Go Green, Save Green: Sustainable Kitchen Remodel

Go Green, Save Green: Sustainable Kitchen Remodel

It’s natural for homeowners to wonder how much of their remodeling dollars will come back to them if they eventually choose to sell their home. While few projects have a dollar-for-dollar short-term return, kitchen remodels rank near the top. This is evident in data presented by Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value ReportOne way to make the return of investment more substantial is to appeal to the next generation of homebuyers by incorporating a “going green” approach to renovation. A sustainable kitchen remodel is a concept that many people find valuable. A Denver kitchen renovation with a low environmental impact will garner attention.

Black kitchen cabinets with natural wood accents

Photo | Shiloh Cabinetry

Focus on Cabinetry

The first step is to select “green” cabinetry for your kitchen. Developments in safer manufacturing processes have come a long way. With the launch of programs like the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP), discerning home buyers appreciate the option of choosing program-certified cabinetry. The Environmental Stewardship Program is specific to kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturers. It encourages them to commit to sustainability practices in their processes. Finding a certified manufacturer compliant with ESP is the first step in creating an eco-friendly and appealing remodel. The list of manufacturers compliant with ESP boasts 141 companies, among whom are Crystal Cabinet Works, Shiloh Cabinetry and David Bradley Cabinetry.

Countertop Surface Options

Once you’ve chosen your cabinetry, it’s time to select the right countertops for your sustainable kitchen remodel. Engineered quartz – an engineered stone made of quartz and resin – is harder and less permeable than granite. It’s also easier to maintain and comparable in cost. The color and pattern selection of this engineered material is quite impressive and is sure to match any décor. Plus, since it doesn’t have to be mined and transported long distances, the environmental impact of quartz is much lower. Other green options for countertops include products such as recycled glass, agricultural products and even paper.

Sustainable Flooring

Another option for breathing fresh life into your kitchen is to integrate new flooring. With a variety of eco-friendly materials to choose from, the right flooring can be the medium that brings various design elements of the room together. Options for environmentally-friendly flooring include bamboo, cork and engineered wood, which uses sustainably-grown or recycled wood. Cherry, maple and oak create a beautiful, custom look.

What really makes a renovation stand out is professional design and quality construction. While production-line-quality materials from big box stores may seem the most economical, adapting them to an existing home can be challenging. Often, they are disappointing. To add a green touch to your kitchen remodel, look for on-trend materials that are sustainable, durable, and meet your budget. Even better, combine them with innovative design and professional installation. To gain a personalized approach and discuss eco-friendly ideas for your home remodel, contact us.