New York Home Improvements Go Green with Bamboo Cabinets
July 1, 2010
More and more New Yorkers are remodeling to create greener, more eco-friendly homes. There are certainly a number of different ways you can go about doing this through green New York home improvement projects. Since the kitchen is one of the best areas of the home in which to invest money while making home improvement projects, it only makes sense to consider ways in which you can make your kitchen more eco-friendly. One of the most popular trends in green home improvement projects is to use bamboo when possible.
Bamboo is an excellent choice for homeowners who are initiating green New York home improvement projects because of the rapid rate at which bamboo regenerates following harvest. While it takes hardwoods between ten and fifteen years to grow, bamboo grows much faster. In fact, bamboo can grow as much as a foot per day and can be harvested within about five years.
And since bamboo can be used just like traditional hardwood, you don’t have to sacrifice design in order to be eco-friendly.
For example, bamboo kitchen cabinets are available in a wide variety of wood grains and stained just about any color you’d like, making them ideal for any New York home improvement kitchen project. You can choose from warm, welcoming tones in beautiful caramels to hues that are more blonde in color, which is bamboo’s natural hue. There are also other colors including gray, black, light green, and dark green.
Not only are bamboo cabinets eco-friendly and beautiful in terms of design, but they are also quite affordable and long lasting. Bamboo is actually 50% harder than oak and has often been referred to as ‘green steel’ when it is used in the cabinet construction. This means that you won’t have to worry about replacing your kitchen cabinets anytime soon because of shrinking, warping or sagging.
Because of bamboo’s strength and versatility, many people are using bamboo in kitchen as well as bathroom renovation. If you are considering a green renovation for your kitchen, MyHome is prepared to guide your through the process, from selecting green materials to installing energy efficient appliances.