Kitchen Design | An Eco Friendly Approach

eco friendly kitchens

An Eco Friendly Approach

Having recently completed a kitchen design project for a leading environmentalist, we were prompted to examine in more detail how we approach this aspect of our business.

As designers, we are responsible for a number of areas, and sustainability is often high on the list of priorities for a number of our clients.

Many people assume that sustainability is mainly about materials, but it’s also about the way we use our kitchens, the waste we create, the energy we use and the water we may waste.

Good research and the product knowledge gained from over 30 years in the industry can result in a number of significant savings and improvements and whilst we won’t save the planet over night, we can all help make a difference.

Domestic appliances are responsible on average for about half the energy consumption in a house, and the kitchen contributes a large percentage of that usage. Careful selection of appliances with a minimum energy rating of A+ or better still A++ will really make a difference to those energy bills. These ratings can also apply to water consumption, so don’t forget the dishwasher. Have a look at market leaders www.neff.co.uk for some great and innovative products.

Recycling and waste in another challenging area. Waste disposal units are worth considering, particularly if you’re not able to compost and we can offer a range of waste management systems that can be integrated into the cabinetry with options to sort the rubbish as you go. The ultimate solution is almost certainly a compactor more information on this is available at www.krushr.com.

Returning to our approach, our cabinets are manufactured in Sussex and delivered to site with the minimum of packaging. Our suppliers are all aware of our environmental policies and we are always working on ways to improve the way we deliver our product and service in the light of the challenges we all face.

We are always happy to receive feedback or ideas, so get emailing.

Kitchen Lighting Solutions

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Kitchen Lighting

It’s often the finishing touches to your kitchen designthat make the difference and can help create the wow factor. Lighting can play a major role in not only helping to create a great atmosphere, but also improving the functionality of the kitchen.

Options to be considered generally fall into three areas:

Task lighting

Best positioned under the wall units and designed to create an even spread of light, illuminating the work surface without any shadow.

General lighting

Various types of recessed, pendant or track lighting fitted to the ceiling, the track lighting in particular will offer maximum flexibility.

Accent lighting

This is where we can add atmosphere. This could include soft lighting into glazed cabinets, indirect lighting to wash the walls or highlight a favourite piece of art work.

The range of products available has been extended and developed in recent years, and now includes low wattage LED fitings, helping to keep energy costs down, and a vast range of track and pendant lights that can also utilise low energy lamps.

Control and flexbility are key to a successful kitchen lighting scheme and we are always searching out  new products that will help to enhance your kitchen.

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