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Houzzers on Houzz.com Say: Dream Kitchen Must-Haves


by Becky Harris

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The kitchen above one among many must have for kitchens. This kitchen features a Pot filler. This handy faucet means no more having to schlep a heavy pasta pot full of water from the sink to the stove-top.

Bianco Antico: Granite

Bianco Antico: Granite used in kitchen above

The Granite counter top featured in this display is called Bianco Antico and isoffered in our Jackson Stoneworks Stoneyard, located on 1111 SW 22nd Ave, Gainesville, FL.



Hidden knife storageThe Kitchen below features a Hidden knife storage. These boxes pop up from the counter. Similar systems exist for storing other items, like herbs and even iPod devices.

Big cabinet drawers. Houzzers want to make the most of every square inch of storage space. Big drawers, especially those with dish racks and other inserts, maximize bottom cabinets’ storage potential.

Kitchen and Bath

Kitchen Remodel Costs: The Mid- to-Upper-Range Kitchen Remodel

by Bud Dietrich, Houzz.com contributor 

Kitchen and BathSeems that whenever I meet a potential new client, the first question is, “How much will this project cost?” I then try to explain that this is like asking, “How long is a piece of string?”

You see, there are just too many things that will influence a project’s cost. From basic construction issues, such as repairing what may need repairs, to client selections for cabinets, appliances and everything else, to whether or not we plan on moving things around or adding space, there are so many variables that come into play.

What if the existing kitchen layout doesn’t work? Maybe you want more space because you really love to bake and want a place to roll and cut out all those holiday cookies. Or a kitchen island is something you’ve always wanted so that friends and family can sit nearby as you display your culinary skills.

A $40,000 to $75,000 kitchen remodel might include:

 1. A total rework of the space. Everything, including the kitchen sink, may need to be moved, which means new plumbing, electrical, air ducts and so on. 

2. Professional-style appliances. From the 48-inch built-in stainless steel refrigerator to the 48-inch cooktop with grille and griddle to the 30-inch double convection ovens, this kitchen is all about creating wonderful meals.

3. Custom island. And if you want an island, why not make it like some large piece of furniture with legs and beadboard? It’s a perfect place for the kids to sit and do homework while the evening meal is being prepared.


4. Custom cabinetry. Beaded, inset doors of clear alder with a custom stain and glaze in nonstandard sizes with all the accessories make for a beautiful and functional kitchen at a cost.

5. Designer hardware. Forget about using big-box knobs and handles. Take the time to find the pieces that are special. After all, you will be using these things constantly.

6. Wood flooring. Wood or porcelain tile or a stone floor will be more costly than a vinyl tile or sheet.


7. Stone counters and a glass tile backsplash. A quartz or natural stone material such as granite will certainly be more costly than a laminate top. For some, the look and feel of these materials is worth the extra cost. And while laminate may start to look used and nicked up in a few years, stone will be fresh and new looking for years, even decades, after first being installed.


8. Custom storage. With custom cabinets, you don’t have to settle for what’s stocked. So if you want a cabinet designed to handle small appliances with drop-down doors that become extra counter space, custom is the only way to go. 

Key Measurements to Make the Most of Your Bathroom

Bathrooms come in second to kitchens as places where considerable attention is given to layouts and finishes, and size doesn’t limit the quality of their design. Learning a few key dimensions and common fixture sizes — and understanding that a compact space can work to your advantage — will inspire you to embrace these intimate spaces as opportunities to create unique and delightful rooms.

smaller bathroomBecause less material is required for a smaller bathroom, you may be able to upgrade your finishes, since you are buying less. This smart and sexy bath if filled with sumptuous marble tiles, and the beauty of the veining defines the character of the room. The airy floating vanity and white fixtures have clean and precise lines.

Despite the modest dimensions of this space, the custom-designed medicine cabinet stretches over the toilet, providing generous storage. Note that the lighting built into the cabinet is a tall and narrow strip. Lighting fixtures placed on both sides of mirrors are ideal. You want even illumination from each side when grooming, and this arrangement is a good solution.

bathroom layout

The most common bathroom layout is the single plumbed wall. All fixtures are lined up and served from one compact source of drains, water supplies and venting. This saves on plumbing installation and provides efficient distribution of heated water, especially when the wall is near a water heater. These walls need to be constructed of 2-by-6 studs, rather than 2-by-4s, mainly to accommodate the larger vent stack for the toilet. Even if your home has a large master bath, it likely has at least one bathroom elsewhere in the house that’s arranged this way.

Tubs. Standard tubs with apron fronts are 60 inches (152 centimeters) long and 30 to 32 inches (76 to 81 centimeters) wide. The depth can be as little as 14 inches (35 centimeters) and as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters).

Toilets. You need at least 30 inches (76 centimeters) of clear width for toilets, but 32 to 36 inches (81 to 91 centimeters) is much better for most people.

Single sinks. For a single sink, you need at least 30 inches (76 centimeters) of width, but 36 to 48 inches (91 to 107 centimeters) is more comfortable.

Double sinks. You can squeeze two sinks into 60 inches (152 centimeters) of width, but 72 inches (183 centimeters) or more is preferred.

Note: Metric dimensions are close translations of U.S. standards and do not represent the standardized dimensions that may apply to your country.

shower curtain or doorNotice that a shower curtain or door has not been installed in this bathroom yet. Carefully consider which you choose. For example, a shower curtain might make taking a bath more comfortable, but a clear glass shower door might make the room feel larger.

A double vanity makes this bath comfortable for two. Also, the tub is deeper than average. While 5-foot tubs are easy to come by, deeper tubs can be harder to find. If you intend to use it primarily for taking showers, a shallower tub might be best. But if you intend to use the tub frequently, you might want a deeper one for better soaking.

toilet tankYour bath could be slightly wider than the typical 5 feet. If this is the case, you can install a longer tub or create a niche, as in this design. Another nice touch, also seen here, is to extend the countertop in a shallower depth over the toilet tank. Since counter heights vary from 32 to 36 inches (81 to 91 centimeters), carefully consider whether your fixtures will fit comfortably under an extended countertop. Not only does the tank need to be low enough, but you must be able to remove the lid without obstruction.

Drop-in tubs

Drop-in tubs like this one can work in a standard configuration with three enclosing walls. Since they don’t have an apron front, you can finish the face of the tub with tile, as has been done in this bath. Also, the architect has installed a ready-made medicine cabinet, but had small shelves and trim built around it to add a custom and sophisticated detail. The depth of medicine cabinets needs to be 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 centimeters) overall and 3½to 4½ inches (9 to 11 centimeters) on the interior shelves to suit most people. Widths and heights depend on the individual, but most prebuilt medicine cabinets are about 18 inches (46 centimeters) wide and 30 inches (76 centimeters) tall.

Japanese-style tubs

You can find shorter and deeper tubs like this, which allow soaking similar to Japanese-style tubs. This configuration employs the leftover space at the end of the tub for a shelf or shower seat.

Should you choose to have a glass enclosure, as in this bath, consider how high you would like to have the glass reach. Showers that have a steam function need to be completely enclosed, as seen here. Otherwise, the top of the glass should reach at least 76 inches (193 centimeters) above the floor. You may want to coordinate the height with the tiles or other wall finishes, or with the height of the windows and doors in the room.


 Barrier-free designs Some people never use bathtubs and can do well with having just a shower. This can be advantageous simply because a space designed solely for showering functions more comfortably than one that requires you to stand in a bathtub to shower. In the bathroom in the previous photo, notice that the shower is defined by a glass wall. The floor is flush into the shower area. The shower drain is along the back wall, with a clean and simple rectangular grate. Barrier-free designs employ this method, which is a consideration if you are planning to age in place.

More common is to have a curb to define the shower’s parameters, as in the bath here. This curb is normally 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) high and 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) wide. Though it’s not as sleek as the previous design, practical limitations may make this the better choice for you.

Pedestal, floating or braced sinks

Pedestal, floating or braced sinks like this one can help make a space feel larger. You will easily find fixtures in widths less than 36 inches (91 centimeters). Consider that if you allow 3 feet for the sink and 3 feet for the shower, and if you have a minimum width of 30 inches (76 centimeters) for the toilet, you will have a room that is 8½ feet (2.6 meters) long.


Towel bars

Towel bars can be mounted between 36 and 42 inches (91 to 107 centimeters) above the floor along their horizontal centerline. If you are taller or use extra-large bath sheets, consider raising them to 48 or 50 inches (122 to 127 centimeters). Most ceilings will be 8 feet high in smaller bathrooms. In the sketch shown, the top of the mirror and the top of the tile in the shower align with the top of the window.

opposite the sink and toilet

In other bath layouts, the tub may be opposite the sink and toilet, as shown here. Current U.S. codes require 24 inches (61 centimeters) of clear space in front of a toilet, so be sure to allow for this dimension — and more than the minimum if possible. It is not uncommon to come across configurations that don’t meet minimum standards in older structures. But if you are remodeling, be certain to note the toilet dimensions in your project so that you have adequate space.

There are standard-size toilets and elongated configurations. The elongated type will extend into the room by another 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters).


Top 10 Excuses Used to Overindulge – and How to Take Control

Excuses, excuses. We all make ‘em when it comes to eating healthy. But when you think about it, there’s really no reason to scarf down all that “bad for you” food. Here we shoot down some common excuses for putting away those extra calories.


  1. Because it’s a holiday (or the weekend … or date night).Life has lots of special occasions (and weekends!) Indulging a little on the holidays won’t hurt — but planning ahead will make for merry meals that are healthy too. For example, you can add some fa-la-la to your favorite holiday cookies by using oatmeal, dried fruits and nuts as prime ingredients.
  2. I’m down in the dumps! You blew a work deadline, had a flat tire or left your wallet at the grocery store. Bigger stresses, like unemployment or caring for a sick relative, can also cause you to overeat — even when you’re not hungry. Try taking a brisk walk and reaching for a healthy snack. When you have a minute to slow down, read our tips to control your stress.
  3. I already blew it with that meatball sub. Pass the potato chips please! Not so fast. Nobody’s perfect. Focus on what you can do next, not on what you did last. You can also try planning ahead to eat well on the run. Hint: Portable snacks like air-popped popcorn can save you from the deli dive.
  4. I hate vegetables. Such a harsh statement! You may not have a love affair with lima beans, but there are lots of ways to eat more fruits and vegetables. Try adding peas to your favorite pasta and sprinkling sliced veggies on homemade pizza. There are lots of ways to put produce on your plate.
  5. I don’t have anything to worry about — I’ve always been healthy. Congratulations! But if you’re like most Americans, you may think you’re in better shape than you are. With Life’s Simple 7®, My Life Check®Assessment you can learn the state of your heart and what you can do to improve it.
  6. Someone brought donuts to the office. It’s OK to pass on the pastries! Next time bring a fresh fruit tray and encourage your weekly catch-up chat with your boss to be a walking meeting. (Find out if you can wear sneakers to work!) You can even find ways to get exercise at work! Try these tips to get active at work, home or play.
  7. No time for salad. You can cut a cucumber and slice some strawberries in the time it takes to call your neighborhood pizza joint and search for that coupon. Salad is a great make-ahead meal, and the varieties are endless. Read on for some ideas on making a heart-healthy salad.  Avoid heavy dressings with one of our dressing recipes you can make yourself. You’ll save calories — and money — by making it yourself.
  8. My team lost! … My team won! Depending on what happens in the big game, you may want to celebrate — or drown your sorrows — with a plate of buffalo wings. Go for lean or extra-lean beef burgers (and keep the patties to the size of a deck of cards), turkey burgers or salmon burgers instead. Want more tips? You can score some good eats and still have a heart-healthy football season.
  9. It’s called an all-you-can-eat buffet for a reason. The price may be right — but the price to your heart health could be too much. It’s dangerously easy to load up on calories and unhealthy fats when you pile up your plate. You can eat healthy at a buffet if you fill up on greens and whole-grains, but if you’re too tempted to take it easy, skip the buffet and check out our healthy tips for dining out.
  10. I’ll start being healthy tomorrow. Resolve to do it now instead. Each day will bring more challenges and stresses. Start eating healthy today — so you’ll build the skills to get through all those tomorrows. Begin with the American Heart Associations Diet & Lifestyle Recommendations. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish — one bite at a time!
Encore Realtor Forum

Leaders from the Gainesville Chamber and Plum Creek Headline Event for Realtors

Jackson Stoneworks

A group of over one hundred members of the Real Estate community and other community leaders assembled at Jackson Stoneworks

Encore Realtor Forum last Thursday for a special event featuring presentations from the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Plum Creek, as well as personalized tours of their fully automated facility.

The event was aimed at informing GACAR members (Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors) and other Real Estate professionals of projects and initiatives underway in the Gainesville area and how they will impact the industry in 2015 and beyond.

Prior to the guest speakers taking the podium, the visitors received a guided Encore Realtor Forumtour of Jackson Stoneworks Stoneyard, Factory, and Showroom and a behind-the-scenes look at the high-tech ways in which granite countertops are made. Cosentino, the world’s largest stone supplier, sent their mobile showroom to the event and treated visitors to a tour of their show-bus as they arrived in the parking area.

The tour of Jackson Stoneworks facility included severaldemonstrations of the img4hi-tech process that is used in creating granite countertops. Demonstrations included the creation of a digital rendering of the countertop surface, the digital layout process in which the digital template is overlaid onto a digital photograph of the customers slab, the vacuum-lift overhead crane system that moves the 1200lb slabs across the factory floor, and the automated Fusion WaterJet machine that cuts the stone using a sawblade and a highly pressurized stream of water.

Susan Davenport, Vice President of Economic Development at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce was the opening speaker and shared some exciting news about projects and initiatives planned for 2015. Her presentation centered on the “5 Key Segments” (Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Logistics, and Agriculture) that the Chamber will leverage to grow the local economy, and how this will increase business for the Real Estate community in Alachua County.

After a short break for attendees to enjoy lunch catered by Backstreet Blues Catering, Plum Creek’s presenter, Rose Fagler provided a 20 minute update on the Encore Realtor ForumEnvision Alachua initiative including the themes, “What does the future of Alachua County have in store for us?” and “The Tail of Two Cities and Two Futures”. Fagler’s presentation highlighted the un-planned growth that Gainesville has experienced over the past 40 years, and the need to have a plan in place for the inevitable growth that will take place to the east in the next 50 years.

Fagler explained Plum Creek’s 50-year long term master plan for the 60,133 acres it owns on the eastern side of the County, and underscored the conservation of over 87% of Plum Creek’s holdings, with 13% being used to attract employers to locate job centers within Alachua County.

Kristin Hawkins of FBC Mortgage was the final speaker, and centered her discussion on another topic that hits close to home for Realtors; mortgage lending options. Hawkins explained mortgage options including the Home Affordable Refinance Program (or HARP) as well as FBC’s Home Style Renovation Mortgage program, which allows borrowers to purchase or refinance a home and make needed renovations after closing.

The event concluded with prize drawings for two gift certificates provided by event sponsor, Vellos Brickstreet Grill, and two granite lazy susans.

It should be noted that the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has publically endorsed the Envision Alachua planning process and the resulting Envision Alachua Sector Plan. For more information concerning Envision Alachua initiative, visit www.EnvisionAlachua.com


Kitchen Layouts: A Vote for the Good Old Galley

by Rebekah ZaveloffHouzz contributor

For some reason, the galley kitchen layout has lost popularity in recent years, in favor of the L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen with an island. But the galley kitchen can be one of the best uses of space, employing the best layout for cooking.

The trend away from the galley is partially due to changes in lifestyle of modern families. Kitchens are the heart of the home; in addition to food preparation, it’s where families hang out, do homework, pay bills, entertain and eat. People want a kitchen that houses everything from bulk goods, to a message center, to a mudroom if possible.

Technically, the term comes from the galley of a ship, train, or aircraft. It’s about maximizing the space available, and doesn’t include kitchen seating. Here are some purist (and not so purist) examples of why this layout works so well:

Gallery Kitchen


Here’s a classic galley kitchen, including the use of hanging pots and pans and commercial feel feel with the range hood. The super-efficient pattern of working left to right and right to left between sink and range is what I think of when I think “galley kitchen.”





