Issue 231 – Kitchens & Baths 2012
A cavernous kitchen is redesigned into a bright and bold new space.
Buyer's Guide to Cooktops: From Simmer to Sear
How to narrow the field and find one that works for you
Gas Cooktops: The Choice of Chefs
Gas is the serious cook’s benchmark fuel for its nimble heating response. The flame on a gas cooktop seamlessly adjusts from steak-searing high to chocolate-melting low and back again. The…
Wok Burners: The Power of One
Wok burners are popular standalone appliances and are available in gas or induction styles. The slim size of cooktops makes them ideal stand-alone units for specialty cooking. Gaggenau, in particular,…
Radiant Cooktops: Sleek and Easy to Clean
Electric elements used to mean unattractive, inexpensive, hard-to-clean coil burners. Although they’re still used on entry-level ranges, they’ve largely been replaced with ceramic-glass-topped radiant elements. Electric cooktops are much more…
Induction Cooktops: Magnetism Gets Things Cooking
The coolest feature of an induction cooktop is that elements don’t generate heat. In fact, these cooktops won’t work unless an appropriate piece of cookware is on the glass surface…
New Kitchen, and Then Some
How a small addition improved an average ranch house with a new kitchen, a better dining room, a porch, a mudroom, and a bath.
The Stay-at-Home Spa
Splurging on an exuberant master bath was a lifestyle choice for a busy professional couple
How to Daylight a Bathroom
Three strategies for balanced and efficient natural lighting
How one bathroom was transformed from a dark afterthought to a bright, smart space, without changing the footprint.
Choose the Right Kitchen Sink
Follow these three steps to take your sink from a dingy dumping ground to a functional focal point
Linear Drains for Custom Showers
These sleek drains open shower-design possibilities, but at a cost.
A Stickley Fridge
A woodworker turned home-remodeler creates custom-refrigerator panels.
A Small Addition Transforms a Kitchen
Lessons in comfort, composition, and convenience
Renovating for the Right Kitchen
A tiny addition and more windows make a better space for period-appropriate cabinetry in a Craftsman-style home.
A pair of artists infuse innovative storage solutions with creative details in an open floor plan.
What's the Difference: Bathroom Sinks - Seven Basic Styles
Kitchen sinks not only have to accommodate pots and pans but also have to withstand the beating that these items regularly inflict on sink basins (see Choose the Right Kitchen…
What is the Difference
Finishes for a Master Bath
In this "Drawing Board" article, architect Duncan McPherson shares his ideas for finishing the master bath in FHB's Project House. Believing that a bathroom should be a calming space, he…
A Supersize Sink
The Galley Manufactured by: The Galley 918-794-2700;TheGalleySink.com Cost: about $3900 Kitchen designer Roger Shollmier’s new sink, aptly named the Galley (TheGalleySink.com), resembles a small kitchen in itself. More than just…
Climbing Vine mosaic Manufactured by: New Ravenna Mosaics 757-442-3379;NewRavenna.com Cost: $34.50 to $200 per sq. ft. Although Sara Baldwin’s New Ravenna mosaics are handcrafted in Virginia, the company’s founder and…
Range Hoods You'll Remember
Sorpresa collection range hoods Manufactured by Broan-NuTone, LLC. 800-558-1711;BestSorpresa.com Cost: from $1500 to $3150 Last year, luxury range-hood manufacturer Best debuted its Sorpresa collection of Italian-inspired hoods (BestSorpresa.com). Named for…
Simpler than Stub Outs
Pull Stop Box Manufactured by LSP (800) 854-3215;PullStopBox.com Costs: $13-$15 When plumbing a bathroom, you typically need to install a stub out, a bracket, an escutcheon, and an angle stop…
Granite too mainstream? Try volcanic rock
Volcanic Rock Countertops Manufactured by Pyrolave, USA (919)788-8953; Pyrolave.com Cost: about $280 per sq. ft. Looking for something a little more exotic than honed granite for your new countertops? How…
Encaustic Cement Tile
This handmade tile has a soft texture and comes in many unique colors and patterns—including custom ones.
Fixtures and Materials
A Surprise Window in a Small Bath
Fitting the required amenities into a small bathroom can be a big design challenge. With limited wall space, windows and the valuable daylight and views they provide can easily find…
Kitchen Waste Station
Designing a small house for a large, busy family is a challenge, but it can be a fun one. Even reconsidering the mundane task of taking out the garbage can…
The desire to bring more natural light into a kitchen is often compromised by the need for upper cabinets for storage. At the same time, conventional kitchen design and cabinetry…
Dining Set in a Box
I designed the Cube as a component of what we call our Hidden Kitchen, a collection of furniture pieces that encapsulate the functional elements of a kitchen inside simple forms…
Dressed up Laundry, in the Hall
When Jessica Helgerson (JHInteriorDesign.com) met with new clients, they asked that she move their laundry room out of the basement and up to the second floor as part of their…
Lessons Houses Have Taught Me
After three decades of looking at houses for a living, I still can’t stop. If I see a realtor’s open-house sign, chances are good I’ll pull over and take a…
Tailgate: Johnny Grey, Designer
The pioneer of “unfitted” design reflects on why the kitchen has become the most important room in the house.