How to Green a Kitchen

An interior design team from San Rafael, California, shares the secrets behind this spectacular remodel.

To avoid expensive wiring changes, we kept the sink and appliances in their existing locations, but substituted new, energy-saving models, including a Bosch dishwasher ( and General Electric refrigerator ( We also double-insulated the warming and standard ovens for general heat retention. Our team took the original kitchen cabinets to The Away Station, a local recycling service, and replaced them with Plyboo bamboo cabinets that are low in formaldehyde ( The natural Marmoleum flooring creates a beautiful surface, and it’s made from nontoxic ingredients such as linseed oil and wood flour (
Photo By Barbara Bourne