Remodeling your kitchen is full of important decisions, and not just color and style. For many people, making ecologically responsible choices is just as important as form and function. Green cabinetry is a big part of an eco-friendly kitchen design. It’s easy to decide that you want your kitchen to be made in eco-friendly way, but many homeowners are surprised to discover just how many types of green cabinetry options there are. There are cabinets made from reclaimed wood, cabinets made from fast-regrowing wood or from wood that is guaranteed to be replanted through forestry conservation. There is also pressed-wood cabinetry that has no formaldehyde preservative, and paint or varnish that is low in VOC (volatile organic compounds).
Let’s dive into your options for green cabinetry when designing an eco-friendly kitchen.
One of the biggest concerns with green cabinetry is conserving natural resources and reducing forest cutting. A great way to do this is to prioritize cabinets made from salvaged and reclaimed wood. This means that the wood was used for something else first, but that was taken apart, cut, and rebuilt into cabinets. Often, this reclaimed wood comes from buildings that have become structurally unsafe or no longer in use, like old barns. The wood that is still in great condition is then taken away and repurposed into all sorts of things.
Salvaged and reclaimed wood makes great floors, has been built into furniture, and is often used for green cabinetry. Reclaimed wood cabinets involve no new trees being cut and come with a wonderful history that you can often learn about and enjoy welcoming into your home.
Cabinetry certified by environmental groups is another way to go. The most common certifications are FSC and ESP. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. They only certify wood and cabinet manufacturers if the wood has been harvested in a responsible and sustainable manner. This usually means dedicated replanting and working to preserve the ecosystems that are affected by cutting. ESP stands for Environmental Stewardship Program (not psychics) and holds similar principles of preservation and ecological responsibility.
Certifications from either the FSC or the ESP show that the wood your cabinets are made from is new, but harvested carefully with ample replanting to conserve the environments from which the wood was harvested. Other certifications to look for are CARB Compliancy, EPP Designation, and LEED Accreditation.
The next thing to consider is pressed particle board cabinets. Many cabinets are not made out of solid wood, but pressed composite wood held together with a glue adhesive. The trouble is that many adhesives contain added formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. These cabinets are bad for the environment because they can ‘out-gas’ toxins and are potentially bad for your family as well. If you decide to go with pressed composite cabinetry, look for options that advertise as formaldehyde-free.
You may also want to think about the toxicity of the paint and varnish you choose. Liquid pigment is notorious for including toxic solvents to transfer the pigment and many include something called VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. These are ingredients that are bad for humans, animals, and some plants. Breathing VOCs as paint dries or over time in your home can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, difficulty breathing, nausea, and some VOCs cause cancer. Look for water-based paints and varnishes that advertise low VOCs. It is not necessary for brands to reveal their VOC count but some make it clear that they have reduced their VOCs.
Another way to make ecologically responsible cabinetry choices is to look for fast-growing wood types. Replanting is wonderful, but many trees take as much as 50 years to fully replace themselves after cutting and replanting. There are certain types of wood that make great cabinets and can replace themselves incredibly quickly for a tree’s lifecycle.
The classic fast-growing wood is bamboo. Bamboo replaces itself in a few very short years. Bamboo stalks (for construction) are ready to be harvested between 4 and 10 years after planting which is incredibly rapid compared to trees. Bamboo also spreads incredibly quickly, filling any planted field edge-to-edge with new stalks within a year or two after planting clustered stalks initially.
This means that bamboo is incredibly eco-friendly for natural wood cabinets because no eco-system needs to be damaged to grow, cut, and regrow bamboo for construction.
Lyptus is a genetically modified type of eucalyptus tree that was designed specifically to address the deforestation and replanting issues. Lyptus, a hardwood, takes about 15 years to mature between cuttings, which is about a quarter the maturation time for a hardwood. Lyptus is easily stained but naturally has a rosy hue with a wide range of light to dark natural color, making it a lovely alternative to cherry or mahogany.
