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An Energy-Saving Kitchen

NKBA Award winning sustainable eco-friendly kitchen design
Photo by Michael J. Lee Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Sustainable- Best ofKitchen ViewsNewton, MADesigner: Jessica Williamson, AKBD

Design Notes: When this family of five moved from the city to the suburbs, they wanted to build an eco-friendly new home with an open-plan living space featuring a green kitchen. Environmentally conscientious products fill the kitchen, including LEED-certified cabinetry with a no-VOC finish and no added formaldehyde, a recycled glass backsplash, and a recycled redwood counter. A whole-house lighting system makes saving energy easier, and a PEX plumbing system allowed for the installation of a gray-water recover system. An island dining spot lets the kids snack while Mom and Dad cook on the Energy Star appliances.

Products and Materials: GE Monogram appliances, Caesarstone quartz countertops, GreenQuest by Crystal cabinets