The stress of moving house and the soaring house prices means that more and more people are deciding to build extensions on their homes. As climate change has quite rightly been at the forefront of the media for a while now, you may be wondering how to build an extension without adversely affecting the environment. I will help by sharing the steps for building an eco-friendly extension for your home.
Firstly, you’ll want to design your extension, with some help if needed, and get all the right measurements and dimensions, so you only have to buy the materials you need. This will limit waste. If you do end up with leftover materials, try to keep them in good condition and sell them, or give it away to someone who could use them.
Next, you need to be very intentional in where you source your materials. To reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, get your materials from local sources. Moreover, make sure that the materials are coming from a sustainable source. Great examples of types of extensions using sustainable and local materials are Oak Framed Extensions which you can enquire about and order from this website: https://www.timberpride.co.uk/timber-oak-framed-extension/.
Using reclaimed materials is the most eco-friendly option for building an extension and can give your extension a modern, hipster look.
Lastly, once you have built your extension, to make it more eco-friendly, you will need to maximise insulation, light and heat. To do that, install LED lights which are more energy efficient than normal bulbs or have a skylight to make the most of the natural light. Use thermal curtains or blinds and insulate the walls with eco-friendly materials like sheep’s wool, denim and loose-fill cellulose which consists of recycled newspaper and fire-resistant materials.