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How to Remodel Like an Engineer

Here’s one of my favorite kitchens, built by Corona homeowner Rick Taylor for $7,500 during a three-week vacation. But here’s the best part: Rick’s wife [...]

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How to ghostbust your home

What You’ll Learn: Introduction Who You Gonna Call? The Investigation Proper Ghost Removal Troy Taylor is the author of more than 40 books on all things [...]

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Coping Skills: What are your priorities?

When Harriet Burke and her daughter Kathy Scheidemen decided to expand Burke’s 1961 tract house into a “green,” energy-efficient home for the two of them, they agreed [...]

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Acting childish during a remodel?

I don’t mean to make fun of these adorable children dressed up like adults. Really I don’t. They’re precious. But this image got me thinking about what [...]

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How to Talk to a Contractor

Speaking with a contractor or subcontractor can be difficult, especially when your remodeling project is already in progress. That’s because your house is likely torn [...]

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Ever Been in Over Your Head?

There’s an interesting story by Michelle Hoffmann in today’s Real Estate section titled: Weekend wasters struggle with DIY home-repair jobs. The subhead says: [...]

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Seeking Sanity Amid Chaos

As far as I can tell, half the battle in remodeling is maintaining some semblance of sanity during the chaos. In a tragic coincidence, the people most likely to remodel are [...]

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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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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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