Planning out your new construction projects, big or small, can save money by looking at the materials you'll be adding or removing in your addition or remodel. Remember, the most environmentally friendly and affordable square foot of your home is the one you don't build. Reduce by eliminating unnecessary material and space.
Before construction begins, look at the materials you'll be adding or removing in your addition or remodel; consider everything from framing to finish materials. To reduce environmental impacts from manufacturing and disposing of products, plan your home improvement projects to determine what you really need. Reduce by eliminating unnecessary material and space. Learn more
Next, determine what products and structural components can be reused or reclaimed. Salvage doors, windows, and finishes from your home and local re-use sites such as salvage stores. For example, reclaimed wood products can make beautiful finishes and divert waste from landfills.
Check out these salvage stores:
- The Freecycle Network
- Twin Cities Free Market
- Private architectural salvage stores
- A to Z Disposal Guide
Lastly, if you must purchase new products look for item that can be recycled at the end of their life. When removing old materials, identify proper disposal methods. If you hire a construction waste hauler, choose one that sorts and recycles waste. Be aware of city ordinances that mandate where and how certain waste is disposed. Separate recyclables, hazardous, yard, and landfill waste. Most counties have annual pick-ups and drop points for appliances, organics, and hazardous waste products. Learn more