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The New Bungalow Kitchen

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The American love affair with the Bungalow continues. And in this most adored housing style, it is the kitchen that homeowners must most often restore, renovate, or remodel. But no one wants an authentic Bungalow kitchen, which was a rustic space that usually featured just a stove, a hoosier, and a sink.
While there are books that describe the authentic Bungalow kitchen, there are few that show readers how to update a Bungalow to handle today's lifestyle needs and personal ...

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Overview

The American love affair with the Bungalow continues. And in this most adored housing style, it is the kitchen that homeowners must most often restore, renovate, or remodel. But no one wants an authentic Bungalow kitchen, which was a rustic space that usually featured just a stove, a hoosier, and a sink.
While there are books that describe the authentic Bungalow kitchen, there are few that show readers how to update a Bungalow to handle today's lifestyle needs and personal preferences. Happily, manufacturers today understand the demand, and there are many material and appliance options for homeowners—and the designers they hire—to bring contemporary convenience and beauty to an updated or new Bungalow kitchen. The New Bungalow Kitchen not only provides wonderful historical nuggets about Bungalow kitchens, it offers a plethora of ideas about how to create a tastefully restored or remodeled kitchen, or build new within the style.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Homeowners contemplating renovation may find [author Peter LaBau] a savior, guiding them into the present while staying true to the past...." —"The Washington Post"
"Everyone loves bungalows, but not everyone loves bungalow kitchens — they're usually cramped, small and relegated to the back of the house. "The New Bungalow Kitchen," by Peter LaBau explains how you can maintain the bungalow style while updating it for modern needs by knocking out walls, adding period light fixtures and rearranging cabinetry. Page after page of stunning kitchens (most bathed in lovely golden light) show how you can incorporate granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and wine closets into houses with casement windows, beadboard walls and lots of natural wood, and still make it all work. LaBau has suggestions for different degrees of renovation — remodeling on an existing footprint, expanding into a porch area, or bumping out into a whole new addition. Through it all, he remains practical, explaining structure, plumbing and design. It's a gorgeous book. I want "all "these kitchens! It's only been a few years since I remodeled my own kitchen, but paging through 'The New Bungalow Kitchen' makes me want to grab a crowbar and start over."
—"The Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Peter LaBau's "The New Bungalow Kitchen" (Taunton Press, $30) is more eye candy for those who love kitchens (and lust after other people's) than it is a treatise about the architectural form. The kitchens in LaBau's book could fit into just about any house style today, from Queen Anne to McMansion. They are clean and elegant, antique and modern, and full of originals, reproductions, and cutting-edge materials andtechnology. Marco Prozzo's photography is gorgeous, and LaBau offers sound advice in every chapter. What you see in these pages is hardly out of reach. It's all out there. You just need to look. —"The Philadelphis Inquirer"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588626
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 304,006
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Labau is an architect and the founder of The Classic Group, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based firm that specializes in building and renovating traditional homes. Labau is also a photographer and an accomplished public speaker, and in his spare time he plays first banjo in The Flexible Flyers, a bluegrass band. He now lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     2
The Allure of the Bungalow Kitchen     6
The New Bungalow Kitchen     8
Bungalow Houses, American Style     11
The Pre-War Bungalow Kitchen: 1900-1920     19
The Post-War Bungalow Kitchen: 1921-1940     29
A Kitchen Style for Today     30
Making Room: Reconfigurations and Additions     32
First Thoughts: Three Basic Choices     36
Sticking to the (Floor) Plan     39
Trading Spaces     44
Adding On, Bungalow Style     57
Old Style, Modern Convenience     64
From Floor to Ceiling: The Interior Shell     68
Classic Ceiling Choices     70
The Walls Around You     77
Floors     81
Doors     89
Windows     91
Trim     101
Out of the Box: Cabinetry, Counters, and Built-ins     108
Cabinetry     110
Countertops     126
Backsplashes     134
Islands and Peninsulas     137
Furniture-Style Built-ins     139
Storage Problems Solved     148
The Working Kitchen: Appliances, Fixtures, and Gadgets     156
Ranges     158
Refrigerators     164
Dishwashers     171
Microwave Ovens and Other Gadgets     173
Sinks     175
Faucets     181
Finishing Touches: Lighting, Hardware, and Climate Control     186
Lighting     189
Hardware     202
Heating and Air Conditioning     210
The End at the Beginning     211
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