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Green remodeling trends in 2012

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 4:08:39 PM

As emphasis on sustainable energy practices gains ground in the remodeling industry, more Americans than ever are selecting green materials and home designs. These efforts are being made so that homeowners may avoid high utility costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Here are two remodeling trends in 2012:

1. Recycled materials. Glass countertops, recycled wood cabinets and cork or rubber flooring materials are growing in popularity in home design. These items are often cheaper than other materials traditionally seen in the home.

2. Efficient use of space. The modern lifestyle has pushed the development of multi-purpose rooms. As a result, many new home designs are assigning various functions to every spaces in the house. A kitchen is no longer a separate entity used for cooking and dining - now it is open to the living room, incorporates a desk and is often a primary location for entertaining.

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