Design & Planning


floor grate dog doorDesign: Plan For Your Pets

The days of banishing Fido to the doghouse in the backyard would appear to be over. And rightly so.

Today, we consider our pets as much a part of the household as us humans. Pets are our faithful companions and they want to hang out with us, no matter where we are in the house.  (more)

Planning & Patience

PLAN AHEad signTwo 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.  (more)

stud space pantry 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. (more)

standard depth french door fridge occupies valuable aisle space

Recess Your French Door Fridge in to 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. Why not… (more)

Design Tips for Your Kitchen Trash Pullout

Every bit of food we consume (or even worse, don’t) generates waste of some sort. And we have to cope with all those wrappers, peelings, and containers at the precise point where they cease to be “packaging” and suddenly become “waste” – which is inevitably smack-dab in the middle of the work triangle. (more)

Pup next to shallow pantry

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. When talk turned to kitchen layout, the first thing that came to my mind was Bill and Martha’s extraordinarily complex feeding and medicating routine required for their multiple dogs and cats, not to mention themselves. (more)

Kitchen Seating – How Much Knee Space Do I Need?

Whether you’re scratching out a plan on a napkin or looking for advice from the local home improvement center, you should know how much knee space you need for comfortable seating at islands and peninsulas. (more)

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