The coolest thing about lyptus? It regrows from the remains of a previously cut lyptus tree. This means that cleared fields of the modified lyptus tree can be harvested over and over again, making it very eco-friendly.
Finally, there are a few details you might want to keep in mind in addition to materials and certifications. Consider the distance that your cabinet wood has traveled, as trucking ads to emissions and wood harvested closer to you will have a lower overall carbon footprint.
Avoid exotic woods for a number of reasons. First, they are often rare and slow-growing types of tree that are not easy to harvest ecologically. Second, they often come from very far away, adding to their carbon footprint with transport.
Generally, look for products that include a minimal amount of glue to minimize the unlisted VOCs in your whole cabinetry construction. Look for solid panel cabinets and those that prioritize smart use of nails and fasteners over glue.
If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, the best way to make your design eco-friendly is to work with the right custom remodeling team. Here at Bradco, we prioritize green cabinets. Bradco cabinets are manufactured locally to reduce the carbon footprint so that every aspect of your project can be ecologically responsible. No matter what look, style, or design you’re going for, we can help you make the most eco-friendly choices to best suit your design.
We would love to help you build a truly ecologically responsible kitchen that is both beautiful and green, no matter what color you choose to finish with. Let us build you a beautiful kitchen that you can feel good about. Contact us today to begin a consultation on your dream kitchen and we’ll talk about both your vision and your eco-friendly choices in green cabinetry and efficient fixtures.
There’s no doubt about it, kitchen and bath remodeling can be a seriously dusty, dirty and gritty endeavor. Like any journey, much hassle and lost time can be avoided by choosing the right guide to reach your destination. In the case of a kitchen remodel and bathroom remodel, proper knowledge and planning can mean a substantial reduction in overall cost. Going with experience allows for the proper space planning in the kitchen and space planning in the bathroom to create kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets that are both useful and beautiful. A professional can foresee and avoid common problems, and can also help clients to prepare a sensible kitchen budget and sensible bathroom budget.
Rachel Pasterino, lead designer at Bradco Kitchens on Venice Blvd., a company that specializes in kitchen cabinets in Los Angeles and bathroom cabinet in Los Angeles stipulates that, “The knowledge a professional contributes can make an astounding difference in kitchen design and bathroom design. I find that my clients are pleasantly surprised by the wealth of ideas a seasoned kitchen designer and bathroom designer brings to the table when planning a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel.”
Kitchen design and bathroom design require a very specific knowledge of all the components such as the plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets or bathroom cabinets, kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops and kitchen appliances. When a kitchen designer or bathroom designer is seasoned and experienced this can have a serious impact on the budget of a kitchen remodeling project or bathroom remodeling project, savings the client thousands of dollars. Your kitchen and bathroom should be designed as a unique place that perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle. Going with a professional kitchen designer or bathroom designer guarantees that your Los Angeles home renovation is done properly the first time around, greatly eliminating costly changes and mistakes that can plague large home remodeling projects.
The holidays are descending on us fast and if it’s your turn to host the family gathering, you may be weary of the relatives seeing your dilapidated kitchen or bathroom areas. Oh no, is it too late to cancel?! Never fear Bradco is here to help you make a few home improvements that will make your space more welcoming. We have compiled a list to benefit your quick fix needs.
Kitchen appliances sparking? New stoves and ovens are easy to replace and can be switched out in as little as one weeks time, from order to installation. We recommend selecting energy efficient appliances for a budget friendly monthly bill. You can often get a special rebate from your local utility company for purchasing these products; there’s nothing better than thrilling your holiday guests with your delicious culinary creations straight from your new oven.
Still washing your dishes by hand? Sounds like you need a new dishwasher in your life, out with the old and in with the new. This is definitely a major tool in making life easier, especially if you are having house guests. Save yourself from slaving over a pile of dirty dishes and Simply load and press a button to add convenience to your life. All dishwashers are guaranteed to be scald and splash free.
