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How to Go Green in the Kitchen

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How to go green in the kitchen tips

Are you remodeling your kitchen? Building one from scratch? Do you have plans to change some things around to make the most important room of the home more functional and beautiful? At Neolith, we understand the power a brand-new kitchen can have, especially when it is stocked full of the latest and greatest smart devices and kitchen-ready tech. But what about sustainability? How can you go green in the kitchen?

Going green (and staying green) is one of the most important values we have at Neolith Sintered Stone. We are committed to the environment and every one of our customers by providing green and sustainable surfaces and resources to help homeowners be kinder to the Earth. That is why we created this guide for the best and easiest ways to going green in your own kitchen. 

Stick With Gas Appliances

What is more energy-efficient? Gas or electric? It largely depends on the type of appliance you are using to cook and how often you cook. However, for the average homeowner, it can be safe to say that gas-powered appliances are greener than electric stovetops. This is because gas heats up instantly, rather than having to stay on for longer periods of time while it heats up. And once it’s heated, it wastes no heat after cooking. The lower the BTUs of the stove, the less energy you will put out. 

Buy in Bulk 

Your kitchen appliances aren’t the only thing that can help you go green. The food you store and prepare in your kitchen can also make a huge difference. If you love to cook and you have a few mouths to feed, consider buying in bulk. 

According to Supermarket Guru, buying in bulk helps the environment because there is less packaging that ends up in landfills, not to mention fewer auto emissions due to decreased trips to the store. Buying in bulk is a smart plan for the benefit of your family and your home – but make sure that you don’t let all of that good food go to waste! 

Invest in Lasting Materials

You want kitchen utensils that are going to last you quite a long time. For example, if you like to make use of pots and pans often, you’ll want some cookware made with stainless steel or cast iron. These materials are built to last, and they can stand the test of time no matter how often you use them. This means that you will produce less waste, and you will have fewer things to fill up those landfills year after will. That’s what sustainability is all about – making things last without creating waste. 

That is another good reason to invest in our Neolith sintered stone countertops. Sintered stone is 100% environmentally friendly as it is recyclable, functional, and long-lasting. You can trust in the structural integrity of your sintered stone countertop for a lifetime, and you don’t have to use abrasive chemical products to clean it.

Properly Dispose of Old Appliances

If you are looking to replace your old stove or dishwasher with a new and improved, eco-friendly appliance, don’t just throw your old appliance away without doing some proper research. Did you know that there are many different organizations and communities who will take your old appliance and give it to a family in need? That way, it doesn’t sit out on your curb and then waste space in a junkyard with all of its non-biodegradable parts. You are helping both your planet and your community with this one! 

Go Green in Your New Kitchen!

Our Neolith experts are excited to witness the future of kitchen appliances and cooking habits. Going green is an important initiative and an excellent reason to invest in an overall kitchen upgrade. Neolith sintered stone is one of the leading kitchen countertops products in South Africa. Get into your kitchen remodeling plans and invest in a greener living situation today. 

Small Kitchen Design

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With small kitchen design you create a modern space for kitchen remodeling

Over the years, we have visited clients’ kitchens of all shapes and sizes. While some homeowners have large, open-concept kitchens, others have smaller spaces to work with. At LEICHT LA, we make it our goal to help you find high-end cabinets in Los Angeles for your kitchen design no matter how big or small your kitchen is. Small kitchen design can make a big difference in your home’s aesthetic.

Today, let’s focus on the essentials of designing smaller kitchens. There are key elements to pay attention to that can help you transform the space into a functional room featuring high-end furnishings. 

Cabinets

It is essential to start designing your kitchen with cabinets and storage spaces, as they typically take up the majority of the room in your kitchen. It is essential to include as much storage as possible, especially in a small kitchen. 

This is where organizing your storage methods effectively comes in handy. House Beautiful recommends alternating between closed and exposed cabinets, using storage space both as a way to organize and as a way to make a statement. Not to mention, it can make the kitchen appear more full, giving you a grander look. 

Lighting

Lighting is massively underestimated when it comes to kitchen design. The brightness, color, and placement of lights can completely change the look of a whole room. If your small kitchen design options are limited because of a lack of natural light through the windows, then you should invest in the right kind of lighting to provide a pleasant ambiance. Since lights are all-too-often overlooked, you may want to give yourself some extra time to decide whether above lighting, backlighting, or ambient lighting is the best choice for your small kitchen. 

Countertops

No matter how large or small your kitchen is, countertops are an essential part of it. Whether you enjoy cooking large meals or preparing small dishes, you’re bound to need at least a decent amount of counter space to prepare your food properly. A general rule of thumb to follow is that wherever you don’t have appliances, you should have countertops. A decent work surface is necessary, but you have options when it comes to the materials. Kitchen countertops vary in size, style, color, and, most of all, price. So it’s important to understand your budget as well as your aesthetic needs. 

