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Green Living Tips – Introduction

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

For every aspect of our lives we have a preconceived notion that efficiency must be optimized. From Henry Ford creating the assembly line to the modern day GPS function that gets us to our destination the fastest way possible. So why aren’t we doing more to drive new construction towards a net zero efficiency?

There is so much that we the people can do to save electricity that it is ridiculous as to why we haven’t done it sooner. What if we could all save $100 off of our electric bill a month? That equates to $36,000 over the course of a typical mortgage. I can guarantee that it wouldn’t initially cost you $36,000 to reduce your electric bill $100.

Now what if you added that $100/ month to your mortgage and potentially compound these savings into more money? I did some number crunching ….you can do you own here.

* By adding $100 a month to your mortgage it can reduce your mortgage by reducing the years to 23.5 years (22% reduction) and a total savings of $37,186.

 

30 yr mortgage 23.5 yrs w/ extra payment
Principle $150,000 $150,000
Interest rate 5% 5%
Monthly payment 805.23 905.24
Interest payable 139,993 102,614
Interest + principle 289,800 252,614

 

 

 

 

My goal for this blog is to provide quality content that will increase the viewer’s knowledge on how we can step lightly and leave a minimal footprint. If it seems that we might get into some economics talks, just remember, “Money is the motive.” For most people in our society this is what will get people to change their minds.

{Insert cliffhanger here} I’ll start the tips on the next post!

This just in from customer Caroline Gleich. Check out all of her photos and the full story at www.carolinegleich.com

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

A few weeks ago, I decided to undertake a new challenge – redoing an old linoleum floor in my laundry/pantry room. Now let me make one thing clear – the only tool I own is a power drill that I use to make shell necklaces. I am crafty but home renovation was previously out of my realm. This was a big undertaking so I decided to start by doing some research.

Since my washer and dryer were going in there, I wanted to do something waterproof or at least water resistant. The other challenge with this room is a trap door to get into my crawlspace in the middle of the room. Since the door is already quite heavy, I didn’t want to use tile because I felt like it might make the door too much of a beast for me to pick up on my own and I need to have access to the crawl space in case I ever need to check on my furnace, plumbing, etc. Finally, I wanted to do something eco-friendly and affordable.

The first thing I did was to head to The Green Building Center here in Salt Lake City, UT. Their staff was knowledgeable and friendly and they have so many cool products to look at – I especially love the recycled glass countertops and their zero VOC paint selection. It is crazy how toxic many building materials are.

After looking at that, I met with a few flooring specialists, got some bids, wracked everyone’s brains for ideas, and thought about it for a few weeks. I checked out Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, a home building thrift shop in Salt Lake and Recycle Utah in Park City to see if either had any cool left over pieces of flooring I could use. By the way, if you ever are doing a remodel and have any leftover or demo materials, bring them to these places instead of throwing them away. You would be amazed at what people can do with your old kitchen cabinets!

I was at my wit’s end trying to decide what to do so I called the folks at the Green Building Center again. Ashley, the owner, suggested one product I had never heard of – Deco – Poz, an eco-friendly concrete overlay product. You can lay it down over almost anything, it is waterproof, looks cool and is easy and affordable. I was sold! I went in a bought all my materials that afternoon for the weekend ahead.

Peeling linoleum is not nearly as fun as I thought it would be… When I started, there was a big seam and I thought I could just get underneath that and get it all off in a little bit but obviously, that was not the case. 

Day 5: the real fun began! Mixing up the first batch of Deco-Poz. I had done a mini-practice batch before and laid it on a piece of plywood. The Green Building Center had recommended I did that, and it made me much more comfortable working with the product before taking it to my actual floor.

As an artist, I really enjoyed working with this product. It was a little stressful because it dries so fast, especially on a hot day in dry Utah. I used a Magic Trowel to get it flat and smooth.

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Yeah! It didn’t take very long and I had a new floor!

Day 6: I sanded the concrete. Since I had the room wrapped in plastic, there are no pictures. I wore my respirator, goggles and gloves. I tried to do a wet sand but it didn’t work very well with my power tools so I dry sanded. There was a lot of dust – I did my best to shop vac up all the dust. But I just did a light sand and it came out very smooth.



The stain came out a lot darker than I thought it would.  Staining was hard – you really have to push it in.  It’s not like painting at all.

I used Vermont Natural Coatings low VOC polyurethane and did 3 coats to get a semi-gloss finish.

After that, I added the baseboards, painted the walls and voila! New laundry room! It took a lot longer than I expected and was a lot of work but now I have the satisfaction of a job well done.

I would definitely recommend Deco-Poz concrete overlay for anyone looking to redo a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room floor. It is modern, affordable, and eco-friendly!

Also, be sure to check out the Green Building Center here in Salt Lake City – they have some great products to help with your next project.


Want an eco-friendly floor in your laundry room or bathroom but can’t afford Marmoleum?

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Try Deco Poz on the floor for an inexpensive, easy to clean floor with versatile color choices.  We can walk you through all of the steps and give you the confidence to take on the project yourself.  The beauty of Deco Poz is that should you decide you want to go ahead with the Marmoleum a few years down the road, you can just lay that flooring down right over the Deco Poz.  We like the Sutherland Welles Hard Oil or the Vermont Natural Coatings as the clear sealer to create a film finish over the top for easier mopping.  Deco Poz is easy, it’s inexpensive, it’s low maintenance and it looks great.  Hard to beat that combo. 

Okay, so you missed the Deco Poz workshop but your front porch or countertop is still a nightmare? No problem! We’ll walk you through the application of Deco Poz any time. Talk to any of us and we’ll help you find the texture and color you want for the finished product. Don’t want to do it yourself? Let us steer you to our qualified pros to help you out? Eco friendly, fantastic looking and inexpensive? You’re right, Deco Poz is too good to be true.

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Looking for an inexpensive, eco friendly countertop solution?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

We love the Deco Poz concrete overlay product.  It’s recycled, is a bio based polymer and can go over everything from old laminate to tile.  You can turn your dingy kitchen into a beautiful, contempory space for around $300 including stain and sealer.  We’ve got a workshop coming up on June 19th to teach you how to do it.  Call us to sign up today!