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Eco-Friendly Kitchen remodel.

Building or Remodeling to Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most frequently requested remodel projects. Consider remodeling to create an eco-friendly kitchen.

Over time, most homeowners who are living in their homes for an extended time will consider remodeling their kitchen. Whether for a new home design or a remodel, why not make that all-important part of the home as energy-efficient and eco-friendly as possible? After all, energy costs are not likely to come down. 

Designing Your Eco-Friendly New or Remodeled Kitchen

New kitchen designs can offer infinite options for eco-friendliness and responsible energy management. Homeowners have a vast amount of options for all aspects of kitchen design. They can choose renewable and recyclable materials and select Energy Star® rated appliances to help lower their energy costs.

Remodeling and improving an existing kitchen can require considerable imagination. After all, you must find room for new energy-efficient appliances and extra storage. One option is to expand into an adjacent area or “bump out” to create additional space.

An experienced design build expert can help homeowners visualize the possibilities to make the kitchens more ergonomic, energy efficient, and decidedly more appealing.

To keep your kitchen remodel eco-friendly, here are a few suggestions:

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodel

Reface Cabinetry 

Where possible, refacing existing cabinets saves money and consumes far less material and energy than building and installing new cabinets. However, if the design calls for dramatic repositioning and style changes, you may consider purchasing new doors and reusing the old cabinet frames.

Choose Quartz or Corian Countertops

While granite countertops have been hugely popular in the past, they require immense amounts of energy to extract and transport. Quartz and Corian use less energy to produce and are equally attractive. Plus, they will last a lifetime without chipping and scratching.

Energy Efficient Lighting and Fixtures

Reduce those electric and water bills substantially with the latest appliances and lighting. The Energy Star label assures homeowners that their energy costs will decrease. Do your research and find the best-rated appliances to keep energy use down. Installing induction cooktops and convection ovens can reduce cook times while using less energy and releasing less heat into the home.

Strategic, low-energy LED lighting with easily controlled dimmer switches can dramatically impact the appearance of a newly remodeled kitchen. LED bulbs also last much longer than traditional lightbulbs.

Replace those old sink faucets with “touch-free” systems that automatically shut off to eliminate water wastage.

Energy Efficient Dishwasher

A highly efficient dishwasher can help to reduce water usage substantially. In fact, it could save up to 3,870 gallons per year on average. Newer dishwashers can also reduce electric consumption substantially. 

Sustainable Flooring

Consider an eco-friendly flooring material. The current options are attractive while reducing energy usage. Renewable and recyclable materials such as cork and bamboo are great options. Or consider renewable wooden flooring or tiles made from recycled materials.

Update the Windows

Windows can be a primary culprit of energy loss during the heat of summer and frigid days and nights of winter. Replacing older windows with the new couple of glazed window units can generate significant energy consumption reductions. These savings can eventually pay for the replacements. At the very least, homeowners should install tight, secure weather stripping around all windows. 

Use Only Low- to No-VOC Finishes

Many paints and stains contain volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that will release into the atmosphere during and after application. Newer finishes are more eco-friendly and should be requested for any new construction or remodel project.

Make Room for Your Recycle Bin

So many products and packaging today are recyclable. Responsible homeowners can reduce the volume of material heading to the landfill substantially by recycling.

Contact Master’s Design Build Group in Hatfield, Pennsylvania

As a leading design, build and remodel company in Eastern Pennsylvania, Master’s Design Build Group helps homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery Counties achieve their goals of greater sustainability, responsibility, and reduced energy consumption in kitchens and other parts of their homes. 

Whether the project is new construction or a remodel, the Master’s professionals can help homeowners visualize, then realize their dream of a beautiful, eco-friendly home.

To view some of Master’s Design Build Group’s past finished projects, visit their Gallery of past projects

Homeowners can schedule an initial no-obligation consultation to discuss ideas and objectives by completing the brief Let’s Talk form on the Master’s Design Build Group website. 

Or you may call the Master’s office to schedule your consultation at (215)-723-6162.


Why You Should Consider Expanding Your Kitchen with a Bump Out

When we visit other people’s homes or view kitchen layouts on television or in magazines, we sometimes experience a pang of jealousy. This is due to believing that ours could never measure up to those spacious, beautiful kitchens. After all, our initial thoughts are that adding square footage to the kitchen might mean “stealing” space from other parts of the home. For example, the living room, dining room, hallway, or den, thus making those spaces feel much smaller. However, an alternative to shrinking other spaces for a larger, more functional kitchen is expanding your kitchen with a bump out can be to expand the home’s square footage. 

A creative design build professional can find an answer to your existing kitchen space problem to suit you.

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Eco-friendly dream kitchen remodel in black and white.

Remodel Your Kitchen into an Eco-Friendly Dream Kitchen

Kitchens are the most frequently renovated room in a home, according to a recent Forbes article. As the hub of activity and an area that is almost constantly in use, a beautiful, modern, and ergonomically-friendly space is nearly everyone’s highest priority. Remodel your kitchen into an eco-friendly dream kitchen.

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Sink and counter top of remodeled bathroom.

Remodeling Ideas to Make Your Home Accessible

Remodeling for accessibility in homes has become a notable change in recent years. Here are remodeling ideas to make your home more accessible. Whether the remodel is designed to accommodate disabled residents or less mobile elderly, a few adjustments can allow homeowners to stay in their much-loved homes. Or in some cases, a few accessibility modifications may be needed for a new home being purchased.

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Design Checklist for a Kitchen Makeover

Begin your successful kitchen project with our handy checklist for a kitchen makeover. Creating a visually appealing workspace with the right appliances, ergonomic sensibility, ample workspace, and storage requires a lot of careful planning and forethought.

After all, your kitchen is the most important room in the home, the center where meals are prepared and people congregate. 

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Kitchen Remodels to Increase Your Home’s Value

Real estate and home upgrade experts agree that major kitchen remodels increase your home’s value. And deliver a higher return on investment (ROI). More than most other home improvements. Prospective buyers can easily be turned off by a dated, drab kitchen. They may look elsewhere. Or determine your selling price is too high. Considering the cost to raise the kitchen to a more contemporary standard.

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Things To Consider Before You Start Your Kitchen Remodel

Things To Consider Before You Start Your Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your home can be quite stressful and if you don’t plan you could cause yourself lots of unnecessary stress.

There are lots of things to think about before you remodel. Remember that when you talk with your contractor, they will be able to talk through this planning process with you.
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Trendy Countertop Finishes

More often than not, the kitchen ends up being where a family spends a good deal of their waking time. Barring Great Aunt Ginny’s trip over the dog into the Christmas tree, the kitchen will be a major focal point during gatherings as well.

The kitchen should be visually appealing, durable, and functional. While each piece plays an integral role in these roles, choices in countertop finish shout volumes when it comes to style and usability.
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Make the Most of Your Kitchen Storage

Make the Most of Your Kitchen Storage

Having enough kitchen storage is a dream for many homeowners. The dream can become a reality with a knowledgeable kitchen renovation contractor.

Start With The Pantry

Make the most of your kitchen storage

A walk in pantry is wonderful, but make sure the entire pantry is being utilized. Add pull out racks for cans, even double stacking racks if the space between shelves is ten inches or more. In fact, the pulling out racks can be extremely efficient in storing food boxes, chips, crackers, drinks and cooking staples. Should the pantry have a wall without shelving, use that space to add spice racks.
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