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Articles by Kathy Price-Robinson

5 dumbest renovation fads

A remodeling trend may look good on paper, but it may not make your home more livable – or more valuable. These five alternatives from Money Magazine will. By Duo [...]


In Sicily, Renovating a Cave

Modic, Italy — Amid the fabled 100 churches that line the sun-cracked streets of this Sicilian city, the New York architects William Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic found [...]


Going Swedish – The Boston Globe

Can a Cambridge architect pull off a complete renovation — including a new high-end range — for less than $20,000? Is a budget-minded kitchen renovation with a [...]

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A winning kitchen

By MEG McCONAHEY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT When Levi Leipheimer invited his new cycling pal Dan Boyle over for some expert advice about sprucing up his aging kitchen, his vision was [...]


How to ghostbust your home

What You'll Learn: Introduction Who You Gonna Call? The Investigation Proper Ghost Removal Troy Taylor is the author of more than 40 books on all things paranormal—most [...]


Coping Skills: What are your priorities?

When Harriet Burke and her daughter Kathy Scheidemen decided to expand Burke’s 1961 tract house into a “green,” energy-efficient home for the two of them, they agreed [...]


New Orleans House Colors: French Quarter

This stucco building on Esplanade Avenue in the French Quarter is so extremely attractive. Strange as it sounds, this home has elements of a fairly typical Victorian color [...]


Renovation going strong in New Orleans

The remodeling industry is slow all over . . .  except for in New Orleans, where rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina continues in full swing. Above you see a century-old [...]


Remodeling News from the Net

• Living without air conditioning [New York Times] • International Shed of the Year 2009 [Jetson Green] • Reflective roof paint repels the heat [Los Angeles Times] [...]


What’s wrong with this picture?

When I was a child, the only joy in going to the dentist was picking up a copy of Highlights magazine and turning to the Hidden Pictures feature where odd little items [...]


Acting childish during a remodel?

I don't mean to make fun of these adorable children dressed up like adults. Really I don't. They're precious. But this image got me thinking about what happens [...]


Cool new French door wall ovens

You know, new products were a lot more fun a few years ago when we were rolling in dough and using our homes as ATM machines to fix up our homes. Of course, the big new [...]

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‘Ruins of the Second Gilded Age’

Not too long ago, a photo essay was posted on the New York Times website, and then quickly removed. And that means you probably didn’t see it. The title was [...]


What’s your least favorite DIY task?

When I visited Arnie and Lily Richards at home in Downey, California, they were naturally proud of the new dining room they added, and the adjacent kitchen they remodeled. [...]


Are solar panels ugly?

In Santa Monica, California, home of the really pretty people, solar panels are fine as long as you hide them from view. That is according to a blog posting at the L.A. [...]


Recalls! We’ve got recalls!

Did the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission get increased funding? It seems to me the agency is involved with a lot more product recalls than in the past. And [...]


Furniture and fixtures for fat folks

I know, I know. The headline I put on this post is offensive. But as I was at one time a fat folk — topping 275 pounds — and have been maintaining a 100-pound [...]

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