The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is the one place that handles it all – from the early morning madness to the relaxing late night dinners. The kitchen is a high-traffic area and thus need to have high volume. One of the trending way of giving this section of the home a modern touch is making it an eco-friendly place. If you are not a professional with redoing your kitchen, ask around for the modern kitchen designer or better yet, employ the service of a remodeling company. Here are several ideas that you might keep in mind for the next time you Remodel your Kitchen.
These days, we are all looking for ways every day to live in a more environmentally friendly way. To help you find that in the kitchen, here are 10 environmentally friendly kitchen remodeling ideas for you to consider:
The kitchen is by far the room with the highest energy consumption; thus, reducing energy is a very good idea for having a “green” kitchen. You can make the room more energy efficient by finding ways to maximize the natural energy resources. For instance, you can improve the indoor air quality by having big enough windows as opposed to installing an AC. Another great idea is to opt to wash the dishes by hand rather than installing a dishwasher.
One of today’s most popular kitchen design trends is the movement towards open shelving. It requires less materials and in some cases, reclaimed wood is used to give the kitchen a very unique and distinctive feel.
Nothing speaks of having an eco-friendly room better than recycling and reusing materials. It might be that you find no use of certain things in the kitchen and other sections of the house. So how about finding other things for the other sections of the house that can recycle or reuse in the kitchen. Do not just remodel and end up throwing out more things that you are actually putting in; recycle and reuse.
Green Themed Décor
In as much as you will aim to use eco-friendly installations and appliances, you still have to contend with the décor. Hence, you need to extend the “green” theme to the kitchen décor. Consider getting décor accessories from environmentally conscious and friendly companies. From the tiles to the cabinets, shelves, and other installations that contribute to a “green” kitchen décor theme.
Hands Free Faucets
Hands free faucets
help you to use less water and do so in a more hygienic way. But not having to touch anything when preparing food you have less chance of passing on germs and the faucets sensors quickly respond when hands or other items have been removed.
Re-purpose old furniture
Finding a new way of using the old furniture from another room in the house is a great way of giving the kitchen a new look. Sometimes, even the old kitchen furniture might just be needing a new coat of paint and a few touch-ups to give them a new look.
Recycling Center in your Cabinets
Paper, plastic, metal, glass…you should be recycling it! Whether you have room for 2 bins or 4, a pull out trash storage and recycling center cabinet allows you to easily separate recyclables and insure they don’t go somewhere to sit in a landfill for the next 50 years.
Indoor Herb Garden
Who doesn’t love fresh herbs year round? An indoor herb garden provides instant access to a natural food source, saves money, helps keep your indoor air quality healthier and can even provide subtle touches of aromatherapy and be a therapeutic resource as well as a food one.
Wood Cutting Boards
Replace plastic cutting boards with wood ones, particular regenerating species such as bamboo. Not only are the better for the environment, but studies have shown that wood cutting boards
are less likely to contaminate food when used.
Do not skimp on Quality
While the general outlook about going green is a minimalistic approach in the use of resources, this does not mean that you minimize on quality. It would make little sense to have to tear down one green kitchen set up to put in another every few years. Doing this would only be a waste of the same energy and resources that you are striving to preserve. You can always contact us
for a free no obligation consultation to see which options are best for your home and kitchen remodel.
Even changes to the smallest of behaviors can help in the fight for a better environment. Don’t stop at a few kitchen ideas. Earth Day is every day! Look for little (and big) things you can do today and every day to help the environment and make every day a little better, brighter and greener.
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