Key Measurements ~ Laundry Room

Get the layout dimensions that will help you wash and fold and maybe do much more  comfortably and efficiently

Laundry rooms rule. If you have the luxury of space, laundry rooms can be more than places to clean clothes; they can be welcoming, accessible places for more activities, such as caring for pets, sewing, doing DIY projects, wrapping packages, starting seedlings and more. Several of my clients consider these spaces crucial to the operation of their homes, even finding a sense of peace when attending to their laundry room chores.

As with kitchens, there are a number of considerations and dimensions to be aware of during the planning stages for a multipurpose laundry room. Below are several functions you might want to consider and some basics for how to lay everything out.

Key Measurements ~ Laundry Room

New Laundry Rooms

Whether you have a laundry room with enough space for a built-in bench or just a hallway closet with sliding doors, these trending laundry areas offer plenty of ideas for making the most of every inch. Here are 10 clever ideas from the most popular laundry room photos on Houzz uploaded in the past three months, as determined by the number of times people saved them to their idea books.
New Laundry Rooms

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20 Kitchen Countertop Alternatives

Stuck in a countertop rut? Explore your options beyond the typical granite and laminate, from unusual materials like glass and metal to more traditional choices like marble and wood.

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One of the most popular countertop surfaces today, engineered quartz is versatile and durable. Its nearly endless range of color options allows you to visually tie an open kitchen to the surrounding living spaces like designer

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2. Smorgasbord of Surfaces

And why stop at two surfaces? In this gorgeous space, perimeter countertops are Taj Mahal Quartzite, and the island combines 3-inch-thick walnut butcher’s block with 14-gauge stainless steel topped by Silver Waves marble.
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3. Butcher Block

For a warm, cottage kitchen look, opt for butcher-block-style wood countertops. Both decorative and functional, this hardworking surface is ideal for food prep properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options, like laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so you don’t have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. I would not suggest putting something directly from the oven to the counter, no matter what the surface.

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4. Wood on White

Dark-stained wood adds contrast and a country feel to this white country kitchen. Like natural granite, wood counters can vary widely in the uniformity and graining of their patterns. That variation is part of their appeal.
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5. Magnificent Marble

Counters of Carrara marble with a polished top function as beautifully as they look. While marble has a reputation for being high maintenance, it can age beautifully with a little care and nothing beats it for rolling out pastry dough. If you are an active cook or a little messy, this is not the surface for you.  Maybe an area for rolling out pastry only.

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6. Green Marble

A stunning twist on the traditional, the green marble finish in this renovated farmhouse kitchen extends to the deep apron sink, creating a continuous line that’s echoed on the insides of the window casings. The overall effect is crisp and fresh, giving the space modern punch that ties in with the home’s contemporary flair.

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7. Paint It

Giani stone paint is a sealant that completely and totally overhauls the look of any countertop. It can be used on anything from laminate to butcher’s block to primed and painted wood, and because it is a finish itself, it should only have to be redone if the surface is ever chipped or damaged.

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8. Cool Concrete

Concrete countertops are highly customizable, you can choose any stain color and texture. Concrete mixes well with many different materials, such as glass, tile, and marble to create a one-of-a-kind look. Aside from its eye-pleasing appearance, it is energy efficient when the temperature in your home rises, concrete captures the heat and releases it when the temperature cools down.

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9. The Eco Edge – Recycled Countertops

Countertops made of recycled glass are colorful, eco-friendly and durable.

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10. Clean and Streamlined

Developed specifically for countertops, Granicrete has the great modern look of concrete, but is seamless and is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as being bacteria-proof and stain-proof. The waterfall edge here creates an especially sleek look, without the weight and cost of poured concrete.
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11. Engineered for Beauty

Granicrete is available in stone-like patterns like the one featured here, perfect in a more traditional kitchen. The surface never needs resealing as “real” concrete would.
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12. Soapstone

Say yes to Soapstone countertops as they offer a soft look and can look great in a sleek, modern space. Though pricier than some other countertop options, soapstone is environmentally friendly and durable, offering significant value. Unlike other natural stones, it doesn’t require yearly sealing but regular applications of mineral oil will help to disguise any surface scratches, add sheen and deepen the stone’s color over time.

