The kitchen is the social center of the homea place for eating, a place for working and a place to organize everything from spices to household finances. Because kitchens serve so many different needs, creating a new kitchen that not only serves these many needs but works well is a major challenge. This book uses a lifestyle design model to guide the reader through the complex process of designing and creating a great kitchenone that works for everyone living in the house. The reader is guided through each step of the process, from initial planning through the many material and design choices made along the way. Especially helpful is the unique insider's perspective on finding, evaluating and managing kitchen contractors.