There are various reasons why people might decide to remodel their kitchen. Some people want a brand new look, while others want a efficient kitchen with updated appliances Other people need more counter space or want to free up space around their kitchen. Regardless of the reasons why you are remodeling your kitchen, thinking green can have a number of benefits. Not only will you being doing your bit for the environment, but going green could save you more money in the long run. Here are five things to think about if you have decided to transform the look and appearance of your kitchen.
Choose a countertop that reflects the design of the rest of the interior space. There are a number of green options to choose from, including the following:
+ Paperstone – Paperstone countertops are durable and long-lasting, as well as being environmentally friendly. These countertops are manufactured using recycled and natural materials, and are petroleum free, meaning that less fossil fuels have been used during the transportation and manufacturing process. Paperstone countertops are usually made from cardboard and paper, which are then mixed with a resin that is water-based and pressed to produce a heat-resistant countertop.
+ Mosaic – These countertops are another popular option, usually made from recycled materials such as glass. Did you know that you could even make your own mosaic countertops using broken materials such as glass and crockery? This will add a personalized touch to your kitchen.
+ Bamboo – Bamboo countertops are a recent design trend and can be used to provide a natural look in your kitchen. They can be cut to size and then remodeled yourself. These countertops are friendly to the environment as they contain no toxic chemicals.
2. Choosing cabinets:
Try and opt for a traditional wood cabinet when remodeling your kitchen, which can be a sustainable alternative to more conventional materials like fiberboard, vinyl or particleboard, which often contain chemicals. You will even be able to make your own cabinets, and can be good to the environment by keeping your original cabinets and repainting them or re-positioning them in your kitchen.
3. Choosing flooring:
Choose a kitchen floor that is free from chemicals in order to do your bit for the environment. Here are some options:
+ Bamboo – Bamboo is a sustainable option, and is easy to maintain and clean.
+ Linoleum – Natural linoleum is different from vinyl (often referred to as lino) and made from natural materials or recycled materials. This type of floor is available in a wide range of different designs and styles.
* Eucalyptus – This material is long-lasting and durable and available in a variety of styles. It is also environmentally-sound.
* Rubber – This material is water resistant and easy to lay in your kitchen. You won’t need a trained professional to help you lay the floor.
4. Choosing appliances:
If you are purchasing new kitchen appliances, look out for its Energy Star rating which will limit the amount of energy that you use. Not only is this good for the environment, but you will also save money on your utility bills. Alternatively, opt for second-hand appliances in order to reduce waste. You will be able to find these on auction websites or at local markets.