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Green kitchen remodeling doesn't have to drain your pocket book. The savings will come after the inconvenience of kitchen remodeling; green kitchen re-do's on a shoestring budget are possible with these great green kitchen remodeling tips.
Home Destination Reports: Green kitchens are not only healthier, but it can save you money in the long run. Take a big picture view of your green kitchen remodeling goals, keep track of expenditures, and see how they stack up.
Planning a green kitchen remodel takes time and research. Kitchen design \and material choices are endless and offer exciting ideas for a new improved kitchen remodel crafted by the creative homeowner. While it is simpler to stay with existing walls, cabinetry, plumbing, lighting and existing electrical outlets, to keep remodeling costs down, improvements that make your kitchen "greener" will pay of in better health and higher home values, and add green friendly buyers to a home's selling power should you plan to list it someday. Use "green smart" resources with less waste, start by defining remodel priorities and then consider all options side by side.
Questions To Ask When Beginning A Green Kitchen Remodeling Project:
Does the layout of the remodeling work area promote safety from paint spills, slips, tool storage safety, burns, and electric shocks?
Are the surfaces of new materials used in kitchen remodel easy to clean? Or do the demand using harsh chemicals to be free of stains and odors?
Are remodeling materials and finishes nontoxic? Read labels, ask the manufacturer, research on the INTERNET and make nontoxic choices .
Is ventilation sufficient? Try accomplishing green kitchen remodels during seasons when the windows can be left open. Or can the family be gone during the remodel to be away from remodeling fumes?
Homework Before Updating To A Green Kitchen
Don't be put off by a more expensive price tag on a green product that seems perfect for your kitchen. While pricer up front, it may outlast and use less energy over a comparable product that performs the same function. To meet demands of discerning homeowners, the U.S. housing industry is an ever expanding marketplace for savvy and stylish green products for home renovations. Manufactures of kitchen renovation materials are working to lower production costs and making it easier for more families to have a green kitchen.
The average kitchen's lighting, refrigeration, running dishwashers, and cooking make up 41.5 percent of a home's energy consumption, according to U.S. Department of Energy. Bear in mind additional kitchen activities such as water heating, space heating and cooling, and one can quickly summarize just how vital a green kitchen remodel can be.
When remodeling the kitchen, tremendous opportunities exist to improve the home's energy performance. In addition to long-term cost savings, comfort, peace of mind and home safety are other benefits.
HOME DESTINATION'S TOP GREEN KITCHEN REMODELING TIPS:
IDEA #1: Use Nontoxic Paints
Paint fumes are not the best family's in the middle of a kitchen remodel project. Knowing that the fumes released contain low-level toxic emissions, take precautions up front. The VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are marketed as improving the performance of paint are actually the source of these unnecessary toxins in your home. Painting kitchens may include popular Faux finishes on floors, cupboards, or even table tops, not just painted walls. Newer zero-VOC paints that perform beautifully without the toxic fumes are fantastic kitchen remodeling material and the Faux finishes you can get look wonderful in a kitchen. Try Natura by Benjamin Moore, Fine Paints Of Europe, or Mythic Paint for eco-friendly kitchen remodeling projects.
To keep with a "green" theme during your kitchen update, consider a colorful splash of Romaine or Pale Green Tea to make your kitchen walls or cabinets the freshest on the block with a new coat of paint. Look past the fact that they're a little more expensive to purchase, low- or no-VOC paints are head and shoulders about standard mixtures; usually requiring repainting less often.
IDEA #2: Choose Eco-Friendly Green Kitchen Flooring
Linoleum with asbestos backing cam still be found in older homes. During removal, pulling the vinyl layer away from its paper backing must be avoided as much as possible. Replace any old linoleum kitchen flooring with a greener material such as bamboo or your favorite choice of hardwood flooring. Bamboo, cork and stop rank top when thinking of "green homes". Newer linoleum products are made from renewable, biodegradable materials, often consisting of linseed oil and cork. Made today, it produces no harmful vapors, stands up well to traffic and offers some cushioning underfoot, however, it can scratch easily.
Homeowners can immediately change the look of a kitchen by updated the floor to a better material and newer look. By changing the flooring, you give your kitchen an entirely new look making it more open or smaller and more inviting. Kitchen remodeling ideas can delve into areas of "never been done before". Who knows, maybe simple using a quality plywood and green friendly paint will allow a creative painted woodgrain look or rug area. Who knows, you might just be the pioneer of a new trend!
IDEA #3: Greener Kitchen Remodeling By Reusing Old Items
Strike up a conversation with neighbors, friends, family members, and your favorite family handyman to see if they may have old kitchen cabinets, countertops they may wish to switch out, shelving, backsplash tile, and one-off hardware. many a resourceful homeowner has begun a green kitchen design for a dollar here and there. With a little bit of know-how, a ready mind to learn form "how-to" classes on line and familiarity with handling a saw, hammer, and a varnish cloth, this green kitchen re-do may be green friendly by putting reuse in practice.
IDEA #4: Green Kitchen Remodeling with Smaller Appliances
If the lively 10 children who used to live at home have grown and gone, are two kitchen refrigerators and a commercial size dishwasher still what is needed? Perhaps settling into empty nester years of senior single-family home life merits some adjustments. Eco friendly kitchen remodeling takes the focus of a realistic plan about appliance needs. That may mean downsizing, which subsequently adds the benefits of lower energy bills and savings. Additionally, take advantage of Graig's List or a garage sale to sell off older appliances, you might be able to make enough money to offset some of the expense associated with kitchen remodeling!
