This Potomac, Maryland, home needed a kitchen makeover, and because the owner is an environmental activist, it made sense for her kitchen remodel to be as green as possible. The kitchen also needed to be an organized place for hosting dinner parties, as well as a comfortable spot for weeknight meals and family time for three kids and two busy parents.
“This was one of the busiest kitchens I have ever been in,” says interior designer Emily Prugar of M House Designs. “We needed to be able to seat a lot of people without crowding her cooking space.”
Paint was key to Prugar’s and the homeowners’ goals. A new coat of VOC-free paint on the kitchen table legs, and voilà — a new kitchen table. She used the same tactic with the kitchen chairs and the walls. Other green choices included patronizing environmentally responsible wood companies, using salvaged antique windows and sourcing Energy Star appliances.
Read on for more of Prugar’s tips from this kitchen renovation.
3. Use recycled materials as much as you can. Prugar used recycled antique windows between the kitchen and the family room. This way, the parents can hear and observe the kids even while they juggle cooking prep with setting the table.
Vintage details give a unique look that usually can’t be bought, and you won’t find duplicates in your neighbors’ houses, either. These windows allow light and sounds through, but don’t disrupt the clean, quiet feel of the kitchen.
The windows are from Housewerks in Baltimore, a good local source for salvaged finds. Prugar had the lead redone in some spots.
4. Source environmentally friendly companies. These kitchen cabinets are made here in the U.S. by Elmwood. The company participates in the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program, which promotes resource management.
6. Repurpose old furniture if you can. In this case, the old kitchen table legs were painted a mossy green to refresh them. The upholstered banquette under the window “feels like a sofa in the kitchen,” Prugar says. It can seat four or five kids during both quick dinners and big celebrations.
7. Use fans to keep cool. Instead of a light fixture, Prugar added a fun retro ceiling fan over the table to help keep the busy kitchen cool without the need for constant air conditioning.