Toilet tanking? There is almost nothing more embarrassing than explaining to visitors all the restrictions and rules to using your commode in order to avoid overflows and mishaps. You should never again have say anything like this “Sorry, our system is a bit old so jiggle the handle then wait 30 seconds and if that doesn’t work shake the tank.” Opting to go with a low flow toilet will cut down on the water bill, as they say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Bradco offers an assortment of styles to choose from and the installation will take no more than half a day. What an ideal way to help all of your guests get comfy on your brand new throne.
Lights on the blink? Update your out of date track lighting by choosing a modern pendant light design or recessed lighting to open up a room with low ceilings. Replace an entire fixture or simply replace coverings and/or bulbs. LED light bulbs are a long lasting and energy efficient option, which in turn is also a money saver. Even minor adjustments to accent lights will turn out illuminating results for your home. Lighting can drastically change the feel of any room for the better. These improvements can make your home feel warmer and easier for guests to admire your entire space.
Is your kitchen in need of a face lift? Cabinet refacing may be the answer to your cosmetic problems. If your kitchen is well built and functional there is really no reason to tear out existing cabinets. Refacing is less costly then remodeling an entire kitchen and is the most time saving option. Cabinet refacing is also eco friendly because there are less resources used in the process. Best of all you can select from tons of colors and styles at Bradco that complement your home’s decor and the installation will only take two to four days. Holiday guests will stare in awe at your fancy “new” cabinets.
For more ideas on quick fix improvements contact Bradco Kitchens and Baths at:
Bradco Kitchens & Baths
6011 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )
Here’s an insider perspective you don’t want to miss from Mr. Bradco himself, Michael Kienzl. Known for being very forthcoming, here is his insight on Spanish Decor where you will get all your questions answered about this popular design and how you can integrate it into your home.
1) Why is preserving a kitchen’s overall aesthetic design better then completely remodeling a kitchen?
“Many people want to gut their entire kitchen and start from scratch. Moving a wall and relocating fixtures and appliances are one of the more costly construction costs you can incur. Keep your ego in check and ask yourself if the money that needs to be spent could not be saved or maybe spent on other upgrades that will bring more advantages to the overall project, such as adding an island. People have certain ideas like constructing an entirely new kitchen from scratch, but we put their ideas in perspective and guide them in the right direction. Since there is no definite standard on what an average kitchen remodel can cost, we help you get what you need instead of what you impulsively want.”
2) What is the best option for a vintage Spanish style homeowner: To select reface cabinets or replace them?
“Vintage style homeowners want to preserve the original features of their kitchen or bathroom. Often there are important components that can only be preserved by refacing the existing cabinetry such as a tile backsplash, a special countertop material, or other components unique to the style of the house. Think twice before ripping out all your cabinets, and see if it’s a structural issue. If the guts of the cabinets are falling apart, the boxes should be redone. A reface can be as elaborate as new cabinetry. Bradco can redo the drawer fronts to help sync your kitchen’s overall look while preserving the usefulness of the cabinets by installing metal glide mechanisms.”
3) What are the easiest elements to implement on a Spanish inspired kitchen?
“There is not one specific element to implement on a Spanish kitchen, but more of a combined effect that constitutes this look. Cabinetry that has an arched door with rustic but still elegant hardware along with painted or dark stained wood cabinetry is one overall Spanish effect. Hardware makes a big difference on cabinetry to achieve that Spanish kitchen look. Try adding glass into some of the cabinet doors to give it more of a furniture look. You can also opt for countertops that imitate marble, waved granite, a rustic floor, or even a shaker door. A shaker door is a simple door with a square frame around it. Just take center panel out and replace it with glass, or even some decorative handwoven brass grilles.”
4) Being that Spanish decor design is so popular, how can you make it look expensive yet cost effective?
“If the overall layout of the kitchen is functional, refacing can save some serious dineros. Consider leaving the backsplash and change only the countertop, change a stainless steel sink to a farm sink, or make minor modifications to cabinetry. Add an open wine rack instead of a row of cabinets you don’t need.”
5) What are the usual Spanish design decor pieces involved when remodeling a kitchen?
