Once again referencing my background as a Purchasing Manager for one of New Jersey’s “greenest” production and multifamily builders, I want to share a couple of great finds for those looking to build, or rebuild a more eco-friendly home.
I was fortunate to connect with Trish Holder, and find someone sharing not just the practical building end, but valuable info regarding the aesthetics as well. Trish is creator and publisher of Greenspiration Home, an online publication dedicated to educating homeowners about green building, renovating and decorating in a unique peer-to-peer format. Trish is also the proud owner of the first LEED certified single family home in Greensboro, NC. (walking the walk, love that)
One of my favorite recent finds on her page featured a gorgeous home, with evident dedication to using reclaimed material.
“I know from personal experience that nothing lends more character to a home than a reclaimed treasure such as a mantle, barn wood flooring, etc. Well, homeowner, Jeff Toye is a master reclaimer. Check out all the character he has packed into his New Jersey18th century home.” shares Holder.
Jeff Toyes relates in detail where his inspiration started and how he used it to create a truly unique and beautiful home. Check out the article and be inspired yourself!
Never one to ignore a coincidence, while reading one of Toye’s replies to a comment, I noticed he mentioned green demolitions.
Green Demolitions has been on my radar for a while. Everybody wins with them.
- Homeowners who want to donate receive pick up and tax credits.
- Industry professionals have access to gorgeous building material, good pricing, reducing project costs and gaining “green building” points.
- The environment wins by eliminating landfill waste and associated energy costs.
- The do good and charity wins: recycling, jobs created, economy stimulated, and funds earned for Recovery Unlimited’s whose purpose is: recycling, creating jobs, supporting economic stimulus, and earning funds for 501(c)(3) charitable outreach programs.
I believe the “Green Building” or sustainable building movement is good for not the planet and the beings living on it, but job creation and the economy as well. If you a considering building a new home, or remodeling the one you have, do the research. Choose well, live happy.