Kitchen & Bath Design Information, Kitchen Cabinets, Bath Cabinets, Countertop Materials
The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook: Featuring More Than 1,200 Kitchen-Tested Recipes (Ring-bound)
Kitchen & Bath Laminate Countertops 101
Hand & Power Tools
Barns, Garages, Sheds
The Design Process
Build It Yourself
Painting & Decorating
Decks, Patios, Gardens
IKEA Kitchen Planner - a free software download that allows you to create a scale drawing of your kitchen and then drag and drop kitchen cabinets and appliances into the available space. It's fun to use and it worked pretty well the last time we tested it, but it has it's limitations. Do not expect it to replace a full function 3D CAD program.
Should you wish to design more complicated kitchen or bathroom plans, you may want to try one of the home design software programs listed on our CAD Software page.
National Kitchen & Bath Association - according to their Web site, the NKBA is "the only trade association dedicated exclusively to the kitchen and bath industry." The consumer section of their site contains kitchen and bathroom design tips, links to member businesses, as well as, pictures and descriptions of award winning kitchen and bath designs.
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association - according to their mission statement, this national trade association "serves and represents kitchen, bath and other residential cabinet manufacturers and suppliers." The KCMA Photo Gallery features pictures of kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, entertainment centers, home offices, and other cabinet installations and the list of active KCMA members (more than 220 at the time of this writting) includes links to most of their respective Web sites.
Kitchen, Bath, and Home Design Magazines - one of the best ways to get ideas for your own kitchen or bath project is to look at pictures of what others have done. Since kitchens and bathrooms are frequently the most impressive (and expensive) rooms in a house, they are often featured in magazine articles. Such articles are able to provide readers with pictures of current design trends, which are often more up-to-date than books, which might have been written many years ago - not that those ideas are bad. This link will take you to our own list of home building and design magazines - browse around their sites, order a subscription, visit the periodical area of your local library, or just get to your dentist's office about an hour early for your next checkup;-)
Countertop Material Manufacturers
John Boos & Company - Appalachian Red Oak and Hard Rock Maple Counter Tops, Butcher Blocks, and Cutting Boards
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company - Corian® and Zodiaq® Solid Surfaces
Formica Corporation - Formica® Brand Laminates, Surell® and Fountainhead® Solid Surfacing
Hartson-Kennedy - CERATA® Solid Surface Products
Nevamar Company, LLC - decorative laminates, ChemArmorTM chemical resistant laminates, and decorative metal sheets
Panolam Industries - Pionite®
Wilsonart International - high pressure laminates, Gibraltar® and EarthstoneTM Solid Surface