DESIGNING A GREEN KITCHEN

By 1st February 2015 GRK No Comments

We find that the majority of our clients share our environmentally friendly ethos and wish to incorporate some of their green values into their kitchen design.  There are numerous ways to make your kitchen greener, particularly when you have the opportunity to start from scratch at the design stage, but there are also many ways to adapt and modify later on to make your kitchen greener and do your bit to protect the environment…

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Choosing Your Materials

  • Recycled Glass – worktops and splash backs are a fabulous choice for a busy kitchen, they are incredibly hardwearing, have antibacterial protection and to top it off they look beautiful too!
  • Solid Wood – Choose FSC certified wood that has been harvested responsibly from a sustainable source.
  • Stainless Steel – many stainless steel sinks are made using up to 70% recycled material.
  • Cork – is a sustainable flooring material that contains no toxins. The cork is harvested from the Cork Oak tree every 9 years and the tree simply continues to grow, giving this natural material an obvious ecological advantage.

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Consider Up-cycling

We embrace the opportunity to incorporate up-cycled materials and elements into our kitchen designs, with bespoke design anything is possible!

We recently completed a project in London with a repeat customer who returned to us after having an extension built onto their existing GRK kitchen. It was a pleasure to be able to reuse all of the cabinetry from their old GRK kitchen to complete their new, larger project with minimal waste.

With a solid wood kitchen it is always possible to refinish, repaint and remodel, giving this material a clear advantage over others. Changing drawer handles, the colour, or applying a different finish can completely transform a solid wood kitchen, creating an entirely new look.

Aside from quality cabinets, adding old or vintage furniture and accessories to your kitchen is a great way to add personality and character to your interior whilst reducing your impact on the environment.

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Eco Friendly Finishes

Opt for natural water-based paints and finishes without solvents and choose products with low or zero amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).

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Appliances

The latest generation of green washing machines and dishwashers use considerably less energy and water than older models. Always choose energy efficient machines for your kitchen, they cost less to run and they are better for the environment. Look for appliances with a long guarantee period, as this is a good indicator that the machine has been built to last.

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Add Plants

Adding plants to your interior spaces will make them literally greener and in addition, your plants will act as natural air filters by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the room.

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Durability

Investing in a durable kitchen with a timeless design is a far greener and more sustainable option than choosing cabinetry that will look tired and need to be replaced just a few years down the line.

With the right choice of materials and quality artisanship there is no reason why your kitchen cabinets should be any different to a piece of heirloom furniture – built to stand the test of time!

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