Sunday, January 23, 2011

Renovation Nation

On the weekends when I'm logging some relaxation + TV time, I enjoy watching one of my favorite channels for inspired DIY projects... Planet Green. One of the channels shows, Renovation Nation, features how the green home building movement has really taken off across the country. A favorite episode of mine takes place in Portland where they visit a local re-use center to find unique pieces to build a balcony.

They have filmed a few episodes in Metro Atlanta and I look forward to the day our LBC is up + running for Steve Thomas and his crew to come on by for a visit. Planet Green can be found on Comcast Channel 253 and AT+T Uverse Station 465.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reuse... it IS easy...

Hopefully the blog posts thus far have given you some inspiration for your next DIY project. But, remember that a reuse project does not need to be as large as a bathroom or kitchen renovation, small every day practices can make a huge difference. (This is especially good news for those of you who don't feel very handy...)

Oggi Sports Bottle

One website that I think is a great resource for reuse / recycling ideas is called Recycle Works a program in San Mateo County. Here are a few quick and easy ideas for reuse around your home...
  • Donate things so somebody else can use them.
  • Find ways to use things repeatedly, such as a thermos, resealable plastic bags or storage containers.
  •  Remodel using used and vintage construction materials and fixtures found at salvage yards and stores.
  •  Consider using energy and money-saving green building practices.
  •  Donate used bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts to your local packing store. Donate metal hangers to your local dry cleaner. Think about who might want your old stuff and don't be afraid to ask them.
  •  Select products that can be used over and over such as cloth napkins and dishcloths.