Renovation Resources


kitchenCritical Renovation Articles
Articles on Planning, Design, and Process
Articles on Fixtures and Materials

Online Renovation Resources
Manufacturers and Vendors
Sinks and Plumbing Fixtures
Directories of Designers, Contractors, and other Service Providers
Selected Editorial and Multi-Faceted Kitchen Renovation Websites
Green Resources
Photo Galleries
Industry Links and Trade Associations

Print Resources
Magazines: list coming soon

Below, the blue links are live. Gray links are for planned articles — gray links currently go to placeholder pages. In the Print Resources section at the bottom of the page, the blue book titles are live links.



kitchenCritical Renovation Articles

Planning, Design, and Process

Scoping Out the Project - from cosmetic makeover to gut-renovation, organize your
          thoughts, assess your needs, determine what will be included in the project, establish
          a budget, and create a start-to-finish game plan

Space, Work Stations, Layouts, and Floor Plans - zones and work centers; islands and
          peninsulas; traffic flow—designing and blueprinting your room your room

Organization and Storage - pantries, cabinets, drawers, pot racks — putting tools and
          materials in their proper place

Stylistic Options - from French country to Arts and Crafts to the myriad fusion styles that
          have become popular recently — choose your design point of view

Designing for Safety - child-proofing, preventing accidents, safeguarding against
          food-borne illness: making your kitchen safe

The Green Kitchen - renewables. recyclables, energy efficiency, waste management —
          create a kitchen in harmony with the planet

Available Resources - online resources; when it's better to go brick & mortar

Hiring a Kitchen Designer - directories and referrals, credentials, interviews, rapport —
          finding the right designer for your space

Hiring a Contractor and Managing the Process – choosing a service provider;
          understanding contracts, licenses and permits; using benchmarks and the calendar

Do-It-Yourself Options – taking stock of your interests, experience, abilities, schedule,
          and budget to determine which tasks to take on yourself

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Fixtures and Materials

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Kitchen Flooring - covering the full range of issues and material options regarding the
          selection of kitchen flooring

Cabinets and Hardware
Countertops and Backsplashes
Kitchen Lighting
Sinks and Plumbing
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Kitchen Electronics and Computers
Major Appliances
Smaller Appliances
Kitchen Furniture

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Online Renovation Resources   (This section represents a starting point for the comprehensive list of links we plan to have here.)

Manufacturers and Vendors

Aga – British manufacturer of major appliances
AJ Madison – large online vendor: “Your Appliance Authority"
Miele – appliances
Sears – info and resources for home brewing, breweries, and festivals

Kraftmaid – cabinetry
Neil Kelly Cabinets – built-to-order cabinets of sustainable materials
Woodshanti - custom cabinetry

Dex Studios – custom concrete countertops and sinks
DuPont – Corian countertops
Vermont Soapstone – sinks, countertops, tile, and more

Duro Design – cork flooring and other renewable flooring materials
iFloor – “Your One-Stop Online Flooring Store”
Italyhome – suppliers of terra cotta and stone flooring
Teragren – manufacturers of bamboo flooring and panels

Kitchen Lighting Ideas – design ideas for contemporary home kitchen lighting
Lamps Plus – large online vendor of lighting fixtures
Lightology – large online vendor of lighting fixtures
Seagull Lighting – manufacturers of lighting fixtures

Sinks and Plumbing Fixtures
Adagio Inc. – hand-crafted sinks
Eleek – Portland, OR-based designer and manufacturer of lighting fixtures, sinks, and hardware
Moen – sinks, faucets and accessories
Sinks USA – “High Quality sinks at Wholesale Prices"
Delta Faucet – sinks, faucets and accessories

Directories of Designers, Contractors, and other Service Providers

Home Renovation Guide – US and Canadian contractor listings by city and specialty – articles and links to manufacturers and other resources
Renovation Experts – contractor locator
T-Jak – alphabetized links to distributors and service providers

Selected Editorial and Multi-Faceted Kitchen Renovation Websites

HGTV – kitchen page
The Kitchen Designer – kitchen design blog - “redefining the kitchen”
Kitchen Remodel Ideas – design and remodeling guide – “Information and inspiration for your ideal kitchen”

Green Resources

EcoHaus – distributor of green building supplies and household products
Green Home Guide – “Connecting you to ideas, advice, and green home professionals”
Green Kitchen Design Guide – articles and resources
GreenTopSites – ranked list of top green renovation sites

Photo Galleries

Better Hones & Gardens Decorating Inspiration – nearly 2800 photos – more than 2100 photos
Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly – 400 photos and 16 videos – extensive photo library, categorized bt design style

Industry Links and Trade Associations

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Kitchen & Bath Design News – “The leading business, design and product resource for
                       kitchen and bath trade”

National Association of the Remodeling Industry
National Kitchen & Bath Association

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Print Resources

Books: Our Top Ten In-Print Renovation Titles
(Links to respective pages on

Kitchen Design for the 21st Century
John Dreiman & Nancy Elizabeth Hill
Sterling, NY
ISBN-10: 1402732244

Kitchens - A Sunset Design Guide: Inspiration and Expert Advice
Karen Templer
Sunset, CA
ISBN-10: 0376013443

The Smart Approach to Kitchen Design
Susan Maney Lovett
Creative Homeowner, NJ
ISBN-10: 1580113176

Great Kitchens
Jack & Oleta Neith
Schiffer, UK
ISBN-10: 076433008X

Real Life Kitchens
Lyn Peterson
Clarkson Potter, NY
ISBN-10: 0307351629

All New Kitchen Idea Book
Joanne Keller Booknight
Taunton Press, CT
ISBN-10: 160085060X

Kitchen Culture - Reinventing Kitchen Design
Johnny Grey
ISBN-10: 190322196X

Kitchen Ideas That Work
Beth Veillette
Taunton, CT
ISBN-10: 0470503491

Beautiful Kitchens: Better Homes & Gardens
Better Homes & Gardens
Wiley, NY
ISBN-10: 0470503491

Contemporary Kitchen Style: The Essential Handbook for an Innovative Design
Mervyn Kaufman/Woman’s Day Editors
Filipach, NY
ISBN-10: 1402732244


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Updated: February 25, 2010