Open Table-Style Kitchen Island Table-style island made of mahogany, stained in a custom color and sealed with a low-sheen lacquer. “we try to avoid built-in islands, They look bulky, heavy and boxy Islands that look more like a table with open space beneath to allow light to pass through and a more open appearance. Yes, we still have built-in drawers, and we often will use baskets or a bottom rack to store pots and pans or meet other functional storage needs, but we can create something with a much lighter feel.”
Remodel Mistake: Assuming You Need a New Layout Never automatically dismiss the existing layout of a kitchen. It’s often planned that way for very practical reasons, such as placement of doors, windows & traffic flow. Solution: A tweak to layout, such as making it open plan, adding breakfast bar or island, may be all needed. =save$ because you don't move electrical &plumbing systems. If designing a kitchen layout from scratch, address practical considerations first: How many will be using the kitchen on regular basis? Do you do a lot of entertaining? Then consider how the work triangle — cooktop, sink& fridge. Allow enough space between- three points of- triangle, so you’re not walking yards between them every time you use your kitchen.
Error: Not Maximizing Vertical Wall Space In a small kitchen, every bit of space counts, and your walls offer valuable storage real estate. Solution: Take your cupboards right up to the ceiling. If you don’t like the idea of rows of closed-door cupboards, you can always mix it up with open shelving. Tip: If wall cabinets are positioned over a cooktop, minimum clearance rules apply. The min. requirements vary for electric and gas cooktops, and range from 2 to 3 feet.
Error: Poorly Positioned Cabinet Doors and Drawers Cabinet doors and drawers can end up blocking doorways and walkways when they’re opened. Solution: “Planning is key. Before you commit to a layout, think about how and where all the elements in your kitchen will open, including cupboards, drawers, the fridge and dishwasher, and how people will move through the space.”
Error: Wasted Space on a Kitchen Island Kitchen islands are great for increasing prep& storage space but work only if you have- room. If your kitchen is small, an island can be a waste of space. Placing an island in- wrong spot = disaster. A poorly placed island can obstruct- flow of traffic to& from- sink, refrigerator, stove& workstations, creating a bottleneck. Solution: Choose an island only if your kitchen can accommodate it or specify a narrow one. Have @ 40" on both sides of- island for good traffic flow. Deciding how big island unit should be will depend on what it needs to house + proportions of kitchen. Recommend a min. width of @47" for a kitchen island. But if you don’t put a sink or stovetop in it, you can go as narrow as @24" in width.
Mistake: Forgetting About Function When planning your remodel, make sure you put your kitchen’s busiest areas — the sink, stove and fridge — in practical locations relevant to one another while allowing enough space for people to use and access them. When choosing cabinetry, make sure doors won’t block workflow when they’re open. The last thing you want is your fridge and cupboard doors banging into each other every time you open them! Solution: Plan kitchen layout as far in advance as possible,& choose appliances before you start looking at cabinetry. This will allow you to fit your units@ your appliances, rather than- other way around, giving a seamless look that’s both smart& space-efficient.” Tip: Think@ how many people live in your home and will be using- kitchen at one time. If it’s going to get crowded, you may have crammed too many elements into the kitchen layout and may want to consider scaling back.
Poor Lighting Placement - If you don’t put the right light fixtures over your countertops, you will end up prepping, cooking and cleaning up in the shadows. Another common lighting mistake is prioritizing aesthetics over functionality. Pretty pendants are beautiful, but if they don’t shine enough light over your work surfaces, they will not be practical.
Inadequate Circulation Space - Failing to allow circulation space can make a kitchen cramped &restrict-no. of people who can comfortably use space at- same time. lack of space can also make it difficult to open appliances such as fridge & dishwasher. Solution: have@ 4 feet of space between kitchen countertops. +Allow a little more room if there is a thoroughfare leading through the kitchen. In a small kitchen, [39 inches] would be the minimum amount of space between countertops, but aim for more if you can.
Bathroom Mistakes - “Think how you’ll use & move through- space when planning where to position accessories on your bathroom layout." Put towel bars in easy reach of - shower, bath& vanity. Put hand towel bars where they won’t prevent vanity drawers and doors from opening. Also ensure that structural supports are in place before the walls are finished so that accessories have something to attach to. Tip: Consider a recessed tiled niche in- shower instead of a shelf on- wall to give- area a more open feel.
Bathroom Mistakes -Not Considering Location of Accessories Not giving enough thought to the-location of accessories (i.e.,towel bars& shower storage) will affect how- whole space functions. “It can mean frequently used items have to be positioned out of reach, or wall-mounted accessories end up in- way of drawers or cabinetry doors. Plan where accessories will go, so you can install enough secure fixing points. Nobody wants a wobbly towel bar or- toilet paper holder to fall off the wall — which can happen when they’ve only been screwed into a plaster sheet.
Bathroom Mistakes - Storage That Lacks Function Failing to consider exactly how you use your bathroom means that- items you keep there often don’t have a proper home. “They end up being left out on- vanity, creating a cluttered look, or stored far from where you actually used. Solution: Consider how you use the bathroom and exactly which items need to be stored there,& then measure them and give them a dedicated spot. “i.e., toothbrushes& shavers can be stored in a recessed mirrored cabinet w/power inside, shallow drawers w/dividers are great for makeup, & towels& standing toiletries can be placed in deep drawers,”
Bathroom Mistakes - Measuring Incorrectly Inaccurate measurements can end up being costly when you need to work multiple elements into your layout. “It’s a common mistake not to take account of the little things, such as the way a door will swing or the gap between the toilet and the vanity,” she says. Solution: “Always measure twice before you select fittings and fixtures for your bathroom to make sure they’ll fit. Think how doors and drawers will open and how you will move through the space. Your builder, plumber or project manager should also be able to help you with this process,” Santilli says.
Bathroom Mistakes - Not Considering Existing Infrastructure “What’s behind the wall is a big deal when you’re renovating or changing a bathroom layout,”. Solution: Make sure you work with your plumber to figure out if the new layout will work with current plumbing points and infrastructure,” she says. “You might need to rethink your layout if you don’t want to move these existing points. Remember, while changing plumbing points can give you the layout you really want, it can also blow out the budget.”
Bathroom Mistakes - Not Creating Separate Zones “When space is plentiful, I often see uninspiring and empty-looking bathrooms, with all the fixtures around the perimeter of the room and an empty space in the middle. Creating zones would have made these bathrooms far more functional and welcoming,” Roussos says. Solution: Consider dividing a large bathroom into separate zones for the bath, shower, vanity and toilet. “This may be as simple as putting a stud wall into the center of the room,” she says. “Creating zones will enhance your experience of the bathroom and make it feel more luxurious.”
Bathroom Do's - “Then add in lighting for other purposes,” Roussos says. “For example, incorporate task lighting to assist with grooming or putting on makeup, such as a pair of wall lights on either side of the mirror. These will illuminate your face from the front, which is the most effective and flattering direction.” Tip: Ask your electrician to wire lights so that they can be turned on independently. This will let you adjust the lighting levels and mood, Roussos says.
Bathroom Mistakes - 5. Poor Lighting Inexperienced renovators often simply resort to downlights over- vanity, shower or toilet instead of putting in a proper layered lighting design. = the bathroom is too bright & lacks ambiance, making it far from relaxing. + bright overhead lighting creates shadowing when you look in- vanity mirror —dreadful when putting on makeup or shaving.” Solution: Plan layered design that incl several lighting sources. “It should feature lighting for ambiance; concealed LED strips are great, per don’t consume much energy& can be left on to create a low-key mood. Put them under vanities and shaving cabinets, behind mirrors and in shower niches,”
Bathroom Mistakes - 4. Confining Storage to the Vanity “Rookie renovators often don’t consider storage options beyond vanity drawers and cabinets. This often means the vanity ends up too clunky& dominating. As a result, the bathroom feels small and crowded.” Solution: Think of alternative places to house bathing products, toiletries& toilet paper: “Can you work some custom [cabinetry] into the floor plan to store larger items? What about vertical wall-hung cabinets?” you also can use these to incorporate mirrors, lighting& towel bars, saving even more space in- bathroom& giving it more purpose.
Bathroom Do's - key measurements for medicine cabinets and vanities**** A medicine cabinet above a vanity should be- same width as the vanity or slightly smaller — never larger. Recessing a medicine cabinet into- wall will give your bathroom a more streamlined look. The right length for a vanity countertop depends on the size of the room. For a family bathroom or en suite, 36 inches is considered a standard minimum length, but 48 inches is a little more practical. A double sink will need a countertop that’s at least 60 to 72 inches long. The ideal depth for a vanity is 21 inches, although it will depend on the depth of your sink. If you have a semirecessed sink, you may be able to make your vanity less than 21 inches deep. When specifying your vanity depth, make sure you include enough room so that you can clean the sink and faucets.
Bathroom Mistakes - 3. Insufficient Storage Focusing too much on aesthetics and not enough on function often leads to insufficient storage. Solution: “Eye-level storage is critical in a bathroom. Rather than having a mirror adhered to the wall, choose a mirror cabinet recessed into the wall that incorporates storage for everyday essentials, such as your toothbrush, shaver and makeup”.
Bathroom Mistakes - 2. Having the Door Open to a View of the Toilet Having the bathroom door open to directly face the toilet is neither stylish nor necessary. Solution: “Tuck the loo behind the door or place to- side where not in full view when you open- bathroom door. Even more important, ensure that your main bathroom has a separate toilet so people do not have to wait for the loo when someone is using the shower”. Tip: When planning -position of your toilet, allow at least 8 inches on both sides for elbow room.
