Kitchen

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 […]

The Kitchen Work Triangle

The Kitchen Work Triangle

When remodeling your kitchen make sure you consider the kitchen work triangle as a guide to cooking productivity. The National Kitchen and Bath Association has specified these guidelines for your “work triangle”. * The sum of the work triangle’s three sides should not exceed 26 feet, and each leg should […]

Fix a Leaky Bath Faucet Forever

Fix a Leaky Bath Faucet Forever

Well maybe not forever but this simple how-to from Danny Lipford will fix your bathtub leak in short order by simply replacing the washer and sealing the valve threads with Teflon tape.

Recycling Slate Rooftop Tiles for Flooring

Recycling Slate Rooftop Tiles for Flooring

From the Building a timberframe home from scratch blog we’ve found a great posting of how they used scraps and leftovers from their slate roof installation to tile their bathroom and sunroom. With the help of a wet saw they were on their way. This is a great example of […]

Open Kitchen Shelves are Hot!

Open Kitchen Shelves are Hot!

Susan Serra of the Kitchen Designer confirms that the trend towards open kitchen shelves and cabinets is very hot right now. Not everyone requires the sleek frosted glass or oak built-ins anymore. Open kitchen shelves offer less privacy but they also provide ease of use as well as a warmth […]

Transform Your Formica Countertops

Transform Your Formica Countertops

If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re at it, upgrade your fixtures.

Green Kitchen Remodel

Green Kitchen Remodel

Back on the subject of kitchen remodels, over at Lime.com, Philip Higgs states,¬†Kitchens are a big energy sink – you’ve got five or six appliances sucking electricity, plus hot water and heavy lighting demands – so remodeling one can chop your energy needs considerably if you do it well. There […]

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

Yes it’s possible to completely remodel your kitchen for under $2,000. A graphic designer for IKEA decided to remodel his entire kitchen using only IKEA furniture, fixtures, and appliances. His budget actually came in at $1,400 but he did receive a 15% discount and he knew where to look for […]

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Chowhound has opened up the comments to help them decide what type of kitchen countertops they should install during their renovation and the people are talking. We’ve found some resources that can help with your decision, here and here.