Sustainable Construction For New Home Owners

Photo: Greenstone Recycled Stone Products *I have received payment or product in exchange for this post, however, all opinions, as alw...

*I have received payment or product in exchange for this post, however, all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll likely know we’ve been house-hunting for approximately the last six months, and it has certainly been a whirlwind of stress, excitement, and letdown. If you’ve ever bought a house, maybe you’ve experienced something similar. I always heard house-hunting could be stressful, but boy - this is much more than I expected. It’s been a seller’s market in our area for a while (meaning there are more people trying to buy houses than there are houses available). We often get outbid by investors, and some houses have gone under contract the same day they went on the market. So it’s definitely been an interesting experience.

We’ve wanted to buy for many years, and feel lucky that we’re finally in a position to do so, but we don’t want to buy just anything. We have a list of things we’d love to have: front-porch with a swing (or space to put one), outside area in the back of the house, fenced in backyard (so we can get a dog!), a fireplace, hardwood floors. These things are negotiable and if we have, say 2 of 5, that’s great. There are also some non-negotiables: inside a neighborhood (no main roads!), at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms, move-in ready. So, we’re taking our time to find the right home for us. We currently rent and we really like that house, so we’re not necessarily in a rush. Good things come to those who wait, right? So we’re waiting.

When the time does come, it’s likely we’ll need to add a space or make some adjustments to make it just right. Even with a beautiful, move-in ready house, it’s very likely a handful of things may need fixed, adjusted, or repaired. Of course, there’s no such thing as perfect. Based off what we’ve seen available lately, it’s likely we’ll need to add a back patio (and maybe throw it a great little firepit), fix up a front walkway, or possibly add a small garden area. I always want to spend more time outside reading and sipping coffee, so I need that perfect (for me) little ambience.

Luckily, Atlanta and the surrounding areas are well-equipped to find a reliable and trustworthy company to help us with any additions we may need, or even any repairs we need made. One of the things that would be really important to me when looking for such companies will always be sustainability and the footprint they leave upon our world. I’m not trying to make the world worse by buying a home. So I’ve been looking into Greenstone Recycled Stone Products.

Greenstone creates projects such as firepits, patios, outdoor areas for grilling, and more. I’m actually really impressed with them because they collect and recycle natural granite waste by partnering with countertop fabricators in the Atlanta-area. They make all of their products out of this recycled waste, and any material leftover is used for roadbeds. It’s a zero waste process, which makes me so happy. They even have a recycle program where consumers can send any unused or discarded granite to be recycled or repurposed. Every 100 square feet of Greenstone pavers installed diverts almost 2,000 pounds of waste from local landfills, and my friends, I am here for it.

The pavers they offer are actually really interesting. Their durable (up to 4x stronger than concrete), low maintenance, and can last a lifetime. It would basically be immediate equity into our home purchase. We’ve looked at several houses with just boring concrete porches and patios, but reviewing the Greenstone website, their pavers add such a beautiful upscale look to outdoor areas, and they can be overlayed onto already existing concrete surfaces. They have different sizes and color blends available. Personally, I really like the 3-piece paver kit in mixed color blend. They offer custom looks and blends, as well. But of course, it would be dependent upon the home, the space, and the entire look we’re going for once we do purchase.

I don’t know what additions or fixes we may need once we buy and move into a new home. It’s likely we’ll be updating things for years to come. But I do know that we’ll be on the lookout for companies that hold similar values to our own, as well as someone who is trustworthy and very honest with us in relation to any issues or concerns, pros and cons, et cetera.

Do you own your home? What were some things you had to work on once you made the purchase? Any big or small items you weren’t expecting? Give me all the deets! 

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