kitchen & bath

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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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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Choosing the Right European Hinge

Choosing the Right European Hinge

Cabinet hinges come in all types of styles & finishes to suit virtually any situation. European-style hidden hinges are one of the easiest to find and install. But you still need to choose the right type for your cabinet style. What are European hinges? European or "Euro" hinges are two-piece hinges consisting of a hinge […]

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Recess Your French Door Fridge into the Wall

Recess Your French Door Fridge into the Wall

There’s something exciting about getting that new French Door Refrigerator – until it arrives in your kitchen. Once you realize it sticks out almost a foot beyond the cabinets and impedes the traffic flow to the mud room – you resign yourself to your decision and just live with it. If you love your fridge […]

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Stonehaven Medicine Cabinet – Woodworking Plans

Stonehaven Medicine Cabinet - Woodworking Plans

This 21"w x 30"h x 3 1/2"d pine medicine cabinet was designed to match our antique washstand vanity (#SCP – 1201) but would look right at home in almost any bathroom decor. It features a frameless-style natural birch cabinet with 1/2” plywood shelves and European-style hidden hinges. This basic cabinet is wrapped with a stained […]

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DIY Concrete Countertops

DIY Concrete Countertops

If you’re a hardy DIYer looking for a cheaper alternative to stone or other solid surface countertops, you might want to consider this unique alternative – concrete. Concrete has almost unlimited creative potential for design ideas, colours and shapes. I worked on a kitchen project a couple of years ago that featured a concrete island […]

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