Nancy and James originally reached out to Mighty House because they wanted to work with a contractor who had a strong commitment to using salvaged materials. MHC was the only contractor they spoke to who was willing to reuse the existing cabinetry and meet their budget constraints. Finding a contractor with high sustainability standards was really important to them!
Keeping the character of their existing cabinetry was also extremely important. The design plan required re-locating some of them and adding cabinets to where the refrigerator had been. This made it unreasonable to reuse the base cabinets, but we were able to reuse all the upper cabinets. We played with several ideas – should the new ones be starkly different to stand out? Or perhaps we should mimic the look with a semi-custom cabinetry line (like Canyon Creek). In the end, neither of those options really did justice to the house or matched the style – which really mattered to the homeowners – so we went with custom cabinet maker, Cabinetworks.
Additional green and eco-friendly choices included:
- Custom built eating nook bench – made by local manufacturer
- Painted cabinets – no need for fancy imported wood or finish
- Upgraded to new, more energy efficient appliances including an Energy Star certified dishwasher and refrigerator
- Natural Marmoleum flooring that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
- Pental Quartz countertops – low-VOC and chemical emissions