Month: December 2009

My Favorite Books on Kitchen Design & Remodeling

I just moved from Katonah in Westchester County NY to the central Connecticut town of Avon and resembling my library of books I thought I might take a look at what I have assembled over the years and write a little bit about some of my favorite books on Kitchen Design & Remodeling. While ever developing technology and contemporary design trends will always play a part in kitchen design there are both classic designs and rules of thinking, rules of thumb that will always apply so the best books on the subject don’t necessarily grow old and dated. Real Life Kitchens by Lynn Peterson This is perhaps my favorite book on Kitchen Remodeling & Design not just because it presents some great design ideas but because it is also about the process, how you need to think about the robust and detailed process of planning a kitchen remodeling project and working with your design and contracting professionals Great Kitchens: Design Ideas from America’s Top Chefs by Ellen Whitaker   Kitchens for Cooks : Planning Your Perfect Kitchen by Deborah Krasner, William Stites (Photographer), John R. Paoli The Kitchen Idea Book by Joanne Keller Bouknight, Joanne Keller Bouknight Kitchens That Work: The Practical Guide to Creating a Great Kitchen by Martin Edic, Richard Edic Dream Kitchen Planning by Elaine Martin Petrowski An older book now first published in 1999 so a...

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An Elegant Stair & Balcony Railing Remodel; Scarsdale NY

Unlike a lot of contractors I’m not a big fan of what’s known in the trades as "bending rail" at all and I prefer to use material that’s solid or horizontally laminated and then formed using what is known as the Tangental Railing Technique. It’s more difficult in that it requires a solid understanding of the complex trigonometry involved but the results are not only more attractive but the installations are also trouble free over time. Bending rail is a type of commercially available railing that is essentially a standard railing profile that’s been band-sawn into vertical strips about 3/8" to 1/2" thick which you then apply glue to, bend to the desired curve, clamp, let it set up, sand and finish. One of the first railing projects I ever did over fifteen years ago was with bending rail and over the course of the next three to five years I kept on having to go back to re-plumb the newel at the base of the staircase. You see the bending rail has a little bit of "memory" so to speak and was trying to return to it’s straight rail former self. It is also and perhaps more importantly not very attractive. As you can see in the photo on the left the cherry bending rail on the left doesn’t look nearly as attractive as the solid horizontalilly laminated...

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Pardon Our Dust…

…While We Remodel, Refresh, Renew, Renovate, Restore and Generally Refresh Our NortheasternHomes.com Website Hello folks, we’re in the midst of remodeling and recreating NortheasterHomes.com using WordPress as a Content Management System in the effort to deliver information and ideas to you better and also involve you in getting your feedback and comments on what we’re writting about and doing here. In the coming weeks we’ll have video interviews with: James Albert of ISI Solar who will talk with us about Solar Photovoltaics, one of the fastest growing energy technologies for homes and the financial incentives that make solar electric...

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