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Can this guy be helped? I don’t know

I found this cry for help from a retired police officer posted on the website of Professional Remodeler, a contractor magazine. I need HELP! I had my Ranch Home renovated in [...]


Ask a Green Builder: Dennis Allen

Ever wonder about the durability of bamboo floors? The benefits of thicker insulation? The rebates available for adding solar power? The cost vs. value of new windows? Dennis [...]


Ask a Contractor: Alon Toker

Ever wish you could ask a licensed contractor some remodeling questions with no hint of pressure to sign a contract? Here is your chance. This week’s guest expert, [...]


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 [...]


Know any good contractors?

Have you used a Southern California remodeling contractor who deserves a shout-out, someone you would recommend to your neighbors? If so, please post a comment. Tell us: — [...]


Why competitive bidding doesn’t work

Perhaps you’ve heard this quip when a spacecraft is launched: “There goes the lowest bid.” In my mind, trying to get the lowest bid for a remodeling project is just as [...]

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Contractor fed flags: Were there any?

I’ve been writing about remodeling for 17 years, and so you can imagine the contractor horror stories I’ve heard. But I’m interested in what happened before the [...]


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