Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Kitchens: Design, Plan & Install a Dream Kitchen

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At the heart of any home is the kitchen, and this has never been so true as it is today. In response to uncertain economic times and global unrest, consumers are investing in their homes like never before, and kitchen remodeling is at the center of this unprecedented DIY activity.

While a new kitchen clearly adds equity value to a home, the benefits to quality of life are almost beyond measure. A well-planned, well-installed kitchen becomes the focal point of family life and ...

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Overview


At the heart of any home is the kitchen, and this has never been so true as it is today. In response to uncertain economic times and global unrest, consumers are investing in their homes like never before, and kitchen remodeling is at the center of this unprecedented DIY activity.

While a new kitchen clearly adds equity value to a home, the benefits to quality of life are almost beyond measure. A well-planned, well-installed kitchen becomes the focal point of family life and social activity, the home's center of physical and emotional well-being. The Complete Guide to Kitchens is the one book you absolutely need to plan and remodeling a kitchen, whether this entails a light cosmetic facelift or major structural renovation. No other book presents this important subject in such full detail.

This book includes a comprehensive idea section to provide inspiration, and an extended planning and design section to show do-it-yourselfers the latest theories of kitchen layout. Next, there is an ingenious chapter featuring quick fixes-solutions that can radically improve a kitchen without the major expense of a full-scale remodeling job.

The heart of the book, as in the entire series of best-selling Complete Guides, is detailed step-by-step how-to information on virtually any project you might attempt. In addition, the book includes detailed information on making a kitchen accessible to users with limited physical abilities.

The Complete Guide series from the editors of Creative Publishing international is America's best-selling and most comprehensive line of home improvement books.

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The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.
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Table of Contents

The Complete Guide to Kitchens Contents

Introduction

Designing & Planning

  • Determine Needs / Getting Started
  • Five Levels of Kitchen Remodeling
Lighting
  • Lighting Portfolio
  • How to Remove Electrical Fixtures
  • Install Track Lighting
  • Low Voltage Cable Lighting
  • Undercabinet Lighting - Fluorescent
  • In Cabinet Lighting
  • Above Cabinet Lighting
  • Installing a Ceiling Fan with Light Fixture
  • Recessed Lighting - In Existing Ceiling
  • Recessed Lighting - In New Framing
Painting / Wallcovering
  • Design, Color Overview
  • Preparation
  • Selected Techniques
  • How to Apply Wallcovering Borders
  • Stenciling
Flooring
  • Floor Choices for Kitchens
  • Tools
  • Removing Floor Coverings
  • Removing Underlayment
  • Installing Underlayment
  • Cutting Door Casing
  • Measuring Your Room
  • Establish Reference Lines
  • How to Install Floating Floor
  • Installing Resilient Sheet Vinyl
  • Installing Resilient Tile
  • Ceramic Tile Tools and Accessories
  • Cutting Tile
  • Installing Ceramic Tile
  • Filling in the Gaps
Cabinets
  • Cabinet Options
  • Painting Cabinets
  • Refacing Cabinets
  • Pop-up / Pull Down Shelves
  • Building a Banquette (booth)
  • Selecting New Cabinets
  • How to Remove Trim & Old Cabinets
  • Preparing / Installing New Cabinets
Countertops
  • Countertops Options
  • How to Remove Old Countertops
  • Install Post Form Countertop
  • Building Custom Laminate
  • How to Build Stainless Steel Countertop
  • Laminated on Wood Base
  • Custom Wood Countertop Edges
  • Laying Out Countertop Projects
  • Building a Ceramic Tile Countertop
  • Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash
Fixtures & Appliances
  • A Portfolio of Fixtures & Appliance Options
  • Remove a Kitchen Sink
  • Installing a Kitchen Sink
  • Install Undermount and Farmer Sink
  • Installing a Faucet & Drain
  • Faucet Hookup Variations & Installing Sink Sprayer
  • How to Remove a Food Disposer
  • Installing a Food Disposer
  • Install Water Filtration
  • Install On-Demand Hot Water
  • Remove a Dishwasher
  • Installing a Dishwasher
  • Remove / Install Refrigerator
  • Installing Icemaker
  • Remove / Install Range - Gas & Electric
  • Remove / Install Cooktop
  • Installing a Vent Hood
  • Installing a Vent Hood Over Island
Kitchen Remodeling Techniques
  • Building Codes & Design Guidelines
  • Creating Plans
  • Guidelines
  • Drawing Plans
  • Kitchen Remodeling Tools
  • How to Remove Wall Surfaces
  • Roughing In - Framing Tips
  • Framing Partition Walls
  • How to Frame Corners
  • Plumbing a Kitchen
    • Tools for Plumbing
    • How to Install DWV Pipes / Wall Sink
    • How to Install DWV Pipes / Island Sink
    • How to Install Supply Pipes
  • Wiring a Remodeled Kitchen
    • Tools for Electrical Work
    • Installing Electrical Boxes /Cables
Resources & Contributors

Conversion Charts

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    Dream Kitchen

    A good book to get you started on designing your a dream kitchen. Another great way to get your dream kitchen at a fraction of the cost is to purchase modular kitchen pieces from a manufacturer such as DELL ANNO and DL Kitchens to get your started and install the pieces yourself.

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