Filed under: Eco-Friendly

Fabulous Flooring: Oak Hardwood Floors

Los Gatos KitchenHave you considered your flooring lately? As a prominent part of your overall design, a home remodel is a good time to consider updating various rooms with something like oak hardwood floors. Used throughout our recent Los Gatos remodeling project (as you can see in the picture), oak flooring is a beautiful, classic option that will last for decades and add value to your home.

Benefits to Oak Hardwood Floors

Why should you consider oak flooring for your home? As San Jose Hardwood Floors explains, wood flooring is known for several benefits:

  • Adding value. Wood enhances the décor of any room and provides timeless, classic beauty that becomes more valuable over time. In fact, in a national survey of real estate agents, 90% said that houses with wood floors sell faster and for higher prices than houses without hardwood. (more…)

Leave a Comment May 2, 2013

Sustainable Living: Adding an In-Home Recycling Center

Pull Out Recycling Center

Pull Out Recycling Center

Sustainable living is very important to CAGE Design Build, which is why we often recommend eco-friendly materials to homeowners. Another kitchen accessory to keep in mind during a remodel is an in-home recycling center as it’s often the perfect time to add an easy-to-use, visually appealing system of bins.

Creating an Effective Recycling Center

Iowa State University offers helpful tips and tricks for creating a sustainable home recycling center including:

  • Make recycling as convenient as possible…choose a spot in or near the kitchen (where most of the solid waste is generated).
  • For your recycling center in the kitchen…slide-out storage provides convenient access.
  • The number and size of storage containers you’ll need depends on the number of categories into which you must sort solid waste…check local recycling requirements to decide how complicated a storage system you’re going to need. (more…)

1 Comment February 1, 2013

Stylize your Solatube with Fixtures

Solatube Decorative FixturesAs we’ve shared before, one of our favorite ways to light a home is the Solatube Daylighting System. Did you know there are options beyond the standard fixtures, though?

We’re excited that Solatube now has options that look more like standard light fixtures, which allows homeowners to pick a style that goes with the overall design of their house. Sunlight Concepts now carries six different fixtures, from clean, contemporary designs to chic shades and more, in addition to four different effect lenses you can choose. These effect lenses adjust the light and give you the options to either soften or warm the light color. Their site showcases all these options and more. (more…)

Leave a Comment July 5, 2012

Illuminating Your Yard with LED Lights

Exterior LED LightsBy now, it’s no shock that we love LED lights. As we shared in our last post about lighting your home, “they last longer than incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), are free from toxic materials like mercury, can deliver the same amount of light using just 10-15% of the power as conventional technologies and have a higher color rendering.” So why not put them outside your home as well?

As you think about your front and backyard landscape, consider how lighting will play into the atmosphere. Incorporating LED lights into the design will give you an eco-friendly option that works with any style – there are literally tens of thousands of sizes and styles of exterior LED light fixtures available. (more…)

Leave a Comment May 16, 2012

Toilet Selection Tips for Your Bathroom Remodel

Toto ToiletAs you consider your bathroom remodel, have you factored in your toilet? There are a lot of elements to keep in mind: design, water efficiency, flush rate, etc. What do we recommend when it comes to toilets? It’s no secret that we love high-quality, eco-friendly products, which is why TOTO Toilets are definitely worth looking at!

A bathroom remodeling project is the perfect time to evaluate your toilet. How well does it work? Does it use a lot of water? With a wide range of models and styles, TOTO Toilets are practically clog-proof and qualify for many rebates offered by water districts for replacing water-hogging toilets with the low-flow variety.

In fact, TOTO has been in the low-flow toilet business for decades, and the EPA has even integrated some of the company’s methods into its testing protocols. TOTO’s rigorous flushing tests are more extensive than current industry standards so as a homeowner you can rest assured your new toilet’s outstanding one-flush performance and true water savings compliment your new overall bathroom remodel. (more…)

Leave a Comment April 27, 2012

The Floor Beneath Your Feet: Carpet, Hardwood or Tile?

 What kind of flooring should you invest in during your home remodel? Carpet, hardwood and tile tend to be common choices for a few reasons:

Carpet – Carpet flooring is known for creating a much softer look than hardwood or tile, and as our friends over at San Jose Hardwood Floors tell us, it provides actual thermal resistance, meaning it retains warm air longer (an energy conservation benefit).

Additional benefits to carpet include the thousands of styles and colors available, softening of slips and falls – especially toddlers and older individuals and absorption of noise from TVs, phones, computers, etc.

Leave a Comment February 28, 2012

The Air You Breathe: Home Filtration System

TraneIn addition to picking paint with low or zero VOCs, you can help keep the air quality of your home fresh and clean long after the remodeling project is finished. One product we always like to recommend to homeowners – especially those with allergies – is the eco-friendly Trane CleanEffects™ clean air system. Clients we’ve installed these for have said they make a world of difference, and CAGE Design Build’s own David Wampler even invested in one for his family, which he says they love! (more…)

Leave a Comment November 17, 2011

Lighting Your Home: How to Conserve Energy

Did you know the lighting in your home can account for 20% of your household’s annual electricity usage? As we always try to help homeowners remodel their home in a way that conserves energy and saves money, we like to recommend Lutron switches as an eco-friendly home lighting option. (more…)

Leave a Comment November 10, 2011

Picking Paint: Low and Zero-VOCs

Planning to paint your remodeling project? For each client that chooses to add a splash of color to their house, we help them select the perfect hue for their home. Picking out paint is more than a specific shade, though. It’s important to look for low or zero-VOC products to use.

Out with The Old Kitchen traditional kitchen
Photo Credit: Nathanael Bennett and Interior Design by Suzie Parkinson SÜZA DESIGN

What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds(VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. They are widely used as ingredients in household products like paint, which is why it’s important to look for brands and colors that will keep the VOCs in your home low. (more…)

Leave a Comment November 3, 2011

Eco-Friendly Design Option: Lumicor Resin Panels

Kitchen cabinets with resin panlsOne fun eco-friendly design option we like to offer homeowners is Lumicor resin panels. This fun product can be used as a back to a kitchen island, inserts in cabinetry and interior doors, partitions to rooms and more!

Lumicor’s products are a fantastic alternative to traditional decorative glass. Each translucent panel captures light in a beautiful, extraordinary way, and the inserts come in a variety of different sizes, shapes and designs. (more…)

Leave a Comment September 28, 2011

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