The kitchen is the heart of your home, or so we’ve always been told. It’s definitely the place we spend a large amount of time throughout the day cooking, eating, cleaning or just making a quick snack.
Your kitchen table may even be used for paying bills or getting homework done. If this room really is that important, shouldn’t it be a warm and comfy place with those extra special touches that make it “home”? Remodeling your kitchen can be a lot of fun and can be done very inexpensively if you follow these few tips.
Make your kitchen green and no, I’m not talking about painting all the walls green. Green means energy efficient and eco-friendly. There are methods of making your kitchen green including proper ventilation, natural lighting, energy-efficient appliances, low-toxicity finishing and surfaces and countertops that are easily cleaned, durable while still being aesthetically appealing to the eye.
Whether it’s online or at your local home building supply store, you can get some great ideas on how to green your kitchen yourself if you happen to be a DIY person.
Countertops really do take up more of our kitchen than we realize yet they can be very inexpensive to replace in terms of overall remodeling costs. Consider an eco-friendly countertop such as wood (renewable), bamboo or cork. Cork is very durable, attractive and sustainable. It is also your best choice when it comes to workability, aesthetics and cost. It repels microbes, withstands moisture, and resists heat damage and scratches. It’s perfect for areas next to the sink that are frequently wet. Its fire resistant qualities make it great for next to the stove. Cork may not be your only choice, but it’s one of the beset.
There is nothing quite like the look of new appliances in your kitchen. Appliances, however, are a large expense so make wise choices. The more energy efficient your appliances are, the more you’ll save money on energy costs. If your children are grown and gone, do you really need that large refrigerator or freezer?
Do you need that supersize microwave? The larger appliances you have, the more energy they’ll use and the more space they’ll take up – space that could be used for cute Knick knacks or pictures of the grandkids!
If you’re going all out with your remodeling, why not put in some large windows to let the sunshine in each day? There is not quite like natural lighting. It’s great for your plants and will lessen the time you need your lights on in your kitchen. It provides you with some great solar energy as well.