planning

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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The Future Looks Good for the Jack of all Trades

The Future Looks Good for the Jack of all Trades

Who’s more likely to paint their own living room – a ballet dancer or an accountant? I don’t know the answer – but I think it’s an interesting question. I watched a great TED Talk video the other day presented by Sir Ken Robinson that asks the question – “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” It started […]

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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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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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Are Longer Power Outages the New Normal?

Are Longer Power Outages the New Normal?

I was pleased to be invited to write a guest post for Buildipedia.com. The widespread power outages from the Eastern US derecho in June were still fresh in my mind, so I thought some tips for choosing and maintaining a home generator would be useful. You can read the article:  "Home Generators 101" at Buildipedia.com. […]

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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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Planning and Patience

Planning and Patience

Two signs were stuck to the wall above my Dad’s desk at the family photography studio. One said: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get". The other said…These signs not only reveal my Dad’s sense of humour, but added together, they sum up his influence on my philosophy of life and work. Whether by […]

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