Creating Your Dream Kitchen: How to Plan & Style the Perfect Kitchen

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Fantasizing about the perfect kitchen? Susan Breen, one of America's leading kitchen consultants and writers, shows how to make that dream come true.

With brilliant photos, detailed floor plans, professional tips, and illuminating case studies, design expert Susan Breen reveals the art of creating the perfect kitchen. She covers it all, examining every style from contemporary to country traditional, and getting right down to the nitty-gritty facts on working with kitchen ...

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Overview

Fantasizing about the perfect kitchen? Susan Breen, one of America's leading kitchen consultants and writers, shows how to make that dream come true.

With brilliant photos, detailed floor plans, professional tips, and illuminating case studies, design expert Susan Breen reveals the art of creating the perfect kitchen. She covers it all, examining every style from contemporary to country traditional, and getting right down to the nitty-gritty facts on working with kitchen designers, architects, and contractors. With her help, readers will learn how to use their available space wisely, so the kitchen not only becomes a great place to do the cooking, but a warm and welcoming space for conversation with family and guests. Breen discusses the great new cabinetry and countertop materials; technological advances in appliances, plumbing, and lighting; storage; selecting the sink; and choosing freestanding furniture. The 12 case studies of real all-American kitchens feature their owners' personal stories, and capture all the thought processes that are crucial to making the right design decisions. A Selection of the Homestyle Book Club.

Susan Breen has written more than 100 articles on home design, residential architecture, and kitchen and bath planning. She is author of Entertaining for Wimps, and her work has appeared in House Beautiful Kitchens/Baths, Better Homes & Gardens Remodeling Ideas, Good Housekeeping Do-It-Yourself, and many other magazines.

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With the wealth of advice and ideas in these three books, homeowners will be able to make informed decisions on the various ways to redesign their kitchens. Breen (Entertaining for Wimps) dispenses practical information about real-life examples of kitchen redos. The accessible layout offers sections on countertop and flooring options and the pros and cons of what's available in storage, lighting, appliances, and sinks. In Kitchens for the Rest of Us, Lemos, editor in chief of Home magazine, presents close to 20 real-life kitchen remodels in a variety of styles with before-and-after layouts and color photos. Each kitchen includes information on what the homeowners wanted and points out the features chosen that allowed them to realize their ideal. The experiences homeowners recount here give a real feel for what's involved in redesigning a kitchen. The Best of Signature Kitchens features more than 100 kitchens that have appeared in Signature Kitchens and Baths magazine. The introductory chapters provide useful information on new products. Though there is little on practical design, the strength of this book lies in the color photographs. Information is also provided on design styles, special features, room dimensions, products used, and the designers' layout considerations in accommodating homeowners' needs. Creating Your Dream Kitchen is similar to Susan Boyle Hillstrom's Design Ideas for Kitchens (see review, below), though fewer photographs and options appear in the former. Kitchens for the Rest of Us is less accessible than either Breen's or Hillstrom's book, as many of the practical tips are embedded within the real-life stories. Kitchens for the Rest of Us and Signature Kitchens are recommended for any size public library; Creating Your Dream Kitchen is for larger collections or where there is strong interest. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402719608
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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