Eco Friendly Kitchens Don’t Have to Compromise
7 Eco Friendly Custom Kitchens tips
1. Consider Refacing (Saving Materials)
New cabinets can not only take a big chunk of your budget, but also require all new materials. Why not reuse your current cabinetry?
Not only is it eco friendly, it’s also budget friendly. If you’re looking for an updated look, you can refinish your current cabinets. If you aren’t sure whether or not this is a DIY project you can take on – talk with a professional first.
When you refinish your cabinets, be sure to use sustainable paints and varnishes. Toxic chemicals are found in typical paints that are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
These can not only cause health problems, but are also harmful for the environment. Be sure to choose no or low VOC paints.
2. Choose a timeless layout
An easy way to be sustainable is to choose a timeless layout. This prevents you wanting to re-do or replace your custom kitchen soon after redoing it. Prioritize functionality, ease of use, and what makes the most of the space.
Designing or replacing a kitchen is no easy task, it requires seeing the big picture and planning that it will be a renovation that will stand the test of time. You want your kitchen to be beautiful twenty years from now.
Choosing a timless layout is key to a lasting kitchen
3. Install eco-friendly cabinets
According to HGTV, The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) created the Environment Stewardship Program (ESP) to help manufacturers, consumers, designers, architects and builders identify environmentally friendly products.
As a result, over 150 cabinet manufacturers have a ESP seal, which means that it meets eco friendly standards. No matter what company you are using for your custom kitchen, be sure to look for products with an ESP seal.
Be sure to complement sustainable cabinetry with other sustainable or eco-friendly materials on nearby countertops, appliances, and more.
4. Energy efficient appliances
If you’re considering an eco friendly custom kitchen, you are probably already considering energy efficient appliances. Eco friendly custom kitchens always include green appliances so that you can reduce your energy usage. Be sure to choose the proper size for your needs as over filling and under filling can negatively effect the energy use of appliances.
A refrigerator can use 10-15% of your household energy
5. Consider quartz countertops (the second most plentiful mineral on Earth)
There are a number of eco-friendly options you can choose from when it comes to countertops, however, Quartz is a great option. Quartz is the second most plentiful mineral on Earth. Not only is it natural and plentiful, it also has been said to last a lifetime, making it sustainable.
6. Reclaimed or recycled materials
Reclaimed materials are not only eco friendly, but they can provide a unique, vintage, stylish new look for your kitchen.
Think reclaimed tile for a backsplash, reclaimed barn wood or beams for features throughout. It’s eco friendly, budget friendly, and makes for an amazing design element.
You can also use recycled furniture such as a freestanding armoire as a desk or island. The options really are endless.
Here, you can see an old desk being used as an island
7. Use smart faucets
If you’re looking to make every aspect of your kitchen eco friendly, be sure to add a smart faucet. They include a low flow feature so that you can conserve water.
Eco friendly kitchen products
Along with designing and building an eco friendly kitchen, why not also consider eco friendly kitchen products. There’s so much you can do in every day life to help the environment and live in a conscious way.
Cerwood – Your Eco Friendly Kitchen Experts
Have you been wanting to add a custom kitchen to your home? Do you want to do it in a sustainable manner?
You can rely on Cerwood’s 40+ years of experience to help you get the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
We offer free consultations with our professional designers, so you can look into all of your options with feeling any pressure!
Whether you want to fully replace your kitchen or have a smaller job in mind, we can work with you to help you get the perfect cabinets for your space.
Contact us now to get started!