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13. Square Deal

Tile countertops are a great choice if you want an inexpensive material that’s easy to maintain. Opt for handmade ceramics or even off-the-shelf squares from your local big-box store.

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14. Steely Resolve

Stainless steel countertops aren’t just for sleek modern spaces. Here it is used in a country-style kitchen, where the gleaming surface contrasts beautifully with exposed brick and the well-worn bottoms of the homeowners’ cookware. Over time, the counters may scratch and show wear but that’s part of their charm in a space like this and they are super durable.
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15. Glowing Glass

A solid glass countertop looks almost like ice, lending a cool, chic feeling to this energetic kitchen. Although it’s more expensive than other countertop materials, glass is growing in popularity for its stain resistance and sleek, dramatic style.

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16. Count on Copper

A custom copper countertop and backsplash add warmth and glamour to this bar area designed. Copper countertops are highly germ resistant but are prone to dents and scratches. Polish it weekly to maintain its shine, or allow it to develop a patina of a burnished brown-black with green flecks.
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17. Leather or Not

Leather-textured granite gives the sexy look of skin with all the durability of stone. The look is edgy and trendy without being in-your-face.
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18. Double Vision

Two countertops? Twice as nice! A center island topped with quartz by Cambria is a functional focal point in this kitchen, and the countertops around the room’s perimeter are solid black granite. That mix and those materials represent the most current countertop trends.
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19. Walnut

Wow With Walnut. Here rustic materials are used to create a coherent style throughout. Distressed wood cabinetry, a copper sink, and faucet, and the material on the counter is walnut with a live edge.

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20. Paper Works

As its name implies, Paperstone is made of compressed paper yet is surprisingly durable. This colorful kitchen uses it in an eco-friendly design.
So have fun designing your kitchen.  There are lots of fun options out there.  Pick wisely for your needs, but do something different.  It is no fun being the same as everyone else.
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Top 8 Refrigerators For the Modern Kitchen

 An intelligently designed refrigerator not only keeps your produce fresh, but exhibits excellent craftsmanship, ergonomics, and storage capabilities. To take the guesswork out of choosing the right appliance, we’ve rounded up our recommended fridges that prove that form and functionality are not mutually exclusive. Whether you opt for a retro design, double French doors, or seamless cabinet integration, our top picks for refrigerators are sure to keep your kitchen looking cool.

Oh no, where is my Leibherr 36″ French Door refrigerator that I love!  Covered panels, so it blends in and does not jump out at you.  I really like the disappearing refrigerator.  I think it is nice to have one, but mine has always been a little discreet. The photo below is mine.

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Top 8 Refrigerators For the Modern Kitchen

Top 25 Renovating Mistakes

  1. Buying Cheap Materials

    “One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation (is that) they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for.” “If you’re going to do it, do it. If you can’t afford to do it, wait.”

    2. Inaccurate Measurements

    An inch or even sometimes a half an inch can make a difference. And if your dimensions are off and it’s not equal and symmetrical, you’re not going to get the full impact and effect that you want. If you’re not sure about how to measure or you can’t follow the directions, don’t hesitate at all to call somebody. Ask them to come over and take the measurement for you.

    3. Skipping the Prep Work

    Do it the right way, right away. You shouldn’t avoid your prep work. You want to take the time to do it right and right from the beginning.

    It’s a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that’s what you’re trying to do: save yourself money and time.

 

Top 25 Renovating Mistakes

How High Should You Hang Your Upper Kitchen Cabinets?

 Here is a relevant article from Houzz.  Don’t let industry norms box you in. Here are some reasons why you might want more space above your countertops
A client of mine recently raised a good question: “Do upper cabinets have to be installed the standard 18 inches off the countertop?” It got me thinking outside of the usual cabinetry box. Of course, there are lots of ways to install your upper cabinets, and if you’re willing to have an open mind, you might find that elevating them comes with unexpected benefits. Here are situations where you might want to hang your cabinets a little higher.
How High Should You Hang Your Upper Kitchen Cabinets?

Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Whether you are moving into an existing kitchen, remodeling the one you have or building a new one, understanding a few key building measurements and organizational guidelines can help your culinary life run more smoothly.

Kitchens provide storage for your food and give you room for prep and cleanup, and of course, provide a place where you can cook and bake. When it’s thoughtfully arranged, these functions operate logically, making working in your kitchen a better experience. Here’s how to get the ideal setup.

Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

10 Ways to Go for Color in the Bath

With bold hues, attention-grabbing tile, and creative details, the bathroom can be the most fun room in the house. Get inspired by these 10 spaces that aren’t afraid of piling on the color and pattern. Which do you like best?
10 Ways to Go for Color in the Bath

Kitchens That Rock Not-White Cabinets

White cabinets remain at the top of kitchen wish lists, but they’re not for everyone. The following kitchens, pulled from the most popular photos uploaded to Houzz, feature cabinets in various takes on wood, and paint tones to create spaces that range from rich and warm to light and airy. The most popular is saved for last.
Kitchens That Rock Not-White Cabinets

25 Backsplash Ideas

Here are some great backsplash ideas from Dwell Magazine.  Enjoy!
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation
An interesting backsplash can take your kitchen from average to extraordinary.

From eye-catching tilework to impressive slabs of marble, this collection of some of our favorite kitchen backsplashes will help inspire your next remodel.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 1 of 25 - In the kitchen, copper-colored stainless steel tiles from TileBar create a glowing backsplash. The cabinetry is by IKEA, the countertop is Caesarstone, and the induction cooktop is by Bosch.
In the kitchen, copper-colored stainless steel tiles from TileBar create a glowing backsplash. The cabinetry is by IKEA, the countertop is Caesarstone, and the induction cooktop is by Bosch.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 2 of 25 - The stools are from Crate & Barrel. The Hobsons chose a geometric-patterned glass tile backsplash by Island Stone. Induction cooktop and oven are by Bosch.

The stools are from Crate & Barrel. The Hobsons chose a geometric-patterned glass tile backsplash by Island Stone. Induction cooktop and oven are by Bosch.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 3 of 25 - In total, the renovation was completed for around $35,000.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 4 of 25 - The showstopping material elements are the Borghini honed marble countertop and backsplash by Ann Sacks. Hasami porcelain vessels line the open shelving.

The showstopping material elements are the Borghini honed marble countertop and backsplash by Ann Sacks. Hasami porcelain vessels line the open shelving.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 5 of 25 - In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.
In the bathroom, a custom ceramic backsplash designed by Meredith and Sample joins an iroko-wood tub created by their students a the University of Toronto.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 6 of 25 - Sasha samples berries at the island while Wes, perched on the counter next to Deborah, clutches the whipped cream—similar in color to the backsplash, made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie.
 Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 7 of 25 - Backsplash from Porcelain and More
Backsplash from Porcelain and More

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 8 of 25 - Butler's pantry with herringbone backsplash
 Butler’s pantry with herringbone backsplash
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 9 of 25 - Heath Ceramics hex tile backsplash and counter with copper edge
 Heath Ceramics hex tile backsplash and counter with copper edge
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 10 of 25 - We had the stone counter and backsplash  cut from the same slab of Vermont marble, achieving a continuous graphic pattern.Stone counter and backsplash cut from the same slab of Vermont marble, achieving a continuous graphic pattern.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 11 of 25 - The metal backsplash and drawer pulls were fabricated by 12th Avenue Iron; the cooktop is by Miele.
 The metal backsplash and drawer pulls were fabricated by 12th Avenue Iron; the cooktop is by Miele.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 12 of 25 - In this California home, a red mosaic tiled backsplash balances the lower white marble counter.

