Countertops

  • Renovation Sensations

    Kitchens, baths and common areas are the biggest renovation focal points of this year.

     
  • Strategic Upgrades Help Sterling, Va. Property Stay Competitive

    Cascades Overlook, located in Sterling, Va., is getting a $3.2 million facelift as kitchens and bathrooms are renovated based on turnovers. Kettler Management is overseeing the $3.2 million renovation.

     
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    Fulgor Milano Largo 400 Series

    This gas cooktop offers multiple burner configurations and sizes.

     
  • Green Surfaces

    Eco-friendly adhesives, resins, and other components come together to create a range of green options for walls, countertops, and floors.

     
  • Strong and Supportive: Federal Brace Eva Reinforced Countertop Corbel

    An inset steel L-bracket offers extra strength behind the fiberboard-based decorative corbel.

     
  • On the Surface: Formica e Series Solid Surfacing

    Made from 15% recycled content, new e Series Solid Surfacing contribues points to LEED projects.

     
  • Design Details: Kitchen Backsplashes

    How can you turn your kitchen from drab to fab? Carve out a little wall section and have some fun with colors, textures, and materials.

     
  • Holidays at Home A small house can accommodate big gatherings if its designed right. This kitchen has everything a cook needs to prepare a feast for a large group, including a KitchenAid six-burner gas range with double ovens, LED can and pendant lights for task lighting, and a Kohler farmhouse sink thats big enough to wash a Thanksgiving turkey. Open shelves by Merillat provide display space for items that arent used every day.

    BUILDER's Concept Home 2011 Caption Test

    KB Home builds a net zero residence for average Americans with the Martha Stewart touch.

     
  • 8 Hot Kitchen Trends for 2010

    Three leading designers whip up a recipe for winning kitchens in the new economy.

     
  • Within Reach

    While poorly designed kitchens and bathrooms with narrow openings, high cabinets, and awkward countertops are inconvenient for many people, they can be unusable for the 50 million Americans with disabilities.

     
  • From Worn Out To Wow

    Aging kitchens and baths can be easily updated.

     
  • Counter Culture

    Manmade materials create edgy countertops and backsplashes.

     
  • Dream Builder: The Centurion

    For two Manhattan-based developers, The Centurion condominium project has been a waking dream. Their ardor stems from convincing legendary architect I.M. Pei and his son L.C. (Sandi) Pei to design it as their first ground-up, residential condominium building.

     
  • Developing South Central: Bethany Square in Los Angeles

    For as long as Scott A. Chaplan can remember, South Central Los Angeles has been the land of broken promises.

     
  • Product Studio

    Try out some unconventional countertops.

     
  • Hot Surfaces

    Move over, granite. For years, this durable yet classy stone has been a must-have for high-end residential projects. But inventive developers are now moving beyond granite to find unique materials that set their projects apart from the competition.

     
  • Special Renovations Issue – Heart of the Home

    Renters-by-choice who live at The Metropolitan, a practically new but recently renovated property in Arlington, Va., don't hope for high-end stainless steel kitchen appliances and fashionable granite countertops. They expect them.

     
  • Special Renovations Issue – Finishing Touches

    Multifamily owners and developers across the nation are responding to the growing appetite for nature-inspired elements, installing products made from natural materials or those that mimic them.

     
  • Special Renovations Issue – Vanity Fair

    Bathrooms in Essex Property Trust apartments have style and staying power.

     
  • Counter Intelligence

    When it comes to countertop materials, the one-size-fits-all concept does not apply to multifamily builders and renovators faced with a host of choices. Installation cost is a prime concern, of course, but maintenance and customer preferences also factor into the decision. The trick is to straddle...