Backsplash With Style

Don’t date your kitchen! Instead, make sure that your design and materials choices will compliment future upgrades. One way to ensure this is to choose materials to complement the original age and style of the rest of the house. For this project, that meant working with something that would have been right at home in an original 1960s mod home. The stainless appliances and neutral … Continue reading Backsplash With Style

Kitchen Reno: the partial kind

When your kitchen is beyond outdated… …but you have a tight budget, what to do? That’s the problem these folks had, with a great kitchen space but full of kludged-together bits and pieces: The cabinets were solid but not great -looking 1980s particle board veneer with some missing doors and drawers. The cooktop and sink were 70s vintage (in a not charming way). The 20ft2 … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: the partial kind

Blowing Out Walls!

Open plan kitchen and living areas have been popular for a long time now, but most homes built before the 1990s were still often designed around closed kitchens and formal dining rooms. So what to do if your home is full of load bearing walls you want to get rid of? Simple, just replace with beams! This post describes the demo, carpentry, and finish for opening up a galley kitchen. In this case a partial wall removal was a super-economical choice for getting an open-feel kitchen on a tight budget. Continue reading Blowing Out Walls!