Greening The Heart of the Home

Prince Charles has put his designer hat on to promote affordable sustainability

The Daily Mail reported that Prince Charles toured a model home built by Plain English for The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community in 2011 and was so impressed with the craftsmanship that the company set about researching how to bring green designs to the mass market.

Plain English now have a more affordable range of cupboards that they are selling online, with customers having to collect and install the British Standard cabinets themselves.

Prince Charles is known for his passion for eco-friendly living and building, but he understands that it will never get taken up if most people can’t afford it. Hence, the idea for the affordable royal-inspired kitchen.

A whole kitchen of this type costs about £5,000 while an individual single floor cupboard costs £400, which is affordable when compared with the original kitchen that inspired the idea, which would have cost about £35,000 to have installed.

As well as having sustainable materials used in the design of the kitchen, other ways of greening a kitchen, particularly if it’s an existing kitchen, is by choosing appliances that save water and electricity.

Countertops also come in a variety of recycled stone and timber variations and, if designing from scratch, using less space to get more and positioning the kitchen to use as much natural light as possible are other ways to green up the space.

Having ready access from the kitchen space to an outdoor herb and vegetable garden also increases sustainability of the space.


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