Green Building

Jetson Green on Green Blogs

Jetson Green on Green Blogs

Blogs that cover the niche of Green Building and eco-friendly materials have flourished within the past two years and recently Preston Koerner of Jetson Green participated in a panel with four other established “green” bloggers.

Modern Day Mountain Cabins

Modern Day Mountain Cabins

Contemporary homes can make the best mountain cabins. Set deep into nature, their clean lines accentuate a wild setting.

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

We’re always happy to see the latest newsletter from Bruce Irving in our email inbox and his latest edition doesn’t disappoint. He selects some of his favorite new products on the market but also weighs in on one of his pet peeves which is homeowners who spend big money to […]

Make Your Own Milk Paint

Make Your Own Milk Paint

Milk paint, also known as casein paint, has a long and fascinating history. In fact, the first known examples of milk paint – cave paintings – actually date back some 20,000 years. Here in the United States, milk paint is most often associated with antique Colonial-era and Shaker furniture, but […]

The Reuse Everything eXperiment Reuses Everything… Including the Kitchen Sink!

The Reuse Everything eXperiment Reuses Everything… Including the Kitchen Sink!

Oregon-based author and designer Shannon Quimby recently realized her dream of building an entire house “without a dumpster” — a project she dubbed the “Reuse Everything eXperiment.” By partnering with several leaders in the green-building movement, Quimby completely deconstructed a crumbling wreck of home in Southeast Portland and reused everything […]

Recycle Your Old Carpet

Recycle Your Old Carpet

Don’t just throw away your old carpet. Check out the Carpet America Recovery Effort and find locations to drop off your carpet for recycling. [via Shelterrific]

Cover the Earth…Outdated?

Cover the Earth…Outdated?

Back in the day I worked at Sherwin-Williams. Although I was familiar with the brand I had never recalled paying much attention to the logo. I remember after seeing it for the first time I was slightly appalled. The term “Cover the Earth” and accompanying image of paint being poured […]

Shipping Container Hotel

Shipping Container Hotel

Casasugar found this unique hotel built in London, England that uses shipping containers as building materials. The Travelodge hotel in London, opened on August 15, and was crafted from 86 steel containers in a modular construction project developed by Verbus Systems.

Green Building a Garden Shed

Green Building a Garden Shed

After reading this nice review of our site from Green Gate Ranch Remodel, we took some time to peruse their site and found a couple of great projects that are documented in an easy to follow step by step process.

Denim Insulation Installation

Denim Insulation Installation

Much has been written about alternative insulation materials and this houseblogger gives a thumbs up to denim insulation. They found it easy to use, easier to install, and effective.

Green Building Materials from Transmaterial

Green Building Materials from Transmaterial

The New York Times turned us onto Transmaterial, which is a green building website that focuses on innovative materials and green alternatives to traditional materials.

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

This houseblogger is going through the process of using salvaged flooring for their back porch. They will be using vertical grain fir tongue and groove flooring, like the original floor.

Bruce Irving puts Green Building in Perspective

Bruce Irving puts Green Building in Perspective

Our friend Bruce Irving who’s blazing his own trail and started a new industry in home remodeling, writes one of the most informative home improvement newsletters available. Here’s a excerpt from his latest where he’s shed some light on the hypocrisy of some green building techniques and offers his recommendations […]

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Photo: courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! As seen in the latest […]

Unbuild for an Eco-friendly Teardown Solution

Unbuild for an Eco-friendly Teardown Solution

This article from the Wall Street Journal offers the pros and cons of an “unbuild” instead of teardown. It’s still cheaper to demo everything and throw it away but much more satisfying to reuse old brick for a retaining wall or find uses for tile and stone in your new […]

Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

The New York Times Green Issue highlighted Chicago’s use of pervious concrete in an ongoing project called Green Alley’s which is a renovation of the pavement in the cities alley space from impervious concrete to permeable concrete that is also high albedo.

Bamboo: Planet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

Bamboo: Planet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

If you’ve just got have hardwood floors but are battling with the eco-friendliness of the decision, we may have an answer for you: bamboo floors. Although the product involves cutting down grass, which is what bamboo really is, it is seen as planet friendly because it only takes up to […]

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Photo: Courtesy of Hunter Prestige Collection National Geographic is among the latest magazines to ride the green wave with a new special interest issue: The Green Guide. Among articles that debate the merits of plastic bags vs. waxed paper for optimal sandwich carrying or suggestions for safer alternatives to bleach, […]