Category: Green Remodeling

Greening your bathroom

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FROM GREEN AND MILLIGAN DESIGN Valentines Day is a good day to stop and think about loving our planet. Each of us has the capacity to be more environmentally concerned. But, you might ask: “Where are some guidelines for steps I can take to help the planet?” Today, I found this on […]

How Hiring Small Businesses Helps the Economy and the Community

An Opinion Article by Daniel Milligan Our government is struggling with the economy. It is trying to get people back to work and start the money flowing. The problem is that government can’t do it alone–the economy needs your help too. Wondering what you can do? Spend money on small businesses. You hear it all […]

Buying, selling or thinking about remodeling your home?

I just found out about EcoBrokers (certified RE brokers) – they can help you buy or sell your house with a “Green” emphasis. A link from a local EcoBroker took me to a article on website I haven’t seen for a while – the Sierra Club. The article reviews many steps you can take to […]

…and now, a little more on color.

On a street in Mazatlan It seems that January is the month to talk about color. Maybe it’s that we feel the need for brightness and color in the month that can be the darkest and dreariest. Pittsburgh Paints has come out with their “Hacienda Colors”. The colors are warm and evoke the sunshine of […]

Up-to-date or Over-the-top

I was watching Color Splash the other night. The host was taking a lovely pre WWII home and painting the moldings and built-ins lime green. The worst part of this was what I was thinking: “Wow! That looks really good.” Okay, to my own defence, it was not just the lime green, but the whole […]

A Greener World Means Using Greener Wood

I came across an article on Market Watch about the sustainablity benifits of using wood in construction. In today’s modern age, there are a number of other building materials available, but none of them leave as little a carbon footprint or can be “renewed” like lumber. If forests are harvested resbonsibly than there is little […]

NOW is a good time to remodel?

I was trying to think of what to write today–with all that is happening in the economy, even my brain feels slowed down. Then I remembered hearing someone say “Could there be a better time to remodel?” This struck me as a strange thing to say (even though I want it to be true), so […]

What’s your preference: Low or No VOC paint?

Back to the VOC issue: There are questions about whether a paint retains its “Low VOC” label once colorant has been added. Paints that advertise themselves as a “low VOC” or “no VOC” might only be that in the base color. Some pigments may add VOCs, negating the benefits, BUT, I think it’s better to […]

Building it Green

I read a good article this morning about sustainable building practices for new homes. They mention some great tips, but don’t mention the “greener” aproach of not building, and remodeling instead. You can incorporate all the things they reccomend for a new building in your existing home. It will make your house more energy effiecent, […]