Case Study: Green Kitchen RemodelBy Berit Griffin
The kitchen is the heart and hearth of the home, and when it comes time to remodel, people want to make sure they get it right. It’s not just a matter of choosing granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. It’s about having a usable room with a workable flow. It’s deciding whether the kitchen is a room to be used solely for cooking or whether it will also serve as a dining room and family room.
And for many people, a kitchen remodel serves as a unique chance to up the “green” quotient on their homes.
Via Trends Ideas, this kitchen remodel, led by architects David Webber, AIA and Tim Derrington, AIA of Webber + Studio, had the dual goal of being truly green and truly beautiful.
Integrity’s windows, with Low E II glass were installed to help cut energy bills. These windows’ materials (wood and super-tough Ultrex) give a classic look with extremely high performance. And since Low E II helps with energy efficiency, the home’s owners didn’t have to skimp on their dream of having lots of windows to let in natural light.
Architect Webber says:
I think that living sustainably means appreciating the surrounding environment and interacting with nature as a part of daily life. So being able to enjoy plenty of sunlight and open up the windows and turn off the air conditioning is a huge part of that sensibility.
To complete this green kitchen, the design team looked for energy efficient appliances, chose cupboards made of fiberboard (not hardwood) and installed a heating system for hot water when needed, without the need to have it heating all the time.
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