Achieving an eco-friendly home is not just about ramping up insulation or using energy-efficient products. If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, it is possible to bring sustainability to the forefront of the design. And, you can do that with the choice of your countertop, backsplash, flooring and hardware finish.
But what makes up a sustainable kitchen?
Sustainable Products and Materials
One of the most important aspects of planning a kitchen remodeling project involves choosing the right materials. This includes a lot of research, and, for an inexperienced homeowner, it can be overwhelming. Then again, the wide range of products and materials to select from allows for more flexibility. With that in mind, you have to consider how sustainable a granite countertop or a wood flooring is by looking at its carbon footprint and finding out where it is sourced and how it impacts the environment.
Energy and Water Efficiency
Upgrading your kitchen’s appearance and functionality is a chance to do away with old, inefficient appliances and fixtures. A reputable home remodeler can provide you with information on the water- and energy-efficient options certified by WaterSense and ENERGY STAR®. Aside from the potential savings that can be accrued, these products tend to have longer lifespans.
Sustainable Kitchen Design Tips
Meanwhile, here are some tips to consider when designing a sustainable, eco-friendly kitchen:
- Reface your kitchen cabinets. This is an economical way to revitalize your kitchen space without changing its layout. It involves removing the doors and hardware, and applying a new finish to the cabinets.
- Aim for longevity. A sustainable kitchen design, after all, is timeless. It means that it has certain features and elements that make you want to remodel it less.
- Think about recycled materials. Reduce your carbon footprint by using materials manufactured with recycled “ingredients.” You can even create a stunning design piece by repurposing items from your current kitchen.
Whether you’re looking for small updates or a total kitchen renovation, STL Design and Build’s design specialists will work with you side-by-side to create a space that blends perfect functionality with your taste and budget. We are also one of the leading deck and window replacement companies in the area.
Call us at (314) 736-5800, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate.