Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

Famous Folks at Home — Whose kitchen is it?

Whoever owns this kitchen probably eats out a lot. The house is big, the celebrity is famous, the budget was probably unlimited. But this is not a cook’s kitchen. It’s missing counter space, for one thing. And any warmth. I love stainless steel, but not to this excess. And when you’re at the sink, what [...]

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A glass-door refrigerator for a change of pace

Yes, it’s a bit unusual. But why not? This is a commercial refrigerator from Frigidaire that is being used in a home. It costs from $1,400 to $1,700 depending on what kind of deal you can get. The light can stay on or off. You decide. Some people like to leave it on during the [...]

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Rosarito Beach condo remodel

How did Don Maurizio puzzle out the cabinet installation in his Rosarito Beach kitchen? Click here to read the whole story.

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How’s that remodel working out? Greening up a modest tract house

Bill and Becka Doering did a whole-house green remodel on their Santa Barbara home, and I wrote a Pardon Our Dust feature about it, which you can read here. Bill is both an engineer and a green-building enthusiast. With his firm, Doering Design & Engineering, he helps others make their homes more energy-efficient. Also, the [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Coming into the final stretch

Joni’s condo kitchen update is nearly done. (See the project up to now.) Joni’s friend and fellow nurse Patti is helping out, and she files this report: I’m home from the mountains and went to see Joni’s kitchen today. It’s beautiful! I am thrilled and so is she. (Click photos to enlarge.) Joni opted to [...]

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Who deserves a kitchen remodel? Vote now

One lucky organization will win a $25,000 kitchen remodel, sponsored by IKEA and Family Handyman, depending on which gets the most votes. The contenders are: Little Ferry Hose Company #1 – Little Ferry, NJ Simpson Shelter – Minneapolis, MN IHS Development – Newark, NJ Franklin Fire Station One – Franklin, WI Moonachie Fire Department – [...]

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Feel like cheaping out? Don’t make the same mistake Charles made

Everyone likes a deal. A steal. A feeling that you just saved more money on your remodel than anyone in the history of the world. But sometimes that quest can bring regrets. That’s what happened to Charles Chang, who did a complete remodel on a very trashed property for about $40,000. See the whole story [...]

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Help! Your advice needed on this soon-to-be mama’s kitchen

So here's the story: Sarah is expecting a baby in a few months, and she and her husband just bought this home in Los Angeles. She wants some advice on fixing up the kitchen before they move in. Here are some things to know: • The home is in an expensive part of town, so [...]

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5 Favorites on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog

You can tell what’s up in the world by what people search for on the Internet. Here on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog, we’ve got five consistently favorite subjects that interest your fellows readers. They are: Green Remodeling Kitchens Before & After Contractor Issues Design Ideas

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Think I was wrong about the butcher block? A remodeler weighs in

Just the other day, I was waxing on about the regrets people feel about their butcher block counters. In the back of my mind, I’m wondering if anyone’s having a good long-term experience with their wood counters. So today I get a comment from Bryan with T&B Construction in Howell, Mich., who says this: As a home remodeler [...]

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Laundry room appliances too cute to hide

When Kristina Johnson and David Franke remodeled their California kitchen and laundry room, they did a surprising thing: left the door off the laundry room. Of course, I had a question about that missing door: “Why?” You might have to love appliances as much as Kristina and Dave do to understand the reasoning: The high-end, [...]

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Stunning butcher block counters . . . are not for everyone

Butcher block counters are so gorgeous! They evoke French country kitchens and a slower, more thoughtful time. In truth, they are not for everyone. More than one homeowner has rued the day butcher block was chosen, If the finish is not rock hard, they can get stained, gouged and encrusted with years of accumulated foodstuffs. [...]

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Would you sacrifice square footage for charm?

When famed kitchen designer Susan Serra visited Copenhagen this month, she stayed in this apartment and sent back this photo. In this living room, I was struck by the deep-set windows, which add so much charm. It creates a feeling of thick walls, and provides shelves for plants, flowers and other things of beauty, and provides a [...]

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Before & After — Ikea kitchen island on steroids

This is one of the best budget kitchen remodels I’ve seen. While you can see a dramatic change from before (bottom) and after (top), notice that the cabinets are the same, the window is in the same place, all the appliances are in the same locations and the floor and ceiling are the same. So [...]

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Macy’s recalls nearly 1 million Martha Stewart enamel cast iron casserole dishes

If Macy’s and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling 1 million Martha Stewart enamel cast iron casserole dishes, and you are an avid cook, it’s possible you have one of these. They are kind of cute. Should you care about the recall? You decide. Here are the details: Hazard: The enamel coating on the [...]

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A new kitchen for an older woman

Outside of Charlotte, N.C., Judy Hammill moved back to the farmhouse where she grew up and that her own father built. But the kitchen was dated and would not work as Judy settled into retirement and got older. She won a makeover from AARP and an aging-in-place specialist to make the kitchen accessible. The new [...]

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Super Cool Idea: Your garden flowers embedded in resin panels for cabinet inserts

This idea is so unique that we at Kathy’s Remodeling Blog can hardly stand it: You can have your own garden flowers imbedded into resin panels for use as kitchen or bathroom cabinet inserts. See some options here Can you imagine your favorite flowers, that you grew, immortalized in resin panels? You can use translucent [...]

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A wall of windows in the kitchen

Here at Kathy’s Remodeling Blog, I may be destined to one day have a kitchen with a wall of windows because each time I see a kitchen like this, I feel a pull on my heart. Here are some examples: A kitchen in Sonoma, California, that overlooks a courtyard, in USA Today   A kitchen in [...]

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British kitchens vs. American kitchens

Somehow I got onto the mailing list of a British kitchen shop called Magnet. As I live in the United States, there’s very little chance I’ll be hiring these folks to design and build my new kitchen. But they sent me a link to a daytime talk show This Morning where one of their kitchens [...]

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How to save money on your kitchen remodel? Don’t move the sink

Who knew saving money on a kitchen remodel could be so simple? Just don’t move the sink. If you do, you will incur all kinds of costs and delays when the plumbing has to be rerouted. When your house is on a concrete slab that has to be cut into for the new plumbing, that’s [...]

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