Going Green in the Kitchen? Find a Pro Who Can Help

A professional designer or contractor can help you create the eco-kitchen of your dreams.

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Rich colors in water-based finishes bring this green kitchen to life.

While going green in the kitchen will save you money on energy costs, eco-friendly products have a reputation for being expensive, frumpy and difficult to find.

The good news: Earth-friendly products are available in a wider range of styles and costs than ever before, letting you go any shade of green you desire.

If you're going green in the kitchen, considering hiring a professional architect, contractor or designer to guide your way. Not only can they help you get the best design, they'll also be able suggest products and keep your budget on track.

To find a professional who specializes in green designs, Sean Ruck, spokesman for the National Kitchen & Bath Association, advises homeowners to discuss their intentions from the beginning.

"You'll know pretty quickly if green design and construction is something they are serious about," Sean says. "You can also check if they are certified through any state, regional or national green building associations."

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