Green Design

A Design/Build Company Specializing in Innovative Design and Quality Craftsmanship

Designing with Green in Mind

Green DesignWelcome to our Green Design Page! As Dan McLeister on says… “Green remodeling is simple. The idea is to change the world, one room at a time.” But where do you start? And where do you draw the line? When it comes to green remodeling, keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything, but everything that you do helps. While there is some cost difference, many manufacturers are competing to meet the demands of the green building trend, bringing consumer costs down. We are a green certified remodelers and are actively taking classes to continue our education on the new and constantly changing processes and products offered within Green Design.

Currently, there are certain tax credits offered for energy efficient remodeling. You can receive a per-item credit for 30% of the cost, with a lifetime ceiling of $1,500.
– What Qualifies? Installation costs are covered for some improvements, including installation of HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) systems, solar water heaters, solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, wind-energy systems and fuel cells. For windows, doors, insulation and new roofs, only the cost of materials is eligible for the credit.
-Not covered. A number of simple steps homeowners can take to improve energy efficiency are not eligible for the tax credit. However, you may be able to find mail in rebates for such items here. This includes energy star refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioners, insulated siding, ceiling fans, programmable thermostats, electric storage-tank water heaters and electric tank less water heaters.

So, What Makes a Home “Green”?

  • Energy Efficiency – Use Energy Star rated appliances and systems for your kitchen and home. Also, consider replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent. Use LED lights for under cabinet lighting, recessed lighting, and pendant lights. These measures will not only minimize your environmental impact, but also minimize your electrical and power bills.
  • Water Efficiency – Energy Star and WaterSense labeled products for your kitchen and bathrooms, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets, will greatly reduce your water consumption. Also consider low-flow faucets and dual flush toilets.
  • Resource Efficiency – Take advantage of natural light through plenty of Low-E windows throughout your home. These keep heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer. Use materials made with recycled content like carpet, quartz surface, and tile. Install finishes made from rapidly renewable resources like bamboo and linoleum.
  • Indoor Air Quality – Did you know that you are exposed to more harmful pollutants indoors than outside? Poor circulation and high levels of VOCs found in paints, cleaners, furniture, cabinetry, etc. lead to poor indoor air quality. Incorporate appropriate HVAC systems. Circulate fresh air through your house. Use low-VOC paints and low or no-formaldehyde cabinetry.

If you have any questions, or are ready to start saving money on your energy bills, give us a call!


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  • Phyllis Sussman and The Kitchen and Bath People have been a pleasure to serve for several years now. They are well organized, knowledgeable, and versatile in their design skills. We look forward to supplying them with their future plumbing and hardware endeavors in the triangle area for many years to come.

  • The Kitchen and Bath People helped me realize the kitchen I'd been dreaming about for 15 years. Les and Phyllis have a wonderful group of subcontractors. John and Dean, the carpenters, are wizards. They created the perfect crown molding for my cabinets from filler and scribe. Tom, the electrician, was wonderful to work with and didn't blink when I presented him with aritsan made light-fixtures from etsy. Joe, the painter, does beautiful work. I'll be calling him the next time I need my house painted. Phyllis has a great eye and helped me clarify my choices when I was second guessing myself. Les did his dead-level best to keep us on the budget we'd stipulated--including suggesting alternative counter-top materials and back-splash tiles. Alas, my husband and I had fallen in love with our choices and could not be swayed. So, yes, we went over budget. But it was our own fault. And we don't regret it for a moment.–M. See

  • The Kitchen and Bath People are very professional and service oriented. Everything went smoothly from the design of my cabinets and beautiful counter tops, to delivery and then installation. They built in cabinets in my kitchen,bathrooms, living room and large upstairs office. The installation was seamless and they kept everything neat and clean. I was so satisfied with their beautiful and affordable products and work I am purchasing cabinets for my family room from them in the near future.–D. Oxley