Your low-impact home makeover

Learn how to lighten your footprint, from easy DIY tips to the top things to keep in mind for a sustainable home renovation

16 smart ideas for a green remodel

What we used to call “green” design is now just common sense. Take it from a contractor who called on his eco savvy to update his own home

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Plan for low upkeep
Thomas J. Story

Plan for low upkeep

“Out back, our top priority was a no-maintenance exterior,” says King. He clad the addition in white cedar shingles knowing they would turn a silvery gray. “We didn’t paint any of it. If you paint it, you have to maintain it,” he says, noting they might eventually go all-shingles out front too. He also used highly durable copper gutters.


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