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Reclaim Your Kitchen: Your Guide to a Sustainable Revamp

24 June 2021


We all know sustainable choices are the most responsible ones to make, but they can also be the most interesting and cost-effective.

Kitchens are the perfect space for a sustainable revamp because you can transform every inch in an eco-friendly way with recycled and salvaged materials.

So, get ready to reclaim your kitchen with this simple guide:

  1. Invest in a good design

As the saying goes, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, and it applies to any sort of home improvement. If you’re not sure exactly what you want or how to get there, seeking advice from a kitchen designer, interior designer or architect is a good idea. They can help bring your dream kitchen to life with a design that works for you and your family.

A lot of kitchen companies will offer a design service as part of their package and if not, they will definitely be able to steer you in the direction of one.

This can be the toughest step but take your time and once you’ve nailed down the design, the rest will be a lot easier.

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  1. Salvage what you can

The first thing you should do is look at your current kitchen with an open mind and some imagination to see if you can salvage anything.

Consider things like stripping down and painting the cabinets, or if they’re no good, maybe you’ll decide to reface them and keep the carcasses.

If painting is something you want to do, make sure you use VOC-free paint as some other types contain toxins that can release into your home over time.

  1. Use sustainable materials

If you spend a little time searching, you will find many different sustainable materials out there.

Discover recycled glass, wood and concrete or reclaim floorboards, cabinets, countertops, sinks and even taps. You’ll be amazed by all the sustainable gems out there! Just make sure that any wood you find is free from chemicals, especially formaldehyde.

And whatever you do, make sure to locally source as many materials as possible to avoid lengthy transportation time that impacts the environment.

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  1. Source efficient appliances

Choosing energy-efficient appliances can make a big difference to the planet and your energy bill. Plus, brands are constantly innovating to bring us more sustainable solutions.

Examples of efficient appliances include hot water taps; as an alternative to a kettle, it ensures you only use what you need rather than boiling an entire kettle for one cup of tea. A low-flow faucet is another fixture that helps save water by releasing less of it.

New A++ models of dishwashers are also much more sustainable using up to 30% less energy than older models.

An induction hob is usually the most efficient stovetop option there is. It is designed to only heat the cookware, which means less energy can escape and be wasted.

Before you buy an appliance, look into the sustainability policies of the brand and for longer guarantees, from 5-10 or more years.

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  1. Connect with local makers

Sometimes we don’t realise what’s on our doorstep. There could be carpenters, welders, glass blowers, curtain makers etc. right around the corner and they could help make your dream kitchen as unique as it can be. Working with and supporting local responsible makers and designers helps Irish businesses and brings us all closer to a more sustainable future. You can find some great local makers here, on the Design and & Craft Council Ireland website.

So, if you’ve been thinking about a sustainable kitchen revamp, let us help you lay the groundwork. We’re here to help you finish what you started with online loan approval in minutes. That’s permanent support.

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The content of this blog does not constitute advice and is for general information purposes only. Readers should always seek professional advice before relying on anything stated in the blog. Some of the links above bring you to external websites. Your use of an external website is subject to the terms of that site.

Sources

  1. SEAI 
  2. Electric Ireland

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