A cutting board with storage and legs on casters can be tucked away when not in use. “The rollaway cart is super helpful in keeping countertops clear and gives the cook added chopping surface in a pinch
Two top drawers store napkins, place mats and other tableware close to a nearby bistro table. The bottom drawer stores a large stockpot that one of the homeowners wanted easy access to. This tall stockpot was not going to fit in the pot-and-pan drawers to the left and right of the range. You need both of those drawer cabinets to be exactly the same dimensions to each other.
One end is a full-height, 12-inch-deep base cabinet that stores serving trays that can be easily pulled out for entertaining. On the other end, opposite the range, there’s a 12-inch-deep cabinet with dividers for cookie trays and muffin tins. There’s also a 12-inch-deep drawer that stores spices.
Just about every brand showing kitchen faucets at Design & Construction Week seemed to have a professional-style kitchen faucet with a spring. Kohler launched its Graze line of faucets, including the Semi-Professional design shown here, which has a tight coil hose to allow for easier cleaning. Graze faucets are available in polished chrome, stainless steel and matte black.
Pfister’s new Neera Culinary faucet, left, capitalizes on the demand for professional-looking kitchen faucets. Photo by Erin Carlyle
The new Neera Culinary faucet from Pfister (shown here in brushed gold) has a three-function spray head and a highly visible spring that echoes the style of a restaurant kitchen faucet. “The spring is extremely popular right now,” says Danyel Tiefenbacher, brand manager at Pfister. The Neera comes in polished chrome, stainless, matte black and brushed gold.
Erin Carlyle American Standard’s new Semi-Professional kitchen faucet from the Studio S collection …
1. Wood-look porcelain tile
Porcelain tiles that look like wood? It may sound too good to be true, but wood-look tiles are all the rage these days.
“The designs are very convincing, so you could mistake them for real wood, without any wear and tear or risk of scratching,” DiClerico says. “In general, we’re seeing increased interest in engineered flooring over natural wood, mainly because it’s easier to maintain, without too much sacrificing of style.” Cost: Installing ceramic or porcelain tile can run $3,000 to $4,000 for a 200-square-foot area, according to HomeAdvisor.
2. Marble-look porcelain tiles
Porcelain tiles that look like marble, instead of real marble, is another flooring trend, says Debbie Lori Travin of DLT Interiors, based in New York and South Florida.
“They look extremely realistic compared to their genuine counterparts, making it difficult to tell the difference but getting the same beautiful look at a fraction of the cost,” she says. Cost: Tile flooring ranges from $13…
Unfortunately, while renovation mistakes do happen, they can be costly. If you can at all avoid them, you should. With that in mind, I've laid out a list of the top renovation mistakes that homeowners make, as well as some advice on what you can do to ensure that they don't derail your project. Read them over so you don't fall prey to them during your renovation. Your budget and schedule will thank you. Hiring the wrong contractor
Choosing the right contractor is a process. It can be tempting to go with the first one you find to just get it over with. But, the reality is, if you choose the wrong contractor, you could be setting yourself to face a much bigger headache in the long run.
Instead, do your due diligence and thoroughly vet multiple contractors before ultimately deciding which one to hire. Conventional wisdom says that you should gather at least three estimates before getting started on any home improvement project. However, in addition, you should check reference…