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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