By Nancy R. HillerÂ
For two decades, Hiller has made a living by turning limitations into creative, lively and livable kitchens for her clients. Her new book, â€œKitchen Think,â€ 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, â€œKitchen Thinkâ€ is a woodworkerâ€™s 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.
â€œThe 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.â€
Yes, there are hundreds of pretty full-color photos of well-designed kitchens, which are organized into 24 case studies throughout the book. They range from the sculptural (kitchens by Johnny Grey and Wharton Esherick) to kitchens of a more recognizable form.
But thereâ€™s 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 â€“ like how to maximize space in inside corners, how to scribe cabinets and countertops into odd spaces and how to make sure youâ€™ve left ample space for hardware.
All of this is built on a foundation of research into kitchens from the past. Hillerâ€™s historical perspective on design might just change your mind about what makes a good kitchen. It doesnâ€™t have to be walls of built-in cabinets. So whatâ€™s the alternative?
You just have to think.
The book is intended for:
â€¢ Woodworkers, whether professional or not, who would like to expand their minds on the question of kitchen design, the culture of remodeling, materials and techniques used in kitchens
â€¢ Homeowners with some woodworking and home-renovation skills who would like to remodel their own kitchen, including building their own cabinets
â€¢ Homeowners who want a deeper understanding of what goes into a thoughtful kitchen remodel done by professionals
â€¢ Homeowners and others (who may not own a home) looking for design inspiration and unconventional, non-consumerist ways of thinking about kitchen design and remodeling.
â€œKitchen Thinkâ€ is 8-1/2â€ x 11â€, 368 pages and printed in full color on coated, 80# matte paper. It has a printed hardbound cover, coated in a durable matte laminate.Â The binding is sewn, and covered with a fiber-reinforced tape spine to last for generations. Like all Lost Art Press books, â€œKitchen Thinkâ€ is produced and printed entirely in the United States.