Creative Corner: Solutions for Older Homes

Creative Corner: Solutions for Older Homes

Sustainability is often about creativity and working with what you’ve got. This is especially the case when remodeling older homes, many of which were not built with modern kitchen design or location in mind.

At this home in Leschi, the existing kitchen windows were lower than standard counter height. Our solution was to create a window-well behind the sink. This allowed the windows to stay in place, while also reducing cost, minimizing landfill waste and preserving the home’s old world charm.

See more photos of our kitchen remodel projects here.

Blue Kitchen Ravenna

Blue Kitchen Ravenna

kitchen with blue door

Kitchens are the hearthstone of the home — a place to nourish, console, debate, love, and celebrate. After raising a family in this classic home, the kitchen had reached its limits. After research and design advice from their design team at Greenhome Solutions and builder Mighty House Construction, the homeowners were able to achieve their vision of an updated kitchen that not only met their dark green renovation goals but also would sustain their needs and give them an enjoyable, beautiful space to sip their morning coffee.

Creative, Budget Conscious Design – Farm sinks are unusual and beautiful but often not inexpensive – nor are the cabinets that fit them. Here, an IKEA sink and cabinet were used in conjunction with Canyon Creek doors to maintain consistency. The Katana line by Canyon Creek is offered at an excellent price point for people on a tight budget. Made in Monroe, Washington, in a state-of- the-art facility, the finish is completely cured when delivered to the job site providing excellent indoor air quality. Canyon Creek cabinets are available through Greenhome Solutions.

Reused Tile Backsplash – Reusing salvaged building materials is a sustainable alternative to buying new products. Salvaged materials greatly reduce natural resource consumption and landfill demand. A great alternative to buying new! The tiles used in this project were salvaged from a previous project on site.

Creative Salvage – Salvaging old materials is a great way to give your space character without opening your wallet. It’s also a way to mix old in with the new. This door to the basement was made with custom shutters repurposed from the previous owner’s own shutter business.

 

Which features of this kitchen might you implement in yours? Let us know!

Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen

Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen

Once awkward and dimly-lit, this Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen was creatively altered for improved use, better socializing with a place to sit, and enhanced storage in an inviting and lovely space. This project showcases stunning and colorful sustainable solutions for big functionality in small spaces.

 

BEFORE the Remodel

For a couple that uses their small kitchen as much as possible, a creative plan to open and lighten up the space was essential. Daylighting, enhanced storage, and a place to chill all added BIG functionality to the smallish space.
small kitchen with white refrigerator
Salvaged Ceaserstone countertops – from Second Use. Ceaserstone is a manufactured, highly- durable, no-voc, quartz (42% reclaimed) material produced with a high commitment to health and environmental considerations. Additional materials were salvaged or re-used wherever possible, such as the kitchen appliances, butcher block.

A staircase that was previously covered in treacherous tile is now a bright and cheery blue Marmoleum flooring. Marmoleum (natural linoleum w/ jute backing) is made from mostly natural and renewable material that is completely non-toxic, anti-microbial, and super duper durable. blue stairs
West Seattle Green Kitchen

West Seattle Green Kitchen

This family of four is constantly on the go! From work and school, to sports and coaching and lots of around and about activities – any obstructions to their flow have a heightened level of annoyance. Re-orienting and opening the kitchen to the dining and living room along with a more gracious access to the expanded deck provides the flexibility and function they need … the updated aesthetic was icing on the cake!

green kitchen island with bar stools

This project included removing a wall that separated the kitchen and living spaces, reworking the kitchen layout to add an island and improved functionality, and updating finishes with sensible and sustainable solutions such as: locally-produced Canyon Creek cabinetry, no-VOC Ceaserstone countertops, patching and re-finishing the wood floor instead of replacing it, and locally-sourced and produced recycled glass tile that allowed for the homeowner’s creativity to shine. 

Working in tandem with the home’s existing assets, a desire for new and functional results, and a conservative budget, we were able to maintain the goals of minimal impact for maximum affect in how they live, play, and grow in their home.

green kitchen french doors and deck