In recent years, an array of choices of countertops (collectively known as shayish) have become available in Israel, from granite, wood, engineered stone to glass. The majority of products are brands imported from major companies around the world, while some products are 'home-grown"or manufactured in Israel. The types of countertops available for kitchen and bathroom tops, can be divided into six main groups which are granite, engineered stone, synthetic, wood, stainless steel and glass countertop products. Read more
When buying a home in Israel, one of the first items to consider is the direction of exposures (kivunei avir). As with most issues in Israel, everyone has a strong opinion about which exposures are preferable. But before we talk about opinions, let’s look at some facts: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Presuming there is nothing blocking your window, you will get morning sun in the east and afternoon sun in the west.... Read more
The builder (‘kablan’) is showing me plans of new homes in Israel that I’m considering buying. The plans look great. But does that mean that this home is right for me? The location is good; the price is within budget, and from what I can understand of his color brochure, the layout is practical. It looks... Read more
When buying property in Israel, one should bear in mind that there is a wide range of names given to the different types of homes which reflect both their form of structure and their degree of privacy. Read more
Zev Shalev ז”ל was a dear friend, regular contributor and professional advisor to Buy-It In Israel. For more than twenty-five years Zev was a residential space planner, primarily, although not exclusively, for the English speaking, observant community in Israel and abroad. His fields of specialization were creative space utilization in general, and planning kitchens and... Read more
As we approach the holiday of Passover, we address several ideas that could signiifcantly ease Pesach preparations in the kitchen.