Redux offers a host of solutions for creating a green home with recycled, reused, and environmentally healthy materials, whether remodeling, redecorating, or building from the ground up. This book combines extensive salvage use with the larger goal of efficiency and environmentalism--and the results are simply stunning.
With a focus on healthfulness, durability, and comfort, Roberts has assembled a collection of living spaces so innovative that it will turn the idea of "salvage" on its head. They span the spectrum of reuse, exemplifying the countless steps that homeowners can take to put a stamp of beauty and individuality on their home while providing the added benefits of being earth-friendlier, healthier, more self-reliant, and more efficient.
Included are chapters that focus on Renovation (energy efficiency, salvaging, where to find good old stuff), Adaptation (preservation, old stuff to avoid, restoration) and New Construction (ecologically intelligent design, straw bale, and green architects).
Whether it's salvaging lumber from a demolition site or choosing double-paned windows and chemically safe paints, this book will provide hundreds of ways to make old things new again. The tips and information here will be invaluable, no matter whether you're a "Do-It-Yourselfer" or a "Decide-It-Yourselfer!"
Jennifer Roberts, author of Good Green Homes, launched two retail stores in San Francisco specializing in environmentally sensible consumer products, including household goods. She is a freelance writer and editor on topics that include energy-efficient building design and systems.