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A World Tour of Compact Kitchens

From Austin to Zagreb, these 15 Houzzers make every square foot of their small kitchens count Full Story
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jojo132
@austennut. It's a drying rack for dishes - similar can be found in IKEA
June 11, 2014 at 7:21PM   
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Dark counter and back splash
August 9, 2014 at 6:29PM   
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Pearls of Wisdom From a Real-Life Kitchen Remodel

What your best friend would tell you if you were embarking on a renovation and she'd been there, done that Full Story
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christina8822
Regarding base cabinet options, as others have said, go with drawers. In our smallish kitchen we had three big base cabinets, one was drawers, one had doors that opened and had pull outs, the third was the standard cabinet with a shelf. The drawers were amazing, held tons of stuff and easy to find everything. The pull outs were ok for a while but I have a lot of heavy pans and the glides started to fail. Also they held less than the drawers. The standard cabinet with a shelf was the worst. I had to sit on the floor to be able to see what was in there.
We're in the process of rebuilding that kitchen and all three of those cabinets will now be drawers. We also replaced a smaller lower cabinet with a pullout trash bin, which I am ridiculously excited about. We used to have the trash under the sink but it was inaccessible when anyone was using the sink so every holiday the trash can ended up in the middle of the room so people could help with cleanup!
I wasn't going to be home when the hardware went on so I used blue tape to let the carpenter know the directions I wanted things to go.
Pictures show the three new banks of drawers. The slab is the quartzite we chose for the countertops.
March 24, 2014 at 6:43PM     
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I have some beautiful granite looking Formica counters. I think Formica is fine if it is not used around the stove or sink. I live in an older house with a very large an unfitted kitchen, so the Formica works for us.

1. Love our white subway tile from Home Depot that we installed. It is holding up well after 6 years and 4 roommates and daily cooking at four separate times and occasional cooking dinner parties. I highly recommend it.

2. One thing I love but have not read much about here is a custom made stainless steel double drainboard sink that is seamless with a 12 inch inch integral backsplash and a backsplash mounted faucet. I would have a raised 1 to 1.5 inch lip all around the sink as you see on restaurant sinks with a sink depth of 7. Very much like the porcelain double drainboard sinks of the 1920's but out of stainless steel with a taller backsplash.

3. I love drawers and which we had installed them in the kitchen.

4. I prefer a magnetic knife holder installed in a drawer next to the stove rather then a on the wall. I also don't like the knife racks on the counter or in a drawer, both of them require pulling out each knife until you hit on the one you need for the job.

5. For spices I prefer a drawer with a spice grid, so the spices are leaning on their backs and you can see the row of spices above them and easily reach them.

6. I prefer a wall mounted pot rack for our most used pots and pans. I keep the lids in a dish drying rack in a cabinet shelf, every time I bend down to get them I think of how much easier it would be if I had drawers.

7. Our painter painted our kitchen walls with flat paint instead of washable kitchen paint that we requested be sure to use kitchen washable paint.

8. Install your upper cupboards lower then recommend 12 to 15 inches as opposed to 17 inches high and choose taller cabinets with tall doors that reach to the ceiling rather than stacking two cabinets on top of one another.

9. Slab front cabinet and drawer fronts don't have grooves to catch dirt and grease unlike shaker cabinets which I love the look of but don't love cleaning.

10. Round the corners of your countertops to prevent bruises on your hips and cuts to your running little ones.

11. Avoid building in your appliances, today's appliances don't last the 20 or 30 years they used to, and renovation is expensive,

12 Under cabinet lighting and plugs are a wonderful idea.
June 13, 2014 at 11:33AM   
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Kitchen Remodel Costs: 3 Budgets, 3 Kitchens

What you can expect from a kitchen remodel with a budget from $20,000 to $100,000 Full Story
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Diana Walsh
Wow! This has been a great thread to go on for almost two years. To Jill and others who were worried about where to begin, I would suggest finding an NKBA designer ( National Kitchen & Bath Association) to walk you through the process. A kitchen designer stays current with the products available and, most importantly, will work to understand your needs and to give you the best balance of function, style and quality that is available within your budget. It is the designer's job to make sure that you do not end up with roll out trays that don't have enough space to pull out or refrigerator doors that can't open far enough to get to the crisper. These and many other issues are common to designers who are put into a box store with a few days of computer training.

