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A home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house — it also can improve the indoor air quality. Air quality is an important factor, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air.
Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
New technology has helped home improvement companies create products that don’t contain VOCs, so as you plan your remodeling project, be sure to look for these products to help keep the air in your home cleaner.
The walls: A fresh coat of paint is the first element when planning a room design. Choosing the perfect color and knowing if a primer coat is needed are just two decisions that need to be made when picking a brand.
The bathroom: Usually one of the smallest rooms in the home, it’s more important to make certain the airspace has good quality. Upgrade your shower with a unit made of modular panels that are lightweight and interlock securely.
The kitchen: You may never have thought your kitchen cabinets have the potential to pollute the air inside your home. But if they are made from a plastic-based material, or painted or varnished, there’s a chance the cabinets are producing VOCs. Wood cabinets look great in kitchens, and as you choose the perfect cabinets to replace your older cabinets, be sure to research the manufacturer to see if they use any staining or varnish products that produce VOCs.
Boldly painted exterior doors in a vibrant blue, deep red or edgy black add instant interest and curb appeal. Choose a color that best represents your individual design personality.
Did You Know
Studies have found the level of VOCs inside homes can be two to five times higher than the level outside, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Some people may experience negative reactions to breathing in these compounds, depending on their health condition, as well as the levels and duration they’re exposed to the chemicals.
Homeowners, inspired by the calm, carefree attitude of coastal living, are all about bringing the beach inside this season. Weathered and white-washed wood ceilings are a subtle but stunning on-trend addition — especially when finished with interior accents like decorative shells, drift wood furniture and marine-themed prints.
An outdoor fireplace, fire table, fire pit or chiminea will enhance any outdoor space. A 2013 membership survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects found that 97 percent of respondents saw moderate to high demand for fire pits and fireplaces.
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