There are plenty of points of view on kitchen design. You can see a lot of beautiful kitchens on our sites (www.hunterrobertshomes.com and www.wellingtonchasehomes.com) and great sites such as www.pinterest.com and www.houzz.com.
My father used to tell me how luxurious of a kitchen I had growing up in the 60s. His reference point was a farmhouse which originally used a wood stove to cook. Now as I look at the kitchens we are designing, they are a huge departure from that wonderful 60s kitchens. How can you take the look and feel of a 60s kitchen yet modernize it for today?
The kitchen used to fulfill the utility function of being a place to prepare and eat meals. Today it has become one of the primary gathering and living spaces in a home. When we design a kitchen we look at all of these functions. The kitchen is also a high energy consuming area, with multiple types of lights, appliances, and often computers and televisions which impacts the electrical plans for a kitchen. Many people wonder how they can make their kitchen a green kitchen but they do not know where to start. ‘Going green’ is a catch phrase that is often used today on home renovation television shows. The question is… where do I begin?
There are many materials and appliances that can replace existing high energy utilities. Another obstacle people run into is the look of green materials. Some green materials are not very attractive, in fact, many of them tend to be ugly, but there are a lot more choices now than ever before on how to beautify your kitchen with green choices. You do not have to sacrifice the look of your kitchen for the condition of the earth.
With our help your kitchen will save water, energy, and most important to you… money. You can keep your kitchen cleaner while reducing the number of chemicals used on a daily basis. Many popular green resources are things like bamboo, recycled products, and regional materials and appliances that conserve water and energy.
For the people who are looking to ‘green up’ their homes without starting from scratch, there are a lot of great ideas for each aspect of the kitchen. Whether you are thinking about changing a few aspects or the whole kitchen, the following are great ideas for those people who want to be a little more earth-friendly while still providing the functionality, durability, and beauty of a professional kitchen.
When deciding on a green cabinet there is no need to sacrifice quality or functionality. There are long lasting cabinets made from recycled materials and don’t look unattractive. They also do not contain chemicals that could pollute the air in your kitchen, they are LEED certified, and you will not be disappointed once they are installed.
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For green lighting there is always the decision of getting fluorescent light bulbs which last much longer than normal incandescent light bulbs and use less energy adding another green aspect to your kitchen. As a home owner, you can always choose to get smaller appliances that will fit your lifestyle for the energy savings.
Rather than just having a hardwood floor, try bamboo, cork, porcelain, stone, glass, or concrete flooring- all of which are great flooring choices when considering environmental impact.
Countertops have been made out of recycled material and aren’t always bland colors. You can get a wide variety of vibrant, bright colors, and still be green. Materials that you could use are things like bamboo, concrete, recycled glass, or quartz.
To save even more energy on lighting, you could put in a large number of windows to receive the most possible natural light. Also, the placement of lighting is pertinent in effectively saving money. Based on the floor plan of your kitchen, use lighting that serves multiple purposes. Also, the type of bulb you decide to use might cost more in the beginning but will save you money in the long run.
Porcelain, stone, glass, concrete, and metal are all green materials used in making backsplashes. You can also find tiles made from recycled materials such as metal and stone to accent the backsplash and make it a focal point of the kitchen.
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