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Aug-7-14

Outfitting the bath

posted by Kitchen & Bathroom Designer

To free up valuable floor space, I removed the cast-iron radiator and installed Warmboard radiant-floor heating after leveling the floor by sistering 2x4s to the existing joists. One advantage of Warmboard is that its 1 1/8-in. thickness makes a very stiff floor. I used it to heat approximately two-thirds of the room and purchased an extra 1 1/8-in. filler panel to heat the other third where the shower drain and the toilet waste pipe exit.

I had no idea how long it would take to install a waterproof shower system, but after a lot of research, I decided to use the Schluter-Kerdi system. I made the shower as large as possible (which was expanded during rough-in), and the final inside dimension is 48 in. by 38 in. In the corner, I incorporated a small shower seat from A Better Bench. It is a stainless-steel unit filled with dry-set mortar and then tiled. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug-7-14

Clever Kitchen Ideas Tuck Away the Toaster

posted by Kitchen & Bathroom Designer

Storage space was limited in this compact modern kitchen, so San Francisco-based KBC-Design  invented some creative storage options to accommodate everyday appliances and to reduce visual clutter. Here, above a Sub-Zero refrigerator drawer and a maple butcher-block prep surface, a secret solid-paneled door reveals a slide-out plywood platform that supports a toaster and a coffeemaker.

Hidden, but accessible. A magnetic touch latch opens the bright red door, providing access to the toaster and the coffeemaker. Hiding these appliances not only cleans up the look of the kitchen, but it also increases prep space on the butcher-block countertop.

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