first_imgKitchens for the Rest of Us is a book as lovingly crafted as the kitchens it showcases. Everyone knows that the kitchen is the hardest working room in the house, and often serves many purposes. So it makes sense to understand not only how to improve its function, but how to make it inviting and beautiful as well. Many remodeling books fix design problems by increasing size. The designers in this book take a less expensive, more elegant approach, focusing on smart use of available space, organizing storage, and small details that make a big impact. Over eighteen kitchens from across the country are featured, each having special challenges that are solved with good design. Before-and-after plans, plus photographs, show both the problem and the solution. Lemos’ “Five Essential Steps” to remodeling is the kind of guide one needs to turn an overwhelming project into manageable size. And his chapters on specific concerns such as lighting, cabinets, and countertops are truly useful. Kitchens for the Rest of Us is about making ‘dream’ kitchens really work; it is a lovely book that will take you “from the kitchen you have to the kitchen you love”.Thunder Mill Design, Inc. was established by Irene Facciolo and her husband, Soren Pfeffer, in 1993. The firm designs and builds homes and additions throughout central Vermont. Further examples of their work may be seen on the web at www.thundermilldesign.com(link is external).last_img