential design, construction, and renovation services in the Boston area. Contact us today for more information on quartz kitchen countertop trends and for help choosing the countertop that works best for you.