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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodelling

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of the environmental movement. Nowhere is it more appropriate than in remodeling. But how can you remodel a kitchen, while being eco-friendly? Our experts compiled a few of these earth-friendly ideas to help you reduce waste, conserve electricity, and reuse materials.

Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Coated glass panes keep heat in during the winter months, and out during the summer. These windows cost a little more, but you can recoup the expense in energy savings, often fairly quickly.

Cool Naturally

Reposition windows to take advantage of natural breezes and cross-ventilation. Placing equal-size windows on both windward and leeward sides of your house encourages breezes to move through.

Take Advantage of Natural Light

Large windows and skylights can flood the room with sunlight, reducing the demand for electricity.

Salvage What You Can , Donate What You Can’t

If there is nothing wrong with your old cabinets, instead of replacing them, refinish them. Alternatively, sturdy table can find new life as a kitchen island, a wardrobe as a pantry. Any items that you don’t want to hold on to? Habitat for Humanity is always looking for donations.

Flawless Faucets

Water-efficient kitchen faucets can help you conserve water by providing a lower-than-average flow rate, decreasing water wasted. Certain faucets even have a higher flow setting for tasks requiring more water volume, such as filling the sink or large pots.

“Cool” Refrigerators

If your refrigerator was manufactured before 1993, it uses twice as much energy as a new Energy Star-qualified model. Replacing it will also give you style options such as stainless steel and oiled-bronze finishes.

 

Countertops and Backsplashes

For prep surfaces, (i.e. area between stove and sink), recycled stainless steel will last many lifetimes, and is tough and hygienic.

 

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December 2014

Feeling flustered with your dated decor? Have a guest-ready bathroom for the holidays with this month's expert blog, as Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres tackles quick design tips that can be done in a weekend!

 

  • Painting is one of the most cost effective ways you can update a bathroom. With a few hours of work, you can completely change the feel of the room. (Feeling adventurous? Add a feature wall using art or wallpaper!)

  • Remove shower doors and install a fresh new curved shower curtain rod. The space will open up, and it will instantly cut down on cleaning time. Another added bonus? You get to spice up your bathroom even more with a new shower curtain!

  • Install a hotel rack. These are simple to put up, and provide lots of room for extra towel storage.

  • Frame your bathroom mirrors using any type of moulding to easily add style and beauty to a bathroom.

  • Switch up your sink! Add more drama with a large vanity, or free up some space by switching to a sleeker design. You can easily accomplish this major transformation in a weekend.

  • Make your bathroom's lighting a part of the decor. Switch out your boring light fixtures for attractive pendant lights or statement sconces. If you're feeling ultra-fancy, you can really enhance your bathroom's decor by installing an overhead chandelier!

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Do you find this expert advice helpful? Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.