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June 2007

But can your iPhone roast a brisket?

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OK, so this contraption that chills and then cooks your dinner — and responds to phone prompts — costs nearly $8,000. That’s ridiculous, of course. But once the early [...]

Q&A: Renovate all at once, or in steps?

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Question: We want to do several upgrades to our house, including the kitchen, the master bathroom and a new deck. Should we have them all done at the same time, or would it [...]

The $1,400 kitchen

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This kitchen, featured on the Dwell magazine website, was done for less than $2,000 (not counting DIY labor) with Ikea products. The total cost was about $1,400 partly [...]

New product: Instant tile backsplash

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This new kitchen accessory from Broan (makers of those super-quiet exhaust fans, among other products) goes in the category of instant kitchen update for less than $500. Of [...]

Move every few years? Not this artist

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Artist and professor Gilah Hirsch has lived in her Venice home since 1974, and she has no plans to leave. Rather, she continues to make it into a very personal space. To get [...]

Book Report: Garage Sale America

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  Good news, junkies! Garage-sale shopping is bigger than ever, helped along no doubt by the environmental movement’s focus on reusing and recycling. Garage Sale [...]

DIY Weekend Special: Tile Backsplash

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In this kitchen, the backsplash tile sets the tone. If your kitchen could be jazzed up with tile, installing a backsplash is a good DIY project. I saw step-by-step [...]

A granite floor? Why not?

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The great thing about living in a metropolitan area is your access to so many shops, supply houses and enterprises. Daniel Gonzales and Janice Stango took full advantage of [...]

Customers rate cabinetmakers

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For the first time, J.D. Power has measured customer satisfaction for new cabinets. The Westlake Village-based research firm surveyed 842 customers in April and May who had [...]

Losing a garage, gaining a workshop

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When Chantal Dussouchaud and Harry Dolman bought this Hollywood Hills home, they had one major objection to it: the massive driveway that dominated the entire front of the [...]

Remodeling tips for Paris Hilton

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From the Bloom Where You Are Planted Incarcerated Dept.: Next time I go to jail, Martha Stewart will be my role model, not Paris Hilton. Martha took her sentence like a [...]

Dad’s brilliance? Keeping mom happy

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When Claudia Jones told her husband, Rick, that she’d like to take down the wallpaper in the kitchen of their Agoura home, he came back with a radical idea: "Why [...]

Reader Willie wants to share his remodel

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Reader Willie has provided a link to photos of his remodel. I understand Willie acted as his own contractor on this recently finished project, and that he plans on staying in [...]

The Seven Sins of Remodeling

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Pacific Palisades building contractor Gordon Gibson offers clients a tip sheet of common remodeling mistakes, as was reported in the Palisadian-Post. The sins are: 1. PRIDE: [...]

Oops! Might want to reconsider that plan

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The people I interview are generally thrilled to tears with their completed remodel, either because it all came together despite their doubts and fears, or simply because [...]
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