The Kitchen Strand

News and Press

Gulfstream Media Editorial, July 2007

The preservation of the earth, its natural resources and healthier lifestyles, an increasingly popular topic is now extending into the home. Kitchens, traditionally considered "heart of the home", the place where families and friends convene to nourish their bodies, share a cup of coffee and gather for the holidays, is a space that is often overlooked when designing for a healthy lifestyle.

Many people don't realize that the building materials used to finish home interiors often contain hidden toxins and pollutants, such as Formaldehyde (a preservative used to embalm human bodies) and other ozone depleting substances called Volatile Organic Compounds [VOCs]. Linked to asthma, cancer, emphysema and other life-threatening diseases, these substances are found in paint, carpeting, cabinetry and most home products. However, as an informed, educated consumer, you can help control these gasses and prevent them from contaminating your home.

Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen? The Kitchen Strand, a unique, unexpected delight nestled in Hobe Sound, Florida, designs and installs exquisite, luxury kitchens, baths and custom cabinetry. Proprietors Fred Bowen-Smith, with over 20 years of industry experience, and his wife, Jean, opened their doors seven years ago. "Design & Ergonomic Philosophies for Better Living," their tagline, is reflected in every project by integrating ergonomically correct specifications with visually aesthetic, soothing designs; resulting in spaces that are fabulous and functional. "Better living has become an even more focused philosophy with our increased awareness and concern for indoor and outdoor environments."

In 2006, Wm Ohs, one of their premier manufacturers of luxury kitchens, launched a new line of environmentally-friendly ("green") kitchens. Materials that comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system are used for this new line of luxurious, hand-crafted, hand-finished cabinetry. LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Bamboo and lyptus are among the plentiful, fast-growing woods used in "green" designs. All Wm Ohs kitchens are available with eco-friendly components such as reduced and zero-formaldehyde materials, thus eliminating harmful toxins and pollutants and water-based finish technologies using glazes and top coats at near zero VOC emission.

Committed to providing exquisite cabinetry and unparalleled service, in addition, to Wm Ohs magnificent cabinetry, you can select from the fine craftsmanship and distinctive finishes of Cuisines Laurier, Habersham Designs, Superior Wood Products, Plain & Fancy and accessories from LaCornue, Franke, Miele and Sub-Zero. Discriminating homeowners, builders, developers, architects and interior designers appreciate The Kitchen Strand's unique, creative abilities and careful attention to detail that produce the creation of their visions. Their goal is to build strong, lasting relationships one family at a time.