3 Kitchen Makeovers Where Walls Came Down

Whether it’s a new layout, improved seating or clever storage, there are lots of way to make your kitchen work better. But sometimes you have to tear something down to help your kitchen reach its full potential. Check out the before-and-after photos of these three kitchen remodels where walls came down — and let us know if you see a sledgehammer in your own kitchen’s future.

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Kitchen of the Week: Light and Airy With a Bright Backsplash

A designer helps a couple update the kitchen with an efficient layout and custom details like a walnut-topped peninsula

Bryan and Heather Kurey looked at their dysfunctional kitchen and considered moving into a new home. The aging oak cabinets, oversize breakfast area and lack of countertops didn’t create a welcoming space for a couple who love to cook. But they soon realized that most of the homes they considered buying also had kitchens that needed updating. The couple looked at photos on Houzz and other sources and became inspired to remodel what they had.

They hired designer Lisa Quina, who had helped them renovate other areas of the late-1930s home in Arlington, Virginia. Quina relocated appliances, added windows, enlarged an opening to the family room, improved storage and used local artisans for custom details that add character. Now the family enjoys a brighter kitchen that combines classic, industrial and modern design elements to better reflect its style and love of cooking.

Bathroom of the Week: Bright and Airy Design

A designer at a design-build firm helps a homeowner pull together her ideas and create a well-functioning space

The homeowner who uses this bathroom enjoys the design and remodeling process, and she was ready to embark on a full bathroom remodel when she visited The Kitchen Studio’s showroom in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “She has a great appreciation for design and high-functioning spaces,” designer Dana Bender says. “In our collaboration, we helped her refine and implement her ideas.” The homeowner’s preferred style is modern with warm organic touches. Bender helped the busy mom put the design together, and the construction arm of the business, Pine Street Carpenters, completed the work.

9 Kitchen Color Ideas With Staying Power

Stick to these classic color combinations for a kitchen that will never go out of style

If you’re looking for a timeless color scheme that will keep your kitchen out of the trends and in style for the long term, then look no further than one of these nine classic color combinations.

Powder Room Patterns: 10 Stylish Shiplap Looks

See how paneling in different colors and layouts makes these powder rooms come to life

Shiplap is a popular material that provides a classic, timeless look. While white painted boards installed horizontally are most commonly seen, most of these stylish powder rooms show that shiplap can be featured in other ways too. Check out these 10 powder rooms that rock shiplap and let us know which one hits the right note for you.

10 Times to Hire an Architect

These pros help solve design problems, manage projects, build smarter homes and much more

Wondering if it’s time to hire an architect? Architects are highly trained, licensed professionals who design buildings and often oversee their construction. If you are thinking of remodeling, adding on or building from scratch, an architect might be the partner you need to see your project through. Here are 10 times it makes sense to invite an architect to bring their vision and creative problem solving to bear on your project

Most Popular Features for a New Kitchen? A Pro Tells All

A kitchen designer describes the seven elements her clients most frequently request

Embarking on a kitchen remodel is both an exciting and daunting endeavor for most people. My goal as a kitchen designer is to guide my clients through the multitude of decisions that need to be made. To begin, I always ask what they envision in their dream kitchen. Not surprisingly, there is a universal chorus on their requirement list, unlike their wish list, which is diverse and based on their specific desires. Read on to find my most requested kitchen must-haves.

9 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your New Kitchen

To get your dream kitchen, start with a strong mission and wish list, and consider where you’re willing to compromise

A kitchen renovation can seem daunting at the outset because there so many elements to get right. It’s not just about creating a stunning design, but about planning for its practicality as well. Don’t worry — the journey needn’t be a hard one. These pointers can set you on your way.