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Because it is made from a combination of a wood waste and recycled plastic, composite decking yields superior strength, longevity and dimensional stability. It won’t warp, crack, splinter or rot like wood. Read more
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
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
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
Building a new home is the biggest purchase that most Americans make. While finding a house plan is an exciting process, you should be sure that you have chosen a floor plan that is functional, comfortable and convenient for you and your family. Choosing the right house plan can be a daunting task with thousands and thousands of home plans on the web. Many house plan providers try to make it a fun, easy experience. To educate you on the process, we’re offering some helpful information about choosing the right house plan for your family. Read more
New bathroom storage cabinets will be colorful, contemporary and creative
By Jamie Gold, AKBD, CAPS
Cabinetry can make a major statement in a bathroom — especially a large master bath. Many of the newest, strongest design trends still come from Europe, and American manufacturers bring innovation to the category with smart solutions for your bath. 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
The most popular areas of the home also are gaining new functions as the housing market begins its recovery.
By Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA
AIA Chief Economist
Although the housing market remains very weak by historical standards, signs that this sector of the economy is strengthening are beginning to emerge, particularly in the realm of kitchen and bath design. These two areas of the home generally get the most attention from their occupants, and therefore are the last areas to feel cutbacks as market conditions tighten, and the first to recover as conditions begin to improve. Read more