Remodeling Projects That Help You Breath Easy

Spring is here and with warmer weather comes the itch to clean, organize and remodel our home!  My husband loves a good project, so we have plenty of experience.  But some of our concerns are usually how much it will cost, how long it will take us and because of our little ones running around, how safe it will be!?

If you are doing a remodel there are plenty of non-toxic and eco-friendly options so your home will not only look better, but the air quality will be safer for you and your little ones.  Here are some non-toxic options for a couple common remodeling projects.

Paint

Painting my sis room - the Colorphoto by: gadeeeer

Painting is one of my favorite projects because it is fast, cheap and easy.

The smell can be torturous though!

Thank goodness for all the options in low and no VOC paints.  VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which is what causes the smell and adversely affects the air quality in the room.  The EPA has shown that when new paint is drying that the VOC levels can reach 1000 times that of outdoors…… how scary!  It is good to know you can get low/no VOC paints at all the big name home improvement stores, for less than $40 a gallon.  These paints come in the same awesome colors and finishes as the older style paints.  So you can transform your room from blah to ta-dah and feel good about it.

 

Flooring

The Path Less Travelledphoto by: vek

A new floor can make your room look luxurious and feel great.  But the off gases can literally make you sick.

Off gases are, basically, the release of toxic chemicals in to the air.   If you are in love with the fluff of carpet you can go with wool carpet and a felt padding, but don’t expect it to be a cost-effective option. You can spend up to $2500 for a living room of wool carpet.

If wood is your love you can opt for reclaimed wood, but the price on this depends on if you reclaim it yourself or have professionals do it for you.  I even read that linoleum is an eco-friendly option.

“Natural linoleum produces no toxic off-gassing. True linoleum is made from pine rosin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and natural pigments. These all combined with linseed oil (from flax seeds) and matted to jute backing. Linseed oil has natural antibacterial properties which may give added benefit. Linoleum can also be used for desktops and table surfaces.”  Greener Building

Keep in mind there is a difference between vinyl flooring, which is sometimes called linoleum, and true linoleum, so do your homework! Linoleum is relatively inexpensive, ranging from $4 to $7 a square foot.

So next time you get an itch to revamp your living room, feel good and breath good knowing you can spruce things up without hurting your pocketbook or your lungs!

For more information on products for home renovation: Environmental Protection Agency