Over the last several weeks we've been able to get a glimpse into the lives of our readers and their renovation projects. We've seen everything from backyards to condos and there's been more inspiration than you can shake a stick at. Refresh your memory and plan your own green improvements, after the jump!
We know it can be rough to catch every post but there have been a few projects this month that gave us a little more wind for our sails and helped us with our own can-do attitude. Sometimes the hardest part about renovation or large DIY projects is just getting started and we wanted to commend those who have already taken that first step and subsequently, a few more after that.
• Carolyn's 1940's Kitchen Makeover: This renovation was done on a serious budget and there were some big things happening. Old countertops were made new, vintage cabinets were powder coated and walls came a'tumblin down.
• Rose's "Restore and Reuse" Renovation: Can you imagine walking into your new home and starting to peel back the layers of unattractive decor from the previous owners and finding two layers of carpet? What about a cast iron bathtub encased in a fiberglass cage? Neither can we, but these homeowners sure can!
• The Commonwealth Plaza Residence in Chicago: When renovating in tall buildings, condos or businesses, finding local establishments to take your old materials while bringing in used or new green ones can be quite a challenge. Big city nature and the need for an elevator for everything play a big part in this two floor renovation.
• Mica and Frank's Salvaged Storage Shed Renovation: So you buy a chunk of land and the only thing on it other than vegetation is an old shed. You work in the contracting business and start hoarding wastefully discarded items and then suddenly (though we're sure it wasn't so sudden for them) you have a home made from 70% recycled materials.
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