“Painted or stained cabinet doors, cool hardware, a tile backsplash, some corbels and cabinets on legs. Add some seeded glass in some of the cabinet doors, some arches, even open cupboards in the wall.”
6) What are some classic interior designs related to Spanish decor that have never gone out of style?
“Niches with wood counters and recess lights on top, decorative arches, texture on the walls. For more kitchen specific, a recess panel with an arch, painted cabinetry with glass inside, legs on the cabinets, or a tile backsplash work great. In Spanish decor cabinetry, not much oak is used. Alder, known as the “poor man’s cherry” is a hardwood that has become very popular because it stains well and is used instead of cherry wood since it’s less expensive. Alder is not a tight grain, instead it’s a big grain that has a swerve design.
In regards to colors, choose strong earth tones. Spanish and Mexican influence use stencils on the walls, painted in a different color than others in the same room.”
7) Why do you think the Spanish style of decor is so popular?
“California has a long history of Spanish-style real estate. Many of the structures here are influenced by Spanish designs. After all, the Spaniards had a big influence in the development of this area. Missions were the first pillars of society after the Spaniards discovered this area. It is a warm and friendly style that fits well to our history, weather, and geography.”
Whether it be a small change or a complete remodel, there are numerous ways to integrate Spanish style into your home that can be efficient and more importantly cost effective. Here at Bradco, we pride ourselves in our quality of work to transform your beloved home into the look you’ve always dreamed of. Our great selection of Spanish Decor will leave you with endless style possibilities and the expert advice from our interior designers can help you in this exciting process.
If you have any questions about any products or services of Bradco Kitchens & Baths don’t hesitate to contact us:
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )
If you have been starving for a sign to help you decide whether or not to make some remodeling improvements to your kitchen, sink your teeth into this:
Bradco is announcing our new promotion beginning November 1, 2011 through November 15, 2011 of free, yes that is FREE, cabinet installation! Cabinets can be selected from five different designer lines.
Wouldn’t it be great to have new cabinets in your kitchen, especially when you are going to end up paying a fraction of the regular price?
At Bradco, we know that running deals and promotions are a great way to give you that extra nudge of incentive to go ahead with creating the kitchen of your dreams. That is why we at Bradco are more than happy to offer you this early holiday treat.
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At Bradco Kitchens and Baths there is something for everyone. Whether you have traditional or contemporary taste or are working with a small or large budget, our professional designers will tailor your kitchen to fit your style and your wallet.
With the check for the last payment of my bathroom renovation project enclosed, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that you that working with your design and construction teams far exceeded my expectations. Chuck, Ana, Ryan, David and Manny were a pleasure to work with on this project and they represent your firm and their professions well.
With this being my first home renovation project, I already had some reservations about it. And, hearing the experiences of friends and colleagues with similar projects only multiplied my misgivings. In hindsight, I can say the smartest step I made in this project was to walk into your showroom in December and start working with your team. Each of them entered my project when I was about to start the construction phase and a number of decisions had yet to be made. Each of them stepped in and their work maintained the continuity we were trying to recapture. They all provided a degree of professional and polished insight, experience, expertise, and advice that was truly unexpected and gave me the reassurance I needed to move forward with my project. I truly believe that their efforts to truly understand client’s needs beyond blueprints and schedules makes your firm standout as unique. The results of their efforts are very impressive and I’ve received compliments for the redesign and reconstruction. Indeed, I would recommend your team without hesitation.
I am hopeful that sometime this spring, I can start planning a kitchen renovation project with your team. Please convey to everyone my appreciation for all of the help to me and my good wishes for a superb year ahead.
A few weeks back your company helped repair our kitchen cabinents.The work done along with the services we received was prompt and courteous. The workmanship of the repair was excellent also. Knowing that Bradco backs up their merchandise and sends quality firms such as yourselves out to their customers will have us returning to your store.
Thank you. Happy Holidays to everyone at Bradco and B&R Construction. Kindest regards.
Here is your opportunity to get some insider perspective straight from Bradco Designer, Joanne, who took the time to answer a few specific questions:
1. Let’s say I’m a new home owner starting to work on my cabinets. How do you choose the right style and color to accommodate a kitchen?