Good design is not expensive but will save you many head aches . Many kitchen remodeling firms will be NKBA and follow their guidelines. You should have an extensive conversation with the designer you are considering. Do they ask questions to find out how you use your kitchen and what you want? Do they listen to the answers? It is important that you have a great relationship with your designer and feel that they "get it". You will be spending a lot of time on this process and much longer living with the results. As the rest of the thread has made clear, you will, also, be making a significant investment, There are many ways to remodel any kitchen so you need to be comfortable that the designer understands YOUR WAY. The important thing is that you can live with the budget and that you LOVE the results.
May 26, 2014 at 12:46PM     
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This is our 4th kitchen redo. We are doing all the work ourselves. Hate the new appliances have had nothing but trouble with a brand new dishwasher that took 2 months to straighten out in the last house. This time used high end appliances found at restore most from those fancy kitchens that are never used. Double oven like new top of the line for 1990s $75. works great the seals around the door were new I don't think they were ever used. Gas stove top $125. looks brand new has the thick iron grates that would cost big $ if you can even find them. No flimsy metal and plastic. It took a couple months of scouting Restores but found high end cherry cabinets with granite countertops and a designer pantry for $1500. slightly used. Hubby will have to make extra upper cabinets but they are not that difficult to make. Now I can spend those saved dollars on the fun stuff a copper exhaust hood, copper chaffing dishes, copper pan rack. My kitchen will be beautiful and green.
July 25, 2014 at 8:58AM   
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Guest Picks: Handy Helpers for Small Kitchens

Smart about size or dual use, these appliances, gadgets and pots offer full service while saving kitchen space Full Story
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annschlabach
My husband and I live in a 1989 RV motorhome out of which we took the booth and table. No problem with small appliances which store underneath in storage bins.
June 10, 2014 at 10:03PM     
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I love Martha Stewart's line! I like the pasta pot that was shown here. But it is always the best to keep things to a minimum with a small kitchen or any room. Look for items with multiple uses rather then one.
June 15, 2014 at 3:09PM   
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Modernize Your Old Kitchen Without Remodeling

Keep the charm but lose the outdated feel, and gain functionality, with these tricks for helping your older kitchen fit modern times Full Story
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bettyferro
Where did you purchase the backsplash and what is it
made of?
October 17, 2013 at 12:58PM   
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Sherri Visnaw
That's a nifty storage option!
February 1, 2014 at 8:06AM   
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Kitchen Design: To Hood or Not to Hood?

When we renovated our kitchen, one of our bigger decisions was how to handle the vent over our stove. We ended up going with a super cool stainless... Full Story
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carolferrara
yes it is already installed and is plugged in w/ a gfi outlet. from the undermount part of the hood which is ductless, it is approximately 17-171/2'. i'm not sure of the brand name, however i ordered on-line from lowe's...
August 11, 2014 at 7:01AM   
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Futuro Futuro Kitchen Range Hoods
What is the recommended and minimum height specified in the hood manual? Some undercabinet/in-cabinet hoods do allow installation as low as 17"-18", without voiding the warranty. If the hood is only as deep as the cabinets, or a little deeper (12"-15"), it should not interfere with the cooking process.

Keep in mind that once an undercabinet/in-cabinet hood is installed, changing its location will typically involve modifying the cabinet, which is a lot more work & expense.
August 11, 2014 at 7:11AM   
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Let's Toast Small Kitchens Everywhere

It's time for a tribute to the many wonderful qualities of compact kitchens — and some tips on how to plan them well Full Story
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Sandra Alger, CID, Fresh Ideas by Sandy
Another renovation, small kitchen-1867 -before and after
July 8, 2014 at 5:14PM   
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bow window was removed, new window and counter/cabinets added
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8 Great Kitchen Cabinet Color Palettes

Make your kitchen uniquely yours with painted cabinetry. Here's how (and what) to paint them Full Story
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magic0906
Jean Jones, when you're painting your cabinets again, did you or do you have to remove the first paint job like with mineral spirits or something, or are you just painting over the previous paint job? Also, are you spray painting them or painting them with a brush? I'd like to re-do ours due to cost. Seems I have way more "time" than "money" :-)
September 3, 2014 at 12:48PM   
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judilindquist
I like this too, still want to see the grain
September 10, 2014 at 8:38AM   
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11 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without a Sledgehammer

Give your kitchen a new look by making small improvements that have big impact Full Story
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judygilpin
You have your cabinets re-faced, that's what. They place new veneer on the existing cabinet framework and make new door and drawer fronts. If you're happy with the existing configuration of your cabinets/kitchen, go for this. It will cost at least half of ripping everything out and will look brand new. We had this done and I am very happy with the results. Get many bids and recommendations, however. I'm not fond of results I've seen done from the big box stores. Better to have a local business who's been doing it for a long time is best.
September 4, 2014 at 5:23PM     
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lomena
Thanks will give it a try
September 5, 2014 at 6:14AM   
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10 Big Space-Saving Ideas for Small Kitchens

