About a year ago my parents decided to buy and remodel an older East Fayetteville home. It’s just a few blocks away from where my mom grew up with her seven siblings in the historic Mt. Sequoyah district and was in need of some serious TLC. From concrete and studs, it has come a long way. It’s still not finished, mostly because of their work schedules, but it shouldn’t be long before the finishing touches are placed.
Gutting and remodeling an entire home is definitely not for everyone. But, even small remodeling projects can make a huge difference in your lifestyle and even your utility bills. Northwest Arkansas is a relatively earth-friendly part of the country and we have access to lots of materials and resources for going green. Here are some ways they chose to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
When they first got the house, the previous owner had left a garage full of old electronic equipment, tools, and furniture. All of it was either donated or recycled and I even transformed this piece from the garage into a new tv console for them.
Rather than adding to the landfill with the gutted materials, Habitat for Humanity received all of the doors, windows, light fixtures, and extra wood.
USA Metal Recycling purchased the copper from old wiring, plumbing parts and the aluminum from the windows.
They installed all energy efficient appliances as well as Kohler water-conserving toilets and faucets.
The new windows and slider door are Andersen 100 series with low-E and are also very energy efficient.
The new insulation is made from cellulose which is a plant fiber with low-thermal conductivity.
The old brush and landscaping was picked up and delivered to the city compost facility and several trees became firewood for three different households.
From start to finish, my parents have tried their best to make the most of the old and new materials for this remodel. I can’t wait to share pictures of the finished project!