Archive for the 'Before & After' Category

Home’s green remodel gives mother and daughter space

See all photos Charles Darwin might have found an interesting research subject in the Burke family's Goleta, Calif. home, which has evolved over the last 47 years as the family has changed. Chuck and Harriet Burke purchased the five-bedroom tract house in 1962 as a place to raise their five rambunctious kids. As the children [...]

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Do you want your remodel good, quick or cheap?

There’s a common ditty in the remodeling industry that goes like this: “Do you want it done good, quick or cheap? Pick two.” While you may want all three (and maybe you’ve actually done that), there’s a certain amount of truth to the fact that you won’t likely get all three. I’m not saying this [...]

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From boring patio to tropical delight . . . and on a budget

You may have seen the delightful sunroom above if you read Home magazine, where this picture appeared on the cover. If not, I’d like to introduce you to this wonderfully economic makeover. The house is in Miami Lakes, Fla., and is owned by interior stylist Maria Fernanda Molinari and her husband, Rafael R. Lopez. You [...]

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Bathroom makeover was due

My latest Pardon Our Dust feature in the L.A. Times, about a small bathroom in Venice, has the most gorgeous photos ever to accommodate one of my articles.  Check out the story here. And check out the photos here.

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Angelo’s kitchen remodel

See the before photo here and read the story here.

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Two complete baths in 14 days

How is it possible for a remodeling company to completely gut and remodel two bathrooms in 14 days? Can you even wrap your mind around that? Check out the full story here. (Photos: Rod Foster)

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Ceiling detail of the $20,000 kitchen remodel

I got a bunch of questions about the original ceiling and archway of the $20,000 kitchen remodel in the latest Rate This Remodel feature. So I thought I’d show the old and new compared here: What’s neat about the story, for me, is that Dani had a lot of time to think about her kitchen. [...]

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Rate This Remodel: $20,000 Northridge kitchen

First, here are the facts: • The kitchen remodel in this 1971 Northridge tract house cost $20,000 and was done in three weeks. (Click on the photos to get a larger view)• Homeowner Dani Taylor did none of the work herself, but hired a contractor well known in the neighborhood.• Dani had many years to [...]

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Creating a flow in Mar Vista

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 that Janet Mitsui-Brown created a harmonious flow through her home. Above you see the slate used on, clockwise from top left, the living room fireplace, gate posts, [...]

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Rock and roll kitchen remodel

You may have read the story about this Glassell Park kitchen remodel. You may have checked out details of the budget. Now, here’s the whole story in pictures, set to music. Enjoy. And if you’re doing a remodel, or will be soon, please take lots of photos so I can set them to music and [...]

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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 Barbara County community of Los Olivos, when she was a fledgling ceramic-tile artist with a very large kiln. “The house itself was irrelevant.” But the sage-green house [...]

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Envy in Santa Ynez

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. One of those times was as the Santa Ynez Valley home featured this week in the L.A. Times Home Section: Pastures that echo the South of France. [...]

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Eagle Rock kitchen gets a fresh look

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 a three-year affair. The couple’s meandering path to a new kitchen took a series of twists and turns that began with Orlemann researching design magazines and [...]

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Where the money went: Eagle Rock kitchen remodel

Where the money went: Eagle Rock kitchen gets a fresh look Construction (covered by general contractor: plumbing, electric and cabinetry): $43,000 Includes: demolition gut to studs, remove interior walls, framing new doorway and windows, drywall, rough and finish electrical (includes replacing old knob and tube wiring, relocate and upgrade new service panel), rough and finish [...]

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Pardon Our Dust Classic: 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 house to get any sense of nature. The house was, in fact, backed up to the views, oriented to offer visions of the driveway from the family [...]

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The new kitchen? ‘It’s 100% us’

The new kitchen? It’s ’100% us’ A Glassell Park couple get personal in their latest redo — down to the cat-feeding station. As Kristina Johnson and David Franke discovered while remodeling their Glassell Park kitchen, taking charge of the job — drawing the plans, buying materials, supervising contractors for some work and doing a portion [...]

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Where the money went: Glassell Park kitchen

Where the money went (for the Glassell Park kitchen remodel): Appliances: $3,750 (including front-loading washer and dryer, refrigerator and stove, minus several rebates from utility companies) Cabinets and hardware: $4,000 (note: half the cabinets were original, half were custom made to match) General contractor: $14,700 (included: demolition, raising the sunken floor, all the plumbing and [...]

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Style, grace and a budget: Some guys seem to have it all

Carl Balton, who bought and remodeled a beaten-down Mar Vista home, is an accountant type who is good with money and numbers. And frankly, I’m a little jealous of his numbers acumen. Then, he did a totally organized and low-cost remodel that is filled with easygoing grace. Again, green envy. And then, to top it [...]

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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 rebuild in south Hermosa Beach, he felt pretty confident that his design would meet the needs of her family — despite the challenging 30-by-50-foot lot they had to work with. But [...]

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Pardon Our Dust Classic: A good place to park

Mitch Klapow was not enthused when his mother handed him an ad for the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, where he would eventually buy his first home. At the time, Mitch, 30, was searching for a condominium to rent. Looking at the mobile homes in the real estate magazine, he thought: “There’s no way [...]

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