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Stud Space Pantry Design Tips

Stud Space Pantry Design Tips

If kitchen storage space is tight and you’re about to beat your head against the wall in frustration – you’re already looking at one solution. Take a moment and think about how you can use the space within that wall to store all kinds of stuff you use every day. Deep pantry cabinets with pullout […]

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Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

Stonehaven Recycling Bin Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

This Recycling Bin Cabinet is an original Stonehaven design that combines the style and charm of an antique furniture piece with the practical management of your household recycling.  Just open the drawer and drop your recyclables into the proper roadside bin. On recycling day you grab the bin and take it to the curb for […]

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Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Traditional Kitchen Trash Cans by Wellesley Hills Kitchen & Bath Designers Architectural Kitchens Inc. The home kitchen continues to evolve to meet our ever-changing needs and wants. Today, we’re as likely to have a TV or computer in the kitchen as a microwave or breadmaker. The "kitchen work triangle’ – the relationship between refrigerator-range-sink remains […]

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Kitchen Planning – On Pets & Pantries

Kitchen Planning – On Pets & Pantries

A few years ago, our good friends Bill & Martha got married. After spending a couple of years commuting between two separate multi-pet households in different communities, they began the process of consolidating into one home. This meant a rather extensive renovation to Martha’s modest house, involving everything from replacing the creative, but woefully inadequate […]

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Smart Small Home Design

Smart Small Home Design

Efficiency and economy are more than just the current trend – they’re the guiding principles for our future. These common sense goals apply across the board – to our energy, water, transportation, housing – virtually everything. We simply can’t continue wasting valuable resources while feeding an increasingly unpredictable climate in the face of a faltering […]

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Designer Duct Tape

Designer Duct Tape

Duct tape is one of the few modern miracles that’s both dispensable and indispensable. For many people, duct tape is just a boring old roll of shiny grey tape made for sealing ductwork – and maybe repairing the tear in cushion on that old sofa at the cottage. For others, it’s a multi-purpose DIY tool […]

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Modern Kitchens of the Past

Modern Kitchens of the Past

While I was looking for pictures to accompany a guest post on kitchen design for entertaining, I ran across a few old images that show how kitchens have changed (not so much really) over the past 75 years or so. I’ve selected a sampling of kitchen pictures from the past and a couple of others […]

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Kitchen Seating – How Much Knee Space Do I Need?

Kitchen Seating – How Much Knee Space Do I Need?

The trend towards open concept floor plans – usually connecting the kitchen to family rooms or "Great Rooms" and is here to stay. It’s also common these days to include informal seating in the kitchen, allowing family and friends to hang out and chat over coffee or snacks. Whether you’re scratching out a plan on […]

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Home Planning for …2020?

Home Planning for …2020?

Yup. 2020. The consensus seems to be that the US housing market will be stuck in the ditch until at least then. And when it recovers it will likely look considerably different from the McMansions that were churned out during the bubble boom years. While the real estate markets in many other countries (like here […]

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The Ferrari of Fold-Away Furniture?

The Ferrari of Fold-Away Furniture?

Space-saving, fold-away furniture and Murphy beds aren’t for everyone, but if you live in a city like New York, London or Tokyo where even small apartments are insanely expensive – making the most of your space becomes an issue. And the trends seem to be pointing more towards denser urban development in the future. A […]

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