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530 W. Ojai Ave.
Suite 207
Ojai, CA  93023

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Mon - Fri 9-6

805.648.2626

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Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design

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 Featured in Ventana Monthly Magazine, September 2012

A Healthy Kitchen

By Andrea Kitay—Photography by Gaszton Gal

Creating a kitchen that follows the principles of Bau-Biologie while keeping a traditional finished look called for expertise, guidance, and eco-friendly products. The movement advocates for the health of both a living space and its occupants; it is the next generation in green. To create this cheery kitchen, toxic materials were removed and a layering process began, with products like zero-VOC recycled denim insulation tucked between studs in the walls and attic. Formaldehyde-free birch cabinets with sustainably harvested natural bamboo doors offer the same tricked-out features as less eco-friendly choices. To create a lively pop of color, Grier used a Southwestern mix of recycled tile backsplash and an all-natural, bio-based raspberry-toned paint. Playing off the butter-colored traditional linoleum flooring, the concrete and post-consumer recycled glass countertops come alive. The result is a happy and healthful space for its occupants and the environment.

"It's a common myth that green costs more." —Cynthia Grier

DESIGN Cynthia Grier, EcoLogic Life

805-648-2626, ecologiclife.com 

 

Tips for creating an eco healthy kitchen. 

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Select the right team to start, including an architect, designer, and contractor. You want people who have expertise in eco-friendly materials and their installation. Most projects inevitably have a few bumps in the road, but you can minimize them by doing your homework.

Countertops are made with concrete and post-consumer recycled glass.

 

DON’T LET COUNTERTOPS BE AN AFTERTHOUGHT

Countertops can be an artful, sophisticated focal point. They’re as important to your kitchen’s functionality as the cabinetry, and they can be just as expensive, too, so make sure there is room in the budget to do them right.

Southwestern-style recycled tiles for the backsplash add a lively pop of color.

 

KNOW YOUR BUDGET AND YOUR VISION

You will want to work efficiently with the design portion of your project. Gather together information and images on your vision, including magazine cutouts, materials ideas, and a checklist of wants. Play around with ideas at houzz.com.

Formaldehyde-free birch cabinets have sustainably harvested bamboo doors.

 

FIND A ONE-STOP SHOP

Designers with access to a wide selection of eco-friendly materials will save you time and money. As distributors of these products, they have the ability to help keep costs in line, and you will be spared countless hours running from place to place looking for the products that will suit you best.