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August 2007

House poetry: ‘Protecting Solitude’

I live in a house of transparent adobe that you cannot see and you cannot touch. Just try to come knocking on my door sometime when you are drawn by the music and the light. [...]

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Got a remodeling question?

I’ve assembled a panel of Southern California remodeling experts ready and willing to answer reader questions on this blog. Do you have a question for a: Contractor? [...]

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A room with a view

After living in her 1950s Woodland Hills ranch home for 14 years, Cathy Nordlund set out to do something she had never attempted before –completely gut and redo one [...]

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Are you a difficult client?

See how the wood fails to line up on this railing? Would you accept this? But see how it looks in the bigger picture below? Not so bad? So-called difficult clients will [...]

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Amazing slate

Just as I’m ruminating on how much I love slate floors, I come across a posting on the Kitchen Designer blog concerning slate countertops. According to kitchen designer [...]

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Students imagine the future of housing

When students imagine the future of housing, it’s not surprising their visions are influenced by computers, RFID tracking chips and cars. That seems to be the trend in [...]

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Can’t get enough tiny houses?

There’s a whole gaggle of ‘em at TinyHouses.net. You know, a tiny house need not be a full-time residence. Here’s how this site defines tiny houses: [...]

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A condo less boring

The Los Angeles condominium Jay Falamaki bought several years ago was like scores of others in Southern California. “It was boring,” Falamaki says of the 860-square-foot [...]

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August 2007 A bamboo sink? Uh, I dunno . . . Have a hard time picturing new space? Get a scale model made Young designers learn the facts of remodeling life Is a down real [...]

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Who do you recommend?

Has anyone done work on your home who deserves a “shout out”? An “atta boy” or “atta girl”? A pat on the back? It’s funny how the [...]

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Blog about your remodel? It’s all good

When John Park (shown here with daughter Bea) did an addition to his Burbank home, he created a blog, Park Haus Addition, to share his adventure with the world. We wanted to [...]

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A large dose of charisma

Here’s a story I wrote for today’s L.A. Times about an ugly-duckling duplex that was turned into an Eastside swan by a couple who think they’ll stay awhile: [...]

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Most helpful home improvement shows?

Are home improvement TV shows really helpful? Or are they just content wrapped around commercials? AOL has put together a list of its 17 most useful home improvement TV [...]

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10 stupid things homeowners do . . .

. . . to mess up their own remodels. This is a list I’ve compiled after observing people and their remodels for nearly two decades. It’s true that contractors and [...]

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A week at design school

If a new custom home or major remodel might require a year and a few hundred thousand dollars to pull off — or more — wouldn’t it make sense to spend a week [...]

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