Archive for Design Tips

Cabinets: Toe-Kick versus Furniture Base

Cabinets: Toe-Kick versus Furniture Base

[Originally published as Design Tip #18 in our weekly newsletter] Here’s a design tip that’s handy for cabinet shopping. One of the details you’ll select with cabinets is the base profile. Most kitchen cabinets are designed with a toe-kick. This is a 4” space at…

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Design Tip No. 15

Design Tip No. 15

Old House Style Spotlight: Cape Cod [Originally published as Design Tip #15 in our weekly newsletter] Commonly called Cape Cod style houses or simply, “cottages”, the New England traditional folk house has been around since the 1600s and can be found all over the east…

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Ikea PAX Closet Organizers

Ikea PAX Closet Organizers

[Originally published as Design Tip #14 in our weekly newsletter] When it comes to closet organizing systems, there are a ton of options. For almost all of our projects, we design around the Ikea PAX Closet System. If you want to go above and beyond a simple…

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Avoid This Common Range Hood Mistake

Avoid This Common Range Hood Mistake

[Originally published as Design Tip #4 in our weekly newsletter] Range hoods with chimneys are very popular in kitchens right now. More and more people consider themselves amateur chefs or “foodies” and they like professional cooking equipment. Ventilation for your stove is sometimes required by…

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The Trick to Searching on Houzz

The Trick to Searching on Houzz

[Originally published as Design Tip #3 in our weekly newsletter] If you’re considering a renovation or construction project and you’ve never heard of Houzz, get your internet-surfing self over there and sign up. It’s the largest collection of home improvement images on the web. It’s…

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The Wrong Way to Add a Closet

The Wrong Way to Add a Closet

[Originally published as Design Tip #2 in our weekly newsletter]   What’s the most common complaint from owners of old houses? Not enough closet space. Closets are often #1 on the list of improvements to make. However, there is a right way and a wrong…

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Fridges by Walls and Windows: Don’t Make This Mistake

Fridges by Walls and Windows: Don’t Make This Mistake

[Originally published as Design Tip #1 in our weekly newsletter]   Your refrigerator is one of the toughest kitchen elements to plan. It’s huge and requires specific clearances on all sides. If you decide to position your fridge up against a wall or window, you’ll…

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