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This Old House Easy Upgrades: Kitchens: Smart Design, Trusted Advice Paperback – September 13, 2011
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My two complaints are that almost every kitchen has a vintage stove, something that is rare indeed, not realistic for the typical homeowner, and that the sinks are almost all apron/farm sinks. A little too much of the same thing throughout.
Almost every conceivable style of decor is covered, along with whether the existing kitchen lay-out is to remain the same or a major change to the floorplan is desired. This is a good no-nonsense reference book to start the wheels turning before beginning a kitchen update.
There also wasn't a lot of information about budgets and all of the renovations seem pretty expensive. This is not a book for people just trying to give their kitchens a refresh or a face lift. Also, while it happens to be my taste, almost all of the kitchens had apron front sinks and old-timey ovens. There's not a big range of styles represented here.
Leave it to the editors of This Old House to make exactly what we were looking for. It starts with the basics: picking a layout and then goes into beautiful, inspiring photos with accompanying floor plans. I'm such a sucker for before and after photos, and it's amazing the transformations some of these spaces made.
The best part, though, is the chapter on "the budget kitchen." It's nice to see that you can still create a beautiful space without going bankrupt.
We got some real, solid ideas from this book. My husband has dog-eared so many of the pages! I think we're finally ready to bust out the sledgehammer and get going.
I was very surprised to discover that this book contains NO "how-to" instructions for the do-it-yourselfers in the world. For that, you need to get the excellent Black and Decker "Complete Guide to Kitchens."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS IS GOOD BOOK, BUT NOT FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR EASY UPGRADES!!!
MUCH TO EXTENSIVE !!!
This is the best magazine of this genre I've seen of the dozen or so out there to compare to. Each month has one or two DIY projects that most readers can do without putting your... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by S. Hamilton
As always, I am pleased with the TOH book on kitchens. The pictures were great and with good color. I hope to see more TOH books for my enjoyment.Published on December 15, 2013 by Nancy
I have a house built in 1906, so I was glad to see the ideas for older homes. I would recommend this book to others who are trying to upgrade an old kitchen.Published on October 15, 2013 by Glorious
At home we watch the show and we receive the magazines. They have good ideas and practical information for upgrades. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Cecilia
There is very little in-depth information in this book and I do not like the requirement for 16 words in a commentary.Published on July 29, 2013 by Robin Madrid