If you are planning a home renovation you may be considering going green. By planning your design you can add sustainability features to your home, many at no extra cost. There are many benefits to a green renovation. A green renovation will make your home better for the environment, save on energy costs and boost the resale value.

When planning a green renovation you will want to find a contractor experienced in green projects. To find a green contractor choose someone who has been designated a Master Builder by the Energy and Environmental Building Association, or has been certified by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry as a Certified Remodeler.

Look for reclaimed materials like pine timbers and salvaged doors and cabinets. Reclaimed pieces are usually more affordable and they save on energy, materials, and resources. Make sure to avoid products that contain hazardous materials, such as formaldehyde or creosote from railroad ties and other wood-based goods.

It is almost impossible to avoid using new materials in your renovation. When selecting new materials look for products that are durable, easy to maintain, and if possible contain a high percentage of recycled content. Try to avoid disposable products and products that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  VOCs are commonly found in paints and finishes.

Look for products that are green friendly. Watch for Grean Seal products on for paints coatings and doors. Check for Energy Star, for appliances, windows and heating and cooling products; Forest Stewardship Council, for wood-based products; and Cradle to Cradle, for carpet, sheet goods and other products.

For more information read Green Building: A Primer for Builders, Consumers, and Realtors, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Home Guide.

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Over 1900 square feet in this custom cape style home built in 2007 with open floor plan and gleaming wood floors. Living room offers gas fireplace which flows into and dining area and kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, gas stove, Maple cabinets, granite counters with large island. 1st floor also has comfortable bedroom, full bath and laundry. 2nd floor sports large loft/office area and front to back master bedroom with walk in closet and another bedroom. The deck overlooks fenced in back yard. This home has gas heat, central air conditioning, low maintenance siding with over sized 2 car garage and finished space in the lower level walkout. With inviting front porch makes this house a home and a pleasure to show.

This is a Cape style home and features 6 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 0.29 Acres, and is currently available for $359,999.

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Can’t beat the price of this year round home. Come hideaway in this darling free standing condo with water views! This home has new kitchen, tiled bathroom with walk in shower. With an ample size bedroom on the first floor. The lower level walkout offers another living area and slider to great size yard. From your deck you can enjoy the water views. The beach is a short stroll. Town water and town sewer, gas heat, newer roof. Square footage includes lower level. 2 Parking spots. Buyers and Agents verify all information herein.

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Over 1900 square feet in this custom cape style home built in 2007 with open floor plan and gleaming wood floors. Living room offers gas fireplace which flows into and dining area and kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, gas stove, Maple cabinets, granite counters with large island. 1st floor also has comfortable bedroom, full bath and laundry. 2nd floor sports large loft/office area and front to back master bedroom with walk in closet and another bedroom. The deck overlooks fenced in back yard. This home has gas heat, central air conditioning, low maintenance siding with over sized 2 car garage and finished space in the lower level walkout. With inviting front porch makes this house a home and a pleasure to show.

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