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Green Kitchen Remodel

Author: Debbie English, Allied ASID
Issue: February, 2014, Page 44
Illustration by Daniel Eastburn

I am planning a kitchen remodel and would like some guidance on choosing green materials. What are the most important considerations for this hard-working room?

If you plan to replace your existing cabinets, select ones that do not contain formaldehyde. Choose a Classic look—such as a Shaker profile—that will adapt with the times. Also, consider donating your old cabinets to a repurpose outlet instead of sending them to a landfill.

Going green on countertops has never been more beautiful. Today, a wide selection of eco-friendly solid-surface options is available in a variety of colors. They incorporate such materials as glass, porcelain, mirror or earthenware, and never need to be sealed.

Consider specialty appliances, such as steam ovens and convection/microwave ovens, which require less energy than traditional ovens; dishwasher drawers, which can handle smaller loads; and built-in coffee makers, which result in less waste than the traditional pot of coffee.

Task lighting allows you to focus bright light where you need it. Install pendant lighting over the sink and prep areas, and add under-cabinet lights to illuminate countertops. To give you more control and energy reduction, install dimmer switches on all of your lighting.
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