Design Tips
March 27, 2024

Designing for Tomorrow: Sustainable Choices in Home Remodeling

Written by
Bella Domicile Team

We are living in an era where environmental consciousness is a consideration for many. This can be reflected in people’s thoughts, lifestyle, and decisions, including home remodeling.

Traditionally, home remodeling has often come at an environmental cost. From excessive waste generation to the depletion of valuable resources, conventional practices have left an ecological footprint that we have now come to regret. This is important to remember as we transition from old paradigms to sustainable alternatives.

The eco-friendly choices you make for your home can help create a blend of your taste and functionality, and align them with a sustainable future. 

Let’s discuss some of these eco-friendly choices!

Choosing Sustainable Materials

Exploring sustainable alternatives for materials used in home renovations can be a very impactful way to be eco-friendly, due to the large amounts of these materials that may be needed. 

Here are some examples:

  • Cork: This is a very versatile material that is natural, durable, recyclable, and compostable. It can be used in flooring, cabinetry, insulation, and more.
  • Hempcrete: This concrete alternative is made of Hemp. It’s also fairly lightweight and reduces the energy used to transport it. 
  • Reclaimed Wood: One of the easiest ways to be sustainable is to reuse wood. Reclaimed wood can be used for furniture, floorboards, etc.
  • Bamboo: Known for being a fast-growing crop, this can be used to create flooring, cabinets, worktops, and more! 
  • Linoleum: Genuine linoleum is naturally made and can be extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear. It can be used in cabinets and flooring, in spaces including kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Tadelakt: This is a lime-based sustainable alternative to cement, and can be used to cover walls, ceilings, showers, basins, etc. It has a marbled appearance and is waterproof.
  • Other recycled and reused materials: While renovations may feel like the time for new everything, you can consider reusing or recycling materials that are in good condition, or go for new things made out of recycled materials.

It’s important to know that some of these alternatives may require more upkeep, but the bigger picture of sustainability makes it worth it.

Energy-Efficient Design and Appliances

In the last few years, we have seen great innovations in energy-efficient appliances for homes. It can be a very direct way of saving energy and you can also reap other benefits that come with it.

Here are some energy-efficient choices you can make:

  • Install solar panels and solar heating panels that can help the environment, and save you money in the long run!
  • Check the energy efficiency rating and wattage on appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and lighting.
  • Choose thermal insulation material for walls and ceilings to avoid using more energy for heating and cooling.

Aside from these, you can also make smarter use of your space to save on lighting and heating by using windows to create airflow, sun spots, etc. 

A sustainable home is about making mindful choices, whether by monitoring your energy usage or by implementing the Three Rs - reuse, reduce, recycle - in your daily home care. All these decisions will cumulate into a home that brings joy to both you and the planet!

Water Conservation in Remodeling

Kitchens and bathrooms are often significant sources of water wastage. Making water conservation one of your objectives can help preserve one of our most precious natural resources.

Here are some practical water conservation ideas:

  • Low-Flow Faucets: These fixtures are designed to reduce the flow rate without compromising water pressure, resulting in significant water savings over time.
  • Dual-Flush Toilets: These innovative systems offer two flush options – one for liquid waste and a more powerful flush for solid waste. 
  • Advanced Dishwashers: Look for dishwasher models with sensors that adjust water levels based on the load size and make it a practice to run the dishwasher only when it's fully loaded.
  • Garden Sprinkler Alternatives: Use drip irrigation systems or soaker hoses to deliver water directly to plant roots, reducing evaporation and saving water.

You can also focus on fostering sustainable habits in your daily life such as:

  • Closing Taps Promptly: Whether you're brushing your teeth or washing dishes, being mindful of tap usage can save a significant amount of water over time.
  • Shorter Showers: Aiming for showers shorter than 8 minutes can greatly reduce water use. To put this into perspective, the average flow rate of a showerhead is about 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), which is approximately 9.5 liters per minute. So, for every minute you reduce your shower time, you can save up to 3,467.5 liters per year!

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Traditional remodeling practices often result in a significant amount of waste, contributing to landfills and environmental degradation.

Here are some waste reduction and recycling strategies for your remodeling project:

  • Deconstruction over Demolition: This method involves carefully disassembling components for salvage, allowing materials like doors, windows, and fixtures to be reused instead of demolishing them.
  • Upcycling and Repurposing: Before discarding old furniture or fixtures, explore creative ways to upcycle or repurpose them. 
  • Choose Recycled Materials: From recycled glass countertops to tiles made from recycled ceramics, these choices contribute to a closed-loop system.
  • Composting Organic Waste: If your remodeling project involves landscaping or gardening, consider composting organic waste.

By prioritizing waste reduction and recycling, you not only reduce your environmental impact but also inspire a shift toward more responsible construction practices.

Landscaping with Sustainability in Mind

The exterior of your home plays a crucial role in its overall sustainability. Adopting eco-friendly landscaping practices not only beautifies your outdoor space but also aligns it with environmental consciousness.

Consider these sustainable landscaping ideas for your remodeling project:

  • Native Plants: Choose native plants for your landscaping, as they are adapted to the local climate, require less water and maintenance and support local ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • Rain Gardens: These gardens utilize native plants and natural contours to capture and filter rainwater, preventing soil erosion and reducing the burden on stormwater systems.
  • Permeable Surfaces: Opt for permeable surfaces such as permeable pavers or gravel in driveways and walkways. This allows rainwater to penetrate the ground, replenishing groundwater and minimizing runoff.
  • Drought-Tolerant Design: Design your landscaping to be drought-tolerant, reducing the need for excessive watering.
  • Compost and Mulch: Utilize compost and mulch to enhance soil fertility and structure. This sustainable practice improves water retention and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Energy-Efficient Outdoor Lighting: Choose energy-efficient outdoor lighting options, such as solar-powered lights, to minimize electricity consumption.

By integrating these sustainable landscaping practices, you extend the eco-friendliness of your home remodeling project to the outdoors, creating a harmonious and environmentally conscious living space.


By choosing eco-friendly materials, adopting energy-efficient designs, focusing on water conservation, reducing waste, and engaging in sustainable landscaping, you're not just helping the planet—you're creating a home that reflects your values and principles.

At Bella Domicile, we believe in those values as well and would love to give you a hand in creating the perfect home for you and for the planet. Contact us today to get started!

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