|Transform a dated kitchen into the spectacular heart of your home. Learn how to create a better layout and more efficient storage. Find out about the latest equipment and materials and how to shop wisely. Savvy tips explain how to create style like a pro. More than 150 photos. |
Author: Susan Maney
Intended for the homeowner who is remodeling an older kitchen or adding a new one. The Smart Approach to Kitchen Design shows the reader how to think like a designer, make smart decisions concerning the decor and function of the kitchen, and get professional-looking results. The book is written in a friendly, informal style that readers will find enjoyable, as well as informative.
150 color photographs give the reader the opportunity to step into the world of professionally designed kitchens, featuring a variety of styles from contemporary to traditional to country. Besides motivating a homeowner to make changes, the photographs and accompanying text explain how to create a fabulous new kitchen of his or her own.
Easy-to-follow "Smart Steps" in every chapter take the reader through the entire design process in an organized, time-saving, and non-technical fashion. "Smart Tip" boxes throughout offer quick pointers and bits of "insider" advice.
This is a must-read for anyone considering a kitchen makeover because it covers every aspect of the design process and provides homeowners with all the options that are available to them in terms of equipment, materials, and technology, as well as great advice for working with contractors, financing, shopping smartly, making the new kitchen safe and accessible to people of all ages and capabilities, creating a customized layout and light design, and pulling together a professional-looking decorating scheme
The Smart Approach to Kitchen Design leads homeowners through the steps of designing and decorating a kitchen in an organized, professional manner. The book begins by acquainting readers with the practical considerations of remodeling or adding a kitchen, such as contracts, insurance, permits, and financing, in language that is easy to understand, then moves on to the creative aspects of designing a layout, creating a light plan, selecting cabinets, equipment, and other products and materials, then pulling together a cohesive decorating scheme. A timeline at the end of the book gives the homeowner a quick visual reference for gauging the sequence of events involved in a kitchen project and approximately how long it takes from start to finish.
Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Susan Maney is Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Focus on Remodeling, a monthly publication of NARI, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of The Master Plan for Home Remodeling magazine, the consumer education publication distributed by NARI. In addition, Susan is a regular contributor to Woman's Day Special Interest Publications, including Woman's Day Home Remodeling, Woman's Day Kitchens & Baths, and Woman's Day Home Improvement New Product Ideas, as well as various other publications. She has been heard on Talk Home radio, which is broadcast thoughout Texas and parts of the Midwest.
Homeowners continue to rely on Creative Homeowner Press as their complete source for home improvement. Not only do we teach you how to build new space or remodel an old house, we also show you how to make any interior comfortable and stylish with two new books in our decorating line: For Fall 1998, we round out our exciting new "Smart Approach" series with two extremely popular topics: kitchens and general decorating.