Kitchen

10 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen for an Open House

10 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen for an Open House

It takes more than just wiping down the counters and clearing the sink to stage your kitchen.

Radiation and Radon in Granite Countertops

Radiation and Radon in Granite Countertops

Besides the ubiquitous nature of granite countertops and almost boring combination of granite and stainless seen in kitchens everywhere, there’s another reason you may wish to reconsider granite countertops.

House Beautiful: Kitchen of The Year

Christopher Peacock worked with House Beautiful to design their dream kitchen. Al Roker is impressed and so are we. The Caesar Stone countertops and “french door” refrigerator were very cool.

House Obsession reveals their Kitchen Remodel

House Obsession reveals their Kitchen Remodel

We’ve got to hand it to the House Obsession, their kitchen remodel is spectacular! We particularly like the wide-plank wood flooring and the tile walls.

Granite Kitchen Countertops and Stainless Steel Appliances

Granite Kitchen Countertops and Stainless Steel Appliances

Are granite kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances truly the standard when it comes to kitchen remodels? We see this everywhere! All model homes, tv show renovations, real estate flips, upgraded apartments, the granite and stainless is never ending.

Plywood Kitchen Countertops

Plywood Kitchen Countertops

One of the least-expensive kitchen countertop options is wood. You don’t have to go the way of pricey foreign wood grains that claim to be eco-friendly. You can outfit your kitchen in furniture grade, veneer plywood that’s mounted onto your existing counter.

Refrigerator Gasket Replacement

Refrigerator Gasket Replacement

With energy consumption up during the summer, of course it’s in our best interest to save it where we can. Some of the easiest ways, as you’ve seen here, are to clean and fix appliances—refrigerators included. If your refrigerator door doesn’t seal tight when closed, that’s wasted energy. Not only […]

Recycled Glass Countertops

Recycled Glass Countertops

Considering a kitchen facelift? Swapping out countertops and cabinetry can have a more dramatic (and instantaneous) aesthetic effect, provided your budget isn’t on life support. If you haven’t yet found inspiration do a search on our website for countertops where you’ll find all of our recycled glass countertop articles.

Choosing an Oven or Cooktop

Choosing an Oven or Cooktop

If you’re in the market for a new oven or cooktop there are a lot more options out there now than there used to be, so it’s definitely worth some research. You probably already know if you’re up for a commercial-style stove versus a basic oven and cooktop. Other less […]

Preparing for Renovations

Preparing for Renovations

A new renovation project takes a lot of planning, whether you’re doing it yourself or not. You have to coordinate the schedules of the contractors, gather the materials, and prepare your home. But don’t forget one last important preparation: bracing the family for the disruptions that will ensue.

Chemical-free Cookware Options

Chemical-free Cookware Options

Swapping harsh bleaches or detergents for mild cleaning products or CFLs for the energy-draining light bulbs of the past are just some of the easy green improvements you can make around your home. While you’re at it, consider changing your cookware.

K/BIS 2008 New Product and Coverage Roundup

K/BIS 2008 New Product and Coverage Roundup

Hansa Stella Faucet The K/BIS 2008 conference and show in Chicago has wrapped up and we’ve pulled together a list of the best coverage. Some of favorite new products include the Fisher and Paykel “gas in glass” range and we welcome a new kitchen countertop material, glass, from ThinkGlass.

Notes from a Dream House Diary

Notes from a Dream House Diary

The Kitchen Designer has been an avid reader of the New York Time’s blog the Dream House Diary which chronicles a couples experiences while building their dream house on Anna Maria Island in Florida.

K/BIS 2008 in Chicago

K/BIS 2008 in Chicago

K/BIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is under way in Chicago and the cancellation of more than 1000 American Airlines flights hopefully won’t damper the launch of the show although we do know of some folks who are scrambling to find alternative transportation. If you are one of the unlucky […]

Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

photo courtesy of Cambria Whether you’re the next aspiring Top Chef or a kitchen novice, selecting the best countertop material for your kitchen space can be a daunting task. Do you covet the sleek appearance of granite, or would you rather opt for Corian or a durable, long-lasting stone-synthetic composite, […]

Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

Add some new bling to your kitchen by spicing up your cabinets with a whole new look. Updating the hardware on your cabinets won’t take too long, and once completed your kitchen will fee like a new room. First decide if you want knobs, pulls, cup/bin pulls, drop pulls, or […]

Choosing a Kitchen Layout

Choosing a Kitchen Layout

Different websites will recommend the “best” kitchen layout for you, whether it’s the L-shaped, the U-shaped, or galley style kitchen. Yes, it’s important to keep the basic kitchen triangle in mind, but more modern kitchens have additional appliances, larger square footage and need multiple workstations for more than one cook, […]

10 Kitchen Design Tips from a Pro

10 Kitchen Design Tips from a Pro

Susan Serra of The Kitchen Designer has listed her Top 10 Secret Kitchen Design Tips. Many of which are easily overlooked when designing your ideal kitchen. We also hear she’s introducing some new products to the US market, more on that later.

Choosing and Maintaining Granite Countertops

Choosing and Maintaining Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are extremely popular and for good reason. They maintain high durability (unlike marble) and are fairly low-maintenance and have beautiful aesthetic qualities. The color choices may be limiting and prices can vary so it’s best to shop around.

This Roomfinder Delivers Real Rooms(which aren’t all pretty)

This Roomfinder Delivers Real Rooms
(which aren’t all pretty)

The glossies have such beautiful spreads that sometimes it’s hard to imagine how your own home could come close to looking like the magnificent rooms shown in the magazines. If you’d like to see the home environments of everyday people from around the world you can now visit NormalRoom.com and […]

Cabinet Question: Face Frame vs. Frameless

Cabinet Question: Face Frame vs. Frameless

Before selecting color, grade, wood, or knobs, the first choice in cabinet selection should be face frame or frameless (shown) construction. A face frame constructed cabinet is the traditional choice and consists of a “frame” which is attached to the front of the cabinet and provides an anchor for cabinet […]