Green Remodeling

Dear Expert: My husband and I want to remodel our kitchen and we’d like to do it Green if possible, but we have heard it will cost more. What should we do?

A: The trend toward sustainable and Green remodeling has been growing over the last decade and today there are many products that are healthy alternatives and cost the same or less than their toxic cousins. Paying for testing and diagnostics in the design phase of your project may cost an extra $500, but the results are priceless. Your biggest increase in cost will come from supporting local labor and materials, rather than purchasing cheap imports with exploitive labor practices. My suggestion: Go Green. You get to live healthy and efficiently and support the community at the same time.

—Michael Anschel, Principal
Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build