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- 10 Design Essentials for the Perfect Retro Kitchen
Kitchens decorated with an eye to the past bring us back to simpler times, when cheerful colors and playful patterns dominated the domestic scene. Whether your interest in a retro kitchen stems from an affinity for all things vintage, or from, say, fond memories of a grandparent's home, the look can be easily put together today, thanks to myriad modern products that harken back to bygone eras. Here, browse ten elements that introduce the best design of yesterday to your kitchen today.
- 10 New Kitchen Products to Make Your Life Better
What if you could get boiling hot water with the flick of a switch or turn on your oven from outside the home? Conveniences that once seemed like science fiction are here-and-now today. We've compiled some of our favorite innovative kitchen products—from easy-glide, pull-out pot storage to an illuminated backsplash—to bring style and convenience to your home and life.
- 10 Smokin' Hot Range Hoods
Today’s range hood seems to fall into one of two camps: the wallflower or the showpiece. Either it’s so hidden it disappears, or the designer chooses to embrace the opportunity for a star focal point.
- 11 Clever Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinets
If you're looking to give your kitchen a facelift, look no further than the cabinets. Whether they store food, plates, appliances, or all three, cabinets often take up the majority of the real estate in the kitchen, both physically and visually. This means that your cabinets may be the most important decision you'll make in decorating your kitchen—along with a few other vital, big-ticket items like the refrigerator and oven. So why not look for cabinet options that will help set your kitchen apart from the rest? We found 11 alternatives that will keep feeling fresh and new, whether you’re sitting down to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- 11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size
Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your room lacks square footage does not mean you have to skimp on style. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can turn a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.
- 11 Style-Setting Tiles Destined for Your Backsplash
When it comes time to design your dream kitchen, remember that details can make all the difference. While big-ticket elements, such as appliances and cabinets, are crucial, it's the finishing touches like the backsplash that will make your kitchen feel complete. If, like so many homeowners, you are considering a tile backsplash, you have some tough decisions ahead of you! There are so many different types of tile, including ceramic, glass, and even metal, in a huge variety of colors and styles. In addition to traditional tiles that are installed with grout, there are also tiles that use adhesives. There are even peel-and-stick options. Browse this gallery of 11 unique tile products that will put your backsplash front and center.
- 12 Design Essentials for the Perfect Country Kitchen
Country kitchens are one of the most cherished decorating styles in American homes—exuding a laid-back charm that invites guests to pull up a chair and stay a while. More than any single design element, country kitchens are a sum of many parts. Here, a few of the characteristic details that define the look, from paint colors to fabric patterns to faucet styles. Which ones you choose and how you combine them is what will personalize the space.
- 12 Outstanding Kitchen Island Options
The best ideas in storage, stove tops, and seating are bound to serve you a little kitchen island inspiration.
- 12 Top Names in Engineered Stone
When deciding between brands with many of the same benefits, the choice comes down to the finer details.
- 12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands
Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up from pieces that were recycled, reused, or rescued from elsewhere in the home. With a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination, you too can create your own unique kitchen island.
- 12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Kitchen Countertops
We've narrowed down the options to include some of the very best wood types for a kitchen countertop, whether you're interested in a functional butcher block or a gorgeous accent finish.
- 16 Gorgeous Galley Kitchens
Though narrow and compact, galley kitchens can appear bigger with the right mix of style and efficiency.
- 16 New Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities
The recipe for a functional, clutter-free kitchen is easier than ever before, thanks to innovative storage solutions designed for every corner of your kitchen.
- 17 Backsplashes for a Unique Kitchen
Let these incredible backsplash ideas inspire you to make the kitchen as unique as you are.
- 2011 Kitchen Trends
Kitchen TrendsEven as a seemingly endless stream of cooking shows, personalities, and cookbooks inspires you to take ...
- 5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry
Don't miss 11 Great Alternatives to Traditional Kitchen CabinetsThere are hundreds of companies who will gladly sell ...
- 5 Eye-Catching Range Hoods for All Kitchen Styles
There once was a time when homeowners tried to keep their range hoods concealed—attached to a microwave, tucked under...
- 5 Great Backsplash Ideas
Prior to April, I was a "tile virgin. " But then I went to Coverings, the tile and stone industry trade show. With ov...
- 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Kitchen Renovation
Can it be that updating your kitchen changes life for the better? For Sabine Schoenberg, there's no doubt about it. "...
- 7 "Delicious" Renovation Tips from HGTV's Kitchen Cousins
For kitchen design and renovation wisdom, the buck stops with HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins."
- 7 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Tips
Kitchen designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray shares her pro tips for creating a budget-friendly makeover.
- 8 Tips to Keep You From Hating Your Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen remodeling sits at the top of many homeowners' wish lists, and for good reason: If properly done, a renovatio...
- A Game of (Quarter) Inches: The 12-Year Kitchen
Since the beginning of our kitchen renovation, we’ve had a running joke about a rogue quarter inch—we’re either missi...
