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March 2008

Know something? Share your wisdom

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Attention all readers: From the Reader-to-Reader Forum: Question: Shouldn’t the HOA be responsible for this water damage? Why weren’t we warned? more » Question: [...]

Tile artist’s home is her canvas

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Back in the 1980s, Michelle Griffoul chose her home for one reason. “It had forklift access to the backyard,” said Michelle, who bought the home, in the Santa [...]

Combatting counter clutter

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As I plan to paint and lighten up my kitchen, to spend around $200 on a beautiful, yet-to-be-determined backsplash and under-counter lighting, I got to thinking about how [...]

Is this a good time to remodel?

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When the housing bust started and home prices began their slide, some homeowners thought the cost of remodels might slide proportionately. That did not happen because the [...]

Envy in Santa Ynez

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In all the years I’ve been writing about remodels (nearly 20) and in all the gorgeous homes I’ve visited (more than 500), I’ve only felt envy three times. [...]

Saving water outdoors

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My mother-in-law is visiting from Santa Barbara and wonders if she can rinse off her truck at my house. It’s no longer allowed in her town. As the population explodes [...]

Do-it-yourself solar-powered fountain

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After countless vain attempts to locate a solar-powered fountain similar to the one I stumbled upon at my local Home Depot, I’ve decided the better way is to find the [...]

For HGTV’s Kim Myles, a good start

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For Kim Myles fans who were put off by what one commenter here called a “bizarre” color scheme during HGTV’s “Myles of Style” show on Sunday, tonight’s [...]

A chance to speak out on green building

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The county of Los Angeles is considering adoption of a green building program and is holding a series of public meetings to get comments. Discussions will focus on green [...]

Doggie doo doo? Please don’t

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Seen while walking . . . here are some ways urbanites try to keep dogs and their droppings off private property. Now if only dogs could learn to read, we’d be all set. [...]

The richest woman in the world?

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Is the stock market crashing? Is the worldwide economy heading into the deepest, darkest depression ever? Truth be told, my own economy is not that all that great. My savings [...]

TV Review: ‘Myles of Style’

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This was supposed to be a review of the new HGTV show "Myles of Style," hosted by Kim Myles, who won the Design Star 2 competition and was rewarded with her own [...]

A good question on solar blinds

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Here’s a question from reader Dan in Canada: I am seeking information on solar blinds. I am up in Canada but have south facing windows in our home which cause [...]

Home shows rock on despite down market

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You’d hardly know there was a housing crisis by watching reality home shows. The properties on these shows are still getting bought, sold, flipped, updated and dated [...]

Van Nuys sting operation

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It was kind of like NBC’s "To Catch a Predator" this week in Van Nuys. But instead of suspected pedophiles showing up to meet underage victims, there were [...]

SoCal home-and-garden weekend calendar

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MARCH 14: The 4 Women of Prefab, panel and book signing, 1:15 p.m., CA Boom Design Show, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport 14: Pacific Palisades Home Tour, led by [...]

New show: ‘Date My House’ on TLC

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I guess HGTV’s new show “Sleep On It,” where prospective homeowners get to try out a house before they buy it, must be doing well. Now TLC, the Learning [...]

Q&A: How to create a remodeling plan?

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Here’s a question from reader Molly K.: "I have multiple remodel jobs to do on my 1950 bungalow and a very limited budget. "What kind of professional should I [...]

Green home books for 2008

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Greening-your-home books are sprouting like alfalfa seeds. New choices this year include: Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life (Clarkson Potter, February, $18 [...]

Design ideas for obsolete fireplaces

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A proposal to limit fireplace use, reported here last June, became reality Friday as the South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted unanimously "to impose [...]

Eagle Rock kitchen gets a fresh look

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Although the sleek new kitchen in Bethany Orlemann and Danny Miller’s vintage Eagle Rock bungalow took only eight weeks to build in the summer of 2007, planning it was [...]
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