If you, like me, will spent the festive season cooking for and entertaining family and friends whilst quietly counting the days until you can remodel your outdated and clumsily designed kitchen, then you have my sympathy. I am hoping 2016/17 will see me have my dream kitchen and I look forward to sharing ALL with you.
Today, more than ever, the kitchen is more than the part of the building equipped to prepare and cook food. Most homes today have a family kitchen where meals are prepared and eaten, papers are read, children do homework, TV is watched and casual dinner parties are held. In many towns and cities as space becomes and issue, often kitchens are incorporated into the living room area.
Creating a comfortable, eco-advanced kitchen in any style can be a breeze – if we stick to a few golden rules.
- Wood – use FSC certified or formaldehyde-free MDF
- Paint – use zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
- Natural Stone – source reclaimed
- Wood Flooring – reclaimed or FSC certified
- Worktops – reclaimed marble, stone, wood or glass or eco-composite
- Go for the best rated appliances up to AAA standard for efficiency
- Install a water saving tap
- Make space for recycling/composting (give to a neighbour who composts if you don’t – hello Rosemary & Malcolm!))
- LED lighting has now improved vastly and can be dimmed. Avoid masses of ceiling spots. Vintage lighting looks great and adds character.
- Try to avoid gas cooking if possible it is not sustainable and also gives off toxic fumes equivalent to a busy road (yet to break that one to husband who loves weekend cooking with gas!)
- Try to use daylight to your advantage by adding a window or skylight
I have selected a few examples from my Pinterest page…….
The list is endless and I will be revisiting the subject again. The main thing is to find a kitchen design you love then find a few eco alternatives where you can.