June 1, 2012

Eco-Friendly Remodels

If you are in the market for a new Denver basement remodel, or even a complete remodel, why not go green! Sure it may cost a little more up front but the return on investment is worth every penny. In a time where instant gratification is sought after and more often than not preferred. Here is a list of helpful tips to make going green not only easy, but quick and cost effective.

• Simply change your lighting. The additions of florescent light bulbs are an easy way to save energy, thus saving you money. Along with being a money saver, fluorescent bulbs save over 2000 times their weight in emitted greenhouse gasses.

• Installing durable, sustainable bamboo flooring. Not only is this wood naturally sustainable, but it is also naturally resistant to bacteria and naturally beautiful. Bamboo comes in several different natural colors and resists wear and tear. When choosing your bamboo floor try to choose from those companies that are formaldehyde and glue free in their production, and those that procure their flooring from farms and not the wild.

• Swap out those granite and marble countertops with those made from recycled materials. Concrete countertops made from recycled materials are becoming quite popular lately. Not only are they durable but they are very fashionable and can be colored to fit any décor. Recently, such things as patterns, designs and different looks to imitate certain stone such as marble and granite have become available. When properly cared for a concrete countertop can easily last a homeowner 20+ years.

• Solar and wind powered energy for your home is a great option if you want to save money on your electric bill. The upfront cost of solar can seem somewhat intimidating at first so check the area where you live to find tax breaks and incentives for using solar power. Generally if the proper steps are taken, your solar system can come at little to no cost to you at the end of the year.

• One of the most obvious changes you can make is swapping out your appliances for those that are more energy efficient. Most appliance stores have a section of energy efficient products and come from things like refrigerators to washers and dryers. Most stores offer rebates and discounts for those buying these products and many times you can receive a tax break from your local government.

• Tankless or tank free water heaters are a great option if you have a household that uses a high volume of hot water. These products make it possible to have on the spot hot water without running the risk of it going cold. The tankless feature makes it so water is never being stored and heated, wasting precious energy.

So as you can see if you are in the market for a green, energy efficient Denver basement remodel there are many cost effective options. Give the friendly pros at Aspen Builders the opportunity to help make a difference in your life. 

Announcing New Trends in the Colorado House Remodeling Industry!

Every year there are new and some say improved trends to the Denver house remodeling scene. 2012 is no different.  However, with the state our economy has been in these last few years, folks have been forced to make changes that both make fiscal and social responsibilities.  With money tight it has forced people to stay in their existing homes and add items that make them not only feel more comfortable but also give off the impression that they are someplace new.  Comfortable style, elegant design and more luxurious materials seems to be the new trend for 2012.  People feel more comfortable choosing exotic materials, bright bold color combinations and a new revamped interior rather than purchasing a new home.  This is making it possible for those who are comfortable with the home they having and making it more personal, rather than starting from scratch with a new home. 
Bright earthy tones such as amethyst, sapphire, ruby and emerald are becoming ever popular.  Along with golden tones and exotic shades of coral and cream, combined with ivory, browns, silver and warm whites are also taking center stage creating a modern, warm and inviting décor.  Also for 2012, light and heavy fabrics are being combined to create interesting contrasts between rooms.  Stainless steel and brick are also being utilized to turn cold and warm into something modern and inviting.  Doing something many thought in the past to be somewhat of a faux pox, mixing contemporary and modern to be “trendy”.  Large mirrors and mirrored tiles are being used to bring more light to a room without the use of actual light, thus not only becoming more energy efficient saving you and your family money but also naturally brightening up a room.  To go along with the green trend, wallpaper and paint made from recycled plants materials are creating a more natural and ecofriendly environment.   

Materials that appear comfortable and warm are popular interior design trends for 2012.  Materials such as marble and wood, glass and leather as well as high quality plastics create natural light and beauty and many times gender neutral, creating an inviting and luxurious home space.  Items with intricate detail such as wood carvings, crown moldings and ornate lighting fixtures in rich colors create unique and customized looks for your interior as well.  Combinations of contemporary, traditional and exotic materials, various styles and colors inspired by African, Asian and Middle Eastern decorating ideals will also offer a warm and instinctual design. Again many times these offer dark and warm colors, bright yellows and deep shades of precious and semi-precious stone colors.    

Most of all, through all of the trends and style, it is important to make your home an expression of you.  Take what makes you happy and joyful and express it through your imagination.  Aspen Builders is fully committed to expressing your individuality through your home.  Make them the go to people in Denver house remodeling