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A guide to design and construction, from refurbishing to renovation
By Nancy R. Hiller
For two decades, Hiller has made a living by turning limitations into creative, lively and livable kitchens for her clients. Her new book, Kitchen Think, is an invitation to learn from both her completed kitchen designs (plus kitchens from a few others) and from the way she works in her Bloomington, Ind., workshop.
Unlike most kitchen design books, Kitchen Think is a woodworkers guide to designing and furnishing the kitchen, from a down-to-the-studs renovation to refacing existing cabinets. And she shows you how it can be done without spending a fortune or adding significantly to your local landfill.
The first requirement is simply to think," Hiller writes, "where you are in life; what resources you have access to in terms of money, interesting materials, or time; the architectural style of your home and so forth.
Yes, there are hundreds of pretty full-colour photos of well-designed kitchens, which are organised into 24 case studies throughout the book. They range from the sculptural (kitchens by Johnny Grey and Wharton Esherick) to kitchens of a more recognisable form.
But theres also a heavy dose of practical instruction: how to build cabinets efficiently, how to make a basic kitchen island, how to build a wall-hung plate rack. Plus butt-saving advice that comes only from experience like how to maximise space in inside corners, how to scribe cabinets and countertops into odd spaces and how to make sure youve left ample space for hardware.
All of this is built on a foundation of research into kitchens from the past. Hillers historical perspective on design might just change your mind about what makes a good kitchen. It doesnt have to be walls of built-in cabinets. So whats the alternative?
You just have to think.
The book is intended for:
Woodworkers, whether professional or not, who would like to expand their minds on the question of kitchen design, the culture of remodelling, materials and techniques used in kitchens
Homeowners with some woodworking and home-renovation skills who would like to remodel their own kitchen, including building their own cabinets
Homeowners who want a deeper understanding of what goes into a thoughtful kitchen remodel done by professionals
Homeowners and others (who may not own a home) looking for design inspiration and unconventional, non-consumerist ways of thinking about kitchen design and remodelling.
Kitchen Think is 8-1/2 x 11, 368 pages and printed in full colour on coated, 80# matte paper. It has a printed hardbound cover, coated in a durable matte laminate. The binding is sewn, and covered with a fibre-reinforced tape spine to last for generations. Like all Lost Art Press books, Kitchen Think is produced and printed entirely in the United States.