Part 2: Kitchens
When we design kitchens at The Open Plan our overriding thought is how eco can we make this project. Recently we have installed a number of kitchens with admirable eco credentials. We want to share the three easy ways to insure that your big investment is also making an ecological difference too.
1. Ditch the Plastic
Wooden kitchens ensure that no plastic enters your home and they can be repainted when you fancy a re-fresh, unlike plastic kitchens which can date quickly. Then consider wood or tile worktops as alternatives to unsustainable and unethical stone mined in far-flung countries. Wood has inherent anti-bacterial properties and can be re-sanded and oiled to erase years of use and UK and European ceramic and porcelain tops are much more harder wearing and easier to clean than natural stone too.
Should you want to avoid a massive renovation project, and have a "good-bones" yet dated kitchen, consider changing the worktops and fronts. Companies like Naked and Plykea have some gorgeous options. When changing tops you could also install gorgeous terrazzo made from reclaimed stone and glass. Finally consider using freestanding, vintage pieces such as sideboards, wall cupboards and dressers to add mis-matched interest to the room.
3. Made in the UK
Choose a kitchen company that designs, sources materials sustainably and makes its kitchens in the UK? This will mean that as little as zero sea and air miles are accumulated. Plain English Design and Yorkshire Pine Factory can advise you on their FSC timbers and European worktops. Proximity is key.
Contact Us to find out more and let us assist you with your eco interior design project.
Are you a fan of those Grand Designs and £100K Houses with their minimal Plywood surfaces and furniture? Us too. Hot of the Press - we've just stumbled upon Plykea (launched this month) who can give you a cool, architect designed looking kitchen using IKEA cupboard frames.
This lovely company can make bespoke, hand finished doors, cover panels and worktops for your IKEA’s Metod base cabinets to re-vamp your out-of-date kitchen and get a the Scandi (Hygge) vibe on. I'm sure Piers Taylor would approve.
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