Remodeling and design experts offer advice for do-it-yourselfers.
from Fresh Home
1. Think ahead.
When redesigning a kitchen, put function first, says interior designer Jacqui Hargrove. “There’s no ideal kitchen shape,” she says. “Whether it’s a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement.” Read more
It’s all in the details! Who knows why, but I just started thinking of how small, pesky, planning details, if overlooked, can cause pain and heartbreak if not addressed. OK, “top secret” may be just a little stretch, but not by much!
I came up with these planning secrets, largely unknown to the typical consumer, off the top of my head, and trust me, there are MANY more that I must be aware of as I slowly and carefully go about editing a kitchen plan for the last time before putting the order “to bed” as I call it, at which time there is no more time for changes. Read more
by Susan Hall
Dodging Design Don’ts
With the countless things that can go right in a kitchen—smooth work flow, just-right lighting, and a warm and welcoming vibe—just as many things can go wrong. From the floor to the ceiling to the materials in between, there’s plenty of opportunity to fall into some all-too-common design pitfalls, like this “before” photo shown to the left. Read more
Transform your kitchen with fresh ideas for color, counters, cabinets, lighting, and more
Retro ranch: The kitchen after
Being on a tight budget, the owners of this retro ranch house did most of the rehab work themselves—redoing floors, fixtures, walls, and ceilings—and then decorated with a mix of new and secondhand pieces. Read more
Time for an update? Pick your favorite style from our gallery of beautiful kitchen designs
Inspiring kitchen designs
Oversize windows and skylights invite in the sunshine. Walls are painted a light-bouncing white, while white ceramic subway tiles brighten the kitchen and baths. Read more
It’s all about elegance in David McNulty’s kitchen design for a sophisticated and expensive Chicago kitchen, from hand-carved friezes to fabulous freezers.
By Rose Kennedy
Most aspects of large-scale, luxury kitchen design are not something a layman should take on, says certified kitchen designer David McNulty, who has designed and produced kitchens for 16 years. Read more
The walls come down in a kitchen designed for entertaining
By Holly Berecz
Nestled in the woods of northwest Austin, TX, this home by architect Alan Taniguichi was a contemporary marvel in the 1980s. But when it was purchased by its current owner, the kitchen was compressed in the corner, completely separate from the dining area and closed off from the other living spaces. Read more
Searching for the right look for your next kitchen build? Here are 13 great designs to inspire and inform
Everyone Loves an Island
The kitchen island is the perfect place to balance congregation and separation, ensuring that hosts can cook and clean while they socialize with their guests. And they can be a great place for kids to do homework under the parents’ watchful eyes. Read more
Add style, efficiency, and storage to your kitchen with an island. Check out these dreamy kitchen island designs for ideas, and get expert advice to help you plan your perfect island.
This custom-built island provides work space, storage, and a place for guests to gather in the kitchen. Timeless beaded-board paneling coordinates with the white subway tile backsplash and a salvaged butcher-block countertop to complete the cottage charm. Read more