- A Glassy-Smooth Enamel Finish for Old Kitchen Cabinets
Our 20-year-old cabinets were showing their age. The lacquer finish had gummed up around the handles and pulls, and t...
- A Year of Planning: The 12-Year Kitchen
We never had any doubt about what architect we wanted for our kitchen makeover. Norm Davis had done the p...
- Are You Smarter Than Your Refrigerator? The 12-Year Kitchen
We are so close to finished I can almost taste the ice. It’s been more than seven months since this project began, an...
- Award-Winning Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover
Besides wanting a budget-friendly, easily maintained kitchen with clean, contemporary lines, the owner of this 1950s-...
- Backsplash Idea: Faux Stone Re-Finish
My wife, Mary Ann, hated the backsplash tiles in our kitchen, and I agreed they were slightly dated. Unfortunately, t...
- Bob Vila Radio: Appliance Manuals
While your important household documents should always be backed up and kept in fireproof storage, some things, like ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Banquettes
Banquette seating has a nostalgic charm that may remind you of your favorite diner or that cozy spot in your grandmot...
- Bob Vila Radio: Budget Kitchen Upgrades
If your kitchen’s begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on some key details. LISTENList...
- Bob Vila Radio: Butcher Blocks
The original butcher blockers were literally blocks up to sixteen inches thick: hard rock maple pieces were often dov...
- Bob Vila Radio: Cabinet Knobs
Replacing cabinet hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a little facelift. But even a quick fi...
- Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel
The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care...
- Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
- Bob Vila Radio: Countertop Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
- Bob Vila Radio: Dishwasher Care
Your dishwasher does a lot to make your life easier; here are a couple things you can do to make its life longer!CM_B...
- Bob Vila Radio: Farmhouse Sinks
Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are a country kitchen staple. These distinctive vessels have an exp...
- Bob Vila Radio: Fixing Chipped Stove Enamel
There’s something so crisp and clean about a kitchen with a traditional, white porcelain enamel stove. But sometimes ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Garbage Disposal Care
While they’ll grind and send most kitchen scraps down the drain in small batches with a good strong flow of cold wate...
- Bob Vila Radio: Gas Range
Cooking with gas costs half what it costs to cook on electric ranges. Keeping your range clean will keep it efficient...
- Bob Vila Radio: Induction Cooking
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
- Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal really keeps things flowing in the kitchen, and installing one isn’t a tough job for a do-it-yours...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Backsplashes
If you’re looking for a kitchen upgrade on a budget, take a look at your backsplash. It’s easy to turn this unassumin...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Cabinet Design
If your kitchen feels a little crowded and cramped, the solution starts with your cabinets. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Faucet Options
If your kitchen needs a quick pick-me-up, just changing the sink faucet goes a long way. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Islands
In their quest for more storage, work surfaces, and style, more and more kitchen remodelers are living the island lif...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Lighting
Considering the amount of time many of us spend in the kitchen over the holiday season, this is a great time to think...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Planning
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are two basic principles you’ll want to keep in mind as you work on the d...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink
If it’s time for a new kitchen sink, first consider your countertops. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON THE KITCHEN SINK, o...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink Caulk
To protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage, the rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with a good ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Tool Drawer
You can save a lot of time around the house by having just what you need stashed where you need it. Usually, that’s t...
- Bob Vila Radio: Microwave Steam Cleaning
The best way to keep your microwave clean is to wipe it down after every use. But that doesn’t always happen—you’re i...
- Bob Vila Radio: Oven Cleaning
If your oven had a busy holiday season, January is a great time to do some oven cleaning before it makes a smoky mess...
- Bob Vila Radio: Pantry Storage
A well-stocked pantry is key to planning and preparing meals efficiently. But even if you keep loads of ingredients o...
- Bob Vila Radio: Pot Fillers
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, one feature to consider adding is a pot filler. These handy fixtures are basica...
- Bob Vila Radio: Range Hoods
A range hood can blend quietly into your kitchen cabinetry or make a dramatic architectural statement. But whether it...
- Bob Vila Radio: Reface or Replace?
Are your kitchen cabinets dated and worn? Or maybe they’re just too dark for your taste. New cabinets can be a costly...
- Bob Vila Radio: Second Refrigerators
One out of four American homes has a second refrigerator in it, according to the Department of Energy—that’s 30 milli...
- Bob Vila Radio: Stacking Cabinets
No matter how big your kitchen is, you never seem to have enough cabinet space. In a small kitchen where space is at ...
- Bob Vila Radio: The New Fridge
After years of Thanksgiving dinners, superbowls and midnight snacks, it’s probably served you well, but that old frid...
- Bob Vila Radio: Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting has come a long way since those old-style humming fluorescents and super hot halogen pucks, wi...
- Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Appliance Care
Your kitchen contains more appliances than any other room in the house. When the units are in good condition, there's...
- Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Cabinets
Books have been written about making kitchen cabinets—and one could be written about buying them, too. But there are ...
- Bob Vila's Guide to Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen makeovers are among the most popular of home improvements. They can be costly—a mid-range minor kitchen remod...