Bathroom mistakes - Fixtures That Are Too Big “Too often I see [60-inch-long] freestanding baths in rooms that are only [70 inches] in length,” Solution: “Ensure that the bath, vanity and shower are the right scale for your bathroom,” “Freestanding baths, while fashionable, are not always the best option — particularly in a small bathroom,” a larger inset bath would be a much better use of space. “Likewise with vanities — a super large vanity that butts right up to- shower doesn't look good+ is awkward to clean. Instead, choose a smaller vanity and allow some space between the shower or bath,” Tip: A freestanding tub should be about 8 inches from the wall, with at least a foot of space at both ends to allow for cleaning access.
A Tiny Garden Can Be Whatever You Make of It Whether your little garden is in the city or the suburbs, outside a townhouse or on the balcony of an apartment building, the square footage may be small, but your imagination need not be limited. You can use your balcony to grow strawberries and lettuce, turn your patio into a tea garden or plant a square of grass just right for picnics in your urban backyard. Note: fake grass and sitting cushion on storage bench and string lights and screen of vines, bamboo or plants on wall.
A Tiny Garden Can Be Simple Not so big on gardening? Even a few small pots of plants or fresh herbs on the balcony can make your outdoor space feel more welcoming and lively, without requiring any more care than a houseplant. Coordinate the color and finish of your planters with your other outdoor furnishings for an intentionally designed look. I Like the Shade Screens here!
A Tiny Garden Can Be Lush Fill in your garden with layers of plantings in different heights for a really lush look. Use a climbing plant along the fence (or use a trellis), plant a few larger shrubs in the background for structure and depth, and fill in the beds with perennials for year-round interest.
A Tiny Garden Can Be a Zen Oasis Japanese-style Zen gardens are ideally suited to small spaces because they are designed to mimic the look and feel of a landscape on a smaller scale. And even if your outdoor space is too small to handle a complete Zen rock garden, it can surely hold a few beautiful potted bonsai.
A Tiny Garden Can Feel Surprisingly Large By softening the edges of the space with greenery and unifying the hardscaping, even a small patio or courtyard can look and feel much larger than its actual size. That’s the wonderful thing about plants — there is something about them that has a sort of magical space-opening effect. It’s as if some deep part of our brain sees the leaves and vines and decides it must be the beginning of a jungle.
A Tiny Garden Allows for Bigger Splurges The good news about designing a pint-size garden is that with less area to cover, you can afford to shell out a bit more on materials — or even a professional landscape design — that wouldn’t be feasible in a larger space. In this narrow urban garden, steppingstones lead the way across a beautiful pond to a gravel outdoor dining space surrounded by lush perennials and slender white birch trees. What sort of garden have you always wanted? Consider ways to translate what you love into a small scale.
Wet room. - A step up to an area with freestanding bathtub. Porcelain wall tile running floor to ceiling on two walls. Accent wall of 2-by-12-inch blue tile. Mosaic floor tile. Rain shower head & wall shower head on lower level this side of tub. “We actually installed the shower control valve around the corner opposite of the shower head,” Fischer says. “This kept that tile feature wall so clean and simple, with just the shower head on it.” Designer tip. “Levels. - When you have a long space like this, it can feel slightly awkward when the flooring is all on the same plane. We added a step up to break the room up and also to help contain the shower water drainage.”
Wet room.- Large-format floor-to-ceiling ceramic tile. Floating bench. Recessed niches. Shower controls on wall L of shower niche. Large glass divider “meant to really just go away,”. “Uh-oh” moment. - “When we finished, the floor was slippery, and since it’s such a large area that has water on it, we needed to address this,” she says. “We used teak mats on top of the tile to make the area less slippery.”
In Denver, Maggie Farrar and Clayton Kenney’s new front yard balances ordered, contemporary design with loose, natural plantings. Designed by Dustin Farmer, the yard doesn’t have a bad side — especially with its new custom Cor-Ten steel raised bed that can be appreciated both from the street and from the home’s large first-floor window.
After - The existing oak cabinets were good quality, so the homeowner chose to reface them instead of installing new cabinets, a design move that cut her costs about in half. The design team at Kitchen Magic removed the original warped drawers and cabinet doors. The homeowner then chose a new style of drawer and door front that features a more severe, squared-off Shaker-style edge than the original rounded-trim piece. She chose a crisp white color for the upper cabinets and a grayish navy blue for the lowers. With the doors and drawers removed, the original cabinet boxes were given a light sanding, then wiped clean. The design team applied colored laminate veneer to the boxes with adhesive. With the new drawers and doors installed, the cabinets look brand-new.
The Gardens Designer: Zeterre Landscape Architecture Landscape designer Jarrod Baumann completely transformed the fenced backyard. Gravel and grass laid in an abstract lily design cover the ground. The lily was an important flower to many royal families of Europe. In the center of the garden is a large marble sculpture by Yoko Kubrick.