Friday, January 4, 2008

Jewel Box Home Visits With Press About Home Renovation Trends

"A designer knows that he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de St-Epurey

Recently I had the chance to visit with our local paper about home renovation trends. Here is an excerpt from that discussion. For the complete article, click on the link at the end of this blog.


January 3, 2008
During this time when homeowners and home buyers are thinking more about conservation and convenience, Realtors, interior designers and architects reflect on some of the renovations that have become or are becoming passe.

For example, large kitchens and wide open floors are out. Grandeur is losing to convenience and efficiency.

Bye bye big kitchens

Genevieve Ferraro of Evanston said meal preparation becomes a hassle when appliances are too far apart in kitchens.

"Large kitchens throw off the functional triangle arrangement between the refrigerator, oven and sink," said the creator of the Web site, which offers tips on small home living and provides advice for owners of large homes who want to make their houses feel more intimate.

"When an island is added," she said, "the functionality of the triangle can be completely lost."

Plus, large kitchens often require unnecessarily large appliances.

"Big kitchens are not only inefficient, but contain big appliances that are rarely used," Ferraro said. "A large range with commercial capacity and power looks good on the showroom floor, but is overkill when cooking a family dinner."

(The complete article can be found at:,on-renotrends-10308-s1.article)

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