Environmentally Friendly Cabinets for a Healthy Home

Environmentally friendly cabinets make a significant difference in your health because they don’t emit unhealthy chemical vapors. One such as urea formaldehyde is a carcinogen that can also cause nausea, headaches, fatigue, and burning sensations in the eyes and throat. Green choices protect your health, and the environment as well by sparing the planet through protecting forests and reducing pollution and waste.

The average cost of remodeling a kitchen costs averages around $20,000, with cabinets taking up a third of the cost. If you’re not trying to spend your entire paycheck on cabinet remodeling, here are a few tips to get quality work done that’s environmentally friendly and not as pricey.

Instead of a total kitchen cabinet replacement, try a small makeover to give your kitchen a fresh new look. Add new drawer pulls and handles; replace broken hinges and door glides with durable hardware; use lazy Susans to be more organized and save space; sand and refinish or reface worn surfaces by using zero or low VOC paints, adhesives, sealants, or plant-based oils.

If you absolutely feel like you need new cabinets, think about scaling back on the number you install, and put that towards fewer, yet greener ones. For example, think of open shelves in some parts of your kitchen that cost less and use less wood.

Shopping for new materials should be fun and non-stressful. When shopping, look for non-toxic materials that don’t contain urea formaldehyde. Acceptable alternatives include soy, PVA, and phenol formaldehyde. Make sure the cabinet exteriors are made out of good wood or bamboo that are FSC certified. To get more affordable alternatives, choose a veneer over a urea formaldehyde free composite core like plywood, MDF, or particle board. Solid metals are also good options since they don’t give off toxic gases. Most importantly, look for materials that have durability and the opportunity to recycle. Avoid salvaged or vintage cabinets with lead paint, and composite wood made with urea formaldehyde.

You can hire a professional for big jobs such as sanding and refinishing wood cabinet doors with water-based, low VOC sealants or paints; refacing doors and drawer fronts that have veneers of melamine; and replacing doors and drawer faces while leaving the cabinet and drawer shells intact.

Don’t think that because you buy cabinets made with urea formaldehyde, you are doomed. There are ways to reduce emissions such as airing your cabinets out in the garage for a couple weeks before letting them enter your home; and painting exposed surfaces of plywood, particle board, or MDF with multiple coats of a clear, water-based low-VOC sealant before the cabinets are installed, so you can access the backs.

Read more at Sierra Club Green Home to see how you can get started with your environmentally friendly kitchen cabinet makeover.

For More Information on Environmentally Friendly Cabinets for your home, contact Bradco Kitchens and Baths

6011 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: 323.936.3457
Fax: 323.939.9354
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )

Quick Home Improvements to Impress Those Holiday Guests

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.

Bertazzoni Master Series Gas Burner

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.

Fisher & Paykel Double Dishwasher

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.

 

 

 

Caroma USA nvisi™ Series II Cube

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.

 

Pendant Lighting

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.

Before and after shots of cabinets refacing

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

Phone: 323.936.3457
Fax: 323.939.9354
Toll Free: 866 4 Bradco ( 272326 )