When you are looking to remodel your house and improve the value of your home, there are two rooms that you may want to look at remodeling. One is the bathroom, and the other is the kitchen.
If you have settled on the kitchen as the room that you wish to remodel, you may be wondering what changes you should make to your kitchen in the remodeling process and if you can make the project eco-friendly. There are many green ways to remodel your kitchen. Get to know some of the green options available to you. Then, you can start your remodeling project as soon as possible.
Consider Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring
One of the ways that you can make your kitchen remodeling project green is through choosing the right flooring for your space. Reclaimed hardwood flooring is an eco-friendly flooring option for your kitchen.
Reclaimed hardwood is flooring that is made from wood previously used in other construction. It is a highquality hardwood option that often comes from old-growth pine, maple, and other woods. The great thing about reclaimed hardwood besides the quality is the fact that it is made entirely of repurposed product.
The environmental impact of such flooring is quite minimal. The cost is also often a lot less than newly harvested hardwood flooring which can help you in y our pursuit of other green products for your kitchen remodeling project.
Utilize LED Lighting in Your Kitchen
The lighting in your kitchen can also be more eco-friendly when you remodel. LED lighting offers brighter lighting but uses a great deal less energy than other lighting options. Put in LED track lighting or recessed lighting for ambiance and mood lighting, and you can even use dimmer switches with LED lighting to better control the lighting in your kitchen space.
Install a Built-in Recycling Bin
One of the ways that you can ensure your kitchen is green is by installing elements that will make it easier for your household to go green. Having a built-in recycling bin installed alongside your trash bin can help you to always remember to separate your recyclables from your trash.
For extra convenience and space-saving in your kitchen, make your recycling bin (as well as your trash bin) slide-outs from under the countertop. This creates a sleek design while still enabling you to continue environmentally friendly habits after your kitchen remodeling project is complete.
Consider Recycled Glass Countertops
When it comes to replacing your countertops, you may feel confused or stumped as to how you can make them green. While there are a few green countertop options available to you, one of the best is recycled glass.
Recycled glass countertops contain 100 percent recycled materials, making them perhaps the most environmentally friendly material available. They also have aesthetic and functional value. Recycled glass has a clean and smooth finish that looks bright and vibrant. These countertops are also easy to clean and are resistant to scratching and heat damage making them perfect for a well-used kitchen.
Make Sure Your Cabinets Are Made From FSC-Approved Materials
Finally, if you are also replacing your cabinetry, you may need to use newly harvested wood rather than looking for recycled or repurposed options. Custom cabinetry is still an option when you are going for a green remodeling project for your kitchen. You just need to know which materials are the eco-friendliest.
One of the ways that you can determine your cabinetry wood is eco-friendly is by looking for products that have been approved and certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC). This is a non-profit organization that investigates the forestry practices of companies harvesting new wood.
The FSC determines the environmental impact of the company's practices and then decides whether the company meets certification standards. If they do, the company's products will receive the FSC certification stamp of approval.
If your cabinets contain products with this FSC approval, it means that the cabinets are made of wood that is sustainably harvested and has the minimum negative environmental impact.
With these green kitchen remodeling ideas in mind, contact a remodeling contractor to get your project started as soon as possible.