HGTV Green Home 2008: Cottage Kitchen

The Green Home's kitchen is casual and cook-friendly, featuring a logical floor plan, a serene and soothing color theme, dark walnut flooring, accent lighting and a farmhouse sink.

Cottage-Style Kitchen

The Green Home's cottage-style kitchen puts the cook at the center of the activity. It is comfortably sized for one person — the triangle is five feet between points — but the large island and ample countertops create work zones that can easily accommodate three.

Quartz Countertops

The countertops are manmade quartz done in the color of cement. This eco-friendly material is stain-resistant, heat-resistant and anti-microbial. This material is carried up onto the backsplash, simplifying the room's style and functionality.

Taupe Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets are the same style as those in the laundry room and pantry, but painted a warm taupe, which closely matches the walls. \"The color scheme is calm and quiet and it makes room for the green to really pop,\" says the home's interior designer, Linda Woodrum.

Energy Star Refrigerator

The stove, range hood, dishwasher and refrigerator are all stainless steel, which gives the kitchen a sleek, urban touch. These Energy Star Certified appliances use 10 percent to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models. Linda complemented the natural tones of the cabinets, countertops and appliances with wicker baskets and trivets, as well as a cutting board of sustainable bamboo.

Farmhouse Sink

A white farmhouse sink with a high-arc faucet adds to the cottage style. Linda likes the single-bowl sink because it accommodates large pots. She says, \"When planning your kitchen, plan it so the sink faces the best view. You spend 80 percent of your time at the sink so make it a view you're going to love.\"

Walnut Veneer Flooring

Linda chose walnut veneer planking for the flooring on the first floor. This veneer covers a dense inner layer of recycled wood using up to two-thirds less harvested wood than alternative wood flooring options. It is harvest from managed forests. The house is designed to minimize the length of the hot water lines, reducing energy wasted waiting on hot water at the faucet. Tankless water heaters service the house and save energy by only heating water when needed.

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