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Are You Green With Kitchen Envy?

by Victoria on August 14, 2009 · 11 comments

in Design,kitchen

Its been a while since we have checked in with our progress on the Extreme Green Kitchen, but we want you to know that we have been designing a kitchen that promotes efficiency for water, electricity, and work flow. We looked at the common kitchen work triangle and decided that we could save you time by minimizing the space between the sink, stove, and refrigerator. To do this we moved the refrigerator out from the wall and made it into an island across from the counter top. We looked into many different under the counter refrigerators and have decided that SunFrost would be best choice. Not only do they fit our desired measurements and provide a fair amount of space, they also conveniently save approximately 80% of the energy consumed by typical refrigerator/freezer units. Although these units are a reasonable size, they would most likely be used in Postgreen homes with basements which would hold a freezer chest for additional food storage.


One feature of this Extreme Green Kitchen is the option to customize your space with mobile counter top units. These would be tucked underneath the main counter top around two of the base cabinets. Both units would be able to slide out and  exist on either side of the refrigerator island, increasing the overall counter space by 25%. These modular counter tops could be moved anywhere in the kitchen and when the user is finished they can save space by sliding them back underneath the counter top. This concept is illustrated in the images below.



To save water we have finalized our decision to use the foot pedals and as we mentioned before homeowners can choose to include a NatureMill composter underneath the sink to contribute dirt to their backyard garden. We have also fashioned a “clean-up work triangle” in our kitchen. This triangle consists of the sink, dishwasher, and waste units. Next to the sink, we have placed a large drawer to hold recycling and trash bins. This way everything you need to clean-up after meals is close to one another. Your clean-up process is not only more efficient, it is also cleaner–no more carrying dripping plates and trash across the room to the trash bin. Without moving to a new location in the kitchen you can simply bend over to place uneaten food into the composter under the sink, place rinsed dishes in the dishwasher, and rinsed food containers into the recycling bin.

Besides the refrigerator other fixtures like the cook top, stove  and dishwasher will remain either Fridgidaire or Bocsh depending on the appliance package you pick. This kitchen would maintain the Postgreen aesthetic while providing the user with a more ergonomic, modular, efficient and over all awesomely pragmatic kitchen experience.



Please tell us what you think in the comments, and we will revise our design with the bit of time we have left here at Postgreen.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rockfish August 14, 2009 at 11:33 am

Why not a chest fridge?

It would work especially well with your island location, and is 5x more efficient than the sun frost.

This is the “Extreme Green” kitchen, right? You should be challenging every convention.

2 tlynch August 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm

How many feet long is your kitchen?

3 Evelyn Anderson August 14, 2009 at 1:48 pm

love the roll out counters. the recycle bin won’t be big enough – in my life I don’t empty them daily and plastics and glass bottles are big! I have never seen a recycle bin large enough. maybe combined with a trash compactor it’d work…if your premise is they have a basement, maybe a chute like a laundry chute down to boxes in the basement.
I think there isn’t enough storage, with the island as the fridge. If that was big drawers there should be enough. And I don’t want to have to bend over to put away the turkey or roast on a big platter. So I have a hard time with the short fridge.

4 Mario in VT August 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm

More details about how the foot pedal faucet setup will work, please. I wanted a foot pedal valve for sinks in my kitchen and a bathroom that would allow turning the water on and off with either the pedal or the conventional handle. I found several sources for the foot (and knee) pedals, but could not find a plumbing contractor or local supply house that was interested in figuring out how to make the dual systems work. Congratulations if you have! Tell us how.

5 tlynch August 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm

And isn’t the dishwasher supposed to be on the right side of the sink whenever possible?

6 maria August 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

short fridge may be green but it seems impractical to fit fresh food and beverages. especially at holidays or with company. i would rather have a full size fridge and no freezer in basement (does that help the green factor?). also, with the sliding counters, does that area (the home base for the roll outs when away) become useless because of the mobile counter? one picture showed shelves there but that doesn’t seem feasible if there are mobile counters. Not sure how it can be done but it would be better if that area could be used for storage and the mobile counters could slide in and out – maybe they could be [ shaped (or hard C shaped with a hinge top or something) and still be stable yet be able to slide with fixed shelves inside there – or maybe the shelves are attached to the back? i agree about the recycle bins not ever being large enough but i would give on that point over the full size fridge or more cabinet storage.

7 Megan August 14, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Rockfish–Thanks for the comment–we actually looked into chest refrigerators but were worried that the lid would cause problems for people who were interested in using the island for counter space. You would have to constantly remove everything off the top every time you need to get something out of the fridge. It could be an option though.

8 Caryl August 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I love the idea of mobile countertops. It’s a smart idea for kitchens with a small footprint that lack counter space. I’m glad your are taking water, waste & electric into consideration for your design, but I’m curious about the materials in the cabinetry. It seems as though these will be custom/ semi-custom. Are you planning on using wheatboard or another agrifiber product or salvaged cabinetry & building materials to make the cabinets?

Keep up the great work! I added you to my Recommended Dosage list on my blog!

Tlynch: There are no strict rules as to what side of the sink the dishwasher should fall on. Ideally, it should be on the same side as the primary end user’s dominate hand.

9 jamin August 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

been in construciotn fro a while and the house looks great! what about usong the motorhome idea of having the back of the island fold up to add extra counter space? (someone else also mentioned hinged counter tops) For great ideas on space talk to advivd RV users! hate the idea of carring trash/recycles upstairs to be halled away what about a swinging door to garage/out side for a suitible sized bin a gate to hide if outside? have the chest fridge company redesign the door to the front with proper vinyl sheeting they sould keep similar effectiveness of the unit or multiple doors but the vinyl would need to be easily removed for cleaning the big roast or turkey! Propane fridges can be more effective in the right fuel priced areas. hope this helps!

10 Victoria August 19, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Hello everyone, thanks for the comments. Please refer to our next post for a more extensive response to your questions.

11 sammia February 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

what is the kitchen size?

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