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Sustainable Kitchen Design: 7 Ways to Improve Your Home

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Updated January 12, 2022

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There are a number of ways that you can upgrade and make your kitchen both more sustainable and modern at the same time.

When it comes to building sustainable, beautiful kitchens, our team at S9 knows a thing or two and can really help you out. Today we’re going to talk through 7 ways that you can improve your home’s kitchen.

Advantages of Choosing Sustainable Kitchen Features

When it comes to sustainable designs and sustainable kitchen design, there are a number of reasons why you might want to consider making the switch. First off, sustainable homes are both better for the environment and better for your utility bills because they’re almost always more energy efficient.

Additionally, sustainability often helps create a modern design that homeowners love.

1 Sustainably Sourced Cabinetry

One of the most important aspects of sustainable kitchen design is ensuring that your cabinets and furniture are made from sustainable materials. Solid wood (especially hardwoods) is a common sustainable choice. Many manufacturers will also display if the woods they offer are sustainably sourced.

You can also find metal and bamboo cabinets or cabinets made from recycled materials. You’ll want to make sure that the cabinets are high quality and that they’ll last for years to come.

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2 Choose Sustainable Countertop Options

Sustainable countertops are also important for improving and making your kitchen better. You might be able to find countertops made from sustainable materials, or you’ll be able to choose sustainably sourced countertops from granite and quartz mines.

Most manufacturers will say and display if they source their materials sustainably. But taking recommendations from builders or talking with others in the home building space is a great way to learn who’s sourcing their products the right way and who’s not.

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3 Find Sustainable Appliances for Your Kitchen

When you’re remodeling or designing a new kitchen, you’ll want to find appliances that are sustainable. Sustainable appliances will be energy efficient and long-lasting. They’ll require less power and water, so you save money over time.

Fewer breakdowns or repairs also mean that your costs go way down. Energy Star is a popular way to see how much electricity your appliances are using.

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4 Ventilate Your Kitchen Properly

An often overlooked but very important design tip is to make sure that you’re ventilating your kitchen properly. Good ventilation will make a huge difference, whether that means providing a fresh air supply or the proper fans to carry the air out. Many people don’t think about this when they’re remodeling their kitchens, but it’s one of the most important things you can do.

Cooking fumes and gases can be dangerous to your health over time if not vented correctly. Ventilation will also help you better control the temperature of your space, which will help save money on utilities too.

5 Choose Sustainable Flooring Options

Flooring is another important aspect of sustainable kitchen design. You’ll want to choose a flooring that is durable, and that will last. But it’s also important that it’s stylish too. Reclaimed wood is often used as a sustainable flooring option as well as some other recycled options.

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There are lots of choices for flooring if you’re not looking to use wood. Some tiles are designed to be made from recycled materials, while others are sourced and produced sustainably.

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6 Sustainable Kitchen Lighting

Lighting is essential in the kitchen. Having a well-lit counter, stove, and general layout makes all the difference. LED and CFL lights use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also produce less heat, making them more comfortable when used in kitchens where excess heat can build up quickly.

Finding smart ways to use lighting throughout the kitchen can be challenging, so take your time when you’re thinking it through. It’s important that you find something you like and that you’re confident in.

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7 Recycled and Reused Items for Your Kitchen

If you’re going for a truly sustainable and modern design, then it’s important to find different features that you can use throughout the kitchen. Whether you’re trying to find a good table for your dining room or stools to use at the kitchen counter, there are lots of ways to incorporate recycled materials throughout the home. Here are a few ideas.

Old Bar Stools

The key to improving your kitchen with sustainable design is trying to reuse different items that would otherwise be thrown out. Old bar stools or wooden stools can look great right up at the kitchen counter.

It’s a great way to keep things fun and add some character to your kitchen as well. Being able to tell a story about part of your kitchen is always fun.

Antique Wall Decor or Dishware

Wall decor is something you can find at most thrift stores or antique stores. And, while you’re out looking for that, be sure to check on the dishes those stores have as well.

Old pitchers and vases can be turned into beautiful decor pieces without very much work at all. Sometimes older dishware only needs a light wash, and it looks good as new.

Old Cutting Boards

Sure, you can pick up a new cutting board at Target or Walmart. And of course, they aren’t expensive. But have you ever thought about trying to take advantage of a family heirloom like a cutting board?

Instead of throwing it out because it seems too old or used, try using some oil to bring it back to life. You might be surprised at just how much life that little cutting board has left in it. And, if you’d rather just enjoy its presence in your kitchen, you can use it as decor instead.

Here at Sustainable 9, we love finding small ways to use different items to our advantage. Designing and decorating a kitchen to fit just you isn’t always easy. Hopefully, this short guide has helped give you some clarity for ways that you can improve your kitchen.

If you’re looking to build a new home or design a new kitchen,reach out to our team today! We’d love to help you build the home of your dreams.

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