HOW TO DESIGN AN ORGANIC KITCHEN?
How to Design an Organic Kitchen?
These days, the word “organic” seems to be everywhere. It makes perfect sense for food items, but how does this apply to the field of design? What, exactly, does “Organic Kitchen Design” refer to? Where do organic design principles begin and end when dealing with products that aren’t certified organic?
So, Exactly, What Is Organic Kitchen Design?
When creating products, organic designers aim to use as few raw materials as possible while still producing high-quality results that are gentler on the planet and the air we breathe. Your kitchen’s design and construction should be such that it needs only routine cleaning and minor repairs to look and function like new for many years.
What follows are some products and finishes that are used in an organic or sustainable kitchen design:
The greenest floor isn’t always new; it may be the one you have. In turn, you’ll need less manufacturing, saving you money. Refinishing hardwood floors with a low-VOC finish is often sufficient. Choose bamboo, cork, recycled rubber tiles, recycled porcelain or glass tiles, or stained concrete floors if you can’t find FSC-certified solid or engineered hardwood.
There are counter options available that are easier on the environment. Even though granite is hard and durable, it still needs an attractive stone to complement its strength. Countertops fabricated from recycled glass or quartz last a long time and are environmentally friendly because they are reclaimed from both industrial and domestic waste streams. Concrete countertops last a long time and can be shaped however you like. The exterior can be finished in any way you like.
If the wood has been certified as sustainable, you can rest assured that only responsible methods of harvesting were used. As a result, the cabinets are up to code with regard to chemical and particulate emissions. Additionally, we provide cabinet finishes that emit fewer or no harmful gases.
Here, what you’re really after are the machines that can crank out the most output per unit of energy (electricity, gas, or water) consumed. Having solar panels or other renewable energy sources makes it obvious that you may have less of an issue with your electricity consumption. Most homeowners who have access to renewable energy still prefer to use environmentally friendly home electronics.
There will be some extra costs for designing an organic kitchen, but the improvements in energy efficiency, air quality, and property value will more than makeup for those costs.