French entry doors are a great way to add light and character to a room.

With the recent resurgence of the housing market, many homeowners and builders are taking this opportunity to create houses that are both functional and affordable. One of the major ways that they are doing this is by incorporating eco-friendly design elements into their home's decor and structure.

There are many ways that you too can go green with interior design. At Valley Glass, we love seeing homeowners implement Energy Star-certified new glass windows to improve their heating and cooling efficiency, but there are a number of other ways to incorporate materials into your home that are both eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

Here are some great ways to make your home more "green" using all types of recycled and new materials:

Doors: Whether you are contemplating a new front door or installing French doors in the interior of your home, eco-friendly doors can add character along with more energy-efficient functions. Glass entry doors are a great option for homeowners looking for unique ways to welcome more natural light into their homes. 

Heating and cooling: With Energy Star windows and doors, you will more effectively retain heat and cool air inside your house. But the way that you generate that air can also be made more sustainable. By implementing renewable energy sources like solar panels, you can increase your home's resale value, reduce utility costs and make your place more energy-efficient. 

Recycle: According to Caren Baginski, a contributor for HGTV, a new dining room table doesn't necessarily mean a trip to the store. "Buy a table base kit and visit local wood salvage yards for reclaimed lumber to use as a top," she writes. Not only that, but you can purchase decorative elements made from sustainable materials like bamboo, rattan, teak or recycled wood.

Roofing: While many people opt for traditional wood or tile shingles for their roofing, selecting a material like aluminum metal will not only help improve heat resistance, but will also retain warm or cool air inside your home. This type of metal can also be reused over and over.

Windows: There are endless options available when it comes to picking the right size, shape and structure for a window. For energy efficiency, though, implementing styles that are Energy Star approved, double-paned and professionally installed will give you the best results. To determine whether your home might need new windows, simply feel around the casements for drafts and inspect for cracks in the panes or trimming. 

No matter what remodeling approach you are taking, or what aesthetic you hope to achieve in the end, do not underestimate the cost-saving value and decorative difference that utilizing eco-friendly materials and ideas can make.

If you are in the Idaho or Utah area and are interested in decorating with new glass windows or doors, contact Valley Glass today to learn how we can help!