From Dean Dowd on March 27, 2008 in General Remodel
These are just two of many interesting ideas we’ve plucked from the web for our weekly link post. Whether you’re unsure about reseeding the lawn every year or you’re searching for the perfect flooring type, chances are well help you find a suitable alternative. Here are 5. Synthetic lawns Should you go the way of plastic or using more water on real grass? Neither alternative sounds very appealing, and yet, homeowners cant seem to do without the cozy image of a well-manicured lawn. What to do? According to Low Impact Living, saving water is more important in drought affected regions, where expensive synthetics are preferable to the real thing. For looking and feeling like the real thing, they recommend SYNLawn, Green Grass Forever, NewGrass, EasyTurf, or AstroLawn. For those who cant afford the plastic, they recommend native plants and grasses instead. Super Insulating Vacuum Glass The folks at Inhabitat recently found vacuum-glazed super glass designed by researchers at Guardian Industries. Theyve got amazing R12-R13 insulation ratings, comparable to that of a thick, insulated wall. But unlike the expensive, heavy, triple glazed variety currently available, these glass panels are thin at .26 to .43 inches. Guardian Industries plans to release the product in 2009. Socially Responsible Luxury Flooring FairWorks flooring by InterfaceFLOR is more than sustainable, but socially responsible, too. Treehugger tells us that the new product is made from the traditional skills and cultures of local artists from around the world. Subterra Stone Pavers These pavers touted by SF Gate are great for the rainy season and all year round. While most pavers allow water to run off, these pavers let water drain through and into the soil, helping to manage storm water. Subterra Stone is made by Oldcastle Architectural. Rustic Wall Slats Time to break the S streak with Remodelistas find: rustic wall slats by designer Jane Cumberbatch. The wood lining strips add a nice touch of rustic charm to the room. Happy remodeling, from CalFinder, your free contractor referral service.