If a facelifted or completely renovated kitchen is in your plans, it would be smart to read a book since there are so many decisions to make appliances, backsplashes, cabinets, countertops, flooring, layout, lighting and ventilation, for starters. Heck, you could spend a day alone just shopping for a sink with all the material and style options.
By STACY DOWNS
The Kansas City Star
New Kitchen Ideas That Work by kitchen and bath designer Jamie Gold (The Taunton Press, $21.95) could serve as your sourcebook. The 216-page softcover, released in December, walks you through establishing a budget and the myriad choices without overwhelming you. The book contains 350 photos of kitchens in dozens of sizes and styles. If youre on a shoestring, particularly helpful are the Working With What You Have sections how to make a big impact by changing just one element in the kitchen. And the feature The New Vision details the latest technological innovations such as aging-in-place solutions as well as the newest countertop materials: ceramic and porcelain slab.
Wholl like this book: Anyone who wants to update the most significant room of their home
Who wont: Those who already live with their dream kitchen
Words of wisdom: Just as your body wouldnt function well on a diet of just chicken or chickpeas, your kitchen wont function well with just one type of lighting.
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