You don’t have to sacrifice style for function. I’ll show you how to get both with a smart and beautiful kitchen design. This kitchen went from dated and dysfunctional, to lovely and livable, and all it took was some thoughtful design. One of the main goals was to open up the space. You can see how boxy and closed in it was with this peninsula cutting the room right in half. Pulling it out created a more open, freeflowing footprint, and unified the space. And removing the soffets instantly added height and light to the room.
These two simple structural changes made a big difference not only in how the kitchen looks but how it functions, which was the second goal, better functionality and in a kitchen.that means storage. To maximize storage, the kitchen incorporates a mix of cabinetry styles; from traditional closed cabinets, to open shelving, even specialty pieces like this corner cabinet to corral odds and ends. This is one of my favorite design elements of the whole kitchen, it’s this top hinged wall cabinet, that lifts right out of the way and behind it.
Creates an appliance garage where you can store large appliances or other things you dont want sitting out on the counter top. Pull everything out, do your work and then tuck it back away and its all out of sight. You can also come up with your own unexpected configurations of cabinets. This wall was totally unused. Now, we’ve added three layers of shallow upper cabinets that create almost a furniturelike piece and provide so much great storage, as well as gorgeous display space. So what was wasted space, is now fully functional.
Making the most of those ‘wasted spaces’ is the route to really boosting your storage. So utilize corners, make drawers do double duty, add on to insides of doors, it’s all about finding simple solutions to your everyday problems, with a little help of course from Lowe’s Creative Ideas.
How to ecorenovate your home II Reducing your carbon footprint 23
This threebedroomed terrace house on an Oxford estate was built in 1982 and doesn’t look much different from its neighbours. But it’s had an ecorenovation makeover, although many of the changes are hidden. What fuel is used for heating the house? That would be mains gas. Mark Luntley and Alice Brander started renovating this house soon after moving here in 2002.
They wanted to reduce their carbon footprint substantially. Now they’re using a carbon calculator to see if there’s more they could still do. This is the average electricity that we use. Mark and Alice are concerned about climate change and want to reduce their energy use and waste. They don’t want to preach but they do want to show people what can be done. Al Gore talks about people going from denial.
Right the way through to despondency without actually stopping off in the middle to do something and we really wanted to say we want to do something about it and do something practical and influence others to do the same. I can’t think of any sacrifice in having our particular lifestyle. On the contrary, I’ve gained more because of the greener lifestyle. We’re five minutes from the shops and central Oxford. As you look round the house you’ll see it looks a very ordinary house.
It feels a very ordinary place. It just so happens that it uses about half the energy that it used to. Reducing environmental impact was a high priority in the choice of this house. The house was a trade off. We deliberately chose somewhere that was potentially energy efficient in the centre of town. That cut down our transport costs.
But it meant that it wasn’t as large as it might have been if we’d have chosen a house in the middle of the country. One of the advantages of this house is that it’s a midterrace so it doesn’t lose energy on either side and it also faces south. The house was built to pre1982 regulations which had poor standards for energy efficiency. So Mark and Alice commissioned an energy audit to find out how best to improve its performance.
High on the list for energy saving was replacing the old boiler with a new energyefficient one. It’s in the loft to save space. This is one of the first things that we did. It’s our condensing combination boiler. This one’s the smallest that we could find. It provides the hot water and the heating for the house. The old model was just about broken.
Solar water heating panels were installed on the roof at the same time as the boiler was put in. They heat water and feed it into a heat store. This is the 100litre heat store. This collects the heat from the solar panels and stores it. It either provides hot water directly or it will preheat water that then goes through the boiler and then out into the taps.