Renovation Ideas For The Sustainably Minded Homeowner

The challenges that now face our global environment are changing the way we design our homes. Now, homeowners are thinking about sustainability and, as a result, shifting the focus of rooms, the materials of construction, and even the utility of spaces. As a result, interior designers are seeing a significant shift in home renovation projects, with many homeowners asking how designs will benefit their carbon footprint.

If this sounds like you, and you would be interested in seeing how your home can potentially benefit your home’s carbon footprint, then we have some popular renovation ideas for you. 

Vegetable Plots

Once, gardens were prized for their bloom, with gardeners showing off their creative design and cultivation skills through a range of flowers. Now, however, it is the cook that is championed and gardens are being seen more often for their potential utility. 

Vegetable beds, those that can produce a variety of foods for a home, from fruits to herbs, are immensely valuable for a home, reducing the need for sourcing food from elsewhere and even improving the nutrition of residents’ diets.

Modern Insulation

Improving a home’s simulation remains one of the most well-recommended pursuits to residents. This is because, by bettering a property’s ability to store warmth, heating bills are drastically reduced, not only saving residents money on their utility outgoings but also reducing their energy consumption. 

Insulation can take a number of forms and, while many involve significant investment, especially when it comes to improving roofs and attics, smaller changes, such as triple-glazed windows can make a huge difference.


Whether you begin keeping bees, collecting rainwater, or creating your own natural sanctuary, a garden space has a number of great sustainability benefits. Compost systems have become increasingly popular, dramatically reducing a home’s food waste, as have log cabins, which offer a number of flexible environmental designs to homeowners, including the potential for roof gardens and compact solar panels.

With only a little adjustment, a home’s garden can shift from being seen as an outdoor space of relaxation and can, instead, be utilised to create an environment of both serenity and utility. 

Considered Materials

The materials that create living spaces have an environmental cost, with some being more substantial than others. Clay-based paints are a more eco-friendly option than oil-based alternatives just as furniture made from locally sourced woods have less of an environmental impact than those generally sourced from afar.

By making small decisions to choose more environmentally friendly options in a home’s design, it becomes a sustainable home. And, while these options can come at a greater cost, being an expense to the homeowner instead of the environment, they will help homeowners to have peace of mind and feel more positively about their carbon footprint.

Helpful Technology

While technology can often feel far removed from the natural landscapes of rural living, there are a number of sustainability benefits to welcoming technology into a home. Energy and water consumption, for example, can be drastically reduced with smart features, enabling homeowners to have a greater degree of control over their utilities.

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