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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Choose low-maintenance materials
Thomas J. Story

Choose low-maintenance materials

The most eco-friendly material is often the one that lasts longest with the least effort. “The endgame is the net energy use on a product, so if it requires repainting, refinishing, or constant cleaning, it’s not the best product,” says King. For example, the family’s bluestone patio requires zero attention.



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