As the demand for green architecture rises, more homeowners are looking for ways to incorporate it into their homes.
The reason why is simple. Green architecture pays off in energy savings, but it can also increase the value of your property by as much as 4%.
One way to bring sustainable architecture into your home is through a kitchen redesign. Not only is there a return on investment, but you are doing good for the planet and your health.
If you want to know how you can design a sustainable kitchen, keep reading for these top tips.
What Makes a Sustainable Kitchen?
There are three elements to a sustainable kitchen: materials, design, and efficiency.
Products and Materials
The products used to create your kitchen should be sustainable. For example, you can reuse materials from your old kitchen instead of throwing them away.
You’ll want to consider the impact the products and materials have for their entire lifecycle. In other words, how much harm was done to the environment from growing, harvesting, manufacturing, and shipping that product?
You don’t have to sacrifice color for the sake of sustainability either. You can use color in your countertops and backsplashes to give the kitchen warmth and personality.
The less impact, the better it is for the environment. Don’t forget about the longevity of the materials, too. You want to be sure that what will be used to build your kitchen will last a long time.
Green Kitchen Design
A green kitchen goes beyond the cabinets and appliances that you choose.
The design of your kitchen should be efficient and functional. You can design a space that’s ethical and connects on an emotional level.
You’ll need to consider what works for you in the kitchen. You may need an open kitchen that allows for two people to cook in the kitchen at the same time.
An open concept design can work if you need to see into other rooms or if you entertain often.
For an added sense of sustainability, you can add a door that leads right to your backyard garden. That can give you a true “farm to table” experience when cooking your favorite meals.
The efficiency of your kitchen primarily revolves around your appliances. The dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, and faucets need to be energy efficient.
The appliances that you choose should all be, at the very least, Energy Star rated.
A dishwasher that is rated by Energy Star can save you on energy costs. It costs about $35 a year to run and saves over 3,800 gallons of water over its lifespan.
Green Architecture for Your Sustainable Kitchen
Green architecture can make a big difference in your kitchen. Be sure to take into account the true costs of products and materials, the design, and the efficiency of the kitchen.
That is how you’ll ensure that you build a kitchen that can increase the value of your home and save on energy costs.
Contact us today to see how we can help you create your dream kitchen.
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