Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is Restoring Being Green?

In today’s culture, it seems that everyone is making a concerted effort to be green. But what does it mean to be truly green? Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to attend an environmentally-focused seminar hosted by Cottages and Bungalows in Old Town Tustin. One of the key things we took away from one of the speakers, Jane Powell (author of Bungalow Kitchens and Bungalow Bathrooms - see below), was that one of the best and true ways to be green is to restore, repurpose and reuse what is already there.

Even though more and more consumers are favoring green building and using eco-centric materials, nonetheless it still takes more energy and waste to make something new. By spending time determining what you can reuse, what can be recycled or repurposed for use, or simply only using “used” materials, you effectively eliminate waste in our landfills and contribute to saving our environment.

Since we are in the business of restoring old homes, by default, we’ve been practicing “green” building for years, as we restore and reuse many of the materials already in place. If you are thinking of a renovation for your house, please take a moment and think about what you can do on your part for our environment. Besides, by being conscious of your efforts, you may find that you’ll get a much more authentic vintage look for your restoration projects.

You can also contact us to see how we can help you be green by restoring your house or reusing materials you already have.

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