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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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A Room With a View

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

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A Condo Less Boring

Living room and kitchen after The Los Angeles condominium Jay Falamaki bought several years ago was like scores of others in Southern California. “It was boring,” [...]

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A Large Dose of Charisma

Daniel Curet was a contented apartment dweller looking for an Eastside investment property a few years ago when his plans took a sudden turn on a narrow, winding road in [...]

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The Anti-McMansion

Austrian native Stefan Hammerschmidt used a simple strategy in remodeling his 1924 Craftsman bungalow: He cooked. To bring out the best in framers, roofers, electricians, [...]

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A Backyard Grotto on a Budget

You know you’re headed for a challenge when your real estate agent says: “I’ll show you this house but I know you’re not going to want it” and [...]

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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 [...]

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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, Calif., home, he came back with a radical idea: [...]

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What if Dreams Dwarf the Budget?

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

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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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Memorial for a House

I admit it: I get emotionally attached to houses. When they get torn down, or parts of them are demolished during remodeling, I feel a loss. Do you? Here are some ways to [...]

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Grappling With Indecision

Kitchen before The fact that Judy and Roy Uehara’s dingy, cramped 27-year-old kitchen and adjacent family room were transformed into a luminous, elegant, granite- and [...]

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A ‘Fixer’ Becomes a Keeper

Several years ago, Reese Lackey’s three-part financial plan was simple: Exterior before • Buy a home in what he heard was the most popular Southland style (Spanish). [...]

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