In this California home, a red mosaic tiled backsplash balances the lower white marble counter.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 13 of 25 - Rendered in sharp blue, the timeless motif of Greek Key is used as this kitchen's backsplash.
Rendered in sharp blue, the timeless motif of Greek Key is used as this kitchen’s backsplash.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 14 of 25 - Kitchen Sink with J Schatz Platinum Formations Tile Backsplash and Brutal Coffeemaker
Kitchen Sink with J Schatz Platinum Formations Tile Backsplash and Brutal Coffeemaker
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 15 of 25 - The pendants over the kitchen island are from Cisco Home; the bar chairs are by Studio One for Lost & Found. The patterned concrete tile floor is from Mission Tile West, as is the mirrored backsplash (above), which was originally meant for the living room fireplace. "I think we over-ordered," Lena recalls. "So I said, ‘Let’s do a disco backsplash.’ It just needs to make you smile, and I think it does."
The pendants over the kitchen island are from Cisco Home; the bar chairs are by Studio One for Lost & Found. The patterned concrete tile floor is from Mission Tile West, as is the mirrored backsplash (above), which was originally meant for the living room fireplace.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 16 of 25 - Fresh white kitchen with warm wood wrapped island, black cabinet pulls and Dwell patterns Heath tile backsplash .
Fresh white kitchen with warm wood wrapped island, black cabinet pulls and Dwell patterns Heath tile backsplash.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 17 of 25 - A backsplash laid out in a herringbone pattern adds a subtle layer of texture while pendant lighting adds depth.
A backsplash laid out in a herringbone pattern adds a subtle layer of texture while pendant lighting adds depth.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 18 of 25 - Fireclay Tile in a classic subway pattern goes beyond the standard 18" H backsplash raising the ceiling visually.
Fireclay Tile in a classic subway pattern goes beyond the standard 18″ H backsplash raising the ceiling visually.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 19 of 25 - Detail of natural stone backsplash by Decorative Materials Inc. High gloss white cabinets by Vogo.
Detail of natural stone backsplash by Decorative Materials Inc. High gloss white cabinets by Vogo.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 20 of 25 - To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer has designed a tile backsplash to resemble "melting butter in a white pan". Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.<br>
To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, the architect designed a tile backsplash to resemble “melting butter in a white pan”. Daltile arranged the two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 21 of 25 - Hand-made Moroccan tile backsplash by Mosaic House with contrasting niche; custom kitchen cabinets designed by MIRIAM BIOLEK Interior Design with Bendheim's mouth-blown glass inserts.
Hand-made Moroccan tile backsplash by Mosaic House with contrasting niche; custom kitchen cabinets with Bendheim’s mouth-blown glass inserts.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 22 of 25 - In this urban townhouse, a Zodiaq® London Sky countertop wraps the wall behind it to become the backsplash, providing a polished backdrop for design details and vignettes. Its muted color complements dark wood cabinets and rich, metallic accents.
tIn this urban townhouse, a Zodiaq® London Sky countertop wraps the wall behind it to become the backsplash, providing a polished backdrop for design details and vignettes. Its muted color complements dark wood cabinets and rich, metallic accents.

25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 23 of 25 - The Ferry Building shop displays seasonal goods as well as items from some of Heath’s most popular collections. The top shelf here features serve bowls, platters, modern cups, bud vases, and a pitcher from this year’s Summer line in aqua/zest and ocean pacific. Heath worked with chef Alice Waters and designer Christina Kim to create the Chez Panisse line, named after the famed Berkeley restaurant, which is seen here on the second shelf: side bowls, mugs, and café bowls in Jicama, Cardoon, and Forrest. The backsplash is Heath dual glaze tile.

  The top shelf here features serve bowls, platters, modern cups, bud vases, and a pitcher from this year’s Summer line in aqua/zest and ocean pacific. he backsplash is Heath dual glaze tile.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 24 of 25 - Owners Kirsten and Lloyd chose a muted mosaic tile from Modwalls to cover the backsplash and back wall of the kitchen. New cork floors from House + Earth give a nice feel underfoot. Perforated chrome lights from Rejuvenation under the bar soffit enhance the mid-century vibe.
 Owners chose a muted mosaic tile from Modwalls to cover the backsplash and back wall of the kitchen. New cork floors from House + Earth give a nice feel underfoot. Perforated chrome lights from Rejuvenation under the bar soffit enhance the mid-century vibe.
25 Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen Renovation - Photo 25 of 25 -
25 Backsplash Ideas