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Tips for a Green Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Use the existing cabinets - New cabinets increase worldwide demand for wood, contributing to deforestation and global warming.  A more eco-friendly option is to use your existing kitchen cabinets. By refacing or refinishing  kitchen cabinets that you already have you save money, conserve resources,  and save landfill space. You can achieve an entirely new look through  refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets. Not only can you cabinets be used to add some incredibly unique vintage style to your kitchen, you’ll be helping the environment by using recycled materials.

Use energy efficient appliances - Replace old inefficient refrigerators and dishwashers with energy saving models that will help save the environment and money.  Look for ENERGY STAR products and you may even be eligible for rebates.

Install energy efficient lighting - There a more energy efficient options you could be using to light your kitchen.  These greener options will give beautiful and effective lighting at a lesser cost to the environment.

Install Corian countertops- Use environmentally friendly materials for your kitchen countersCorian countertops use 6-20% pre-consumer recycled materials. These countertops are also extremely durable, reducing the need for replacements and further waste.

Don’t do an entire kitchen remodel - Perhaps the most important question you need to ask is whether or not a full remodel is really necessary.  Will refinishing or refacing cabinets or new countertops give you the same level of satisfaction?  If so, it might be best to skip the hassle and costs (financial and environmental) of remodeling your kitchen.

For information on how we can do a green kitchen remodel in your home, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Excerpts from Sustainablog

What will You Spend on Your Kitchen Remodeling Project?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kitchen remodeling is popular with homeowners who want to invest in their homes and create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient kitchen. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold great resale value.
 
According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, mid-range minor kitchen remodels – new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and hardware – have an average national cost just shy of $20,000 and get 72% return on investment. Midrange major remodels, which include new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting, have a mid-range average of $57,824 and a nearly 66% return.
 
Refacing or refinishing the kitchen cabinets is the perfect time to stop the clutter. Now is your chance to take inventory of everything you need to store; then plan accordingly. Shelves can be added, as can turn styles.
 
If you need more work area in your kitchen and space allows, consider adding a kitchen island as well.

In all likelihood, you’ll need to make some choices on where to save and where to splurge. “Keep your priorities front and center,” advises the NKBA Kitchen Planner. "What’s important to you?”

As for budget breakdown, the NKBA Kitchen Planner notes that regardless of the size and style of your remodeling project, you can expect cabinetry and hardware to run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14%, countertops typically run 10%. Set aside 10 percent or 20% of your budget for contingencies.

For more information on any size kitchen remodeling projects, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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