Image Source: Colin Harris
It can be difficult to decide which materials to build with and incorporate into the decor of a sustainable home. In a state where the climate crisis is at its most precarious, we should consider the high carbon dioxide levels emitted during the production of widely used construction materials such as concrete and steel. In contrast, solid wood is a renewable
and sustainable building material which actively absorbs carbon dioxide during its growth. The use of solid wood has held a timeless relevance and appreciation in both architecture and interior design throughout the years. Apart from being the greener alternative, solid wood has many home-enhancing benefits:
- Wood flooring does not contain glue or chemical substances which may adversely
affect the air quality of a room.
- Hardwood flooring can enhance the look of your home by providing a sense of
elegance and warmth.
- Wood flooring adds value to your home. If you eventually decide to sell your home,
buyers are likely to pay more for a house with hardwood rather than carpet.
- Wood is stylistically universal – wood is a versatile material and can adapt to almost
any interior design theme.
- Long lasting and cost effective – Wood may initially be expensive to install but may
save you money in the long-run due to its durable and easy to clean nature.
Wood is also a fantastic material to opt for when it comes to furniture and decor. We love the work of Dublin-based furniture designer Colin Harris who gives new life to old wood through his designs. Colin hand-makes bespoke pieces from locally sourced wild Irish hardwood. He prioritises longevity in his pieces which he believes is a key part of sustainability.