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Date: August 2013
The Best Places to Stash Small Kitchen Appliances
Bud Dietrich Houzz Contributor 8.28.13    
There are the big three appliances — the refrigerator, range and dishwasher — that we all know and that are must-haves for every kitchen. But over the years, small, single-purpose appliances have proliferated. Toasters, mixers, blenders, food processors, dough makers, waffle makers, coffee machines and so many more gadgets have become a part of our kitchens. But where do we store these appliances when they're not in use? How can we keep them close at hand without their taking up valuable counter space?

An appliance garage. Use a smaller section of a tall cabinet if you don't have a large closet or pantry space for these appliances. Add cabinet doors that can move completely out of the way, and put the appliances on a rollout shelf for easiest accessibility. With an outlet or two in the back wall, the appliances will be ready to use when needed and hidden from sight when not.

Purpose-built cabinets.You can also dedicate a cabinet for a particular small appliance. One of the most common uses it to store mixers. Having the mixer on a pullout or lift-up shelf keeps the appliance handy and easily stored away. This is a very useful bit of cabinetry for an appliance used often.

A small appliance closet. A closet-like space can be a good home to
 all of your small appliances. Equipping the closet with strong rollout shelves will make getting at them easy. When 
you're finished mixing, blending or toasting, just return the appliance to its home and close the door.

The coffee maker. The most ubiquitous small appliance has to be the coffeemaker. More often than not, this wonderful little machine is placed where it takes up valuable counter space. Rather than let it get in the way, try placing it in a dedicated cabinet, away from the main work area. This way that person who wants another cup of morning joe stays out of the cook's way.


A shelf in the pantry.Placing these appliances in a dedicated space in a pantry will work, especially if the pantry is well thought out and organized. A pair of pocket doors provides ample access and turns the pantry into what it should be: an extension of the kitchen.

A corner counter. If your kitchen has the space for it, a dedicated work area will make using that coffee maker, mixer or panini press all the more enjoyable — and make room for more than one cook in the kitchen.

Bath Remodeling: So, Where to Put the Toilet?
John Whipple Houzz Contributor 8.2.13    
From the beginning of your bathroom renovation, your plumbers and framers need to know where your toilet should go — whether it'll be mounted on the floor or wall and where the water supply should be positioned. If that's not complicated enough, wall paneling, tile installation, shower doors and baseboards will all factor into the equation for your toilet location, too. 

Don't feel overwhelmed — finding the right professional can help you get through the technical stuff, and having a handle on these tips and tricks can help you find a spot for your toilet that works for you and your bathroom's design.
Take Note of Wall Panels and Baseboards
Most toilets are roughed-in 12 inches from the finished wall. This works well for most floor-mounted toilets. 

Tip: Some toilets require floor anchoring clips — another limiting factor because it can interrupt radiant heating. Talk with your floor heating contractor before choosing this type of toilet to make sure that the anchors won't mess with water lines or heating cables.

Tip: It's very hard to paint behind toilet tanks like this. I suggest painting the wall and installing the baseboard before putting the toilet in.
Shower doors also play a role in your toilet's location. To meet building codes, a shower door needs to open both in and out, so you'll want to take the door swing into account when choosing your toilet spot.

Tip: Work with your contractor to play with different toilet and door locations when finalizing your shower's size. Use a piece of string and a marker to draw an arc on the floor to show the door swing. This will help you visualize where a toilet can fit comfortably.
Wall-mounted toilets are great for smaller spaces because the tank is inside the wall. In this installation, you can see that the builder brought the wall forward for this wall-mounted toilet's water carrier to create a ledge above the sink and toilet for the flush activator. Usually these ledges are larger, and I love the smaller version here.

Pay Attention to Any Recesses or Compartments
The recessed shelves above the toilet allow for more headroom and save space. This clever use of space was no doubt made possible by good planning. Make sure your entire building crew knows about spaces like this ahead of time for a successful build. 

Tip: Check that your builders spray paint the framing around these niche locations before any wires, pipes or insulation is installed.


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