How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
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By Ed Rowland, President/Owner of NDA Kitchens
Ready to paint your kitchen a new shade of green? Good for you! Designing an eco-friendly kitchen is a smart way to save money, resources and the environment while building the kitchen of your dreams. Going green in the kitchen is easier than you think. The trick is selecting the right materials, appliances and essentials for the job.
- Start with sustainable kitchen cabinets. What you want is simple: attractive kitchen cabinetry built with sustainable materials. The good news: your options are practically limitless. Wood-Mode, Brookhaven and Artizen only scratch the surface of the beautiful brands available to homeowners. The only downside: custom cabinetry can get expensive. Don’t have the budget to rip out and replace your cabinets? Consider the smart, money-saving and eco-friendly alternative: cabinet refacing.
- Green countertops you can count on. One part focal point, one part food preparation surface. The perfect green countertop merges beautiful aesthetics with optimal health and environmental impact. On the eco-friendly front, you want a countertop made with repairable, natural ingredients. For visual appeal, select a countertop you plan to keep around for the long haul. Longevity is the key: the greenest solutions eliminate the need for frequent replacement.
- Stand firm on eco-friendly flooring. If you want durable and beautiful flooring made from natural, renewable resources, consider linoleum and cork. Both options are extremely durable, yet resilient, soft and comfortable to stand on. You can install linoleum and cork flooring yourself and select from a wide range of colors and patterns to match your kitchen. More eco-friendly options include concrete and, despite being tough to stand on for long periods of time, terrazzo floors.
- Make the switch to ENERGY STAR appliances. Smart dishwashers. High-tech refrigerators. Sophisticated clothes dryers. ENERGY STAR appliances cut down on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance. Making the switch to ENERGY STAR status puts your kitchen in ultimate green mode.
- More green essentials to consider. Little things add up to a lot. For example, a modern under-the-counter water purifier can provide clean drinking water for the whole family at a low daily cost of less than $50. Swapping out just your five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with energy-efficient models can save you up to $75 each year. Simply by recycling, reusing and repurposing items from all over the house, you can design your kitchen with the Earth in mind.
Ed Rowland is the president/owner of NDA Kitchens. Ed started NDA Kitchens in 1992, aspiring to assemble one of the most talented and customer friendly design and build remodeling companies on Long Island. He’s a New York native whose fascination with construction and building, from bridges to skyscrapers, ignited during his childhood.