“First and foremost, know the style of your house. The style of the kitchen should be based on the style of the house. The two themes should go hand in hand so that the designs flow together. This tip is not only an important cosmetic feature but also a money saver. Consider this: It’s more economical to work with a pre-existing kitchen base and make specific stylized adjustments than it would be to start from scratch. Work with what you have and make the improvements from there; a few key changes can make a huge difference in the finished product.”
2. How would you select colors that best suit my space?
“Kitchen colors should be chosen based on the floors. Generally we suggest complementing color schemes. For instance, dark wood floors go well with light furnishing choices and light-colored tile floors go well with dark-colored furnishings. These scheme tips help to make unique shades more prominent. As always these suggestions are dependent upon personal preference and/or budget. To echo the previous answer of working with your home’s existing style, you could always pick a specific architectural feature that you want to highlight and make that element more prominent in the kitchen. For example, if your home has many beams or unique crown moldings replicate those aspects in handle choices or decorative elements. Keep in mind that if there is already a large amount of wood in your home and your goal is to tone down that element; a simple solution is to paint the cabinets. Earth tones are usually a good stand-by choice for any home.”
3. How do you establish a budget and how would you accommodate someone on a low budget?
“What is your home worth? Budgets are derived from the value of the home and your cash flow. If money is tight, make a list and put major priorities on top to make sure those items are taken care of before anything else. It is advisable to set aside twenty percent of your budget to handle the unexpected to be more safe than sorry. There are always budget saving options available such as: using maple butter blocks, countertops made from recycled material, or utilizing tile for a back splash in place of the more expensive marble options.”
4. How long does the kitchen remodeling process usually take?
“Generally the time can fluctuate depending on how much work needs to be done on a particular kitchen. Keep in mind that if you decide to choose custom cabinets, they should be the first item ordered since they take the longest to make. An average job can take two months so prepare your meal options accordingly.”
5. Do you incorporate eco-friendly aspects in your design and what are you favorite products? Are you an advocate of eco-friendly solutions?
“Double yes. I can truly get behind the eco-friendly products and often suggest this option to clients. There have been many advancements in price alternatives these past years making eco-friendly a more viable option for everyone. My most recommended options are countertops made from recycled materials and formaldehyde-free plywood for cabinets. Plywood is my choice because it’s easy to work with and good for people who have allergies.”
6. What are some new trends that have been popular in 2011?
“Definitely functionality over design is a major trend that has played into this year. More clients are not over-designing and less over-stylized concepts are currently being applied to kitchens. Less bells and whistles sort of speak.”
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Dear Bradco Management,
I was standing in my breathtaking gorgeous Bradco – designed kitchen the other day, and it occurred to me that I had done something terrible – I had neglected to write to you sooner and let you know how much we appreciate the man who created our dream kitchen for us.
You went so far above and beyond what we would have expected in customer service. Whether it was staying until the wee hours and planning out our entire kitchen, cabinet by cabinet, or making one of many trips out to Orange County and standing in the cement shell of the kitchen making plans by flashlight ( no joke ), or putting out mini and major “fires” as they “flared up,” Fred was always courteous and friendly.
And extremely competent, as I am sure you well know. The kitchen is so easy to use and has such a wonderful feeling and flow, on top of being absolutely beautiful. And Fred had some serious vision in order to see through what was originally there – all sorts of 1970’s appliances and rotted cabinets. The kitchen now resembles nothing of what it was before, thank goodness, thanks to your gift of seeing what can be done.
We would not hesitate to recommend Bradco to anyone and everyone we know who is planning a kitchen/bathroom project. We cannot say enough.
Thank you again for our beautiful kitchen!
Dear Michael, Amelia, Roberto & All the Bradco family,
Thank you so very much for the beautiful and thoughtful gifts! Of course they’re perfect in the new kitchen! Happy New Year and congrats on your new location. We’ve really enjoyed working with you and look forward to doing so again.