Eco-Friendly $35,000 Kitchen Remodel
In Seattle, a couple wanted to carry their philosophy on life over into their decorating. They believe in using sustainable goods as much as possible and in supporting local artisans, but they didn't know what was available - or how much it would cost - when they set out. The entire kitchen remodel, done by a local contractor, cost them $35,000. They added recessed lighting and opening up the windows to allow more natural light in, and moving the refrigerator from the center of the room allowed there to be more flow in the space. Their countertops are made of recycled materials, a composite of paper and resin, and their marble breakfast bar is made from what was once a piece of scrap, as are the clawed feet that support it. The floor is sustainable cork and their cabinets are constructed from locally grown alder wood.
During the project, which took one year, they say that they learned it is possible and affordable to use the materials you want to use, but you have to be willing to look for them.
Click past the jump to see the "before" picture.
[Images John Lok/Seattle Times/