Better Builders Points Out Benefits of "Greening" the Kitchen

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Better Builders, a Seattle area custom home builder, explains the benefits of starting with the kitchen when it comes time to upgrade to a healthy and sustainable green remodel.

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Programs such as Built Green and LEED are standardizing sustainable building practices to make it easier for consumers to know more about home remodels that create a healthier and more energy efficient living space. Better Builders lists the four major benefits of "greening" the kitchen.

1. Cost

The price of “going green” has unavoidable upfront costs, but the increased efficiency achieved by eco-friendly designs and materials can make for substantial monthly savings. Many green remodels involve serious redesigns disrupting large areas of the house. To ease into upgrading contractors may suggest beginning in the kitchen, which can still add substantial value to the home.

2. Optimize Entertaining

The kitchen is the central hub of domestic life, offering plenty of opportunities to improve by remodeling and updating. Many custom home builders in Seattle take this very seriously, often beginning with an efficient kitchen design as the central feature. Appliances used for food storage, preparation and disposal utilize a lot of energy and make the kitchen an obvious choice. With how much time we spend in the kitchen, choosing safe, non-toxic materials is even more important.

3. New Appliances

Making sure appliances are up to date and designed to the most current energy standards is a great place to start. For example, refrigerators with the ENERGY STAR label can reduce energy consumption up to 30% and may require only a minor remodel, while dishwashers with the ENERGY STAR label are 10% more energy efficient and 12% more water efficient than standard models. Bottom line is that it all adds up.

4. Using Responsible Materials

Cupboards and counter surfaces also provide an opportunity to update to responsible, healthy, non-toxic material alternatives. Homeowners should check with their contractor to see if the current storage spaces can be refurbished and redesigned to conserve resources. Cupboards made from formaldehyde free woods and glues, with surfaces made from local, unprocessed materials, make a healthy choice for the family and the environment.

These are just a few of the options for green kitchen remodels and are a good way for consumers to dip their toes into healthier and sustainable green building upgrades. The most important step is finding a knowledgeable, reliable contractor who can help find the best solutions. Trusted local contractors will know what materials to use for the least environmental impact, while creating an enjoyable and safe living space that adds value to your home.

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Better Builders is a premier builder of quality homes, remodels, and commercial tenant improvement projects in Seattle. We are a dedicated green contractor that will meet your time line and on budget.

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