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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, dimensions and work zones Full Story
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divinemrsm
Honestly, I think it's just semantics...an attempt to transition one phrase into the other. After reading the houzz article describing 'work zones', it could just as easily describe my 'work triangle' kitchen. I Dishwasher & trash next to sink, check. Landing areas next to major appliances: check. Large island to keep guests a bay: check.....

I live in a small town filled with older homes. I know few people who upgrade their kitchens to look like the glam-fabulous photos here on houzz. Most people I know don't ever get around to kitchen remodeling and just make do with the old.

Another thing: I read that kitchens have come a long way because all the architects used to be all men and they seldom spent time in a kitchen, therefore kitchens weren't 'user friendly'. Once women came on to the scene, their input helped kitchens evolve into rooms that function well and are family gathering places.
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I don't have time to read all the other comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but I think it's a good idea to have the sink and the cooktop/range on the same run of cabinets, so that they are not separated by a walkway. This makes prep and cleanup easier and safer, since no one can walk between the chef and the sink while the chef is trying to drain pasta.
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Grow a Beautiful Garden With Ecofriendly Greywater

Reducing home water waste means lower bills and a healthier planet. Here's how to set up a greywater home irrigation system that can help Full Story
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victoran
So glad people are using grey water. My dad used washing machine and kitchen sink water to water his yard 60 years ago.
March 27, 2014 at 7:06pm     
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kat sabine
We're big fans of grey water in the drought southwest, but last summer I killed off a bunch of well-established shade bushes when my hose from the washer was in my side yard and the water was too hot. It burned the roots of my plants and I've had to start over! now I use it to green up the local grass we can't seem to get rid of. For years, I've had a hose off my air conditioner as well to drip into my sweet potato vines.
March 30, 2014 at 10:58pm     
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How to Harvest Rainwater for Your Garden

Conserve a vital resource and save money by collecting stormwater for irrigation in a barrel or tank Full Story
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chookchook2
He he. Happy Easter to all.
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chocolizard
I very happily installed an old olive oil barrel under a downspout of my garage. I was raised so I would have pressure, had an overflow and a tap at the bottom, all ready! After a month of using my beautiful barrel on assorted veggies and house plants the turned yellow and died..... Unfortunately I then realize that my neighbor's black walnut tree overhangs my roof, so that even though it was at least 20 foot away there was enough detritus to make the water tea colored. My poor plants watered with black walnut tree juice, sigh..
Moved the barrel to my house roof and all is good now.
You should check out Bermuda if you want to see interesting water collection. Every house is required to have a collection system and large cisterns. It gives the whole island a unique appearance.
I believe the roofs are made of limestone and they have been collecting rain water for 400 years! Check out this video it has lots of information and some great photos.
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