Thursday, November 29, 2012

Resources: Kitchen Ideas That Work

New Kitchen Ideas That Work
(Photo:  Taunton Press)
Jamie Gold is an NKBA-certified, independent kitchen and bath designer based out of San Diego, California.  She's a blogger extraordinaire, having witten for Houz, and even here on Useful Spaces.  And if that wasn't enough, she's just published her first book.  New Kitchen Ideas That Work derives a lot of its content Jamie's belief that great design isn't about throwing money around.  It's about focussing on the small details that make a house a home, and give the home owner the best value for their investment.

New Kitchen Ideas That Work deals with all the areas of kitchen and bath design you would expect; cabinet styles and construction, countertop materials, appliances, fixtures.  There's even a section on the dreaded "B" work (ahem ... budget) and how to assemble the team of professionals to put it all together.  In other words it's a realistic look at what you can expect, which is a refreshing take when compared to a lot of the "designer porn" that is published.  Don't get me wrong, there's always room for "designer porn", but a healthy dose of reality is required before you get there.

In the chapter "Layouts That Work" Jamie discusses a number of different approaches the homeowner can take when designing their kitchen or bathroom.  I'll admit I was a bit disheartened when I saw the first option: Making Your Existing Footprint Work.  Keep things the same?  Really?  But after actually reading what Jamie covers in this section, I was pleased to note the approach was very practical and level headed.  "Some kitchens have perfectly functional layouts, but suffer from design fatigue" she writes.  Her advise in subsequent sections is equally level headed.

page 36-37-Chris Giles
Being someone that really enjoys case-studies I particularly appreciated the sections she provided that actually examined projects she'd worked on, and illustrated how some of her advice had been put to use in the real world.  In "Questions and Answers before Making a Change" she explores the decision making process the homeowners went through before deciding to go ahead with a kitchen remodel.  She discusses why changing the layout was essential to make the room function, and how rather than look at the "work triangle" her design created "work zones", something we've been discussing here on Useful Spaces as well.

New Kitchen Ideas That Work is available for pre-order now, and will be on the book shelves of you local home improvement centre at the beginning of December. 

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