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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Design touches like these wall hangings set this green kitchen apart.

Scott Martin agrees. Scott, founder of Blue Plum Design, a kitchen design firm in San Francisco that specializes in green kitchen renovations, says that stating your intention to go green from your first meeting is the best way to gauge if your architect or builder can accomplish your goals. He encourages homeowners to put design first and let materials and strategies follow.

"Look first for a professional who is accomplished in design," he says. "Even if yours is the first green project a professional has worked on, if he or she is excited about the concept and is a good designer, you'll be happy with the finished product."

Resources
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Blue Plum Design
BuildingGreen
Build America
Energy Star
EPA
NAHB Research Center
National Kitchen & Bath Association
U.S. Green Building Council

Photos by Scott Martin, Blue Plum Design

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