For a truly green kitchen remodeling project according to Energy Saver you must buy energy savings appliances if a new purchase is in view. Determine if an appliance has energy saving features by locating its Energy Star certification. Energy Star is a program of the U. S. Department of Energy to identify appliances that help homeowners save energy and work toward a safer environment. Before purchasing new appliances for a green kitchen remodel, check to make sure that they are listed on the Energy Star website.
IDEA #5: Use Kitchen Cabinets Free of Formaldehyde Glues And Volatile Components
Options are available for kitchen cabinets made more green-friendly when crafted from wood and wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to be produced using sustainable forest management practices. Carefully selected formaldehyde-free glues and cabinet finishes that have low volatile organic compounds will give off few or no toxic fumes. Check product literature available when choosing which kitchen cabinets for a green kitchen remodel. To ensure the that kitchen cabinets meet HouseLogic's green remodeling criteria, ask if the cabinet boxes are built utilizing wheat board or straw board. HouseLogic advises, "These products are made from agricultural waste, such as the chaff left over from farmers’ wheat crops. As a rule, they feature formaldehyde-free binders. They’re strong and rated to exceed the standards set by the American National Standards Institute for medium density particleboard—the material commonly used to make cabinet boxes".
IDEA #6: Upgrade Kitchen Lighting Or Use Sky Lights
Energy-efficient lighting offered today can substantially cut electric bills; for example, fluorescent and compact fluorescent light-bulbs may use 50% to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent lamps. EnergyStar.gov offers information stating that a single compact fluorescent bulb will save $30-$40 during its expected lifespan of 10,000 hours over conventional incandescent bulbs of similar luminosity. Where well-lit areas are needed in the kitchen for food preparation and washing dishes, efficient halogen and LED lighting sources create brighter light.
Or simple save on using as much electricity by installing sky lights for a naturally daylight filled kitchen for most hours of the day. Reduce the number of times hitting a light-switch is need
IDEA #7: Be Green By Building Recycling Bins Into Kitchen Cupboards
Make it easy to manage recyclable items. Cabinet manufacturers abound that market select options for lower kitchen cabinets that include pull-out recycling bins that keep contents organized and out of sight. They make it so easy to recycle by making offering ready-to-retrofit existing cabinets with recycling bins—rotating lazy Susan-type recycling centers. Both single and multiple bins can be purchased that are designed to fit in lower corner cabinets. Gaining a well-organized kitchen in the process will give your home a seller's advantage should selling be somewhere on the horizon.
Create a family habit of being active recyclers. While going with a green kitchen remodel, build in recycling bins to ensure on-going kitchen and grocery products receive the "green treatment of recycling. Having reusable shopping bags handy for next grocery buying day, recycle aluminum cans and turning off lights when exiting a room are practicle things to do.
IDEA #8: Choose Countertops of Stained Concrete or Indigenous Stone
Use materials that are durable and water-resistant for both counters and backsplashes. Stained concrete uses non-toxic, natural pigments rather than surface-applied stains commonly used in many other kitchen countertop materials. Or go with indigenous stone; cost can be cut by perusing salvage and remnants shops. Kitchen counter surfaces should be well sealed to prevent staining and harboring of bacteria from preparing food. Keep seams in counter top surface material at a distance of 2 feet or more from the sink and heavily used areas.
IDEA #9: Install An Induction Cooktop
Green kitchen remodeling is encouraged by kitchen.com, who suggests that Induction cooking uses electricity to produce a magnetic field designed to react with the ferric content in stainless steel, cast iron, and enameled steel cookware, which activates the molecules to produce heat. The result is that both the cookware and food gets hot, without the stovetop getting hot. The benefit is that less heat is wasted and the food heats faster, saving time and energy during preparation. "Induction cooking is about 90 percent energy efficient as cpercent efficient. Induction cooking is relatively neompared to gas and electric radiant, which are 50 to 60 w to the mass marketplace and currently retails at a premium," according to Kitchens.
IDEA #10: Try a Stainless Steel Kitchen
When it comes to kitchen renovations, green may mean the new stainless steel look- if it fits your persoanl tastes. Stainless steel is recyclable, doesn't emit pollutants into the environment, and is a perfect solution for individuals with chemical sensitivies. Add that to how sytlish it is and stainless steel kitchens that are shiny and bright may be your answer. Stainless Steel Kitchens sells both LEED products in their Arch Series and Designer Series Cabinetry line that use materials in cabinet door and drawer fronts that are formaldehyde-free and will not deteriorate over time.
This entry on green kitchen remodeling tips was posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 and is filed under Green Kitchen Remodeling Tips & Green Friendly Kitchen Updates from Home Destination.
Jenna Thuening is an experienced Twin Cities real estate professional selling residential homes. If you are embracing a green kitchen remodeling project to make your home more attractive to Twin Cities real estate buyers, I would be privileged to become your listing real estate agent. Call 612-396-7832 and let me know what questions I can answer for you.
Download the document prepared by the Seattle Government as a homeowners Green Kitchen Remodeling Guide.
Downloand the Energy.gov documemt on Tips for Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances
"Designing a green kitchen remodel can be eco-friendly and cost effective with out compromising luxury and style. A green kitchen plan may gain you both energy-efficiency and elegance whether you own an old home or are drawing up plans for a custom-built newly constructed home. Green remodeling is much more than just a housing trend. Green remodeling is fast becoming common practice in kitchen remodeling and home building." ~ Jenna Thuening, owner of Home Destination.
Jenna Thuening, a Minneapolis residential Realtor finds that often kitchen remodels help sell a home.
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