Green Solution: Bamboo and Reclaimed Materials

Carter Oosterhouse suggests using earth-friendly bamboo and salvaged materials in remodeling projects.

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Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest-growing plants, taking just three to six years to grow large enough to harvest.

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  1. Bamboo
  2. Eco-Friendly

Bamboo Cabinets

Bamboo doesn't require the use of pesticides, which means less chemical pollution and cleaner air. Bamboo is a more sustainable product than most hardwoods and is also quite durable. For this project, we installed bamboo kitchen cabinets.

Product information for items used in this room makeover:

granite countertop (color Amarone); mosaic tile backsplash (color Forest) — Granite Transformations
bamboo cabinets — Grasswood Cabinets
flooring (Tarkett Heritage Walnut Laminate #LD7C13003) — Color Floors
chandelier (Hampton Bay with glass faux candle foyer light item #267177); copper wall panels (ACP item #764890656180); metal wall art (item #685497401723); dining room paint (Behr Interior Satin Sweet Maple # Item #685497401723); kitchen ceiling paint (Behr Maple Leaf #250D-6); burgundy paint (Behr Red Brick #S-H-170) — Home Depot
buffet lanterns (Namaste Lantern #396504); armchair (Elana Banana Leaf #385435); lantern (Iron Tree Lantern #389335); throw pillows (Tribal Embroidered Toss Pillows #393764); vases (Kalahari Wood Vase item #393971, Kalahari item #393969); curtains (Jaya Green Melange canvas item #388290); pillar candle wall sconce (item #396513); dining room chairs (Sourav item #349459); 3-tier hanging basket (item #392045); green bamboo blinds (item #344571); floating shelves (Espresso Heron Shelf item #375086); candlesticks on buffet (item #381619); carved mango wood candleholders (item #381618); buffet (Sourav Buffet) — Cost Plus World Market

Salvaged Materials

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Reusing instead of throwing away used materials like lumber can help reduce the need for harvesting new trees and diverts materials from landfills.

The construction industry has a massive impact on the environment in terms of energy consumption, use of natural resources and the generation of waste. Consider combining materials or repurposing them to make something unique and valuable. For this project, salvaged lumber and iron were used to build a dining room table and a kitchen countertop was recovered with scrap granite.

Product information for items used in this room makeover:

granite countertop (color Amarone); mosaic tile backsplash (color Forest) — Granite Transformations
bamboo cabinets — Grasswood Cabinets
flooring (Tarkett Heritage Walnut Laminate #LD7C13003) — Color Floors
chandelier (Hampton Bay with glass faux candle foyer light item #267177); copper wall panels (ACP item #764890656180); metal wall art (item #685497401723); dining room paint (Behr Interior Satin Sweet Maple # Item #685497401723); kitchen ceiling paint (Behr Maple Leaf #250D-6); burgundy paint (Behr Red Brick #S-H-170) — Home Depot
buffet lanterns (Namaste Lantern #396504); armchair (Elana Banana Leaf #385435); lantern (Iron Tree Lantern #389335); throw pillows (Tribal Embroidered Toss Pillows #393764); vases (Kalahari Wood Vase item #393971, Kalahari item #393969); curtains (Jaya Green Melange canvas item #388290); pillar candle wall sconce (item #396513); dining room chairs (Sourav item #349459); 3-tier hanging basket (item #392045); green bamboo blinds (item #344571); floating shelves (Espresso Heron Shelf item #375086); candlesticks on buffet (item #381619); carved mango wood candleholders (item #381618); buffet (Sourav Buffet) — Cost Plus World Market

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