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Green Design at its core Green Alliance Blog

Stay Warm This Winter with Green Heat Green Alliance Blog

Wateca Teaches Ownership of Environmental Stewardship Exeter Patch 

Visions Kitchens support for the Komen race for a cure Green Alliance

Visions' Lis Bailey's Champion Dogsled Team goes to Alaska! Exeter Patch

Visions and Native American Heritage Month in Portsmout Patch

Honor the Ocean, VKD and Blue Ocean in Exeter Patch

Exeter Chamber Ribbon Cutting 7/31

Hampton Beach Clean up in Fosters

Visions helps raise funds for non-profits with Local Favor in Hampton-North Hampton Patch

Green Business Growth in Fosters

Native American Music Awards with Visions Kitchens and Black Thunder Singers in Fosters 

Creative Visions: Looking beyond the bottom line with Visions Kitchens Seacost On-line

Feature story on Visions Kitchens in the Portsmouth Herald also on Seacoast On-line.

We had a great time at the Newburyport Green Stride Half Marathon this year.

Black Thunder Singers:

The owner of Visions Kitchens, Ernie Proper, along with other family members which make up the Black Thunder Singers, have won a Native American Music Award for Best Pow Wow Recording in 2012 and have been nominated again for 2013 for a new track on a CD dedicated to our Veterans. 

To learn more about Black Thunder Singers click here 

Member Organizations

Visions Kitchens is a proud member of many local and national organizations for the betterment of design and the local business community.  Here are a few of the organizations that we are proud members of.  



Green Design at its Core

By Madelaine | Jan 30, 2014 Green Alliance


“… Green means products that are good for the planet and safe for your home.”

— Vision Kitchens and Design on Green Specialties

PORTSMOUTH — Visions Kitchens and Design is a full-on kitchen design company specializing in cabinets, countertops, closet systems, and much more. Since its launch in 2010, sustainability has always been a main focus in its design processes.

Visions Kitchens works to make its products good for the planet and also as safe as possible for your home and family. Its counters and cabinets are made with renewable and salvaged/recycled materials. Bamboo is one of the popular and sustainable choices for floors, cabinetry, and counters. This material provides excellent strength and renewability.

Visions Kitchens has made strides to eliminate the use of any products that contain harmful chemicals. Most lumber, glue, and finishes it uses on products contain low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and contain no added urea-formaldehyde.

Visions Kitchens has attained various LEED credits from projects and designs they have done. LEED is a popular eco-building rating system. Some of these credits include adhesives, paints and coatings that all contain low VOC levels, all cabinetry is manufactured within 500 miles of installation location, its wheat board is composed of plants harvested in a one-year or less growing cycle, and more.

Along within these outstanding options for remodeling your kitchen, Visions Kitchens offers a series of RAIS wood-burning stoves to keep you warm! These stoves are not only stylish and efficient, but they also are environmentally friendly. All RAIS stoves are CO2 neutral, meaning that the amount of CO2 they emit is equal to the amount emitted by trees when they decompose. It also offers a line of Jamestown Pellet Stoves. Similar to a wood stove, a Jamestown Pellet Stoves runs on compressed hardwood pellets made from compressed sawdust and waste wood. Pellets are considered CO2 neutral. These stoves produce a lot of heat, burn cleanly, and require little maintenance.

Visions Kitchens is your one-stop-shop for beautiful eco-friendly kitchen designs, safe and quality products, and green heat sources to keep you warm this winter!

Green Alliance members save 10 percent on all cabinets, countertops, and other qualifying products from Visions Kitchen and Design! To join the Green Alliance, click here.


Stay Warm this Winter with Green Heat

By Corey | Oct 29, 2013 Green Alliance

 Whatever your reason is for redesigning your home, Visions Kitchen and Design has you covered.

Several reasons may prompt you to want to remodel your home. Maybe you need new appliances or countertops. Perhaps you just moved into a new house where you want to add and/or modify several things. Or maybe you are bored and want to look at something different for a change whenever you cook, take a shower, or sit down to watch TV.

Founded in 2010 by Nathan Johnson and Ernest Proper, Visions Kitchen and Design is a company that specializes in interior design, including countertops, cabinets, closets, appliances and more. What makes Visions special are the green initiatives the company takes. Some of these include using green wood products such as bamboo in construction, utilizing recycled and reclaimed materials, partnering with businesses with sources who practice sustainable harvesting, and even helping homeowners themselves stay green by using design techniques that receive points towards LEED certification.

One shining example of Visions commitment toward sustainable interior design is its line of wood-burning stoves. With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, no doubt you'll need a reliable source of heat. Visions offers a series of RAIS wood-burning stoves that are not only stylish and efficient, but are also environmentally friendly. RAIS prides itself on the fact that its stoves are CO2 neutral, meaning that the amount of CO2 they emit is equal to the amount emitted by trees when they decomposes.

