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Ideas for an Eco Friendly Renovation

Renovating your home is a great time to think of fresh starts and towards the long term future. If you’re considering opening up your space to allow for more light, or redoing your cabinets and work surfaces in a new colour, making new decisions for your home is always an exercise in great creativity. But there can be a practical side to renovations as well. If there are structural concerns, or you just want to make your home more sustainable in the long term, environmentally conscious renovation decisions can be the right choice for you and your family. Whether you are fixing a current issue with a greener alternative or making large changes to your home with the aim of reducing your carbon footprint, Miter Renovations & Design will be with you every step of the way to make this ease you through this period of transition.

Storage Area Insulation
With a growing family, storage concerns can become an issue. Whether you opt for a crawl space, finishing your basement or attic, or creating new closet space, insulation around the new area is key to keeping your home energy efficient—and your heating costs low this winter! When discussing designs, you might want to consider concepts with less amounts of framing. You’ll save on material costs, but this also free up more room within your walls for insulation. This is definitely something to consider if any of your new closets will have one or more exterior walls.

Doors and Windows
Windows let in light and the door is the centrepiece to the front of your home. Both are wonderful ideas for the start of a brilliant renovation project. Adding new windows or redoing the sills can add dazzling ambience to an already beautiful room. Replacing a door with a newer model can freshen up the look of your entire home. Small details like a custom knocker are also things to consider. If you were already considering replacing doors or windows, it is a great time to make sure all those seals are as tight as possible. Overhead light like recesses into attics or skylights above staircases can open up any space, but these additions are main sources of air leaks.

Lighting
Lighting structures and arrangements can drastically alter any room. Whether it’s a full new set up in your kitchen or a variety of custom lamps throughout your office and bedroom, when evening comes, we look to our indoor lighting for mood and comfort. That is why many families seem hesitant to invest in energy-saving lighting: we’ve all seen overhead fluorescent lighting and no one wants that in a cozy reading nook! But luckily technology has come to the rescue once again. Energy efficient bulbs now come in a variety of styles and lighting options, from cool to warm. If you always wanted that gorgeous chandelier, go get it! Different lighting fixtures are just one of the things you can discuss when speaking to one of our design specialists.

Miter Renovations & Design is with you every step of the way, from concept through to the finishing touches so you can relax in anticipation of your fabulous new home. For more information or to book a consultation, contact us today.

Rebecca