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Vancouver Contractors Support The Organic, Natural and Eco-Friendly Home

July 18, 2013

March 2012 newsletter photoThe organic, natural and eco-friendly home is a growing trend in Vancouver. Awareness of toxic exposures and microscopic particles benefit our overall health. Whether your home needs a renovation or a quick fix, opt for the healthier choice!

Take precautions when renovating older homes. Speak to Vancouver contractors for advice. Homes painted before 1978 contained lead. Asbestos and mold are also found in older homes. It is important to hire certified construction contractors to test, remove or seal any asbestos. If the mold covers an area bigger than 10 square feet, a construction contractors help is recommended. To prevent further mold growth, do not install carpeting in damp or moist areas.

Carpets and rugs can contain chemicals like formaldehyde (linked to cancer and allergies). Modular carpet tiles are a great choice because they are renewable and recyclable. Vancouver contractors suggest the following options: pesticide free wool, cotton, jute, hemp, coir, cornhusk, coconut fiber and woven silk. Vintage rugs are another safe choice because most do not contain synthetic fibers and coatings.

Do not use polyurethane on your hardwood floors.  Choose a PVC-free finish like tung oil or polywhey. If you are installing hardwood, opt for harvested wood, cork or salvaged wood. Floating floors are another great choice, they click together so no glue or adhesives are needed.

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When it comes to walls, opt for no-VOC (volatile organic compounds), which are low in chemicals and odor. Toxin-free wallpaper are another great choice. Look for non-vinyl paper, organic cotton or recycled paper content. Use a non-toxic paste or adhesive. Natural fibers are fantastic too. Some examples include: arrowroot, bamboo, jute and seagrass.

Awareness of toxins in our home improves our health and the environment. If you are considering a renovation, talk to reVISION renovations about other healthier and eco-friendly options.

 

Screen-Shot-2013-03-17-at-8.34.11-AMKirsten Sutton is the head designer for reVISION Custom Home Renovations. She creates designs that are both functional and meaningful for each of the clients she works with. Kirsten received formal training in Architecture and Structural Drafting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her combined education, background and passion allow her to transform her clients’ dreams into a reality.

Have design questions?  Reach Kirsten Sutton at  kirsten@revisionrenovations.com

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