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February 2008

New appliances are smarter than ever

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From what I could tell at the International Builders Show earlier this month, GE’s research and development department has been working overtime. The new products [...]

A galley-licious kitchen redo

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I do some writing for a Better Homes & Gardens magazine and when I present my editor with a great remodel in a galley kitchen she tells me they can’t use galley [...]

Tankless water heaters: pros and cons

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I’ve interviewed a dozen or so people who have installed tankless water heaters (which heat your water on demand rather than storing hot water in a tank) — and [...]

Watch out for hidden remodeling costs

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When penciling out costs for a remodel, factoring in flooring, tile, cabinets and other big-ticket items is a no-brainer. But the hidden, not-so-glamorous costs can make your [...]

Green building trends

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Here are the latest happenings in green building (as observed at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, Fla.): • The National Association of Home Builders is [...]

You write the caption

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As seen today near the Orlando Convention Center and the International Builders’ Show. What’s up with this [...]

Trends, we’ve got trends

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Trends are a big deal here at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla. That’s because the housing market is down, way down, and builders need to figure out what [...]

The New American Home of 1984

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If you were born prior to 1984, you may recall how frightened some of us were of that year on account of George Orwell’s 1949 book, "1984," that foretold a [...]

A new house that will last 150 years?

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While some government programs are flawed, others are sterling. I’m thinking of the excellent Energy Star program of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. And I’m also [...]

Recommend a contractor

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The question I get most often from readers is: Can you recommend a contractor? Sadly, I cannot. But you can. Have you used a licensed Southern California general contractor [...]

The $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel

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An enterprising homeowner in the Portland, Ore. area set out to do a luxury kitchen remodel for $10,000, according to his blog (which is anonymous, so we have to take this [...]

Tired of the cans in your ceiling?

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In the beginning, there was the bare bulb. And then there came to pass the light fixture. Soon upon the land, dropped ceilings and fluorescent lights spread. As humans [...]