How to go green, whether you’re ready for or just ant to make some simple changes
Winter, 2010 | by April Hardwick
The only thing left from the original kitchen in this west Los Angeles bungalow is the door. Everything else? Gone. Lori Dennis, a LEED-certified interior designer (learn more about LEEI) on page 64) created an energy-efficient space that’s safe for owners Dee Dee Irwin and David Marks, their family, and the planet. “Lori managed to combine green living seamlessly with all the elements of a bill modern working kitchen,”says Irwin.
GREENER LIGHTING. Removing a wall allowed more natural light in, and compact fluorescent bulbs and dimmer switches make the electric lighting as cco- friendly as possible.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES. The fridge and dishwasher were replaced with Energy Star models (reducing their energy consumption) and reconfigured to make room for a recycling center and compost bin.
LOW-FLOW FAUCETS. Kohler faucets minimize water waste; plus, the tap filters the water, doing away with toxins—and any need for disposable bottles or plastic filters.
ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS. Dennis chose Italian cabinets because of Italy’s high standards for reducing toxic emissions, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The floor is Forest Steward-ship Council–certified oak, the walls are painted with zero-VOC Benjamin Moore colors, and the countertops are Caeserstone, a 93 percent natured quartz that is stain and scratch
A major renovation (like this one!)
Ready to give your space a green makeover?The contemporary kitchen remodel and bath remodel we did for a West Los Angeles client is showcased with advice from our interior architect partner, Lori Dennis, on how to build an eco-friendly home, with energy efficient materials and appliances.