- Boring Cabinets No More! 10 Easy and Affordable Kitchen Upgrades
One of the most prominent fixtures in your kitchen—the cabinets—can be your quickest path to creating a whole new room. If you’re looking for a change in kitchen scenery but don’t have the time or budget to commit to a complete overhaul, your best bet is giving your cabinets a facelift. From the obvious to the obscure, there are myriad ways to upgrade your current cabinets without pulling out the hard hats. We’ve rounded up 10 options that you can implement with nothing more than a trip to the home improvement store, some careful decision making, and a weekend's work.
- Cabinet Artistry: The 12-Year Kitchen
Anyone who embarks on a large-scale renovation like our kitchen project worries about it—it’s a huge expense and a ma...
- Cabinet Door Styles: What's Yours?
Looking for the perfect cabinet door design for your kitchen or bath remodel? Here are six of the most popular style choices.
- Cabinet Hardware: 10 Styles to Invigorate Your Kitchen
No need to rip out the cabinets—inexpensively update the look of your kitchen with new cabinet hardware.
- Cabinet Refacing: Should I or Shouldn't I?
Thinking about giving your dated kitchen a new appearance? Fortunately, there is a cost-effective alternative to repl...
- Case Studies in Kitchen Design: Smart Layouts for Family Kitchens
Kitchen designs are increasingly important; these days, the kitchen is the busiest room in most houses. Even where co...
- Celebrity Kitchens: Get the Look Yourself
They might have celebrity status, but there's no reason why you can't draw inspiration from their homes to give your kitchen some star power of its own.
- Childproofing the Kitchen
Many child-safety experts believe that children should be kept out of the kitchen and that no amount of childproofing...
- Choosing Major Kitchen Appliances
Choosing major kitchen appliances can be fun, but homeowners should think of family and lifestyle first. If hiring a ...
- Cook's Tour: Home Kitchens of 8 Famous Chefs
What does a culinary pro want in his own kitchen? To find out, take a peek into these 8 home kitchens of well-known chefs.
- Counter Attack: The 12-Year Kitchen
We finally hit the milestone we’ve been waiting for: the countertop is in!This was a big one—the finish line has been...
- Counter Intelligence: Choosing the Right Countertop
Countertops pull double duty as a visual design element and a hardworking surface. Cost depends on materials, with pr...
- Countertop Care 101
Perhaps never before have there been so many enticing countertop options to fit every budget, décor, and culinary nee...
- Countertop Types
When it comes to countertop types, there are both natural and manmade surface options choices available. The principa...
- DIY Kitchen Countertop Transformation
At one time or another most of us have considered remodeling the kitchen. It’s the one room in the house that sees th...
- DIY Kitchen Makeover (Without the Renovation)
You don't always need to rip your kitchen apart to give it a makeover. When blogger and DIYer Brenda McDevitt decided...
- Demolition and Excavation: The 12-Year Kitchen
When you own a house built in 1920, you have lead—it’s in the solder on old pipes, and in the paint on old walls. W...
- Designers Tell All: Top 12 Kitchen Trends Revealed
Get the lowdown on today's most popular kitchen design trends from top designers Steven La Fonte and Kate Singer.
- Disguise Your Appliances
Call it the great cover-up. In a trend fueled by manufacturer innovations and designer imagination, appliances are th...
- Dream It, Do It: DIY Kitchen Makeover
One home blogger tells us how she pulled off a low-cost, high-impact, total kitchen transformation.
- Eco-Friendly Cabinets
Cabinetry is commonplace in kitchens, bathrooms, and often home offices and family rooms. But while durability, style...
- Engineered Stone Countertops: A Buyer's Guide
Many Americans nowadays care about making eco-friendly choices. And when it comes to countertops, engineered stone is...
- Even Your Garbage Disposal Needs TLC
It's not so much that your under-sink workhorse needs strict maintenance, only sensible care. You probably already kn...
- Floored, at the 11th Hour: The 12-Year Kitchen
We were so close. The cabinets were in place, the appliances and lights installed, and we’d moved in—our beautiful ne...
- Formica Goes Retro Upon Turning 100
Formica, the colorful laminate used in American homes for generations, turns 100 this year. It was back in 1913 that ...
- Free Your Pots & Pans from Cupboard Captivity: Install a Pot Rack
Our kitchen needs more cabinets—and more counter space. Indeed, who has a kitchen with enough of these precious ameni...
- Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Flooring
While design, color, and surface appeal are important considerations, you’ll also want kitchen flooring that can live...
- Galley Kitchens: Unique, Compact, and Efficient
The term “galley kitchen” originally referred to kitchens aboard ships, trains, and planes—compact spaces with tight ...
- Get the Look: Country Kitchen
The country kitchen is an American icon. The warm, welcoming feeling we get when we see homey gingham curtains, beade...
- Get the Look: Retro Kitchen
They don't make 'em like they used to. Today, the popular notion of a "dream kitchen" includes an an all-white color ...
- Getting Started: The 12-Year Kitchen
Space planning for our kitchen project took more than six months, but we were thrilled with the plans we agreed on. N...
