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How to do a Green Kitchen Remodel

Your kitchen might be the focal point of your home, and what better way to keep it current than making your kitchen remodel a green one? But doing a green kitchen remodel may be easier said than done. Here are a few tips that can point you in the right direction to getting the eco-friendly kitchen you’ve always wanted.

Start off Right

It can be important to get the right start to your green remodel. When you’re tearing things up and ripping things out, consider what could be reused or recycled. Everything from piping and tile to cabinetry and other hardware may be up for reuse or possibly the recycle bin. When it comes to your old appliances, consider handing them down to family or friends or, if they’re in good enough condition, reselling them, possibly on Craigslist or at a garage sale to give them a second life.

A Green Contractor

If you aren’t doing your green remodel yourself, then you’ll likely be searching for a good contractor. When you’re conducting your search, you might want to look for contractors that have experience with environmentally friendly work and let them know your expectations up front. This way they will know what to expect when it comes to the work they’ll be doing and the products and materials they should be purchasing.

Create an Efficient Kitchen

When you’re planning your green kitchen remodel, there may be more to it than just adding some compact fluorescents light bulbs and energy-efficient appliances. Although that might be part of it, it’s important to ensure your remodel remains conducive to your needs. When designing a kitchen to meet your needs, your green considerations might allow you to reduce waste, use less water, motivate you to recycle, allow you a spot to collect garbage for composting, design your kitchen to let in more natural light and reduce lighting needs with energy efficient-windows, and add eco-friendly accessories.


If you find that your kitchen is your kingdom when you’re at home, then it can be important to find a balance between this space being environmentally friendly and still remaining conducive to your cooking needs. While going green may be important to you, ensuring that your kitchen is functional and efficient when you’re in it can be equally critical to the enjoyment of the space.

Steve is president of a home remodeling company in Houston and has been in business for over 25 years. He has experience in all aspects of the industry from custom home building to kitchen remodeling. To see some of his work visit

Contractors going Green

Contractors are going green big time! Let it be installing shading systems, roofing, flooring, or window and blind cleaning, there are contractors who do it well and who do it green, being eco-friendly! Contractors may be going green by the materials they use or the services they provide. Hiring someone who does it right, does it well, and is doing it by going green is the best way to go.

A few examples; thinking of adding roller shades, a retractable awning, exterior shades or skylight shades… Not only are you reducing cost and reducing the waste in the energy it takes to cool of your home using a standard air conditioner, but you are adding an attractive feature to your home.

Window and blind cleaning contractors have options for you green-goers as well! Try Ultrasonic cleaning, not only does it remove nicotine, dust, and dander effectively, but with biodegradable products being used you can’t go wrong. Do it right, go green!

Many contractors that specialize in flooring can help with eco-friendly options as well. Wood flooring is a great idea, many would say, “No way, you’re killing trees!” Wood flooring usually comes from recycled resources such as old wood barns and like items. Imagine that!

Need some roofing repairs, why not see if it could benefit you to install some solar panels while you’re at it. Save on energy cost the warmer months, and help out our global climate by hiring one who specializes in such a great service of installing solar panels to your home.

Do your homework and ask your prospective contractor how they may be eco-friendly. The options of contractors using biodegradable products, sustainable materials or just by offering an eco-friendly product are a great way to go. How will you be going green today?