Kitchen Ideas You Can Use: Inspiring Designs & Clever Solutions for Remodeling Your Kitchen

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The kitchen: command center of the home, headquarters for all things edible, family-member traffic funnel. Whether you're a bachelor or bachelorette in a small starter home or part of a larger family, if this isn't the most-used room in your house, you must not be home very often. In the kitchen, functionality and aesthetics go hand-in-hand; the mood is just as important as the machinery, and if you're looking to capitalize on the space in your home - no matter how big or small - you're going to need a few ...

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Overview

The kitchen: command center of the home, headquarters for all things edible, family-member traffic funnel. Whether you're a bachelor or bachelorette in a small starter home or part of a larger family, if this isn't the most-used room in your house, you must not be home very often. In the kitchen, functionality and aesthetics go hand-in-hand; the mood is just as important as the machinery, and if you're looking to capitalize on the space in your home - no matter how big or small - you're going to need a few pointers. Fortunately, in Kitchen Ideas You Can Use, our home Do-It-Yourself expert Chris Peterson gives you a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of all the kitchen essentials: cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, wall treatments, storage, islands, eat-in areas, lighting, and ventilation. Kitchen remodeling is normally the most expensive home improvement project. But with over 300 inspiring photographs, Peterson's straightforward insights, and our attention to the latest trends from professional designers, you can skip the cost of hiring a professional and craft your own kitchen--your own way. From choosing between traditional and induction cooktops to drawing up the most efficient layout scheme and landing on that perfect backsplash, Kitchen Ideas You Can Use might finally be the one thing in your house more useful than the microwave.

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"I am always on the lookout for the next best thing, a style that rocks, a design that makes the heart of the home work and look the best it can. Recently I came across a book that does just that. Kitchen Ideas You Can Use written by Chris Peterson, is filled with clever solutions and inspiring designs for remodeling today's kitchens." â?? Toronto Star

"The section on color, particularly colored appliances, is interesting and timely" â?? Library Journal, March 1 edition

"In this 99.9 percent picture book, home owners starting to consider a kitchen makeover will find a colorful wish book at their fingertips. On the other hand, don't expect instructions or even guidelines for remodeling; ideas are the sole subject here. Borrowing from the photographic stockpile of kitchen manufacturers, Peterson creates a flip book divided by size, style, color, surface, storage, appliances, fixtures, islands, lighting, and accents. Each, in turn, separates the photographs for better access. The surfaces chapter, for instance, zeros in on counters, backsplashes, and floors, and whelk fixtures cover faucets and sinks. All photographs are captioned, underscoring the visual's primary features (e.g., "opt for raw in industrial modern") with a few additional sentences of description. Chapter and section titles are a bit too advertising-heavy, but at least this book collects decorating ideas for one place: the heart of the home." â?? Booklist

"Forecasted hot new trends in kitchen design include more neutral countertops, open cabinetry, farmhouse influences, large lighting, and architectural fixtures. Peterson (Building with Secondhand Stuff; Manskills) presents a collection of eye candy for your fantasy kitchen. Sections focus on layout, styles, countertops, storage and cabinets, fixtures, and lighting. The photos are lovely, but some are too small and sometimes don't best represent the targeted subject. The author's excellent commentary accompanies each photo, making sense of the illustrations. The section on color, particularly colored appliances, is interesting and timely. ­VERDICT ­Peterson's advice pulls this collection of photos together, but the reader will wish for more of it. Joanne Kellar Bouknight's Taunton's Kitchen Idea Book has more explanation and information about materials. It is important to keep a style collection ­up-to-date, though, and Peterson does offer inspiration in spades, making the book a worthwhile purchase." - Library Journal

Library Journal
03/01/2014
Forecasted hot new trends in kitchen design include more neutral countertops, open cabinetry, farmhouse influences, large lighting, and architectural fixtures. Peterson (Building with Secondhand Stuff; Manskills) presents a collection of eye candy for your fantasy kitchen. Sections focus on layout, styles, countertops, storage and cabinets, fixtures, and lighting. The photos are lovely, but some are too small and sometimes don't best represent the targeted subject. The author's excellent commentary accompanies each photo, making sense of the illustrations. The section on color, particularly colored appliances, is interesting and timely. VERDICT Peterson's advice pulls this collection of photos together, but the reader will wish for more of it. Joanne Kellar Bouknight's Taunton's Kitchen Idea Book has more explanation and information about materials. It is important to keep a style collection up-to-date, though, and Peterson does offer inspiration in spades, making the book a worthwhile purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591865902
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 323,536
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Peterson is a professional writer and editor based in the pretty little town of Ashland, Oregon. An expert in home design, repair and renovation and an avid cook, he's the author of "Manskills", "When Duct Tape Just Isn't Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters," "A Man's Whirled: Every Guy's Guide to Cooking with the Blender," and several other books.

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