Our 1940 owner-built house with a tiny, awkward kitchen and a frustrating one-small-window view of the garden called out for some serious updating. As a professional cabinetmaker I knew that working...
The homeowners' had two main goals: Functionality - They love cooking and are constantly in the kitchen and so they wanted to make sure the relationship and placement of each appliance made sense to...
It was a tough decision to renovate my published kitchen (Inspired house 2004
http://www.taunton.com/inspiredhouse/pages/ih00003_01.asp Great kitchens 2007
http://www.tauntonstore.com/great-kitchens-082003.html). My husband and I have really enjoyed the kitchen. We liked the basic layout (good orientation, easy transition between appliances and an open central workspace), the open plan feel and how it related to other spaces and allowed exterior light to fill the space. We chose many of the finishes together and even carried the backsplash tile back from a trip to Australia.
However, when I designed and built the space 16 years ago, we had different needs and a singular lifestyle. It was also only the second kitchen we had lived in (the first being a poorly designed apartment alley kitchen). Our first kitchen design was a compromise of ingenuity, cost, and function but did not include all of the necessities for a growing family (small boys eat their weight in food every week and teenage boys eat twice that…..we have one of each). Especially one that enjoys cooking, eating and entertaining. When the majority of our appliances gave out over a 6 month period and the wear and tear started to become more apparent, we took the opportunity in hand and set out to create a better functioning kitchen, one that accommodated our family’s needs, and became a great place for entertaining in the heart of the home.
It’s a year away, but we’re already scouting for the next issue of Kitchens & Baths. We’re interested in brand-new or remodeled projects of every style from all over the country. And we’re not looking only for big, expensive kitchens and baths; welldesigned projects done on a tight budget are dear to our hearts. But big or small, expensive or thrifty, they must be well thought out and beautifully crafted. Don’t worry about professional photos. Right now, we just need decent color images and a brief description explaining which aspects of your project might prove interesting to our readers. We prefer online submissions at FineHomebuilding .com/kitchen-bath-submissions. We are also happy to receive email submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org (7MB maximum file), or to review CDs or hard copies of your materials, which you can send to Kitchens & Baths, Fine Homebuilding, 63 S. Main St., P.O. Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.