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Tuning up ‘The Tiny’

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Even though Roger Beckman had dated Ann Baber for more than a decade, he didn’t discover her hidden talents until she started remodeling her 1970s Culver City condo. Her [...]

A room with a view


After living in her 1950s Woodland Hills ranch home for 14 years, Cathy Nordlund set out to do something she had never attempted before –completely gut and redo one [...]

A condo less boring


The Los Angeles condominium Jay Falamaki bought several years ago was like scores of others in Southern California. “It was boring,” Falamaki says of the 860-square-foot [...]

A large dose of charisma


Here’s a story I wrote for today’s L.A. Times about an ugly-duckling duplex that was turned into an Eastside swan by a couple who think they’ll stay awhile: [...]

The anti-McMansion


When you come across a charming-yet-tiny Westside cottage, do visions of bulldozers dance in your head? If you want more space than a vintage bungalow can yield, you [...]

Losing a garage, gaining a workshop


When Chantal Dussouchaud and Harry Dolman bought this Hollywood Hills home, they had one major objection to it: the massive driveway that dominated the entire front of the [...]

Dad’s brilliance? Keeping mom happy


When Claudia Jones told her husband, Rick, that she’d like to take down the wallpaper in the kitchen of their Agoura home, he came back with a radical idea: "Why [...]

Reader Willie wants to share his remodel

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Reader Willie has provided a link to photos of his remodel. I understand Willie acted as his own contractor on this recently finished project, and that he plans on staying in [...]

What if dreams dwarf the budget?


You know why this kitchen in Dani Taylor’s Northridge house is so good-looking? That’s because she had so many years to think about it while other projects took [...]

Submit your remodeling project


I’m looking for Southern California remodeling projects to feature on this blog and in the print edition of the L.A. Times. Have you done a remodel you’re proud [...]

The flip-flop house of Manhattan Beach


So what do you do when your house is totally backward for your needs? Like, what if the living room and kitchen facing the street are exactly what you don’t want, and [...]

In praise of architects


Before its major remodel, this 1921 Granada Hills home had virtually no discernable exterior style. That’s because the original house had been distorted in the 1950s [...]
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