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Kitchen Planning: Guidelines, Codes, Standards Hardcover – February 18, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118367629 ISBN-10: 1118367626 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (February 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118367626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118367629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The NATIONAL KITCHEN & BATH ASSOCIATION is the only nonprofit trade association dedicated exclusively to the kitchen and bath industry and is the leading source of information and education for professionals in the field. With more than 50,000 members, it has provided valuable resources for industry professionals, students, and consumers for more than fifty years.


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This is a serious book for a home designer or builder.
P. Cannon
For contractors, this is a great way to giving your client a lot of options and really cater the kitchen to work for them.
Katherine Chan
Outstanding diagrams, illustrations, and simple but thorough writing all make for thoroughly enjoyable read.
C.J. Hustwick

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E VINE VOICE on March 31, 2013
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Intended for student and professional designers, this text is both comprehensive and deeply informative. If you are worried about the hefty price tag, let me help to assuage your concerns:

Pros:
-It is oversized and hardcovered, it has a super tight binding (translation: will last for years and years), and has glossy and (mostly) full-color pages. When you see it, you will understand why this text costs a small fortune. (And, it looks amazingly professional on your office bookshelf.)
-It addresses sustainably issues. (A most timely and very welcome addition.) (I love the under-the-counter in-cabinet recycling station! See pages 99 and 100.)
-It addresses issues and solutions to accommodate clients who are differently abled.
-It includes many, many invaluable forms that you can scan or photocopy (like "Getting to Know Your Client" on page 126 and "Getting to Know Your Client's Home" on 135). (These are thorough are include questions that a new designer might not consider ... such as religious needs in the kitchen, dietary restrictions, and mobility issues.)
-It includes sections conclude with convenient summaries and review questions.
-It offers innovative ideas (such as "raised dishwashers that reduce bending" 324).
-It has a helpful glossary for quick reference.

Cons:
-None. (These writers, editors, and publishers have done their jobs amazingly well!)

If you are hesitant ... if you are worried that the contents cannot justify the price, just know that this is an indispensable resource. You will not regret your investment for a single second!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Lofgren VINE VOICE on March 23, 2013
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This is not the book to pick up if you are looking for pretty pictures or kitchen decorating ideas. This is a book that is packed end to end with measurements, codes and standards that will help any designer create a kitchen that will be functional and pleasing to the eye.

The NKBA is the best resource for kitchen and bath design, hands down. This is their guide to the guidelines, codes and standards for planning a kitchen design. But that isn't to say that only trained designers will find it useful. If you are remodeling your kitchen or even building your own dream home, this guide is indispensable for walking you through the process and filling even the most experienced designer in on the little things that make all the difference.

The first chapter covers the history of the kitchen and modern trends, and it is spot on. Trends include a sampling of surveys taken of what homeowners look for today in their kitchens and covers environmental planning, activity and usage trends. Chapter Two addresses infrastructure (doors, windows, plumbing, noise) and Three tackles the all-so-important sustainability question. Chapter Five guides you through assessing needs, Six tackles the actual planning, with Seven addressing electrical, gas and water planning. Finally, the book addresses additional features and accessibility.

Reading through this book is just like sitting through the year long kitchen/bath classes that I took as an interior design student (minus the hands on experience) and is invaluable for the hobbiest and professional alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Martin on April 9, 2013
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I'm planning on "gutting" my kitchen and re-doing the whole room. This volume is a quick course in kitchen re-design and covers codes, plumbing, electrical, water, ergonomics and layout. A wonderful resource! I've read it cover to cover and every chapter has been both interesting and helpful.

This isn't a "pretty kitchen picture" book... although there are numerous helpful illustrations and layouts. It is a useful resource for the builder, designer or homeowner. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mace Thomas VINE VOICE on June 21, 2013
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I ordered this book, as well as the Bath version, as I wanted assistance in planning out these areas of my dream home. These are reference style textbooks with a touch of readability to them. The books are about an inch thick, with nicely weighted pages, and high interest pictures. You may have seen pocket versions of these materials in the past, but this is the full on version. The book does a good job in displaying the "Building Codes" and the "Suggested" measurements in basic graphic form, so that you do not get lost in all of the numbers and requirements. This is most likely a required resource in an educational setting, but if you have the ability to spend the money for this book, then I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on May 23, 2013
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I previously reviewed the bathroom guide from the NKBA Professional Resource Library, and this Kitchen one is every bit as good. Outstanding diagrams, illustrations, and simple but thorough writing all make for thoroughly enjoyable read. Almost makes me want to do this stuff professionally the book is that fun! Yes, it's expensive -- but well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Chan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2013
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If you're looking to design a kitchen from ground up or by entirely gutting the existing kitchen, this is the book for you. NKBA's Kitchen Planning is not a "coffee table" book with lots of pretty pictures in it (although the photos in it are spectacular). This is a serious planning book that will help you design your kitchen with visual aesthetics, practicality, and legal codes all in mind. Every minute detail that you could consider in planning out your kitchen is addressed - from flooring (heated, wooden, tile), to cabinet/appliance/dining placement, to lighting and wiring, to where you should store your measuring spoons and cups (together in the same drawer).

One chapter is completely dedicated to Assessing Needs (chapter 5) based on chapter 4's "Human Factors". These chapters included checklists and questionnaires on what the client wants or could possibly want based on what specific foods they like to cook, if they like to have social gatherings, use the kitchen as a multipurpose family room, and so forth. There are also portions of the book that focuses on creating a kitchen for disabled and wheelchair bound clients.

Going through this book will definitely help you plan out a kitchen that works well for you. For contractors, this is a great way to giving your client a lot of options and really cater the kitchen to work for them. This is a great book for planning out that perfect kitchen. Highly recommended!
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