- Going Bold: 10 Kitchens That Pop with Color
Sure, white kitchens look clean and stylish, but they can lack personality. Here are ten beautiful reasons to be bold with color in your kitchen.
- Granite Countertops: A Buyer's Guide
Granite. It’s the most popular natural countertop surface for kitchens and baths in America. And for good reason—it’s...
- House Tour: Old House, Modern Kitchen
A rural farmhouse dating back to 1789 gets a contemporary kitchen makeover.
- How To: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. For starters, under-cabinet...
- How To: Clean Granite Countertops
In many people's minds, granite means strength and resilience. But to clean granite countertops successfully, a homeo...
- How To: Clean Oven Racks
Ugh, is there anything worse than a dirty oven? If you use the appliance at all, chances are that baked-on grease, st...
- How To: Clean Stainless Steel
Gleaming and shiny, stainless steel brings a bright and polished air to any kitchen. Keeping that brilliant sheen, ho...
- How To: Clean a Dishwasher
The idea of cleaning a dishwasher may seem a bit strange at first, but think of it this way: You regularly maintain y...
- How To: Clean a Microwave
You know it's time to clean your microwave when obnoxious smells fill the kitchen every time you open the appliance d...
- How To: Cure a Smelly Garbage Disposal
There's no denying the convenience of the garbage disposal: It simplifies so many of the activities that take place i...
- How To: Install Base Cabinets
One fundamental rule applies to the installation of just about anything: If you get the first piece right, the others...
- How To: Install a New Kitchen Sink
So many elements in kitchen design have remained common over the decades. Cabinets still have raised panels. Countert...
- How To: Laminate Kitchen Countertops
I've got some tips for you on how to laminate countertops in your kitchen. Roll on contact cement and allow it to set...
- How To: Make Concrete Countertops
The brute strength of concrete has made it the go-to building material for a variety of such outdoor installations as...
- How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
- How To: Restore Cabinet Finishes
Your kitchen gets a lot of use. So it doesn't take long to begin seeing signs of wear and tear on wood cabinets. Soon...
- I'm Dreaming of a White... Kitchen: 10 Bright Beauties to Behold
10 beautiful kitchens employ all-white palettes to create stunning yet serene spaces.
- Is a Kitchen Banquette Right for You?
Banquettes have a nostalgic charm about them, whether you sat at one in your grandmother's kitchen or you shared a di...
- It’s Electrifying: The 12-Year Kitchen
When we bought our house in 1999 (right), one of the things we did before we even moved in was to upgrade the electri...
- Jonathan Adler's New Kohler COLORS
Given Jonathan Adler’s all-consuming love of color (after all, the man did write a book called Happy Chic Colors), it...
- Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Don't miss Cabinet Door Styles: What's Yours?Whether you're buying new or upgrading the kitchen cabinet doors you alr...
- Kitchen Cabinets 101
New kitchen cabinets will likely be your biggest expenditure and will also determine the tone and functionality of yo...
- Kitchen Countertops 101
Consumers have a great deal of choice when it comes to kitchen countertops. There are options available from moderate...
- Kitchen Countertops: 10 Popular Options Today
The choices are many, but which kitchen countertop is the best for you? Find out here.
- Kitchen Envy: 10 Rooms We Love
Your kitchen may not be as grand as these, but in each of them we found design ideas worth emulating.
- Kitchen Flooring: 8 Popular Choices
Design, color, and surface are important considerations, but don't overlook comfort, durability and easy care—particularly in kitchen flooring.
- Kitchen Layouts: 4 "Space Smart" Plans
Kitchen remodeling requires careful planning to be truly successful. Before you start selecting cabinets, countertop...
- Kitchen Remodel Ideas
Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven in all they do—even renovating their kitchens. Here are s...
- Kitchen Renovation Basics
Thinking about doing a kitchen renovation? You're not alone. The busiest room by far in most houses is the kitchen. E...
- La Cornue's New Built-In Rotisserie
What’s more delicious than slow-roasted chicken on a summer day? Fans of fowl (and fish and other meats too) will be ...
- Laminate Countertop Renewal
Our laminate countertop looked fine, but the protective coating was pretty much gone. Coffee, tea, wine, juice, sauce...
- Laminate Countertops: A Buyer's Guide
When you’re remodeling a kitchen on a budget, laminate is the best affordable option for countertops. Nowadays this t...
- Luxuriating on Kitchen Islands
Cursed with a galley kitchen like most apartment dwellers, I dream of the day I’ll upgrade to a space big enough for ...
- Make Room for Mud: The 12-Year Kitchen
I’ve always pined for a mud room—they seem like such remarkably efficient spaces for collecting coats, boots, sneaker...
- My Favorite Room in the House: The Walk-In Pantry
When we lived in our tiny Manhattan apartment, we had 48 inches of total counter space and one 18-inch-wide pantry ca...
- New & Notable: 10 Must-Haves for the Luxury Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, it's tempting—and gratifying—to spend a bundle. So if you're going to splurge anyway, make sure that you pick amenities that are as functional as they are beautiful. A good place to start is with these 10 posh options that are sure to enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen, impress your guests, and make food preparation even easier—which is, after all, the purpose of this increasingly luxurious room.
