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Kitchen Remodel Goes Green

In 2006, this 1970's kitchen in Kirkland, WA was gutted and recreated using a completely "green" agenda
Kitchen Remodel Goes Green

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In 2006, this 1970's kitchen in Kirkland, WA was gutted and recreated using a completely "green" agenda

Designed by Robin Rogers, the new kitchen opens up to daylighting and views of the lake, replaces old materials with more sustainable and non-toxic ones, and doubles cabinet and circulation space. Old appliances were recycled and replaced with Energy Star-rated equipment. Carpeting was replaced with durable, easy-to-maintain slate tile flooring.

Low-VOC paints provide warm color. Original plumbing connections and vents were retained; new electrical outlets and dimmable lights were added. Easy-to-clean granite countertops sit atop cabinets from Ikea that are made from sustainably harvested wood, with non-toxic finishes; they are not glued onto the walls so can be salvaged or recycled in the future. Hardwood trim was salvaged and reused, and hardwood flooring was completely refinished. The utility area flooring was replaced with linoleum, and a breakfast bar adds more useable dining and work space.

Kitchen Remodel Goes Green
A wall was removed in this green kitchen remodel to bring in daylighting and views, and to improve circulation.
Kitchen Remodel Goes Green
By removing a wall in this green kitchen remodel, views of a lake and daylighting became part of the kitchen space.
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