Although green design is often mistakenly associated with certain materials that are very much of the moment, using a classic design like this that will never go out of style and timeless, durable materials is actually one of the greenest things that you can do. Another thing that makes this renovation green is that there’s not an inch of wasted space. Small spaces use less material and less energy than larger ones, but particular attention needs to be paid to their interior design for them to function well. This apartment is quite compact for a family of four. The kitchen is especially small, but is now perfectly adequate for a couple who cook together.
The renovation was necessary for practical, functional reasons. The counter space, storage space and appliances were all inadequate, and the redesigned kitchen addresses all of these issues.
Moving the wall between this room and the dining room by 13”, relocating the door between these rooms, and modifying the window allowed us to create a functional and comfortable U-shaped kitchen.
The renovation more than doubled the original counter space and increased cabinet space by 1/3. The lower cabinets vary in depth from 14” to 30” to provide maximum storage in the irregularly shaped room. A 30” Viking range replaced the original 20” wide stove. Flat panel cabinets keep the lines of the kitchen clean and uncluttered, and the custom-designed range hood adds visual interest.
We pay particular attention to indoor air quality for all renovation projects. Paints, stains and adhesives have low or no volatile organic compounds. Cabinets are made from sustainable resources and contain no added urea formaldehyde Air conditioners are covered tightly and construction sites are sealed off from adjacent areas prior to demolition and are kept that way until the project is completed. Job sites are kept as dust-free as possible and thoroughly aired out and cleaned before the clients move in.