- New Kenmore Refrigerator Packed with Innovative Features
On the surface the new Kenmore Elite Trio looks a lot like many other French Door models on the market today. But ins...
- New Knobs Give Cabinets a Lift
One of the easiest ways to update your kitchen or bath cabinets—and add pizzaz—is to swap out the old hardware for ne...
- Old Country Farmhouse Gets City-Slick Kitchen
If undertaking a home improvement project can take a lot of courage, the buyer of this 1789-vintage farmhouse in Chat...
- One-of-a-Kind Countertops: 6 Ways to Make Yours Unique
Make sure your kitchen stands out from the crowd with one of these customized countertop treatments.
- Options for Kitchen Cabinets
In-Stock and Semi-Stock Kitchen Cabinet OptionsReady-to-assemble open-frame and pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are ea...
- Painted Cabinets: 14 Reasons to Transform Yours Now
Cabinet replacement can be expensive. Painted kitchen cabinets are an affordable, fun, and attractive alternative.
- Personalize Your Kitchen Countertops
There’s been a change in consumer attitude, marked by people following their own style sense, rather than the trends....
- Pick the Right Appliances
When it's time to purchase new appliances, go beyond colors and styles to consider features, capacity, energy efficie...
- Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficie...
- Planning Your Dream Kitchen
When it comes to turning your dream kitchen design into a reality, you may decide that working with a professional is...
- Pro Tips: How to Save $ on Kitchen Remodeling
Anyone with a kitchen that’s older than this century has probably entertained thoughts of a redo, although just menta...
- Quick Tip: Budget Kitchen Remodeling
Big Ideas, Small Budget If your kitchen is begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on som...
- Quick Tip: Butcher Block
A butcher block table can help make your kitchen much more efficient. Built to take a beating, butcher block doubles ...
- Quick Tip: Hanging Kitchen Cabinets
Here are some things to think about when you want to hang kitchen cabinets. Start by hanging your upper cabinets so t...
- Recipe for Success: 10 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks
With a few simple and fun DIY projects, you can turn your kitchen into an oasis of order where you can whip up culinary masterpieces with ease.
- Remodeling a Dutch Colonial: The 12-Year Kitchen
There are two quotes I’ll never forget from our home-buying days. One was what our real estate agent said to us as sh...
- Renovating a Small Kitchen? 10 Questions to Ask Before You Begin
As the manager of the kitchen department in IKEA's Paramus, New Jersey, location, Carol Smith is used to helping customers create their dream kitchen, even when space is limited. Here, she shares 10 things to consider before planning your own renovation.
- Restored to Life: The 12-Year Kitchen
A landscaper once lamented to me that homeowners rarely budget enough for their exteriors when they plan a remodeling...
- Sink Style: 10 New Forms and Functions for 21st-Century Kitchens
Sink Style: 10 New Forms and Functions for 21st-Century Kitchens
- Small Choices, Big Decisions: The 12-Year Kitchen
If you had asked Margaret and me five years ago what our new kitchen would look like, we’d probably have both said it...
- Small Kitchen Design
The best of small kitchen design focuses on function and flow. No matter the size of the kitchen, smart appliance pla...
- Spreading Out: 14 Ways to Get More Counter Space
Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity worth fighting for. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can help you reclaim lost counter space. Here are 14 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion.
- Stepping Out: The 12-Year Kitchen
“This is how my father taught me to do it,” said Joe Salamone with a grin, looking proudly at our newly finished pati...
- Storage Sanity: 15 Ways to Make Your Pantry Functional and Fabulous
If the kitchen is the center of the home, the pantry is the center of the kitchen. Having an organized pantry makes everything that happens in the kitchen easier. There are so many ways to make the most of your pantry space, and there are baskets, bins, drawers, and containers of every type. But in your quest for order, don’t forget about decor. A pantry can and should be both practical and pretty. Don’t be afraid to let your style shine bright from behind the cereal boxes. Feel free to paint and label to your heart’s content—even hang a fabulous lighting fixture. Before you unleash the full force of your creativity, however, use our favorite pantry organization tips to help you design the pantry of your dreams.
- Style Your Kitchen with Cabinet Hardware
If you’ve ever designed or remodeled a kitchen, you know there are an overwhelming number of decisions to make with r...
- Subway Tiles: The New Classics
While based on traditional 3" x 6" subway tiles popularized in the early 20th Century by the wall coverings installed in the New York City subway stations, today's interpretations are anything but dated.
- That Last .2 Mile: The 12-Year Kitchen
I overheard a snippet of dialogue on TV the other night, in which a woman mentions that a marathon is exactly 26. 2 m...
- The "Green" Kitchen
Obviously there’s some green stuff in your kitchen, like lettuce and broccoli. But beyond buying organic food, it’s e...
- The Backsplash: A Kitchen's Most Underutilized Real Estate
One of the areas that many of us consider absolutely last when remodeling the kitchen backsplash. After months of pon...
