Cooking Up Something Green
Simply stunning eco-friendly areas of the home
By Pam Wyne
Creative Design, Northvale
Designer: Glen Lumia
Looking to incorporate the architectural integrity of their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home with a new and “green” kitchen renovated, an Allendale couple turned to Glen Lumia to take on the challenge. “With this type of home, you want the feeling of the outside coming in,” says Lumia, owner and designer of Creative Design in Northvale. “All I needed to do was walk out the rear door to get inspired,” says Lumia of the home�s natural setting complete with pool, hardscaping and bamboo privacy wall that lay the ground-work fir his kitchen design.
The 14-foot by 24-foot space features many green elements including the stunning cabinetry made of horizontal grain bamboo. The bamboo has a carbonized finish, explains Lumia, and is created by steaming the bamboo under controlled pressure and temperature to give it a soft tan color. The cabinets are made of GreenCore, a soy-based, no added formaldehyde resin. “You can�t get a greener cabinet,” says Lumia. The backsplash is stacked stone made from recycled slate and the existing kitchen flooring was reused. Kitchen design detail include a spacious irregular-shaped island to control traffic and allow for additional seating and state-of-the-art appliances like a Viking cooktop with Zephyr hood and energy-efficient Miele dishwasher.