With temperatures (finally!) dropping, many of us crank up the heat at home—but a higher electrical bill isn’t the only danger we face. Winter is the prime season for house fires: Nearly a third of all total-loss house fires occur in the months of December, January, and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Even scarier? The average
Our bedrooms may be our private retreat from all of life’s stresses, but let’s face it: Most of the time, this place is just a mess. We pray people won’t pop their heads in there to witness the piles of clothes, the cluttered nightstands, the unmade beds. But it doesn’t have to be that way—all you might need is a little
Create a small-scale, smooth-functioning hub with savvy space planning and chic style. Kitchens have morphed into multifunctional hubs where families gather to cook, entertain, pay bills, plan schedules, do homework and watch TV. But not everyone has enough square footage to serve all those functions and circulate comfortably. Some kitchens, particularly those in walkable
One year all-white is all the rage; the next, it’s all about shadowy tones. Home design trends come and go (remember Hollywood Regency?), but one that by definition is meant for the long haul is universal design. What is universal design, you ask? In a nutshell, it’s a home that’s set up to be accessible
If you want your kitchen to be on trend after your remodel, it’s often helpful to look at data from newly constructed homes. The NAHB has compiled a helpful article that covers common trends for countertops, cabinets, appliances, and more: What are the features and colors included in kitchens of newly constructed homes? Data from
There are many details to consider when remodeling a kitchen. It’s easy to overlook something or make a mistake. Here are six common mistakes that occur during a kitchen remodel, and tips for avoiding them. The kitchen is the heart of any home, and for many homeowners having a warm, inviting space is important, which
Interior Designer Colleen Coleman is our NKBA & AKBD Designer on many of our kitchen and bathroom projects. Here’s some valuable advice she has to offer on kitchen use: As an interior designer who specializes in kitchens, it is often said that even in the most beautiful kitchens, people would rather have them then use them.
The solar industry in recent years has been characterized by double-digit installation growth and moderate revenue expansion, especially in the largest markets — namely Japan, China, and the United States. With the ongoing cost reduction of solar power, forward-thinking organizations are reevaluating their energy strategy to cut costs and manage their energy consumption more effectively.
It used to be that many people thought everything in a home — wood tones, metals, countertops — had to match. But today it’s perfectly acceptable to choose one type of countertop for your kitchen perimeter and another for the kitchen island. You might select one color for your upper cabinets and a different one
“Storage, always an issue, is particularly challenging in the small bath. Storage can be ‘found’ by boxing out space between studs, while the design of features for vanity cabinets provides storage pockets by accessing every inch of space under the sink.” Author: Mary Jo Peterson Repeatedly, when I am speaking about bath design, I am