Archive for June, 2013

After planning for 12 years, a remodeled bath in 5 days

Donna Bankowski has some good reasons why it took her 12 years to remodel the cruddy main bathroom of her Moorpark, Calif., home, a feat she finally pulled off. “I’m taking my time,” said Bankowski, who bought the fixer-upper with her husband, Leroy, in the 1990s. Indeed, since buying the 1970s tract home, the couple [...]

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The $5 starting point

Isn’t this bedroom yummy? It’s in the Rosarito Beach vacation condo that Don and Gigi Maurizio remodeled. Gigi, an administrator with the Glendora Unified School District who lives in Claremont, told me she found the headboard (which is really a footboard) for $5 on closeout at a Pier One Imports store. That was the starting [...]

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Where the money went: Rosarito Beach condo remodel

How Don and Gigi Maurizio spent the money on their Rosarito Beach remodel: Construction Demolition: $3,000 Scraping textured plaster walls: $500 (labor) Staining beams: $500 (labor) Cabinets: $7,200 (materials) Tankless hot-water system and connections: $1,800 (materials) Tile for floor, patio, shower and bath countertop, including grout: $7,700 (materials) Granite countertop in kitchen: $2,000 (materials and [...]

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Confessions of a professional house snooper

I’ve been snooping around remodeled houses since 1989 (first for the Santa Barbara News-Press when it was owned by the New York Times, then for the L.A. Times, and now for Kathy’s Remodeling Blog) and I guess I’ve got one of the best jobs on earth — visiting homes (or virtually visiting them via webcams [...]

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Rosarito Beach condo remodel

How did Don Maurizio puzzle out the cabinet installation in his Rosarito Beach kitchen? Click here to read the whole story.

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Free and cheap: A tile showroom in my living room

Suze Orman would not be happy with me. If you’ve seen her show, you’ve heard her intone: People first. Then money. Then things. My current lineup is: People first. Then tile. Then everything else. Back at the tile shop, where I picked up my free tiled tabletop in the alley behind the store, I checked [...]

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Coming Sunday: Rosarito Beach condo remodel

If you’ve ever wondered how a school administrator and college professor from Claremont, Calif., would remodel a condo in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, I’ve got a story for you. It will be in Sunday’s Real Estate section. Above, you see the view from the front porch. Referring to wages earned in academia, the husband of the [...]

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Look to neighbors for ideas on vintage architectural details

The nice thing about remodeling an older home in a neighborhood of such homes is that you need simply walk around the area with your eyes open to find ideas for exterior architectural details. That’s what Aaron Raymond did when he remodeled his 1942 French Normandy home in the Windsor Hills area of Los Angeles. [...]

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Top green-building innovations: one architect’s viewpoint

I asked green-leaning Berkeley architect Robert Nebolon to make a list of the top green-building innovations from his perspective. Of course, he had to make two lists— architectural and non-architectural — and if you know any architects, you’ll know it’s pretty typical that he did more than was asked for. Robert also consulted a colleague, [...]

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