A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Green Wishlist

As Earth Month comes to a close, there are still plenty of things we’d like to do to reduce, reuse and recycle, such as:

  • Replace showerhead and faucets with low-flow units
  • Replace the toilet with a dual-flush, low-flow unit, like the Aquia from Toto or the selection from Caroma
  • Finish replacing all lightbulbs with CFLs. Research shows that it doesn’t pay to hold onto incandescent bulbs until they burn out; — it’s better to replace them now and discard. However we will keep incandescents in light sockets that are only used for a few minutes, like closets. CFLs are better for areas that are turned on for 15 minutes or longer
  • Install a solar panel awning to provide some shade as we’re powering ourselves! I have no idea how much this would cost or if it’s even feasible, but I want to look into it
  • Insulate attic with Bonded Logic insulation, made with recycled blue jeans, or with Soy foam insulation
  • Use recycled materials when we remodel our kitchen, such as countertops from Paperstone, Richlite, or IceStone

Anybody have other green remodeling ideas they’d like to share?


  1. Megan on April 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    We recently installed Richlite and are very happy with the results. I initially wanted Paperstone, but Richlite was about half the price. The surface does scratch a little- the first time I scratched the surface with the rough side of a sponge- but this will all be a part of the patina and character that I want in my home! We also used Marmoleum for our floor and love it!!

  2. denise on May 1, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Megan—that’s great to hear that you’re happy with the Richlite. What color did you get? I have been leaning toward the Slate Black, thinking that it may resemble soapstone (which I’d love to use, but I hate that almost all soapstone is shipped from Brazil).

    Marmoleum is another great green product which I’d use in a heartbeat, but luckily we have maple floors in our kitchen.

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