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Dream kitchens

Have you ever wanted to improve your kitchen for everyone in the family? With a little planning you can make your kitchen the most popular room in your home.

Today's kitchen trends

Speed cooking
Dynamic drawers
Warm finishes
Modular refrigerators
Copper prep sinks

(Kitchen & Bath Industry Show ideas)

Will small changes turn your current kitchen into your dream kitchen? Or will the project require a complete renovation with changes to doorways, windows, and walls so your kitchen will flow into the rest of your home?

As you begin your planning:

  • Keep in mind that your children and friends need to feel comfortable when the renovation is complete. Do you envision your new kitchen as a place for all to gather around the table, the television, the computer--or all of these?
  • Consider what you want to change and what you want to keep. Computer programs may be used in the conceptual stages. Graph paper and cut-outs provide other techniques for planning.
Small kitchen solutions
Better Homes and Gardens.
[Hoboken, NJ] : Wiley, c2011.

Bring big style to a small kitchen

In these tough economic times, more and more people are downsizing their living spaces to smaller, more functional homes. But as typical living quarters become smaller, it doesn't mean that those dwelling in smaller digs need to sacrifice style along with space.

Small Kitchen Solutions is packed with example kitchens, galleries of ideas, and tons of projects for readers to bring a big punch to even the smallest kitchen.

  • Includes before-and-after photos and design plans
  • Helpful advice from professional designers
  • Projects showcase a variety of styles, from traditional to cottage to contemporary

Packed with tips and tricks from the pros for designing small kitchens that really work, this idea book is perfect for DIYers of any skill level.

     
Kitchen makeovers for any budget
by Chris Gleason.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Home, 2010.
Redo or new? Get it right the first TimeAuthor Chris Gleason designs and builds kitchens for a living. In Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget he offers his advice and how-to knowledge to help you make the correct decisions about whether to re-face or paint your present kitchen cabinets, add new appliances and cabinets, redo the workflow, move walls, etc.Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget includes four complete remodeling projects; each one deals with a particular aspect of demolition, design and/or accessorizing. The companion DVD focuses on the design, workflow and accessories available to maximize your space and provide convenient storage solutions.
     
Beautiful kitchens.
 
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2010.
Inspiring renovations and decorating schemes from real kitchens across AmericaThese real-life luxury kitchens give you inspiring ideas to transform your own kitchen into a room that is both functional and stylish. Richly illustrated with gorgeous full-color photos, Beautiful Kitchens showcases high-end kitchens from around the country. You'll get a tour of more than 30 different kitchens with photos taken from several angles within each room. The book is organized by style so you can "shop" photos for complete looks and get advice on how to pull elements together in your own kitchen. Beautiful Kitchens gives you High-end decorating schemes and renovations from real kitchens Hundreds of beautiful full-color photos that highlight each kitchen's features and elements Ideas for transforming your own kitchen into a high-end spaceThis book gives you inside access to the most beautiful kitchens in the country. Whether you're looking to add value to your home or simply want a more attractive and functional space, Beautiful Kitchens will inspire you to restore your kitchen to its rightful place as the heart of your home.
     
Best signature kitchens.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Creative Homeowner Pr., 2009.
A showcase of "Signature Kitchens Baths" magazine's best 100-plus kitchens from top kitchen designers around the country. Over 250 color photographs and illustrated floor plans.
     

Other suggestions:

  • Visit home renovation stores to spark ideas for projects and possibilities including seating, countertops, appliances, cabinentry, and flooring.
  • Decide how much can you do yourself Unless you are a plumber or electrician, hiring professionals to complete these task may be best.

Kitchen proportions

42 in. working aisles
36 in. height of countertops
18 in. from countertop to wall-mounted cabinets
12-26 ft. distance between sink, stove, & refrigerator

(designing tips)

Remember that you still need to eat while your dream kitchen is becoming a reality. Plan meals that use your grill or serve lots of salads. Your bathtub or laundry tub could become the sink.

Planning your kitchen the way you want it can make your dream kitchen come true.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff