Customize Your Home For A Unique Look And Timeless Sustainability

Jan 03 2020
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A “custom” home often brings to my mind the idea of something that is brand new and, thus, very expensive and built entirely custom for whoever is paying for it. Of course, that is not always the case. Truly all of our homes are custom as we customize them to ourselves! I am thrilled to see more and more people getting behind customizing the old instead of replacing it and thus getting that awesome custom look and yet still remaining sustainable to the environment! That, in a nut shell, is what I do here at Grandma’s House DIY.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal, somehow I took space AWAY from my kitchen and yet I ended up with MORE storage and a bigger feeling kitchen! A small remodel!
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One of this year’s trends in interior design focuses on mixing contemporary design with vintage pieces to create an individual and sustainable look. This is an element of Slow Design where, in focusing on the origin of furniture or building materials, more consideration is given to the environment.

Whether you are upcycling to create a unique, personalized piece for your period property, or customizing the fabric of a new home, take a step away from the throwaway culture of fast furniture, and instead embrace the enduring and timeless quality of sustainable materials.  

Using Sustainable Materials In A New Property

When building a new property, high quality materials and finishes will be more durable and therefore more sustainable. Paradisa Homes note that customizing your property to create practical and unique spaces designed for your needs is the best way to ensure that your home is a place you love.

As well as including energy efficient features, customizing a new home offers the opportunity to choose environmentally-friendly building materials such as bamboo or timber from sustainably managed forests. 

Highlighting Original Features In A Period Home

In older properties it is still possible to remodel to create modern and open plan living spaces. However, it isn’t necessary to remove all the old and original features from your home.

These are also the features that reflects your home’s history, and when they are made center stage, they can add to the unique and personal feel of your home. Provided they are still sound, you can sand and polish original oak beams, stain authentic hardwood floors and open up original fireplaces.

These impressive and high quality features are practical and durable, but also add a unique quality to your home without great expense. 

Adding Secondhand Pieces For A Unique Look

To save money further, include high quality second hand pieces in your decor. Used furniture is less expensive to buy and requires no further valuable, natural resources to produce it.

When it is customized to your own personal taste and needs, it also becomes a unique piece that helps your home to stand out. If you do buy new, avoid cheap, fast furniture, and invest in a timeless classic that will last.

Whether you are making structural improvements to your home or simply adding upcycled pieces to enhance the look of a room, customizing quality, durable materials not only adds a unique and timeless feel, but also adds to the sustainability of your home.

Customize Your Home For A Unique Look And Timeless Sustainability by investing in your home and adding second hand pieces as well as heirlooms with modern
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  1. January 3, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Yes thrift stories and yard sales are definitely the way to go to buy usable sustainable items. Many sustainable items can actually have a high carbon footprint if they’re new depending on where they were shipped from

    • January 3, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Very true! Its time to start reusing instead of buying new!

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