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Free and Cheap Decorating

At the tile store some time ago, salivating over the $30-per-square-foot tile, I asked the clerk a brilliant question: “Do you have any free stuff?” I was with a [...]

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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 [...]

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Remodeler Picks His Poison

Carl Balton still remembers how he spent one Christmas Day — alone, miserable and working on his just-purchased first house, a 1928 Mar Vista fixer-upper. On that day, the [...]

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Creating a Flow in Mar Vista, Calif.

You may not often see the words “slate” and “flow” in the same sentence. But it was by repeating the use of slate throughout her Mar Vista remodel [...]

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Not Just a Tract House Anymore

While Gretchen Zee bought her 1960s tract house in Santa Barbara for its lush one third-acre ocean-view lot overlooking an oak-covered hillside, she had to go outside the [...]

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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 [...]

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Bathroom Makeover Was Due

Toward the end of her pregnancy, Cindy Fitzgerald had two goals: to remodel the bathroom where she would care for the new baby and to get it done before she delivered. [...]

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Angelo’s Kitchen Remodel

As Angelo Surmelis knows all too well, no matter how splendidly you’ve decorated the rest of your house, guests always end up in the kitchen. That was a problem for [...]

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Two Complete Baths in 14 Days

The impetus to remodel is not always about trendy bathroom tile or increased property values. For Los Angeles homeowner Meg Moreta, a 43-year-old dietitian, it was her long [...]

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Tile Artist’s Home Is Her Canvas

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 [...]

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Envy in Santa Ynez, Calif.

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

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A mod beach house for sis

Sleek and customized, a ground-up remodel transforms a tiny ocean-view lot. When architect Robert Nebolon started sketching out ideas for his sister’s tear-down and [...]

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Remodeling and the single woman

The low-cost remodel of this 1948 Long Beach house has so many things going for it I don’t know where to start. While the hardwood floors were already in pretty good [...]

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A Bar-height Table Works for Me

You know how everyone likes to sit up high on bar stools? But without having to be in a bar? Steve and Marygrace Carpenter like that feeling so much they got rid of their [...]

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