How to Minimize Waste During Your Home Renovation
Posted by Emily Craigen in Blog
Home renovations have the potential to produce a great deal of waste. From old appliances to aging trim, there is no shortage of mixed materials for a responsible homeowner to be mindful of disposing of properly. With so many factors to consider, even the most committed environmentalist can become overwhelmed! But with smart planning and design, your home renovation does not have to equal a headache.
Take one of KLC’s current projects on the go as an example. Our client wanted to rebuild their existing home. Throughout our design phase, we determined it would not be feasible to use the majority of the existing structure for the rebuild.
In collaboration with our client, we decided we wanted to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. We found people who were able to remove all of the cabinetry, countertops, interior doors and the majority of the trim and railings.
We were also able to find a home for the wood stove and many of the windows and exterior doors. The remainder were removed and taken to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.
Our design for the new space allowed us to keep the existing foundation and half of the main floor. Ductwork and copper pipes were salvaged and taken to a metal recycler. Appliances, the furnace and water pumps were salvaged.
All in all, our team and our client were extremely pleased to have been able to divert as much waste from the landfill as possible. The new home is slated to be completed for June 2019…stay tuned for progress!