Kitchen Triangle

This is a perfect example of a residential galley kitchen. The sink is on the opposite wall but still maintains the tight work triangle. It’s likely that there’s a kitchen table near where the photographer was standing. Adding a kitchen table would be another way that the galley kitchen can be modified to meet the needs of a modern family.


This galley-style kitchen has the cooktop and prep sink in a large island, which is great for two cooks. I love the wall of windows.

Typically people

Typically people think of a galley kitchen as two parallel lines of base and wall cabinets, but I see the kitchen with an island and parallel wall as a modern interpretation of the classic galley kitchen. This kitchen has the main sink in the island and the range and refrigerator on the main wall, making for a really tight work triangle.


farm sinkIf you don’t have a lot of room, putting your main sink in the island can be a great option. Even better if it’s a farm sink, which gives you an extra 3 inches in back of the faucet due to the sink being pulled forward (rather than having the 3-inch strip of stone required for the front of standard undermount sink).

freestanding island

Here’s a more unfitted European approach, with a freestanding island with prep sink, and the main sink and range all on one wall. This example might be taking creative liberty with my theme because the refrigerator is on the opposite wall. But it still feels and functions like a galley.

base cabinets


Here’s another loose interpretation of the galley kitchen, since there appears to be base cabinets on the right foreground. But the sink, range and refrigerator are all on one wall, so it made the cut.








butler's pantry

The butler’s pantry has the efficiency of the galley layout, and has been appropriated to the high-function sector of larger stagelike kitchens. The parallel walls offer maximum storage and access and no wasted space.


Finding Time for Your Whole Family to be Heart Healthy

Making time for a heart-healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. But the good news is that making a few small simple lifestyle changes can lead to heart-healthy habits that require little thought or effort.

You know your family better than anyone, so use that knowledge and get creative in how you can work heart-healthy habits into your family’s life and daily schedule.


Whether you’re a single parent or married, a stay-at-home parent or working, here are ways to make more time for the whole family to be more heart healthy:

  1. Identify free times for activity. Keep track of each family member’s daily activities for one week. You’ll get a snapshot of when you might be able to get the family together for physical activity. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on.

    Pick two 30-minute and two 60-minute time slots for family activity time. Weekdays are usually better for 30-minute activities and weekends are better for 60-minute activities. Try to spread out the time slots. Here are some ideas to get your kids moving that parents can join in.

  2. Make time to plan a weekly menu, go shopping and prep your meals. Keep track of how many times you grab food on the go for one week. Once you find blocks of time when you can do a little planning, it’ll be easy to learn healthy preparation methods, fix healthy snacks and eat fewer fast and processed foods.
  3. Simplify your family’s schedule. In today’s society we’re expected to do it all. But this type of non-stop lifestyle isn’t sustainable or healthy. Try prioritizing your activities and see what you can do without so you’ll have more time for the things that matter. You can also work on stress management methods.
  4. Take baby steps, not giant leaps. If you’re the head of your household, making sure that all the heads and hearts in your home are healthy is a lot to handle. The key is to take baby steps. Getting heart-healthy is a journey; you don’t have to do everything at once. Learn how to get heart-healthy one simple step at a time.
  5. Ask everyone in the family to do their part. Depending on their ages, kids can help prepare healthy meals and help around the house. Treat your family like a team and encourage everyone to work together.
  6. Live by example. We all need to do our best to walk the walk. If we want our kids to eat healthy and exercise, we’ve got to model that behavior. You’re not perfect, but if you’re determined and persistent, there’s not much that can stop you.

Geometry – Backsplash


Geometry (from the Ancient Greek: geo- ”earth”, -metron ”measurement”) arose  as the field of  knowledge dealing with spatial relationships. Classic geometry was    focused in compass and straightedge constructions. Geometry was revolutionized by Euclid, who introduced mathematical rigor and the axiomatic method still in use today. His book,  The Elements is widely considered the most influential textbook of all time.  In modern times, geometric concepts have been generalized to a high level of abstraction and complexity.




