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A Kitchen Opens Up for a D.C. Show House
Removing a fieldstone wall helps turn a cooking space from dark and dingy to open and filled with light
"dingy to open and filled with light... well as the flow into the adjoining rooms — to better meet the demands of today’s lifestyle... feat in the compressed timeline of a show house,” she says. “We quickly enlisted the... ne of the biggest challenges in remodeling a kitchen is improving the layout — as... herself up against a stone wall. “Our recommended design solution involved the removal... — and with the homeowner’s approval were able to make it happen.”..."
Expert Talk: Designers Open Up About Closet Doors
Closet doors are often an afterthought, but these pros show how they can enrich a home's interior design
"loset doors are often an afterthought, but these pros show how they can enrich a... closet doors framed in gold metal. Now mirrored doors have their place — in some... view of the outdoors. But in general, they're not for me. So I got in touch with a... closet doors! A simple mirror on the back of a door - the door to the room or a swing... 'stuck' with the gold mirrored doors...spray paint the frames with aluminum colored..."
Wake Up Rooms With the Power of Fresh Air
Even the trendiest interior designs can feel stale when your home is in permanent lockdown. Look to windows and doors for the solution
"windows and doors for the solution... Even the trendiest interior designs can feel stale when your home is in permanent... Rejoice! As the hoards of insects retreat, fling open the doors and windows to enjoy the... the open air. Open air can be enjoyed in just about any home, save those with windows... With the cooler temperatures of fall comes crisp, fresh air — and fewer bugs. Rejoice... , pry open that window and let some air in. Few things beat fall breezes blowing..."
Kitchen of the Week: Traditional Kitchen Opens Up for a Fresh Look
A glass wall system, a multifunctional island and contemporary finishes update a family’s Illinois kitchen
"attention to opening up the cramped kitchen. “We hold a lot of parties, and it never worked... Working with kitchen designer Susan Klimala, the couple came up with a more efficient... at home with the traditional style of the home, located on a scenic site along a golf... course. “We’re in the burbs of Chicago, but our style is more the lofts of downtown... look, with bamboo cabinets, a new glass wall system that makes the kitchen feel more..."
7 Must-Dos on the Day You Show Your House
Don’t risk losing buyers because of little things you overlook. Check these off your list before you open the front door
"before you open the front door... ensure the doors were locked, the door to the sliding door was unlocked. Only once... thought that we have lived with the floors etc the way they are and if we replace--we will... hence we needed to do the whole thing starting with paint all the way to the accessorized... bad if we don't and we won't get the cost back if we re-do. And--I hate the thought... So when the house was shown we had boxes and the rest of the house was pretty open--and..."
See the Clever Tricks That Opened Up This Master Bathroom
A recessed toilet paper holder and cabinets, diagonal large-format tiles, frameless glass and more helped maximize every inch of the space
"raised the vanity and recessed the medicine cabinets and even the toilet paper holder... while the one she shares with her husband, Joseph, went untouched. An angled ceiling... crowded the toilet. That created a barely functional alcove that prevented the addition... gutted the 75-square-foot bathroom and swapped the shower-tub combo for a shower,... freed up space for an additional sink. She wall-mounted the toilet and faucets for..."
Have Your Open Kitchen and Close It Off Too
Get the best of both worlds with a kitchen that can hide or be in plain sight, thanks to doors, curtains and savvy design
"Get the best of both worlds with a kitchen that can hide or be in plain sight, thanks... thanks to doors, curtains and savvy design... smiles as the homeowners get their first glimpse of what the newly opened-up kitchen is... state up front that in the great debate on open versus closed kitchens, I am firmly... firmly on the open-plan team. I have helped dozens of design clients tear down walls... walls and open up kitchens to adjoining spaces, and demo day always brings big smiles..."
Houzz Tour: Sliding Doors Open Up a Small Space in New York City
A wall teardown and custom treatments add more options for living and entertaining in a 450-square-foot apartment
"wall to open the living room to the alcove bedroom.... works for the company that makes Sweet Revenge liqueur, saw Venk’s apartment, she fell... in love with his style and asked him to take charge of remodeling her place. So Venk... during the day and working on Bresler’s less-than-450-square-foot apartment at night... did all the work himself, including ripping off Sheetrock to expose a brick wall, building..."
Houzz Tour: Major Changes Open Up a Seattle Waterfront Home
Taken down to the shell, this Tudor-Craftsman blend now maximizes island views, flow and outdoor connections
"down to the shell, this Tudor-Craftsman blend now maximizes island views, flow and... respect the view. And let’s not even mention the hard-to-find front door at the end... Island (off the coast of Seattle), and the interior brimmed with vintage charm. But a slipshod... around the side of the house. So Nychay helped the family of four — a speech therapist... back to the house by erasing the second level, taking the house down to its shell and..."
Entryway Settees Open the Door to Hospitality
Set a tone of gracious welcome from the get-go with comfortable, cushioned seating for family and guests
"welcome from the get-go with comfortable, cushioned seating for family and guests... They're like the Goldilocks of seating: not too big, not too small — just right. And one... to curl up on and wait for guests, Halloween trick-or-treaters and others to arrive... at your door. These entry settees, vastly different in style, all add a vital sense... is full with two bookshelves and one slipper chair. Shoes come off at the door. It..."
House Planning: When You Want to Open Up a Space
With a pro's help, you may be able remove a load-bearing wall to turn two small rooms into one bigger one
"With a pro's help, you may be able remove a load-bearing wall to turn two small rooms... nice to open up the space by combining two small rooms into one. But what if the wall... you can open up your home the way you want. You will need to replace the load bearing... sure the work is done properly and in accordance with building code. Here's a little... capacity) of the wall, so consult a local architect before you get started to make sure..."
Houzz Tour: A Victorian Cottage in Sydney Opens Up
Colors, not walls, now define spaces in this once-dreary home — and the new airy garden overlook helps too
"— and the new airy garden overlook helps too... dreary. As with many homes built during the 19th century, the rear was cluttered with... gutted the back of the house and rearranged the rooms into an open and bright con... re at the front of the house preserves the home's unique character. Houzz at a... break up the modern addition and add personality, while original Victorian architecture... views into the backyard. After considering other design options, architect Danny Broe..."
Houzz Call: Show Us the House You Grew Up In
"Does the house you grew up in influence your design style today? Perhaps you had... carpeting in the bathroom or one of those intercom systems from the '70s that never quite... pit). We would love to see snapshots of your home; shots with people in them would... like. We'd love to see the outside, but if there is a special feature you remember... include the name of the city or town. Your photo could be used in an upcoming ideabook..."
Houzz Tour: Strong, Modern Lines Stand Up to the Trees
Modernism takes kindly to the New York woods, with double-height ceilings for openness and a burbling creek for music
"kindly to the New York woods, with double-height ceilings for openness and a burbling... apartments for the couple in the Big Apple, but expects that this is the only home he will... them in the Catskills. “They like to move around the city, but even though this is... The owners of this home live primarily in Brooklyn, but their hearts reside on a... despite the fact that they jokingly call it Bug Acres. Joe Smith, principal at Hall..."
Awkward Windows and Doors? We've Got You Covered
Arched windows, French doors and sidelights get their due with treatments that keep their beauty out in the open
"French doors and sidelights get their due with treatments that keep their beauty out... windows and doors that are not so simple to cover, such as front doors with large windows... privacy, and the sunlight can damage possessions. Here are some of the best solutions... add to the beauty of a home and supply natural sunlight into interiors, but they might... everytime the door is opened!) For the dutch door, you can add any type of horizontal..."