How to Green a Kitchen

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

For the kitchen’s original counter, we designed wider, 30-inch countertops to make the cooking area more luxurious. By adding a few inches in depth instead of installing new counters, we provided more square feet of work space but used less counter material—in this case, reclaimed granite. The iridescent glass tile is from the Sicis company’s Iridium collection. The Italian company recycles its unused glass product back into new tiles ( The tile enhances the room’s natural light by refracting the filtered sun that enters. For the countertops, we bought surplus butterfly granite.
Photo By Barbara Bourne