Google+ Authentic Parenting: Introducing: The Eco-Friendly Renovation Series

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Introducing: The Eco-Friendly Renovation Series

As I was packing up yet another rental we’d been in over three months, this time with a four week old on my arm and a very demanding 3,5 year old running around, I knew I’d had enough. We have been moving around continuously for over six years, hulling around more and more stuff, ping-pong-ing between parents, inlaws and rental homes during the holidays and inevitably causing friction, in everyone.
So - since we’re not ready yet to give up our expat lives and want to see more of the world as a family - at least for the holidays we wanted a place to come home to. With two kids and a dog, we’re past the luxury hotels and a home of our own seemed like a good idea.

We went to visit houses in the region of Flanders where my parents live, and I fell in love with the second house we visited. We returned there two days later, made an offer, and a couple of tension-filled hours later, the offer was accepted, and meanwhile the house is ours.

As we’d only be living in the house a couple of months a year, we had decided we’d rent the house as a holiday home for the remaining months.

The house we bought was built in 1950 and has some stunning period features. Nothing much has been done to it since its built as it was still inhabited by the original owner until her death. This brings us to renovation galore!!

Our garden and outhouse

the double living room
In renovating this house, we want to use materials that are kind on the environment and that will cause as little air pollution as possible. Ever since we signed the agreement, I have been researching ecological building and decorating options, and have found that this is a very deep subject, that requires a lot of research.

Since I’m doing this research anyway, I’ll be sharing it with you in a series. You can consider this my official announcement for the Ecological Renovation Series. If you are knowledgeable on the subject and feel like writing about it, feel free to email me, so we can discuss a subject. Send your inquiries to mamapoekie at yahoo dot com.


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