Home Owner Tips & News

2204, 2016

Is Your New Kitchen Sink Totally in the Wrong Place?

By |April 22nd, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

Sorry to break it to you, homeowners: No matter how carefully and lovingly you planned  your dream kitchen renovation, it turns out you might have installed your kitchen sink in the wrong spot.

Kitchen nightmares!

At least, that’s the claim being made by renegade designer Matthew Quinn, who is no fan of the traditional—and ever-popular—kitchen island.  More often than not, he […]

1904, 2016

Cabinets 101: How to Get the Storage You Want

By |April 19th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

There are beautiful cabinets and there are functional cabinets. Yours can be both if you follow these steps.

Cabinets are the critical, final piece of a finished home. They transform empty space into living space. They provide pizazz, substance and, above all, organization for all kinds of things, from kitchen plates to bathroom towels to living […]

1204, 2016

Universal Design Homes Meet Evolving Needs

By |April 12th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

Learn 6 tips for creating or modifying your home so that you can enjoy it at any stage in life.

Not everyone likes change. And if you’re living in a house you love, you may be sorry to think about having to move one day when your home no longer suits your needs.

This can happen if […]

1204, 2016

Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel the Laundry Room

By |April 12th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

Use this step-by-step guide to figure out what you want and how to make it happen.

“What’s funny about laundry rooms is that we’re in them a lot, yet we approach these spaces as an afterthought,” designer AJ Margulis says.

It’s true. There’s no standard laundry room size, shape or layout. Often these utility spaces are created […]

504, 2016

4 Home Improvements That Can Lower (or Eliminate) Your Tax Bill

By |April 5th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

We know. It’s tax season and you’re knee-deep in paperwork and you already dipped into your savings to remodel your home last year and now you have to pay more money to the IRS and you just want it all to end already.

Wait, back the truck up. Did you say you remodeled your home? You […]

2403, 2016

Create a Pet Paradise in Your Home

By |March 24th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

If you’re like me, then your pet is considered a part of the family.

So why not give your pet his or her own comfortable living space in your home? I’ve helped clients incorporate simple design ideas as part of their remodeling efforts, creating pet-friendly spaces and functional updates that not only pamper pets, but make […]

1403, 2016

16 Practical Ideas to Borrow From Professional Kitchens

By |March 14th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

Restaurant kitchens are designed to function efficiently and safely. Why not adopt some of their tricks in your own home?

Have you ever peeked into the engine room of a busy restaurant, with all its steam, smoke, clatter and buzz? Producing sometimes hundreds of dishes a day requires a kitchen that can take the pressure, facilitate […]

1103, 2016

Kitchen Confidential: 13 Ideas for Creative Corners

By |March 11th, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

Whether you’re working with a professional or tackling the process on your own, designing a kitchen can involve a lot of decisions. Kitchen corners are one area where it’s easy to get stuck. You may want to save money with a standard cabinet. You may want swinging pullouts to eliminate bending and reaching. Or you […]

203, 2016

Product Trends: Surfaces

By |March 2nd, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

Whether it’s making use of reclaimed lumber or creating a patina-rich finish, these five products have something unique to offer.

Photo: courtesy Laminam

As industrial design and rustic modern aesthetics gain ground in American homes, there are an increasing number of products on the market that cater to this trend. We’ve gathered a few offerings here.

1 ] Available in 12-by-24-inch, 12-by-12-inch, and custom slabs, […]

203, 2016

The Right Way to Light a Kitchen

By |March 2nd, 2016|Home Owner Tips & News|0 Comments

It turns out that old-school lighting theory doesn’t work so well in practice. Here are some more effective kitchen lighting solutions

By Doug Walter, AIA

For too many years, the advice about kitchen lighting given by people who should know better has been to place the can lights out in the aisles of the kitchen. This looks […]