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Aug-7-14

Clever Kitchen Ideas — Grab Bar for Accessibility

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The owners of this large, open loft see the kitchen as the heart of their home. Randy, the husband, uses a wheelchair much of the time, so accessibility is a prominent feature of the space’s design. To make the kitchen safe and easy to use, a crew from Thomas Jacobson Construction integrated an anodized steel grab bar into the 1-1⁄2-in.-thick island top. The bar’s support tabs were let into and screwed to the first layer of 3⁄4-in.. The second layer, with matching recesses to accommodate the tabs, was then attached.

The bar was set 1-1⁄2 in. from the top’s edge and provides Randy with a comfortable grip. The bar allows Randy to pull himself around the working side of the island, which is particularly useful when one hand is full.

Loft living. The open kitchen in this loft sits adjacent to the living room. Designed for entertaining and for its passionate cooks, the kitchen features an island top that was created with wheelchair accessibility in mind.

Loft living. The open kitchen in this loft sits adjacent to the living room. Designed for entertaining and for its passionate cooks, the kitchen features an island top that was created with wheelchair accessibility in mind.

Sep-5-13

Intricate Beauty

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Intricate Beauty

 

Beautifully elegant, this kitchen’s rich cabinetry and island is accented by gold and copper accents, only adding to the rooms opulence.

Sep-5-13

Stay Light and Bright

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Stay Light and Bright

Reflective surfaces, such as ceramic tile and stainless steel, subtly amplify the effects of natural and artificial light, thereby making the kitchen seem larger. Plus, adequate lighting improves functionality. Undercabinet lights come in handy while cooking, and pendant lights add ambiance to meals served at an island or peninsula.

Aug-6-13

Great Plains Party Room

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Great Plains Party Room

This rustic outdoor kitchen is ready for summertime barbecues. To create this spacious entertaining spot, the designers used flagstone for the patio and red cedar to create the pergola above. The kitchen offers a large island, gas grill, side burner, refrigerator and bar seating. On the other side of the patio guests can gather around a cozy fire pit and seating area. Design by Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns

Aug-5-13

Bar With a View

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Bar With a View

Designer Gail Drury defines the movement and flow of this open kitchen with a set of two islands. A horseshoe-shaped island with a sweeping counter atop a stone base provides bar seating and a bird’s-eye view of the prep area. A second island houses an oven and large work counter, allowing the cook to interact with guests while preparing the meal. Photo Credit: Drury Designs/ Designer Gail Drury

Jul-23-13

Colorful Industrial Style

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Colorful Industrial Style

For a stylish industrial-chic look on a budget, shop for particle board or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cabinets covered with Thermofoil or melamine. Thermofoil gives the look of paint, including high-gloss lacquer effects like the cabinets shown here, without the drips or brush marks. It’s made by fusing thin vinyl onto the substrate with heat. Melamine is a plastic made from resin, pressed wood, and paper and is designed to be relatively maintenance free. To present a sleek wall of color, the cabinet drawers and doors in this kitchen were installed without hardware. The units rest on baseboards made from aluminum bought from a metal supply shop.

Jul-21-13

Modern Cottage Ideas

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Modern Cottage Ideas

This kitchen has all the hallmarks of vintage cottage style: bin-style pulls, exposed hinges, inset flat-panel cabinet doors and drawers, open plate racks, and glass doors in some of the upper cabinets. The comfortable familiarity of the cottage look cleverly disguises modern amenities and functions: Custom drawers hold double dishwasher drawers to the right of the sink, vertical storage keeps trays and baking sheets in order, and extra-deep drawers stash cereals and snacks. An island made out of rustic alder stained to a rich, dark finish and topped by honed black granite anchors the clean white cabinetry and subway-tile walls.

Jul-21-13

Classic French Flair

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Classic French Flair

Gracefully lilting S-curve moldings and cabriole legs are hallmarks of French design, rooted in Louis XIV furniture. Here the relaxed S curve shapes the mullioned doors of upper cabinets. Carved cabriole legs support the farmhouse sink as if it were a piece of furniture and help blend it in with the base cabinets. The island boasts characteristic French accents as well: Reeded molding bands the top edge, and the sinuous corner corbels are carved with traditional shells and bell flowers. The island’s soft blue paint was sanded, crackled, and glazed with raw umber for an antique patina.

Jul-18-13

Kitchen Islands

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Kitchen Islands

You always wanted an island in your kitchen. It seems like the obvious missing piece. Modern kitchens have them, and yours doesn’t. But before you draft this independent structure into your design—and incur the expense associated with cabinetry, fixtures, surface and other bells and whistles—review this kitchen island checklist and determine if your kitchen can truly support an island. There are alternatives: the peninsula and a moveable island that rolls out of the way of foot-traffic and slides in place for entertaining.

Jul-15-13

Kitchen Island Styles

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Kitchen Island Styles

The kitchen island is a functional and necessary addition to many kitchen space, but the idea is to choose a kitchen island style that fits the overall design of a space. That means countertop surfaces, colors and accessories are all factors to consider when choosing your kitchen island style.