May 22, 2019

Microwave Drawers Offer Improved Ergonomics, But at a Price.

Why invest a thousand dollars or more on an in-drawer microwave when you can purchase a perfectly serviceable countertop or above-range microwave for a few hundred dollars? That's what we're here to find out!
February 17, 2019

Designing a Kitchen for an Older Home

Like many small hamlets in the Susquehanna Valley, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania boasts an idyllic town center with dozens of charming, older homes. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, our borough features historically significant architecture dating back to both the American Revolution and the Civil War. While not all eighty or hundred-year-old homes In Mechanicsburg are worthy of a historic designation, Mechanicsburg’s older homes still bring happiness to their owners and deserve the love and […]
October 2, 2018

Glass-Front Cabinets Set This Kitchen’s Style

from Houzz by Erin Carlyle on September 26, 2018 Kitchen at a Glance Size: 183 square feet (17 square meters) Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Designer: elizaBeth Marcocci, CKD of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry Photos: Bob Skalkowski Prior to its renovation, this kitchen in an 1879 Pennsylvania home lacked counter space and had no range hood, and the finish on the cabinets was peeling off. There was a large window-like opening in a wall that ate up […]
November 20, 2017

Kitchen Corner Cabinet Storage Solutions

Virtually every kitchen has one, and yet most homeowners wish they didn’t. What am I referring to? The dreaded corner cabinet! Corner cabinets, especially base cabinets, are often called the Bermuda Triangle of the kitchen. It’s where mono-tasking appliances, football-shaped cake pans and anything else not used frequently finds its final resting spot. Technically, it’s understandable why corner cabinetry has gotten such a bad reputation. First, a person’s comfortable reach is a bit under two […]
October 16, 2017

Re-imagining the Kitchen Pantry Cabinet

If you’re like most homeowners, there’s never enough storage space for food items and other consumables in your kitchen. At a time when Costco and Sam’s Club have redefined the notion of “buying in bulk”, finding a place to store and easily access cans, cartons, bottles and boxes can be a challenge. “Kitchen pantry” tends to be the catch-all phrase that suggests where these goods are stored in a kitchen. As we’ll discuss, this isn’t […]
October 10, 2017

Creating an Open Concept Kitchen

If you live in a home that was built twenty or more years ago, chances are that at the top of your must-have list is a desire to open up the kitchen to an existing living or dining space. The days when kitchens were seen primarily as a utilitarian space are long gone. Today many view the kitchen as the center of the home for both daily living and entertaining. If you’re looking to improve […]
August 25, 2017
freestanding bathtub

What you need to know before buying a freestanding tub

David Keeps of the Wall Street Journal authored an excellent article describing the things that you should know when considering a freestanding bathtub.  While thoughts of a rusting cast iron claw foot tub might be the first image to pop into your mind, today you can find freestanding tubs made from the most exotic materials in designs that will complement any aesthetic. During my interview with David, I pointed out that over 60% of NKBA designers surveyed last […]
August 20, 2017

Super-Sized Tile Is In For All Kitchen Surfaces

Susan Bady, writer for the Professional Remodeler magazine and website, was kind enough to quote me in her article, Miles of Tiles.  Susan speaks to the trend of large format tile being used in typical areas, such as on the floor, but also on backsplashes as well as under cabinetry. One of the more typical installations for glazed tile is on a kitchen floor.  However, the newest sizes and styles of tile can make your […]
August 18, 2017

Water Conservation One Flush at a Time

As a kitchen and bathroom designer, I help design and specify products for the two rooms that use almost all of a household’s water. Did you know that the toilet, shower and lavatory faucet, consume on average 41 gallons per-person, per-day, or about 60% of a home’s daily indoor use? And think about this. The water closet, toilet, privy, john – whatever you call it – uses 30% of a home’s daily indoor water use. […]
August 12, 2017

What Kitchen Remodeling Will Really Cost You.

Virtually everyone who has ever contemplated remodeling or renovating their kitchen has the same question, “How much will this kitchen remodel cost?” Whether you live in New York City where a typical 950 square foot apartment condo can cost $1 million dollars, or Hershey, Pennsylvania where $1 million will be you a 5,000 square foot home on several acres, the question remains. “John, what’s this kitchen going to cost me!” Money Magazine asked me that […]