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The kitchen is the heart of your home

Before you can begin to determine whether or not kitchen remodeling books are really worth the money, it is important to examine exactly what they are. Kitchen remodeling books, also commonly referred to as kitchen remodeling how-to guides, are books that are designed to help readers know as much as they can about remodeling their kitchens.  It is not uncommon for a kitchen remodeling book to be filled with directions, including step-by-step pictures, lists of materials needed, as well as safety tips.  Kitchen remodeling books also come in a number of different formats. It is not uncommon to find a kitchen remodeling book that focuses on a number of kitchen remodeling projects or a book that just focuses on one project.

Now that you know what kitchen remodeling books or kitchen remodeling how-to guides are, you can begin to examine whether or not they are really worth the money.  Perhaps, the easiest way to do this is to determine what you need to learn how to do.  For instance, if you would only like to remodel your kitchen by replacing your kitchen countertops, it may be worthless to purchase a big kitchen remodeling book, one that focuses on a number of different remodeling projects. Your money may be better spent purchasing a kitchen remodeling book that has a specific focus on kitchen countertop installations.  When installing your new counters, or just about anything else for that matter, you will often find that there is more than one way to do something.

 A detailed kitchen remodeling book, one that focuses on one project in particular, may help to give you more options.

The kitchen is the heart of your home, a place to entertain friends, a floral point of your family moments and memories, some maturing spots where you can settle in for a great meal and good conversation. It’s also the room that takes the most planning.

Kitchens that work are a masterful mix of form and function with those underlying strengths; well thought out traffic patterns, hardworking counters, island and peninsulas. Ample storage; low maintenance materials; conventionally cluttered work areas and increasingly work centers for more than one cook.  

The classic rule of kitchen efficiency is worth remembering: Locate sink, cooktop, and refrigerator in a triangle whose sides total less than 22 feet. But the shape of kitchens is changing; if there is often more than one cook in your kitchen, consider adding a workstation outside the triangle.

Or break out of the triangle altogether with a shared work island and wide aisles that make it easy for two cooks to collaborate. Include plenty of counter and storage space on either side of the sink and stove top. Make sure your access to the sink will not be blocked. when the dishwasher door is open. Well-designed lighting makes a world of difference. Natural light dramatically increases a kitchen's aesthetic appeal and sense of connection to the rest of the house.

Give yourself at least 10 feet of counter- Consider the virtues of a walk-in pantry, kitchen desk, handy "recycling center" and trash compactor - are they important to you? top space, excluding appliances. 


Space between

counters should be 36 to 48 inches - 60 inches if there are often two cooks in your kitchen.





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