- The Basics of Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Installing base cabinets is a process that follows the basic rules of carpentry — the final results should be straigh...
- The Proof of the Pudding: The 12-Year Kitchen
It was finally done. The punch list had been completed, the painting was (mostly) finished, and the wall hangings wer...
- Timing Is Everything: The 12-Year Kitchen
We had started our kitchen renovation project in early March, so the early stages were hampered by the predictable we...
- Top Tips for Better Kitchen Organization
Now that the new year is in full swing, it would be easy to lose the resolve with which we started 2013. But let's ke...
- Top Tips for Choosing Kitchen Cabinets
The first things we chose during our eight-hour selections appointment for our new construction home were our kitchen...
- Top Tips for Keeping Countertops Like New
With a multitude of countertop materials available, there comes a multitude of different care instructions for maintenance and stain removal.
- Top Tips for Reorganizing Your Kitchen
We recently painted our kitchen cabinets, which involved clearing every cabinet, drawer, and countertop. In addition ...
- Top Tips for Tiling a Backsplash
Everyone knows the backsplash is an important element in kitchen design. What you may not know is that, considering i...
- Trending Now: Banquette Seating
Dreaming of a breakfast nook or looking to maximize space? The answer to your kitchen seating conundrum may be a banquette.
- Trending Now: Laminate Countertops
A perennial budget-friendly favorite, today's laminate kitchen counters have upped their game, both in performance and style.
- Under-Cabinet Lighting: 10 "Shining" Examples
Illuminate every corner and recess of your kitchen for maximum utility and improved aesthetics.
- Weekend Projects: 5 "Make Your Own" Kitchen Islands
In the kitchen, an island is surrounded on all sides not by water, but by foot traffic and day-to-day household activ...
- Weekend Projects: Kitchen Countertops the DIY Way
No matter where you live, a Chicago apartment or a rural Montana ranch, kitchen counters see a great deal of wear and...
- What Lies Beneath: The 12-Year Kitchen
Our kitchen renovation project started out with a couple of hidden land mines, and moved quickly into a series of hid...
- Wood Countertops: A Buyer's Guide
When it comes to naturally beautiful countertops, it’s hard to beat the warmth and character of wood. Before you opt ...
- Your Eat-In Kitchen: 10 Space-Smart Design Ideas
The American kitchen has changed quite a bit in just a few generations. Once used primarily for food prep and casual meals, the kitchen has become the hub of household activity. The kitchen is where we arrange appetizers and chat with our guests while we cook. It's also where we plan vacations, help with homework, and of course eat throughout the day—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even the occasional coffee and crossword. Small wonder, then, that there are so many kitchen seating options, from traditional tables and chairs to space-saving stools that tuck beneath the counters. Here are 10 stylish dining solutions that make even the smallest kitchen a welcoming place to gather.
- Zone Your Kitchen Countertops
Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven. The key to contemporary design is to find a way to do it...
- Fixing the Unsupported Kitchen Ceiling
Structural engineer Rene Mugnier explains how to fix the kitchen ceiling and two floors above.
- Building a Kitchen Staircase
Furniture maker Todd Allen builds a staircase from scratch, which will run from the basement to the kitchen, using a technique that is a couple of centuries old.
- Installing a Soapstone Kitchen Counter
Bob discusses installation and care of the new kitchen soapstone countertop and tours the kitchen, showing the cabinetry, storage, future mudroom, and small office.
- Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
- Laying Porcelain Oxidized-Look Tiles
Bob and Anthony Lopez install porcelain tiles for a decorative look.
- Builder-Grade Cabinets in the Kitchen
Bob meets with Jack Ballantine to discuss and install Maple kitchen cabinets.
- Building a Template for a Kitchen Countertop
Scott Lawyer makes a template for a Corian kitchen countertop and installs the sink section, Andrea Johnson discuss Corian colors.
- Installing the Dishwasher
Mike Goodrich show Bob how to install a dishwasher
- Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Lenora Campos shows Bob a Toto energy-efficient toilet.
- Cherry Cabinet Installation
Gam Danziger from Craftline Cabinets reviews the assembly of the contemporary Cherry kitchen cabinets being installed in the penthouse apartment.
- Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation
Bob consults with the project's stone and tile specialist, who explains the process of attaching the Pietra Cardosa countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cabinet.
- Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with LesCare cabinet representative Brad Brewster, of Princeton Custom Cabinetry, who explains the features of this semi-custom cabinet line and also outlines the installation process.
- Mounting Overhead Cabinets
Bob and Brad Brewster of Princeton Custom Cabinetry oversee the installation of the hanging cabinets in the new condo kitchen. Brewster lists the various features of the LesCare cabinetry, including full-box construction and recessed hardware.
- Kitchen Cabinet Styling and Installation
Bob meets with Dave Boniello from Simplex Industries to discuss the custom modular kitchen being built and installed at the factory.
- Installing Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Bob looks on as workers instal a solid-surface countertop called Zodiaq (from Dupont), which is made of natural silica, quartz, and polymer.
