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Top Green Features to Consider When Remodeling

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It originated in the United States in 1970 and has since grown into a global movement involving millions of people in various activities to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable practices. Earth Day reminds us to preserve our planet's natural resources, biodiversity, and ecosystems for current and future generations. It encourages individuals, communities, and organizations to take action to reduce their environmental impact and foster a healthier, more sustainable world. As we celebrate Earth Day and move forward, let's look at how we can make our homes green.

Sustainable materials, energy savings, and smart home technology are high on the list of buyer wants in a home. But there are some other architectural and design trends that will change the way Americans live in 2024 and beyond. When planning a remodel, it pays to pay attention to green features and improved floor plans that will make a home more comfortable, appealing, and functional. Here's what's hot right now:

Natural and Sustainable Materials

Eco-consciousness and concerns about individual health and wellness prompted a return to natural woods, stone, organic forms, and living greenery. All are prominently featured in today's show houses and on design shows. For residential and commercial design, there is a renewed emphasis on the importance of natural light, views, air quality, and open space as elements that affect mood and function, health, and well-being.

Reclaimed and Recycled Products

No matter the design or decor, there is a way to incorporate previously used materials. Recycled plastic is commonly used for roofing tiles, carpets, insulation, composite lumber and decking material, decorative trim, and landscaping rocks. Reclaimed beams, distressed wood flooring, and stunning countertops fabricated from recycled glass, wood chips, and even cardboard are only a few trendy possibilities. For a planned remodel, investigate what's available, including "repurposing" used building materials like old windows, vintage gates, or antique furniture.

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LEED Certified Construction

Resource conservation and energy savings are a way of life and worthy of attention. In some ways, Europe and Asia lead the U.S. in terms of conservation, but one way to assure that new homes are built to a certain standard is to insist on LEED certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It's a compliance and rating system for residential and commercial construction recognized internationally.

Energy-Star Rated Appliances, Systems, Fixtures and Fittings

It would be difficult today to buy a new appliance or furnace that is not energy-efficient. But in an older home, even if existing appliances, faucets, fixtures, and heating and cooling systems are still operational, it might be wise to consider replacing them. Sometimes, the savings on monthly water and electricity alone make financial sense. And new replacements always add to a home's appraised value.

Rooftop Solar Panels

There is ample evidence that buyers will pay a premium for solar homes. Although the initial investment is relatively high, an owner will benefit from an immediate reduction in energy cost, and the added property value might make such an investment worthwhile.  

Smart Home Technology and Home Automation

Buyers today almost universally want a wireless security system and programmable temperature control. Additional smart home features high on the list of consumer wants include lighting controls, wireless hubs that integrate entertainment and convenience features, and trendy apps that allow control of home functions via smartphone, whether from across the block or the globe. 


Owners motivated to sell will look to these buyers who want to be competitive in today's hot real estate market. If you're getting ready to put your home on the market or considering buying one, contact one of our real estate professionals for more information. Call us at 888-670-6791 or visit www.askthelawyer.us. We would be happy to help!

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