Unlike before, the kitchen has become one of the most utilized rooms in the household. Since it is deemed by many as one of the home’s central gathering points, it does not come as a surprise that many homeowners go to great lengths to make it as appealing as it can be.
Fortunately, at the this time and age, renovating the kitchen does not necessarily have to cost you a substantial amount. The trick is to opt for eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives that will give you more bang for your buck.
Get your kitchen renovation off to a good start by keeping in mind the following affordable and eco-friendly alternatives.
Use reclaimed wood for your flooring
This option is significantly gaining popularity in the market and for good reason. Ecologically speaking, given it is harvested sustainably, wood is deemed a very good option. Apart from its durability, it is also hailed for its affordability.
Some distinguished kitchen designers are now embracing the use of reclaimed wood in their kitchen renovation projects as it saves both time and energy. In line with this, you can look into using Viridian or Jakarta wood as both are deemed ideal to use for high-performance kitchen floors.
Salvaged glass for cabinets
Add a touch of charm and personality to your kitchen by using old glass junks as glass cabinets. This type of material will also add some class without the need to spend too much. In addition, this alternative will surely complement the rest of your eco-friendly kitchen improvements
Bamboo for your countertops
As far as wood go, bamboo is considered one of the most sturdy. And since it is also deemed a renewable resource, it will undoubtedly make the perfect addition to any eco-friendly kitchen. The average rate per square foot for this material is at $30 more or less.
Salvaged wood for your cabinets
Apart from its sustainability, salvaged wood is also known to add richness and charm to your kitchen. Usually salvaged from old warehouses and brought back to life through milling, it will surely give your kitchen cabinets a fresh and fabulous look.
Glass slabs for countertops
If you wish to take your recycling to a whole new level, consider using glass slabs as a cheaper and more eco-friendly alternative to granite and marble (the expensive versions). The best feature of this alternative is its use of natural stones. In line with this, ensure you opt for a manufacturer that utilises recycled aggregate as it is considered a ‘completely green’ option.
Paper composite for countertops
While unknown to many, paper composite will make a highly durable countertop. And since it is waterproof, it can resist the decaying components of water. Undeniably, using this type of material will also make cleaning your kitchen countertop a lot easier.
While it may seem like a tall feat at first glance, incorporating eco-friendly and aesthetically appealling options into your kitchen can be done. To pull it off, look into integrating the ideas mentioned above into your kitchen renovation project and you can look forward to owning that eco-friendly and cost-efficient space you have always wanted.
Jasmine Keynes wrote this article.
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