Room of the Day: Geometry Rules in a Modern Master Bathroom

Becky Harris
Houzz Contributor
Architect Holly Hulburd has been helping this family renovate their home, in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, since 2000, and it seems they saved the best for last. The parents of three first focused on their shared family spaces, including the kitchen, family room, dining room and living room, then renovated bedrooms and bathrooms for their children during another design phase, then finally requested a project just for themselves. After living with a yucky master bathroom for 14 years, they were ready for something really special. They wanted his-and-her vanities; she wanted a soaking tub; and he wanted her to have a place where she could sit and relax while getting ready. Hulburd carefully considered every color, finish and subtle detail, such as where grout lines met windows and backsplashes met mirrored medicine cabinets. A lot of complicated work went into making everything look so pleasingly simple.
bath0Room at a Glance
What happens here: Long soaks, beautifying, showering with a view
Location: Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco
Architect: Holly Hulburd,
Size: Before: 95 square feet (9 square meters); after: 160 square feet (15 square meters)
What to look for: This room is a lesson in how lining things up can make a look visually pleasing.

BEFORE: The corner shower’s relationship to the bathtub was not at all artful. By extending the room to take over an unused terrace, the family gained about 65 square feet. This left enough space in which to build a separate room for the toilet, a roomy shower, his-and-her vanities and a stunning custom Corian bathtub.semiopen shower stall

AFTER: A semiopen shower stall with dual showerheads has a much more open feeling. The floor slants ever so slightly toward a wall for drainage. Because no obvious drain was required, this left the floor tile clean looking and uninterrupted. One of the first ideas Hulburd had for the room was extending the bathtub surround to create a shower bench. It gives the room a wonderful sense of continuity and interesting modern lines.

Two of the subtle design details that took a lot of time and thought were the shape and color of the tiles. The floor is grounded in a ½-inch square tumbled white Carrara marble mosaic. Hulburd looked far and wide for one that wasn’t too gray — she finally found this tile in France. The rest of the tiles are longer rectangles in varying sizes. “We changed the size of the rectangles so that it would not look too busy,” she describes.

Other details worth noting are the way the shower niches relate to the scale of the tiles, and the way she used the same marble on the countertops, backsplashes and pony wall wrap.

Shower wall tile: 1- by 4-inch Savoy Mosaic in Rice Paper, Ann Sacks; pony wall tile: 3- by 6-inch Savoy Mosaic in Rice Paper, Ann Sacks; floor tile: ½-inch square mosaic in tumbled white Carrara

window wall tile is glass
The window wall tile is glass and has an ethereal glow. “It has a very Japanese look,” the designer says. Shemeticulously planned the tile placement and window surrounds so they line up with the grout lines in a pleasing way. The tile also meets the main part of the floor and the ceiling perfectly. In other words, no cuts were made around the bottom or top of the tile wall’s composition. The designer did not happen upon a tile size that fit the room height perfectly — she floated the ceiling a little to make it meet the top of the top row of tiles.

Designing the custom Corian tub required a lot of math and several mock-ups. The homeowners would visit Hulburd’s office to take a mock soak in the mock-up, and then the architect would tweak the cant of the back and the size of the deck’s edges. The tub not only had to please the homeowners with its comfort, but it also had to fit up the stairs. An intrepid craftsperson made the one-of-a-kind piece.

Bernard Maybeck
Hulburd didn’t want to block the spectacular views or natural light (you can spy Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts in this photo), but wanted to create a sense of privacy and ventilation, so she created operable lower window portions with frosted glass and upper portions of clear glass.
Scandinavian aesthetic
One of the homeowners is Scandinavian, and the couple loves a clean, simple Scandinavian aesthetic. Hulburd used plays on geometry and bands throughout the home (see them in the kitchen design), seen here via the detailing on the cabinetry. The reveals in the vanity are one of the thoughtful subtle details. “Usually the reveals would be veneer, but we used solid ash; you can really tell the difference,” she says.

This photo also illustrates the exacting precision employed for every little detail. Note the way the ¾-inch reveal under the ¾-inch counter on the left lines up perfectly with the top drawer. Another detail that’s hard to see is how the backsplash relates to the mirrors. Because the mirrors needed to protrude ⅞ inch off the wall due to the medicine cabinet doors, she recessed the backsplashes to be flush with the drywall.

unique surprise
Hulburd also repeated a step-down theme, seen here where the vanity counter steps down to meet the bottom of the window line. One steps down into the shower stall as well.

