Cool Kitchen Island: Wrapped in Wood and Movable Too

Durable new materials and custom cabinets make for a functional and lasting design


Walnut Cabinets and Geometric Tile Play Up Midcentury Style

In a Seattle condo’s kitchen and living area, a new layout, custom cabinets and hex tile complement vintage furnishings

Typical Garage Turns Into Vibrant Home Theater

Cozy, durable furniture and colorful lights give a Florida family a multiuse space that they use every day

It took some persuading, but Giselle Loor talked her husband, Brett Sugerman, into converting their garage into a home theater. The couple had explored adding on to their house, but it would have been double the expense of a garage conversion and would have created problems with the home’s roofline. A garage conversion made the most sense, so the cars would have to go outdoors.

Clever Storage Box Divide a Bathroom and Laundry Area

bath storageNatural light and smart space-planning turn 165 square feet into a multifunctional, spa-like retreat

When a young couple moved from Australia to the Little Italy district of Toronto, they found a charming home nearly 100 years old and chock-full of charm.

There was just one problem, but it was a big one. The only full bathroom in the home was also the laundry room and, to put it mildly, it was a design disaster. Turning to Houzz for advice, they quickly found Gloria Apostolou of post Architecture, who had a stellar vision for how to divide and conquer in the small space.

“Originally, they thought they wanted two rooms, and I showed them an option for that,” Apostolu says. “But with only 165 square feet to work with, I thought that dividing the one room into two spaces — without any walls, just millwork — might be a better solution. Luckily, they agreed.”

12 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

12 kitchenTry any or all of these clever design moves to get more storage and create a roomier feeling

A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks. Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are many other ways to create extra room in your kitchen, or create the illusion of a bigger space than you have, all without sacrificing a sense of personality. Here are 12 of my favorite ways to balance storage, style and long sightlines to get a functional layout with a spacious vibe.

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The Case for 2 Kitchen Sinks

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 7.37.57 AMHere’s why you may want to have a prep and a cleanup sink — and the surprising reality about which is more important

While the majority of American kitchens have only one sink, the trend toward two is growing quickly in new construction and major remodels. Why would you possibly need two kitchen sinks — that is, if you are in the fortunate position to be able to afford this luxury? In a nutshell, for better kitchen workflow.

There’s a lot to think about when planning a kitchen layout. This story will first make the case for having two sinks, and then address considerations for the all-important prep sink — the place where you’ll likely spend most of your kitchen time.

Homes Are Gettin Smarter as Technology Accelerates [INFOGRAPHIC]

Technology continues to advance at an extremely rapid rate. The tech we interact with on a daily basis is constantly getting better, faster, and cheaper thanks to Moore’s Law.

Moore’s Law, originally coined by Gordon Moore (founder of Intel), states that the speed and power of microchips will double every 24 months. This has been true for over 50 years and continues to be the case.

Because the technology around us is getting smaller and more powerful, the uses of new and improved technologies are continuing to develop and expand as well. Enter smart home.

A smart home is created when items around the house become connected in one way or another. For example, connected thermostats, light bulbs, and security systems are just a few of the many smart home applications.


10 Ways to Bring Color Into Your Laundry Room

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 12.12.33 PMMake it more fun to fold and sort by brightening up the laundry area

We see a lot of showhouse-worthy laundry rooms on Houzz, but reality for most of us is starkly different. Our laundry areas are often tiny, unfinished spaces — no flair, no style, just purely utilitarian. But we can make the tiniest of laundry closets boost our mood while we’re tackling this chore. The answer is to create a more finished look with color.