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Residents in a Barcelona apartment of slightly more than 600 square feet have been doing all they can to make a difference in the environment. A structural engineer, Sergio Carratala and his designer/writer wife Petz Scholtus, have been applying their “green” principles to the flat they purchased in 2006.

R3 Project Sustainable Cabinetry

Their pet name for their ongoing passion within this small space is the “R3 Project”; meaning reduce, reuse, recycle. The improvements to the space included double glazing the windows and re insulating the entire space. They also installed eco-friendly cork flooring and updated the electrical and plumbing systems for improved efficiency. The original woodwork was completely refinished by sandblasting then finishing with enviro-friendly oils.

Obviously the most interesting part of the “reuse” effort is visible in the kitchen. Rather than simply discarding old wine crates the couple decided to incorporate them into their kitchen design. Along with a carpenter friend they used the crates as door and drawer fronts for their kitchen cabinets. You can see it provides an incredibly eye catching look and also preserves memories of their favorite vintages from special occasions.

This couple has been on a mission to make a difference in their world. In the process they have a home that is comfortable, attractive and reflects their individual personalities.

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