So maybe you still don’t know exactly what you should do to design the kitchen or bath of your dreams, but Moen offers you a few tips on some definite do’s and don’ts for your upcoming project.
Lighting – always look at the lighting
Many kitchens and bathrooms have fluorescent lighting—which only belongs in the garage. Kitchens and baths are the worst places for fluorescent light, because it gives everything a blue tint, making your food and people unattractive, so change out that fluorescent fixture. If you have the ability, try adding halogen lighting to your space, since it gives the closest approximation to daylight and makes everything sharper, clearer and cleaner in your kitchen or bath. Read more
Are you thinking of embarking on a home remodeling project? Get ideas and top tips from Rate My Space users, and see gorgeous pictures to get you inspired to start your own home remodel.
by Charity Curley Mathews
RMS user njhaus had more in mind for this modern kitchen remodel than fancy appliances. “The kitchen was designed with my husband in mind, who uses a wheelchair. We lowered the counters to make it easier for him to reach the cooktop. The lower counter at the island is table height so he can … Read more
During a panel at the 2010 International Builders Show, Eliot Nusbaum, executive editor for home design for Better Homes and Gardens, explained that practicality and price are fueling decisions on how homes are designed and built. Read more
Four architects share their favorite new trade secrets — from home technology advances to innovative building materials
by Ingrid Abramovitch
“For a Manhattan loft, we used wood from dilapidated farm structures. Elmwood Reclaimed Timber removes nails and bolts and pressure-washes the wood to reveal its natural patina. Instead of using chemicals or varnishes, Elmwood kiln-dries the planks to eliminate shrinkage and splitting.” Read more
In much the same way that the kitchen has become more than just a room to prepare meals and more of a place that accommodates the gathering of the whole family, the master bath has become more than just a bathroom in recent years. How do you make this room a pleasant place to start the day without breaking the bank? I have six suggestions that can help you to plan that perfect bath. Read more
Give buyers what they want in the kitchen, from beverage stations to soft geometry.
Kitchen design has reached a new level of integration. The quiet incorporation of the kitchen into the home’s primary living and entertaining rooms provides homeowners with far more flexibility in their lifestyles. Read more
No one likes to cut a budget, especially when it’s his or her own. But when it comes to planning a remodeling project, homeowners must establish a realistic budget . . . and actively manage it.
Preparing for a remodeling project is a lot like preparing to buy a car. You may know the room and style you want, but the options you choose may drive the price higher than you can reasonably afford. But there are ways to stretch the remodeling budget and end up with stylish results within budget. Read more
NKBA members say these kitchen concepts will be big this year
By HZ Staff
Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveys its members to identify the latest design and specification trends in kitchen and bath design. This year, more than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, reporting the materials, product types, and styles that they specified in their kitchen and bath designs over the final three months of 2012. Read more
When the design is underway and the owner steps up to construct the cabinetry, you know the kitchen will reflect passion and personality. This kitchen, by designer Dana Jones, forms part of a modern house with an informal beach-cottage ambience. The exposed ceiling beams, exterior stone cladding continued inside and tongue-and-groove paneling seen right through the house all contribute to the feel, says Jones. ”We designed the kitchen to respond to and accentuate the relaxed air – for example, the cosmetic wood ceiling beams were added over the kitchen to offset the presence of the metal structural beams on either side of the space.” Read more