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Kitchen Islands for Home Gatherings

kitchen islands mean there's enough space for everyone to cook

While we might want to host our family gatherings and parties in the living room and dining room, people somehow migrate to the kitchen so why not make your kitchen island the center of your parties?

Kitchen islands are so practical that it seems like every house on HGTV has either a stand-alone island or at least one wall of cabinets open on both sides, often with seating “outside the kitchen”. If you don’t have a kitchen island yet, maybe you’re starting to plan one?

Funny how we’re still designing kitchens around the kitchen triangle from more than 50 years ago —... 

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Kitchen Islands and Open Floor Plans

Kitchen island remodel and design

Kitchen islands are one of the features most homeowners want when remodeling their kitchens. If you have the space required to give the necessary clearances around the island, then it’s a practical solution to add storage, more counter space and a more welcoming room for your family and guests to enjoy for years to come.

Back when kitchens were designed around the “kitchen triangle”, the goal was to have no more than 13 feet between the refrigerator, sink and stove to minimize the steps required to prepare a meal.  This “triangle” design existed years before we got dishwashers, microwaves and many... 

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2010 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, a Peak Inside

If you’ve ever wondered about how new home products get introduced to the marketplace, here’s a video that offers a glimpse inside this years’ Kitchen & Bath Industry show. Home owners are spending less on kitchen remodels by choosing less expensive solutions, i.e. painting instead of wallpaper … and laminates instead of granite. Have fun watching and hope you get some ideas, and if you need some help you know how to reach us.

 

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Finding Energy Star Promotions

Just a quick note to let you know there’s a cool government web site that will help you find special promotions that match your zip code and the type of appliance you’re looking to purchase.

Special Offers/Rebates from Energy Star Partners

To use this program, just click on this Energy Star link and … type in your zip code and check the product(s) you’re planning to buy. I did this for refrigerators and here’s the report I got back. The types of products included here:

Appliances Fans Heating and Cooling Equipment Home Electronics Home Envelope, i.e. things like insulation Lighting Products Office Equipment Residential Water Heaters

 

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