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An Inside Scoop on Kitchen and Baths

An Inside Scoop on Kitchen and Baths

I’m Tracy Martin, owner of Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath. I believe you can get a design for your kitchen and bathroom that has function, flow, and style that reflects who you are and how you live.
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Green Countertops

 Green Countertops

 

“Green Construction” is a hot topic.  What is it, really?  It is confusing.  I will stick to one topic area: countertops.  In the world of countertops there are many choices but what is both safe for the environment at large and safe for the environment in your home?

 

There are no easy answers but here are some thoughts.  Here’s the first issue: There has been some attention to imported and exotic granites that emit high VOCs.  Here’s a definition of VOCs.  : Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.

 

The major concern in granite is radon a natural element that, without proper ventilation can be harmful to your health.  If you are considering putting in granite ask the vendor if they test their products. If you are concerned about granite that is already in your home, you can purchase a home testing kit or contact a company that can test your countertops.  Realtors may be a good source of info.  Houses are often tested for radon during the resale process.

 

The second issue: How is the countertop made or “fabricated”, and transported?  There is a world of green products made from recycled glass, paper, & stone out there, but they may be fabricated across the country and therefore the transportation to your home would not be considered “green”.  Look for local products:  “right around the corner” has less of an impact on the environment.

Here are some questions to ponder: Can the material you choose for your countertops be recycled again?  For example: stainless steel and wood can be recycled.  Also consider what holds it all together?  How much glue, resin or compound is used to make the countertop material or make the countertop stick to your cabinetry.

Approach the green craze in a sensible fashion and do a little reading.  Just because it’s certified green does not necessarily mean it is green for your home!

Here are few articles I found helpful!!

http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q9809.html

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/green/10-green-countertops.htm

http://iaq.supportportal.com/ics/support/kbanswer.asp?deptID=23007&task=knowledge&questionID=20950

 

 

 

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