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October 03, 2011

Green Your Remodeling Project: Reclaimed Wood

Antique pine flooring from 1901 Whether you're planning a complete home makeover or just moderately tweaking your living space, this week's tips will help you choose eco-friendly materials for your remodeling project.

Tip #1: Choose wood with history.

Reclaimed hardwood floors create a warm, natural look without contributing to deforestation. Find a recycled lumber dealer in your region to locate sustainable wood for your building project. You might visit local salvage yards or even broker your own deal at a nearby demolition site. Be wary, however, of wood that's been tinted with toxic lead paint.

Tip #2: Opt for efficient windows.

Tip #3: Spruce up your wall coverings.

Tip #4: Rethink your roof.

Tell us: How have you greened a remodeling project?

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