One unique surprise is the burst of color on the vanity’s drawers. “I design very graphically,” the designer says. She and the lady of the house sat with a fan deck to determine the colors they loved, then pulled them in big sizes to play with which ones worked best together. Both homeowners have a great eye for art, and this colorful piece is a perfect fit for the very neutral room.

straight lines
One of the most fun pieces in the room provides a break from the bands, grids and other straight lines. It is a round custom pouf designed by Hulburd and covered in a circular patterned fabric. Appropriately, the fabric is called Bubbly, and it can stand up to moisture. Isn’t it sweet that a spot for his wife to perch on a pouf was a husband’s number-one request in their shared bathroom?

Countertop: ¾-inch Beau Perle marble; wall paint: custom, Benjamin Moore; pouf fabric:Bubbly in Ecume, 
Luna Textiles
Design 101

What size island is the right size for you?

Design 101

Kitchen fads come and go (remember trashmashers?) but homeowners will always want an island   in their kitchen. The kitchen island is the perfect place to balance congregation and separation,   ensuring that hosts can cook and clean while they socialize with their guests. And they can be a great place for kids to do homework under the parents’ watchful eyes.

“Why would you want to prep food with a wall or a cabinet door a few inches from your nose, or eyes for that matter?” says Johnny Grey, renowned British kitchen designer. “An island that faces into the center of the room is the place for prepping and cooking. Sociability is not possible without eye contact.”

There is no hard and fast rule for size, but architect Duo Dickinson recommends that an island be at least 4 feet long and a little more than 2 feet deep, with ample room to move around it. “Unless your kitchen is at least 8 feet wide and more than 12 feet long, don’t even think about an island,” he says. That means there should be at least 36 inches between and island’s     the perimeter and the cabinetry or appliances that surround it. The National Kitchen and Bath     Association recommends 42 inches, or 48 inches if two cooks are using the room—not an uncommon situation in many families.



Kitchen Details: The Right Edge for Your Countertop

Rebekah Zaveloff
Houzz contributor & founder/ principal designer at KitchenLab
It’s the details that make a kitchen unique. Every small choice intersects to create the finished product — and as many who have endured a remodel know, the small choices can be agonizing. Selecting an edge profile for your countertops is one of these choices. Here’s a quick study in a few of the options and what they look like as part of a greater whole.
Square and standard thicknessSquare and standard thickness. Less is often more. In a clean-lined and simple kitchen, a basic 3cm-square profile works best. Each kitchen has something that stands out and says “look at me.” Sometimes it’s the tile, sometimes it’s the lighting, and sometimes it’s the countertop material.I make it a rule to avoid having everything shout for attention; that away there’s some breathing room. In this kitchen the countertops are more quiet while the tile takes a bit more of center stage.
Square and mitered
Square and mitered. Most of the time when you see an extra-thick countertop, it’s a mitered edge. Meaning that the thickness is standard either 2cm or 3cm with a mitered frame around the sides, making the slab look thicker. This is a great way to make your kitchen countertops the focal point, and it can work well in either a modern or traditional kitchen.
Eased and mitered edge
Eased and mitered edge. This mitered stone top has a slightly eased edge and rounded corners. As you can see, the smallest change in detail makes the stone look very different.
Square with a waterfall edge
Square with a waterfall edge. Another way to make your stone countertops a focal point is to run them vertically down the edge of the island.
Bullnose. This rounded edge detail is a timeless classic, great for traditional kitchens.
Marine edge. This is profile is more often seen on stainless steel countertops. It’s a built-up thickness, but rather than mitered, the outside edge is raised. I’m assuming the term “marine edge” refers to how this detail keeps liquids from running off the countertop.
Unique variations
Unique variations. This edge profile almost looks like a square Dupont. Take a look at the profile drawings at the end of this ideabook.
Dupont Square
This intricate profile looks like a Dupont Square with a rounded-top edge.
 custom edge profile
This custom edge profile looks a bit like a mini French Cove mixed with an Offset Dupont. I love the contrast of the modern sink and the more traditional cabinetry and edge profile on the stone.
Here are a few line drawings of countertop edge profiles for reference. As you can see the options are almost limitless.
edge profile
Feel free to get creative by starting with one of the basic profiles and asking your stone fabricator to modify it.