Monthly Archives: August 2012

Are You Composting in Your New Kitchen?

There is a relatively new product on the market to facilitate composting in better kitchens. It is essentially a stainless steel basket system with odor protection that can be installed seamlessly into your counter top. The concept is that kitchen … Continue reading

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Introducing the Corbel

Over the years, I have held LOTS of client meetings to fine tune kitchen designs. In those meetings, I have been asked to include all sorts of details that clients have seen in photos and in other kitchens. The one … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Design: An Arts & Crafts Kitchen – The Finishing Details

I am going to take a look at the Arts & Crafts kitchen for the last time today. These last few photos highlight some of the important details used to pull off the authenticity of the Craftsman style. Notice the … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Design: An Arts & Crafts Kitchen – The Surface Schedule

Today I am going to look at the surface coverings – floor, wall, ceiling and countertops – in our Arts & Crafts kitchen. By now you know that Craftsman styling calls for natural materials, warm colors and hand-crafted elements in … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Design: An Arts & Crafts Kitchen – The Appliance Schedule

Continuing on with the dissection of the Arts & Crafts kitchen, today my focus turns to the appliances.  When it comes to appliances, it isn’t likely that a client is going to want to use antique appliances in order to … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Design: An Arts & Crafts Kitchen – The Fixture Schedule

I can design the best kitchen layout on the planet, but if the selections used to build the kitchen aren’t in keeping with the design, it won’t live up to expectations. For an Arts & Crafts kitchen like the one … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Design: An Arts & Crafts Kitchen – The Cabinet Schedule

Last week, I promised that I would start doing a segment that took kitchen and bath designs and broke them down into the elements that were used to create the design. My goal is to explain what was actually used … Continue reading

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Where to Place the Kitchen?

Coming of age in the Chicago area, I was highly exposed to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. I am a huge fan of his sense of space and the way he created hallways that were small so they could … Continue reading

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Is it a Sink or is it a Lavatory?

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘lavatory’? Out ‘on the street’, I have heard the word used to describe a washroom…or to describe the sink in the washroom…or as a politically-correct label for the toilet. I … Continue reading

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A Great Idea!

I get a fair number of design and construction trade magazines that show up in my mail box or my email. I don’t know about you, but mine often stack up and then get scanned when I have time to … Continue reading

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