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July 2007

Greening Pasadena bungalow on a budget

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Working with limited funds, Donna Sider was able to green up her Pasadena Craftsman bungalow, as was reported this week in the L.A. Times. Snider’s investments include: [...]

Drama in rehab: Test your flipping IQ

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Not enough drama in your own remodel? Bravo’s new show, Flipping Out, will fill in the gap. The show premieres Tuesday and “follows the antics of one of Los [...]

Remodel highs and lows

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Remodeling is an emotional endeavor. The very thing that keeps you safe and centered — your happy home — is turned into a dusty, chaotic, noisy jobsite. On top of that, [...]

The newest trend in stuff: Freecycling

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What bugs me about the unwanted stuff I have around the house is that someone, somewhere would love to have it. But who? Where? How? I heard about The Freecycle Network on [...]

Green alternatives for countertops

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Astute eco-reader David sends in this helpful missive: “We just found a great posting on green alternatives for countertops. The list includes Richlite (used in a new [...]

The trouble with subcontractors

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Why is it so hard to get subcontractors to show up? Here’s what I’ve observed (and feel free to tear apart my arguments): There are two factors in this situation: [...]

Q&A: Is building green worth it?

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Q&A: Is building green worth it?

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Question: I’m somewhat of a beginning investor/builder. I’m not passionate about green since it’s my belief that it’s just that much more costlier and [...]

The five-dollar floor finish

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Over at the Casa de Solariego blog, which is chronicling the building of a straw bale home in San Luis Obispo County, blogger Mark explains how he stained his new concrete [...]

Gewgaw? Or nah?

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Gew·gaw [gyoo-gaw]–noun: something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble. (Dictionary.com) Every now and again, we’re faced with a wrenching dilemma: Do we retain the [...]

Book: The E-Myth Contractor

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I have such respect and compassion for contractors and subcontractors. Most of them “came up through the trades,” as they put it, often learning construction [...]

The rule of five

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I got some good advice from furniture designer and TV host Amanda Pays. For those of us who want a consistent “flow” through our homes, Amanda suggests we limit [...]

How much does a kitchen remodel cost?

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I’d like to respond to the question above — which I’ve been asked a lot over the years — with a question of my own: How much does a car cost? I just bought a [...]

Contractor red flags

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When you work with a contractor: things generally start out great and then go downhill. As the job progresses you’ll likely get weary, overwhelmed, and angry. To help you [...]

Clotheslines are the new cool

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And just like that, drying clothes on a line is hip. It will help save the planet and it’s a way to make a green statement. Funny, just a few weeks ago, I considered it [...]
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