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Gazette Archive 7/10/01

A Book Review by Dave Bell

Title: Constructing Kitchens

William P. Spence

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 0806981059
Price Softcover: $14.95(Canada $21.95 )
160 color pages

As part of the 'Building Basics' series of books, the reader is first given an overview of design principles in the opening chapter, explaining not just where elements of the kitchen are placed, but also why. In following chapters, basic cabinet dimensions, kitchen shapes and layouts are thoughtfully presented showing potential conflicts with door openings, traffic flow, etc. The brief but informative section on accessible work centers for wheelchair users offers practical information with dimensions, etc. (After being a temporary user following a nasty motorcycle accident a few years ago, I know the value of this information.) The remaining chapters cover basic electrical and plumbing requirements, appliances, countertop and flooring materials.

I found this book to be well written in a clear and concise manner with good illustrations and photos complimenting the text. In some ways, it is a showcase for modern cabinetry and fixtures, but the information on basic dimensions and layouts balances this. Also, being faced with a kitchen remodel myself this year, I will be using this book as a reference again and again.

Dave Bell

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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