Visions Kitchen and Design also offers a line of Jamestown Pellet Stoves. While similar to a wood stove, a Jamestown Pellet Stoves runs on compressed hardwood pellets made from compressed sawdust and waste wood. Like wood in wood-burning stoves, pellets are considered CO2 neutral. Overall, people who buy pellet stoves are satisfied because they produce a lot of heat, they burn cleanly and require little maintenance.

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Visions for Green Schools


The last living Code Talker 

PORTSMOUTH — The last living Code Talker — one of the 29 Navajo Native Americans who joined the U.S. Marines in World War II and created a code that the Japanese could not break — appeared before an appreciative crowd of more than 100 people Sunday afternoon.

Air Force Col. Richard Greenwood introduced Chester Nez, 92, who now lives with his family in New Mexico.

"You have an opportunity here to talk to the very last person alive who developed this code in World War II. That's an incredible opportunity," Greenwood said to the audience members who packed into Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

Portsmouth filmmaker and U.S. Marine Chase Bailey, who facilitated the event and asked questions of Nez, who has difficulty hearing and appeared in a wheelchair, said, "We're here with a World War II hero. He was one of the 29 Code Talkers who helped immensely win the war in the Pacific against the Japanese."

Bailey asked Nez to talk about how the Marine leadership locked Nez and the other Navajo Marines in a room and told them they couldn't come out until "you have a code."

Nez said the group "all sat together and tried to make up a code from A to Z."

It was the only code developed during World War II that was not broken, and the experience was chronicled in the 2002 John Woo movie "The Windtalkers."

Nez remembered how he and 200 other Navajo volunteered to join the Marines, even though they didn't know what their duties would be, but ultimately only 29 were selected to serve.

"I was very, very proud to be one of the first original 29 Navajo Code Talkers," Nez said Sunday. "I'm so happy and so proud to have served my country. I'm very glad about that."

Nez laughed when asked about his love of Spam and food in general, and talked about his time spent serving in the Marines and being with the troops to translate or encode messages.

Nez also appeared with author Judith Avila, who co-authored a book with Nez and described an incident when he got out of the Marines and went to get a military identification card from a bureaucrat in Arizona.

"So Chester showed up in his full Marine uniform to get his card and that's when the civil servant said to him, 'you're not really a citizen,'" Avila said. "After he helped develop the code, he had been sworn to secrecy, so he couldn't tell this guy about it."


Avila said the incident did not sit well with the Marine.

"It was really aggravating ... that he was not an American citizen and he did say, 'I wish I had my revolver with me because I'd shoot you right there,'" Avila recounted to loud laughter and applause.

She also said Nez suffered from "terrible nightmares" when he returned from the war, so his family performed a traditional "enemy way," which is a ceremony to cleanse returning troops from the influences of their enemies.

"The enemy way helped him to get his head back into the right way of life, the Navajo right way, the path you're supposed to follow," Avila said. "It helped him to shed the influence of the war."

Bailey noted that Nez volunteered to serve in the Marines even though when he was 12 or 13, government officials told his family there were too many sheep on the Navajo reservation.

So the officials dug trenches, herded the sheep into the trenches and then set them on fire.

"That's one of the things I'll always remember," Nez said.

The event Sunday was held to benefit Veterans Count, a nonprofit organization that provides services and financial help of all kinds to servicemen and their families.

Bailey said before the event he gladly accepted the invitation to help because it gave him a chance to raise money for Veterans Count and to work with Nez.

"I want to thank you again and again and again for all the work you guys did," Bailey told Nez as he received a stirring round of applause from the audience.


Wateca Teaches Ownership of Environmental Stewardship

By Wallis Gaillard of The Green Allliance June 19, 2013

HAMPTON — Owned and operated by partners Nathan Johnson and Ernest Proper, Visions Kitchens and Designs specializes in full-on kitchen design from cabinets to counters, closets, and much more. Visions Kitchens offers a variety of products all from companies that practice sustainable harvesting including bamboo and sustainable woods. Similarly, Visions makes use of reclaimed or recycled cabinet and countertop materials as well.

The sustainable efforts and influences of Johnson and Proper are not contained by the business world. Both are active members of the Native American Community, specifically the Lakota. Johnson practices the traditional craft of parflechè, which are cases (like the ones used to hold the eating utensils), envelopes and clothing made of rawhide decorated with paints. “I was taught this craft to help carry on these traditions of our people,” Johnson says. “I currently make and sell parflechè
items for people all over the United States and Canada.”

In traditional Native American custom, people took great responsibility in providing for their own needs. Eating utensils were an important part of these customs, and people carried their utensils to all gatherings or even casual visits. This ties into the traditional way of thinking for Native American people and how they see the universe, trying to look seven generations ahead whenever making a choice.

In contemporary times, “WaTEcha” is a word used to describe when one attends a gathering and brings food home. Today, rather than taking extra care to bring Wateca dishes, people consistently depend on the Styrofoam plates, bowls, cups, and plastic-ware provided at gatherings. Often, these disposable plates and bowls become litter. Not only that but, “Styrofoam specifically takes so long to decompose and leaches many chemicals into the Earth,” Johnson says.