Appliances

Last, but certainly not least, designing a small kitchen requires a bit of extra thought when it comes to placement – and size – of your necessary appliances. For the most part, when designing a small kitchen, our experts recommend replacing all of your appliances altogether. An upgrade can be just the thing you need to rearrange your kitchen the way you want. Not to mention, old devices may not match the new aesthetic you’re trying to achieve with your design upgrades. With small kitchens, it is even more important than large kitchens to have a cohesive look.

Layout

If you have the opportunity to change the entire layout of your kitchen, you can take advantage of your small kitchen and create an open-concept space. If you don’t have space for an entire dining table, you can create a little breakfast nook opposite the countertops. Or add some stools under a countertop bar. It is easier to create the perfect harmony of workspace and walking space in a small kitchen design than it is in a larger kitchen. The Spruce mentions that small kitchens make the perfect work triangle. This is an ergonomic design allowing you easier access between the fridge, stovetop, and seating space. 

Design Your Small Kitchen Today!

For many homeowners, getting started is the hardest step. It can be difficult going through a change in your kitchen without the proper plans and layouts in place. That is why our experts are here to help with recommendations of the most high-end kitchen fixtures on the market today. From small kitchen design to large, we are here to provide designer kitchens in Los Angeles. To learn more about how to transform your small kitchen, contact us online, or give us a call at (310) 360-0390 to speak with a representative today. 

Kitchen Sizing Guide and Glossary

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Using a kitchen sizing guide is vital during kitchen remodeling or renovations

Most kitchen furnishings and installments are made with standard kitchen sizes in mind. While everybody’s kitchens are different, there’s no denying that some fixtures look better in smaller kitchens, and others in larger kitchens. Don’t you wish there was some kind of kitchen sizing guide so you can figure out exactly what works best for YOUR kitchen?

Well, today’s your lucky day! Our premier kitchen designers came up with a kitchen sizing guide and a glossary to not only help you find the right measurements more easily but also to define certain terms and phrases that can assist you along the way.

Cabinets

Let’s start this list by talking about cabinets. Cabinets are easily the most prominent features of any kitchen, and it’s too easy to size them the wrong way, especially when you don’t know exactly what your layout plans are yet. Let’s go over some of the details:

Base Cabinets

For a large kitchen, you can easily have up to 192” of cabinetry, and that only includes front-facing cabinets. Other cabinets can be fitted in a large kitchen as well. On the other hand, small kitchens can comfortably fit up to 156” of front-facing kitchen cabinets. When you customize kitchen cabinets, you should keep in mind that kitchen cabinets must be at least 21” in depth.

Tall Cabinets

Tall cabinets are typically from floor to ceiling and are narrower than base cabinets. Most standard pantry space exists in tall cabinets. These fixtures can be between 84” and 94” tall in both small and large kitchens, with a depth up to 18”.

Drawers

Now that you understand your abilities and limitations on cabinet placement, what are you going to do about all of your custom drawer space? A kitchen drawer should be, at the bare minimum, 15” wide, and can measure up to 22” wide.

These standard sizes work well for kitchens of all sizes. The bigger your kitchen, the more cabinets you have, as well as more opportunities for drawer space. But when you work with design pros, you can learn how to maximize drawer space even in the smallest of kitchens.

Countertops

You can’t discuss kitchen layouts and sizing without talking about countertops. Easily the most attractive component of a kitchen, the countertop is essential to get right. No matter the size of your custom kitchen, your countertop should be at least 16” deep.

When it comes to countertop height, this is where sizes may vary. Large kitchens can handle countertops between 36” and 45” with a length up to 198”, while small kitchens have countertops that range in height between 26” and 36” with a length up to 132”.

If you are installing multiple countertops in the kitchen – a standard counter and an island counter, for example – it is vital that they are not both the same exact size. Typically, one countertop would be smaller than the other.

Doorways and Walkways

How grand should your kitchen entrance be? If you have an open-concept floor plan, you don’t need to worry about these measurements as much. But if your kitchen is separated from the rest of the home by walls and a doorway, you want to make sure your measurements all check out.

Doorways should be at a minimum 32” wide and 24” deep. In most cases, even with small kitchens, the doorways are larger to leave plenty of room for residents to move in and out of the space.

Walkways are trickier to manage. You want to have a good flow of space between your large appliances and fixtures in the kitchen. Have you ever heard of the kitchen triangle rule? It is a standard that many custom designers follow, indicating that a triangular space of walkway between the fridge, the stove, and the entryway can give your kitchen the perfect harmony. It also makes it easiest for you when you are trying to go back and forth while preparing a meal. Mainly, you don’t want anything in your way when you’re moving around in there.

Design Your Perfect Kitchen Today!

Using the glossary and kitchen sizing guide listed above, you can start to get a feel for which measurements will work best in your kitchen space. When you’re ready to get started with your own custom furnishings and fixtures, contact us online. You can also give us a call at (310) 360-0390 to speak with a representative.