Green And Sustainable Is What It’s All About In Today’s Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Today our focus is often on sustainability options as we upgrade or remodel our homes.  This is an excellent way to add value to your home while also creating money-saving solutions that you can take advantage of today.

As you are planning your new kitchen there are a number of areas where you can focus your investment to realize the greatest return.

Energy Efficiency

It’s the name of the game when it comes to appliances and lighting in today’s homes.  Look for the best possible Energy Star Ratings for increased efficiency and consider the addition of sky lights and windows that take advantage of natural sunlight.  When you re-think your energy needs, you may find that the second refrigerator in the garage is no longer necessary.  Downsizing frees up space, means less energy usage and you could save enough in the long run to offset the cost of the remodel.

Reuse And Recycle

A useful addition to the modern kitchen is the designated area for recycling and composting.  From hidden bins that slide out of view under the counter to a built-in 3-bin system with removable receptacles. You can also add specialized storage for composting right in the kitchen.  These are all really positive additions to your green lifestyle.

VOC-Free Paint

To avoid exposure to the Volatile Organic Compounds found in many paints, ask your designer about using VOC-free or low VOC paint on your kitchen walls. They are more environmentally friendly as well as being a healthier choice for your family.  The problem with paints containing high levels of VOCs is that the pollutant levels can stay elevated long after the job is completed.

Use Green Materials

B&R is proud to be a leading pioneer within the green building industry, which is why we offer a variety of recycled countertops.  They are scratch, stain and heat resistant and they come in many attractive styles.  These are the types of products that we sell that reflect our commitment to the environment.

Contact us to discuss the latest green kitchen remodel ideas.  Our designers will work with you to ensure products are chosen to fit your green and sustainable lifestyle.

Non Toxic Cabinetry: What’s the big deal?

In an era where we triple filter our water and secure our children in five point harnesses, you may be convinced that you are doing all you can to keep your family safe. We pride ourselves in the efficiency of our homes, the cost reducing features we build in, and the perceived safety that comes along with these features. But what if neglecting something we didn’t foresee could be turning that efficiency against us?

In the economy today we all want to save money on our energy bills, and that leads many of us to go for an airtight design in our homes. But in keeping our homes airtight and our heating and cooling bills lower, many of us are also locking toxic chemicals into our room air.

You may be wondering about the culprit in this chemical assault, and I’m willing to wager that you won’t expect this. Your kitchen cabinets may well be leaking formaldehyde fumes into your home, fumes that are carcinogenic in nature. Of course you have to have cabinets, but how can you address this issue?

The answer is simple: non toxic cabinetry from B&R Construction. We are an eco friendly, environmentally conscious and responsible company specializing in manufacturing and installing safe and beautiful kitchen cabinets. Our products do not contain VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. We also use formaldehyde free materials to make the safest cabinets possible.

If you still have questions, or you would like to know more about installing safe and non toxic cabinets in your home, please contact us.

Find Your High-Quality Kitchen Cabinets in Los Angeles

Interior designers agree that cabinets are the cornerstone of a kitchen’s appeal and functionality. While the variety of great cabinet designs is practically limitless, the one feature they must all have in common is durability. Kitchen designer Beverly Ellsley says, “Think about it — you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential.”

And while everyone would love to have a lot of kitchen space to work with, designer Tish Key says that space is not the most important factor in a good design; again, it’s the principal of quality that makes all the difference: “A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly.”

We at B&R Construction completely agree. A look through the photo gallery of our factory near Los Angeles confirms just how much we are dedicated to quality production. Our cabinets are guaranteed to be environmentally friendly and formaldehyde free. And examples of our finished cabinets are on display in our Los Angeles showroom for you to examine personally.

So whether you are looking for traditional kitchen features, such as wine racks and warm, natural wood, or a modern kitchen with sleek lines, our Design Team can come up with a kitchen plan that suits you perfectly. (We can even create a wine rack that blends in with your modern kitchen.) You’ll find our previous customers to be pleased: “The cabinets came out perfect and my wife Diane was very pleased with the design decisions Angela (our designer) made to increase her comfort and space in our new kitchen.”

Getting started is easy: Think about what you’d like have done in your renovation. Set a budget; measure your kitchen, and contact us to create the kitchen of your dreams.

Your Small Kitchen Remodel: It’s All About Space

Every square inch of space is important when you are remodeling the smaller kitchen.  You want to keep efficiency in mind without giving up functionality or style.  This is a remodeling project that requires creativity, vision and a focus on what’s most important.  Think about increasing storage and utilizing unused space.  Pull-out storage solutions and open shelves are a great place to start.

There are also a few ways that you can trick the eye and create the appearance of a larger kitchen space. The illusion of spaciousness is the best friend of the small kitchen remodel.  Cabinetry can also be a great way to add space and height, as well as functionality and style to your kitchen design.

Look Up And Find Storage

Cabinetry that extends from floor to almost touching the ceiling, creates a sense of height and decorative touches on top can draw the eye upward. The additional cabinet space, with closed and open shelves, is a perfect answer to the storage space concerns.

White Paint Opens The Space

The way the light bounces off of the color white works wonders in creating a sense of more space.  The darker colors can make the walls feel like they are closing in while white has the opposite effect.  When white is used for both cabinets, walls and appliances, it can seem as if they have no end. Adding color is how you create an end or a boundary.  Use varying shades of white to avoid having it look too much like a hospital.

Stripes Will Widen The View

Stripes that run from side to side across the kitchen floor will create a sense of wideness.  This can be achieved by installing wood floors in this manner or painting your existing flooring.  A colorful wide-striped rug can also be used to achieve the widening effect.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Mirrors on walls, in recesses, as a backsplash or on the back of a door are one of the best ways of creating the illusion of the space going on forever. There are many ways you can use mirrors to expand the smaller kitchen, at least in the mind’s eye.

If you have been considering your own small kitchen remodeling project, contact us and we can discuss your plans and how we may be able to help make them come to life.