Feeling burned over a small cooking space? These features and strategies can help prevent kitchen meltdowns Full Story
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shepsgane
I like the idea for the pantry
September 7, 2014 at 3:54AM   
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2snowpea
What is the material used on the cabinets? At present I am looking at a product with a glossy finish but am concerned that it will be nightmare of constant wiping off fingerprints. Your cabinets are light and warm. I like the horizontal appearance of wood grain however suspect it isn't wood.
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10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

Does your kitchen draw a crowd or crowd you in? Here's how to make sure your compact kitchen leaves room to breathe Full Story
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corinnediana
layout
July 28, 2014 at 7:17PM   
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drawers
July 28, 2014 at 7:18PM   
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17 Space-Saving Solutions for Small Kitchens

Clever storage and smart design details do wonders for tiny kitchens Full Story
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Cherrie Hub Furniture
I have a small kitchen myself, and always juggle around how to fit all on the limited worktops. But since I bought new kitchen island on castors, it made things easier. I can store it in the corner of the kitchen out of the way, when I don't need it, and then move it by the cooker, for additional worktop, when I'm cooking. It also doubles as a storage, because it has got a number of cupboards. Not to mention it can be a breakfast bar too. Really recommended. Similar is for sale here: http://www.cherriehub.co.uk/collections/rustic-furniture/products/contemporary-kitchen-island-oak-butchers-block
September 8, 2014 at 11:42PM   
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Great for coner
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Learn the Lingo of Construction Project Costs

Estimates, bids, ballparks ... know the different options and how they’re calculated to get the most accurate project price possible Full Story
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Gerald Lorentz
Hi reselmelvill e - Did you get my e-mail address?
May 1, 2014 at 4:53PM   
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I need to get a copy spreadsheet please send to pkitchenandbath@gmail.com
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What to Know Before You Tear Down That Wall

New project for a new year: Opening up a room? Learn who to hire, what it’ll cost and how long it will take Full Story
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luvkat
Thank you, Whiskey C.
May 21, 2014 at 3:29PM   
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What You Need to Know Before Painting Brick

Sure, painted brick can be a great look. But you need to take some risks into account. Here's how to paint brick like a pro Full Story
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tejshrishah
Hi Nellie Crowe you washed your wall with baking soda and it looks great! Do you think that would work outside? We have artificial red bricks (very ugly). Thanks
August 16, 2014 at 11:02AM   
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wickedwhite
Can you lime wash exterior brick?
September 1, 2014 at 5:55AM   
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Ceiling Fans: Some Spinning Sensations

How to Match Your Fan With Your Space and Keep Cool in Style Full Story
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William Yen
I just moved into my first house, built in 1960's in philly. Every room has ceiling fans even the basement which has a ceiling height of about 6ft5in or so, other ceilings are 8ft or less. I like having a breeze but I'd rather pull my oscillating fan out of the closet than deal with the eyesore of old cheapo ceiling fans. Removing them just opens the space up so much more. Also there are few options of flush mounted fans that don't look like crap, some stem fans I actually like but I have yet to find a flush mount that didn't look bad.
January 8, 2014 at 12:09PM   
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If you post some pictures of each room I can recommend some fans and even show how they will look in your room by dropping them into your photos. Be sure to include the room dimensions and ceiling heights. FYI: some standard mount fans can also be flush mounted.
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The Ceiling Fan That Blows Away Ceiling Fans' Bad Rap

Modern, simple and even usable in some outdoor spots, Ron Rezek's Cirrus ceiling fan will change your mind about this much-maligned fixture Full Story
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mjrn
what is the cost and where can the cirrus hugger be purchased?
January 5, 2014 at 1:54PM     
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The Cirrus is a custom ordered fan, so you get to pick the blades, lights and controls. The final price is based on your selection, but the base price (at the time of this post) is about $370 with the motor and blades.

This fan can be customized and purchased at Hansen Wholesale here: http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/modernfan/model.asp?ModelNo=CIR
May 14, 2014 at 7:05AM   
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Are Ceiling Fans the Kiss of Death for Design?

Ceiling fans get a bad rap for being clunky and outdated, but these streamlined styles and a bevy of pros beg to differ Full Story
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decojunkie25
Here is what bothers me about fans. It is not the fan itself but the fact that if the fan has lights people will use that as their ONLY light source because hey, the light is there, why not use it. No lamps on ever in the summer. Just the harsh glare of the fan lights. I see this all the time in southern homes. I think if you just have overhead lighting and no lamps it can look harsh and uninviting.
July 22, 2014 at 7:25PM   
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monbar
If my client objected to a ceiling fan, I would point out that fans are easily replaced by light fixtures. Replacement cost is minimal overall compared to purchase price. A fan or two would/should never be a deal breaker. It's my job as a Broker to help my Buyer see that.
That said, I'm building and my new place has a few thoughtfully placed fans. I like 'em for a number of reasons. My mountain riverfront house isn't a bit diminished by their presence.
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