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 )

Yelp Review By Kay J.

Got my kitchen done by Bradco last year and everyday I walk into it my kitchen I still cant’ believe how lucky I am to have gotten my dream kitchen.  My designer Angela first and foremost was a great listener.  My top priority besides having a nice look was having organization space where everything is onhand.  I became so sick and tired of tupperware all over the place, lids to pots and pans with no real place to put them, a corner cabinet where all the important stuff gets stuck in the back.  That was the focus of my kitchen and I can’t tell you how easy cooking, cleaning and organizing is in my kitchen now.  (and less expensive than the shrink,  Angela really was a good listener!) My husband and I saved for this kitchen for a long time, and felt that with the economy we were gonna be living in our home for a long time, so we might as well make the best of it.  I still didn’t have the hugest budget and Angela helped cut down things that I really didn’t need in order to meet the budge and still get my dream kitchen.  Thanks Bradco!

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Yelp Review by George G.

Not long after my family moved into their new place, we grew tired of our kitchen and needed a full out kitchen remodeling overhaul. Afterall, we spend most of our time in the kitchen. We have always loved the minimalist ambiance of simplicity and functionality and figured modern kitchen remodeling in LA is the way to go.

After a lot of researching where we could get our modern kitchen cabinets in Los Angeles (along with modern counter-tops, sinks, faucets, tiles, hardware, the WORKS), a friend recommended Bradco Kitchen and Bath design in Los Angeles (thanks, Bobby!).

We’re very happy with the way our kitchen came out. It’s sleek, stylish, and the envy of our friends :) At Bradco, they’re very detail oriented, professional, timely, accomodating and quite friendly – all really important in a kitchen and bath design company in LA!

What we also really appreciate is that the guys at Bradco are true GREEN kitchen remodeling pros – with their own manufacturing plant, specializing in custom environmentally-friendly kitchen cabinets – they have full control over what is produced at their factory, and how it’s made. That was a big selling point for us – we like our planet.

We’re thinking a modern bathroom remodeling project could be next. Not necessarily because we want to spend more time in there – but I know where to find our bathroom design and remodeling professionals: BRADCO Kitchen & Bath in LA.

Thanks guys! See you soon.

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Yelp Review By Aaron T.

When my mom was looking for new modern kitchen remodeling in LA, Bradco was a fantastic resource.

Their blog is amazing – http://bradcokitchen.c…

The designers and owners really know what they are talking about in all aspects of the Kitchen & Bath Design and Modern Kitchen Remodeling in LA.

A++

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Yelp Review By Joyce G.

I recently moved into a home and am working on my kitchen. One day, I visited a few showrooms for ideas, and just happened into Bradco. They seem to have a large staff and all have been very helpful, especially the owner. Their selection of all materials for the kitchen is terrific. I fell for a table and benches that they use there in their conference room. The moment I saw it, I knew that was what I wanted in my dining room and I am now the proud owner of a beautiful custom-made dining set.

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Insider Pages Review By John H.

As good as it gets

We had our kitchen done by Bradco some time ago. One of the drawers did not close properly anymore. I did not get to call them right away and when I called they where closed already so i could not talk to anyone in person, so I left a message on the general mailbox. It was on a Friday. I did not expect a call till the week after, but the next day in the morning we got a call from Michael the owner himself. He remembered who we were and assured us that he would send someone out to look at the problem. Already on Monday we got a scheduling call. One of their installers came out looked at the problem, the drawer was apparently off the track, fixed it and that was it. No charge, no hassle, no headache. These guys are great

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Yelp Review by Angelo B.

I got my kitchen renovated early 2009, but for whatever reason, I am in a Yelping mood today, and decided to post something here since they don’t have many reviews.
I am still really pleased with my kitchen. I think the price was very reasonable (10-15K range for granite countertops, new sink & new cabinets) which I think it awesome, given how nice it turned out. They also cater to a much more expensive price range if that’s what you want.

I was mainly dealing with Eli….he’s a friendly guy. I actually had a minor issue with the sink a few months later, and he came to check it out and fix it).

Only cons:
-the work took about a week longer than they promised: I had to wait a few days for the granite to be cut after the work had already started and my kitchen was out of commission (I was not warned about this in advance)
-the construction crew did show up late on some days without any call.

But at the end of the day, I was a happy customer. Will use them again when I eventually get my bathroom remodeled.


 

Insider Pages Review By Joe B.

Bradco Kitchens & Baths has delivered what they promised

We recently completed our Kitchen remodel with Bradco kitchens and we want to tell everyone that it was a pleasure do deal with them. From the owner Michael to all his staff we were never disappointed. Friends warned us that a remodel is always a stressful. Well, go to Bradco and they will prove you wrong. The price was right, their cabinetry is of high quality, everything was on time and budget. Thank you Bradco for the great kitchen you provided for us. Also special thanks to Eli from B&R Construction who managed the actual construction work and Ana our Designer for her diligent handholding.We love you guys.

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Citysearch Review by JoHo

Green Custom Cabinetry

Our kitchen was a mess and we had a baby on the way, my wife was on my case to get us a new kitchen before the baby was born. I kept dragging my feet and did not want to spend the money. In this economy I thought there is no way I can afford that kind of remodel. We finally went to the usual suspects, Home Depot Lowes and some other cabinet stores The prices for the cabinets were within my price range but we did not feel that we were in good hands in any of these places. We felt pressured at all times and we also felt that there where still so many unknown. These guys are just not that professional. Then we found out about the possible toxins that are in new cabinetry and with the baby on the way we needed to find someone that could provide us with non toxic cabinetry. Everyone we spoke to told us that GREEN CABINETRY would certainly not be within our budget. After extensive research on the net we fell upon the Pure Bond website and they revered us to Bradco Kitchens and Bath on Pico Blvd. We made an appointment and the rest is a Love story. Ryan was our designer and together with the owner they tailored a kitchen for us that fit our needs and most importantly our budget. Just be careful because all the accessories that you think you want can get you fast above the budget. When we told Michael, the owner, that we where above what we could afford he sat down with us and Ryan and tailored us the kitchen that we could pay for. We got high end custom cabinetry with NO TOXIC materials. They even loan you a FORMALDEHYDE METER to check you cabinets. So you can be sure that what they say is true. Bradco does not install but they revered us to their in-house installer, B & R Construction. They did what they promised on budget and on time. We can highly recommend them. Thank you Mr. Michael, Ryan and Eli from B&R Construction. You were great.

Pros: Non toxic cabinetry even i could afford

Cons: Best kept secret in LA

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