- Kitchen Cabinet Design
Darcie Miller from Wellborn Cabinets is on the site of the modern Colonial project house to talk about the kitchen's design.
- Kitchen Cabinet Installation
John Wellborn (from Wellborn Cabinets) and carpenter Paul Anderson join Bob for the kitchen cabinet installation.
- Manufacturing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis of Olympia Marble and Granite gives Bob a tour of the facility where the kitchen countertops being used in the modern Colonial house are manufactured.
- Installing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis and the crew form Olympia Marble and Granite are installing the marble countertops in the kitchen.
- Installing Crown Point Kitchen Cabinets
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Pat Cloutier are installing the Crown Point cabinets in the kitchen.
- Installing Solid Maple Kitchen Cabinets
Kenneth Carmode of WW Wood Products joins Bob as their Sequoia cabinets are installed in the kitchen of one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable homes.
- Fitting Custom Countertops
John Spellman of Cape Cod Counter Works shows Bob the installation of the shop-made laminate counters in one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, homes.
- Installing the Dishwasher, Sink, and Garbage Disposal
Plumbing and heating contractor Doug Buchanan is ready to install the Kenmore Elite dishwasher and the Kohler Dickinson sink (with garbage disposal).
- Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Thomas Bump of Fine Custom Cabinetry shows Bob the Maple and hardwood panel cabinets that were built specifically for the Brownstone kitchen.
- Reviewing the Kitchen and Layout of the Ranch-Style Home
Bob meets plumber Charlie Delvecchio of Cape Plumbing at the ranch-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
- Feng Shui for the Home
Bob visits Emma and Jacob Josselyn in their Cape Cod-style home to see the new Vermont Castings Addison cast-iron electric stove that will warm the corner of their dining room. Katherine Kaess of Soulspaces International discusses feng shui.
- Kitchen and Butler's Pantry, Venetian Blinds, and Luxury Kitchen Appliances, Finishes, and Cabinetry
The huge space that is the kitchen of the Manhattan Brownstone has received its finishing touches. Bob tours.
- Installing the Kitchen Cabinets
Mark Van Sickle (from Merillat) installs the hardware on the cabinets destined for the kitchen in the Victorian restoration project house.
- Discussing Silestone Countertops and Countertop Templating
Dick Deshant (from Counter Intelligence) tells Bob about the new Silestone countertops. And while Brece Rupolt (from Northern Marble & Granite) demonstrates the traditional method of creating countertop templates, Paul Hansen (from E-Template) shows how a template can be made electronically.
- Aristokraft Kitchen Cabinet Installation
John Tasker (from Aristokraft) shows Bob the kitchen cabinets being used in the project, and contractor Sam Cousins goes over the installation process.
- Corian Kitchen Countertop Installation and Energy Star Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley meets Steve Wilkinson in the kitchen to install the Corian countertops, and Bob talks with Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) regarding the Energy Star appliances.
- Preparing a Shower Pan for Tumbled Stone Tile Installation
Bob observes the tile setter Tim Galvin build a shower pan.
- Limestone Tile Installation
Bob talks with contractor Tim Galvin, who is installing limestone tile over a heavy bed of mortar.
- Cherry Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Bob observes, and assists with, the installation of Cherry cabinets, a Northland refrigerator, and a wine storage system.
- Touring the Remodeled Kitchen
Executive Chef Mark Herndon shows Bob around the newly remodeled basement kitchen of the Virginia governor's mansion.
- Reviewing the Kitchen Appliances
Bob peeks into the "first kitchen", the kitchen in the first family's private living quarters. Todd Graves (from GE) shows Bob the Halogen oven.
- Fabricating Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob visits a stainless steel fabrication shop to see how the kitchen counters for the loft project unit are made.
- Installing the Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob observes Bob Watts weld together the stainless steel kitchen countertops on-site.
- Butcher Block Installation and Care
Bob meets with Joel Scanlon, who installs legs on a butcher block top and explains how to care for the wood surface.
- Kitchen Plumbing Installed
The final connections are made to the new kitchen appliances, including a garbage disposal and a gas stove.
- Installing a Mirror and Glasswork
Bob observes Bill Brody (from Classic Glass) installing a large mirror, a glass shelf, and a glass partition wall.
- Oven Hood and Shelving Installation
A restaurant-quality oven hood vent is installed, in addition to Metrowire shelves.
- Touring the High-Efficiency Kitchen
Bob reviews the kitchen appliances, paying special attention to their energy saving features.
- Installing a Granite Countertop and Kitchen Cabinets
Bob talks with contractors Jim Azerroe and Mike Burk. Jim is installing a granite kitchen countertop, while Mike puts in the new cabinets and drawers.
- Installing Insulation and Plastering
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Tim Grether (from Owens Corning) install insulation and vapor barrier in the bathroom. And Jim Larson (from Georgia Pacific) installs a special backer board for tile.
- Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
- Installing a Granite Tub Surround, In-Floor Heat, and Fiber-Optic Lighting
A granite tub surround is installed, as well as an in-floor heating system and unique fiber optic lighting.
