Bamboo Flooring and Cabinets
If you want to remodel your kitchen in an eco-friendly way, and also make it elegant and exotic, try bamboo. It's one of the strongest of any kitchen building materials -- green or otherwise [source: Oikos]. And it has a lifespan of about 30 to 50 years, and only takes three to five years for the plant to regenerate enough so it's ready to be harvested again.
If you do opt for bamboo flooring or cabinets, ask your supplier whether or not it is treated to withstand high-moisture areas. Bamboo can sometimes suffer under high-moisture conditions, and in a kitchen where steam and liquids are abundant, this can be a concern. A supplier should be able to point you to the right products that can hold up fine in the kitchen, but be sure to ask about any steps you need to take to prevent problems, just in case.
Bamboo flooring will cost about $3 to $9 per square foot (without installation), and quality will get better as the prices get higher [source: Milioti]. Cabinet doors vary widely in prices. A single door could cost as little as about $30, but an entire kitchen of custom bamboo cabinets could cost you thousands of dollars.