Kitchens for the Rest of Us: From the Kitchen You Have to the Kitchen You Love

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Real kitchens for real people.
Most of us think "break the bank" when we hear "kitchen remodel." But as Peter Lemos, former editor of "Home" magazine proves in "Kitchens for the Rest of Us," it is possible to make over a ho-hum kitchen into the cooking center of your dreams. In this inspiring and practical guide, Lemos walks readers through 20 challenging kitchen remodels all modest in size and budget. Using a template of 5 basic steps, from taking stock to finding your style, ...

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Overview

Real kitchens for real people.
Most of us think "break the bank" when we hear "kitchen remodel." But as Peter Lemos, former editor of "Home" magazine proves in "Kitchens for the Rest of Us," it is possible to make over a ho-hum kitchen into the cooking center of your dreams. In this inspiring and practical guide, Lemos walks readers through 20 challenging kitchen remodels all modest in size and budget. Using a template of 5 basic steps, from taking stock to finding your style, to working with pros, to defining your space, to making it happen, Lemos shows how homeowners made the most of their resources, chose wisely when it came to splurges, and ultimately found a way to realize their dreams. In the process of demystifying this often stressful experience, Lemos serves up a wide variety of design solutions for kitchens that represent a range of styles from across the country.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.
From the Publisher
"Peter Lemos shows us how creativity and design smarts can transform our kitchens. A 'must' for your decorating bookshelf."
—Chris Madden, designer, author, and home design expert
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561587599
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 1,188,118
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lemos, most recently editor-in-chief of "Home" magazine, has written for numerous design magazines including "Elle Decor," "House Beautiful" and "This Old House." He divides his time between Maine and New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    Thorough guide to kitchen remodeling process

    The before and after info in this book helped us a lot in deciding what we wanted for our own kitchen project. Many useful design ideas, plus it showed us many pitfalls of remodeling and let us avoid them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    A must-read for anyone with a kitchen

    Lays out lots of great ideas clearly and simply. Shows how creative thinking can save you money.

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