- Tour of Yuca Restaurant
Bob tours the heavy-duty, no-nonsense kitchen of Yuca, a Cuban-American restaurant in Miami.
- Surell Counterop Construction
Bob meets with Rich Rogers, who explains the fabricating techniques for Surell, a solid-surface material manufactured by the Formica.
- Steel Kitchen Table
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller, who explains how the steel-framed kitchen table will support a surface of Surell, and also how the table will be mounted.
- Constructing Kitchen Cabinets and Shelves
Bob and contractor Ed Weller check out the open pantry shelves made of Surell.
- Kitchen Demolition
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton review and demolish the original kitchen cabinets. Bob then visits a salvage yard to view the turn-of-the-century cabinets purchased by the homeowner.
- Custom-Made Kitchen Cabinets
Bob confers with cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux. He is installing the kitchen cabinets that were custom-built in his shop to match a vintage cabinet found by the homeowners.
- Installing a Wood Kitchen Countertop
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install a counter around a new apron-front Kohler sink.
- Built-in-Place Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to discuss the built-in-place kitchen cabinets. Richard explains the floor plan and appliance placement.
- Designing the Kitchen
Contractor Tom Drobitsch explains the kitchen layout before installing an innovative custom cabinet system.
- Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. In the master bath, the plumber demonstrates how to install a pedestal sink.
- Finishing Touches in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, where the white pine cabinets have been installed, Bob Ryley demonstrates how to adjust a European door hinge before he finishes putting in a plate shelf that runs the roof's perimeter.
- Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen
Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures will likely reside.
- European Kitchen Cabinet Showroom
Bob visits the Boston Design Center, where he learns about European kitchen design. Europeans view kitchen cabinets as furniture. Lower cabinets are usually movable and upper cabinets are hung like picture frames.
- Installing a Cement Backerboard in the Bathroom
Bob meets contractor Larry Landers in the master bathroom, where a cement backerboard is cut and attached to the walls with galvanized screws.
- Laying Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles
Floor tiles are installed in the bathroom after the underlayment has dried and chalk reference lines have been drawn. Tips on cutting and laying tile are given.
- Installing the Lavatory
Bob observes plumbing contractor Steve Bottazzi install a lavatory (faucet and sink) in a bathroom vanity.
- Installing European-Style Kitchen Cabinets
Bob looks on as Pat Malone, a cabinet installer from the Boston Design Center, installs European-style kitchen cabinets.
- Cutting the Granite Countertop
Bob watches as David Ingram (of Aldrich Stone) cuts a granite countertop with a cook-top cutout.
- Colonial Kitchen Tour in Nantucket
In search of design ideas, Bob tours a charming Colonial kitchen in a house on Nantucket Island.
- Progress in the Kitchen
Work continues in the kitchen with the resurfacing of old counters. Tips on using contact cement are imparted.
- Installing Cultured Marble Shower Walls
Bob helps install cultured marble panels in a bathroom. The tile professional on the job, Jack Miklaus, shares information on fabricating the panels and tips on installing them.
- Setting Tiles
Bob meets with a tile setter to learn about the installation of tiles in the kitchen.
- Discussing the Kitchen Layout
Bob discusses the kitchen layout with designer Amy O'Haire, then visits her showroom, Classic Kitchen Designs.
- Applying Bathroom Floor Tile
Bob looks on as tile setter John Boardman applies bathroom floor tile at the Cape Cod project house.
- Kitchen Cabinets Installed
Custom-built base cabinets and laminate countertops are installed in the kitchen of the coach house.
- Adding Detail to the Kitchen
Bob installs some interesting finishing touches in the coach house kitchen. For instance, a pony wall is dressed up with a shadow effect and a routed oak cap.
- Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath
Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the importance of drilling slowly and of having a new carbide drill bit to avoid cracking or damaging the tile.
- Shopping Online for Kitchen Countertops
Pablo Contreras (from e-counters.com) joins Bob to explain how shopping, ordering, and installation of all types of custom counters happen through their internet service.
- Sink and Faucet Installation
Frank Lowry of FJ Lowry Plumbing and Heating installs the a Franke tri-flow Corinthian faucet, now that the countertop and sink are in place.
- Chef-Quality Ovens and Cooktop
The Silestone island countertop arrives, with the cooktop cutout done on site. Matt Lihous (from DCS/Fisher & Paykel) explains the features of the Dynamic Cooking Systems appliances, installed in the project house kitchen.
- Installing Cherry Cabinets
General contractor Tim Berky is installing Merillat cherry cabinets in the remodeled kitchen. Berky roughs in the base wall cabinet, shims it, and checks for level. Then, he screws the cabinet into the wall, and through the adjoining face frame, before trimming off the shim. Berky finishes by dressing out the toe kick with a cherry-stained board that he glues and nails in place.
- Installing Artisanal Tile
Steve Powers (from Trikeenan Tileworks) explains the manufacture of their unique artisanal tiles, and the homeowner lays out her design vision. David Cloutman (from DC Tile) performs the installation.