I am the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” because of my many sensitivities.
I have to be careful what we use in our home. We bought a lovely old home with original woodwork and kitchen seven years ago. And we have been steadily working on it since.
Year one we built the three car garage (unattached since I didn’t want the chance of exhaust smells in the house)., a cedar deck attaching the house and garage and a small fenced area between the deck and back porch for the dogs to have a bit of space to run without being on a leash.
My plan is to share here the products that I liked using, the ones that are “ok” and the ones we’ve used that I will never use again since they made me ill.
I love that there has been a trend toward green building but for me it means something totally different. Pressed wood makes me sick- I need natural substances- I like real wood not treated with chemicals. And when I say they make me sick I mean chest pain, nausea, dizzy, headaches, foggy thinking. And this is not just for a day or two since many products off gas for years (think pressed wood cabinets, paints, carpets, etc. If it makes me dizzy, numb or have a headache by walking past it in a store it is a definite “no go”.
People that have no issues with this don’t understand how sick indoor allergies can make you. Just because something is recycled doesn’t necessarily make it a good choice for in your home and its a good chance it is not long term good for the environment either.
By buying this old house we feel we are doing our part to help the environment – reducing waste and reusing is best if possible. We buy salvaged or used materials when we can. We try to listen to the lovely “Old Lady”- taking into account what is right for the particular architectural type that she is. She suits us- friends have told us the house seems right for us and we feel more at home here with every little thing we do.