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Kathy’s Kartoons — How NOT to Call a Contractor’s References

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Hire a remodeling consultant? It’s something to consider

Sometimes the remodeling industry seems like the Wild, Wild West. It’s crazy out here! The cast of characters is huge! You’ve got your builders and general contractors and remodeling contractors and architects and designers and engineers and plumbers and roofers and tile setters and butchers and bakers and candlestick makers. Oh wait. Well, anyway, it [...]

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Getting rejected by a remodeling company

Have you ever been turned down by a remodeling company or a tradesperson? You may have been rejected, but a savvy contractor’s manner of turning down clients may be so artful that you don’t even realize it happened. All you know is that you’re calling other companies. First, why would a potential client be rejected [...]

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10 ways to love your Valentine during a home remodel

In the middle of a home remodel this Valentine’s Day? No doubt it can be stressful. But instead of bickering and lashing out at the one you love, how about making this a time of sweetness? Here are some ideas to ensure a romantic weekend, despite all the dust and rubble: 1. If the kitchen [...]

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Couples’ retreat for married remodeling company owners

While everyone tries to balance family and work life, married business partners are working on two sometimes diametrically opposed relationships simultaneously. Paul and Nina Winans, married 33 years, began their annual couples retreat workshop (Feb. 26–27, 2010, in Tempe, Ariz.) to help others encountering the same challenges, says Nina, who had a bookkeeping background when [...]

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Remodeling now could save homeowners a bundle

Farewell to 2009. Notice we did not say a "fond" farewell. Frankly, we are glad to see it go. It seems everyone has struggled through, both professionally and personally. Here's hoping for better things in 2010! We know many of your remodeling plans have been placed on the proverbial back burner this past year. Remodeling [...]

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Single mom, kids get surprise home remodel

When Leslie Nelson met Deb Farnsworth last year, she couldn’t have imagined their friendship would result in a community project that changed her entire house. Nelson just wanted to change her life. Farnsworth leads a Celebrate Recovery group at Valley Real Life church. The ministry focuses on those “struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Farnsworth recalled [...]

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The remodeling blues from Home Depot

For lack of a kitchen sink, Darrell and Colleen Brandt wash their pots and pans in the bathtub. Sheets of cardboard and drywall serve as their countertop. It's exactly the situation the Golden Valley couple were trying to avoid when they chose a contractor for their kitchen remodel.  In September, they hired the Home Depot [...]

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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 paranormal—most notably haunted houses. He's also the founder of the American Ghost Society, a network of ghost hunters who collect stories of sightings and hauntings, then use investigative techniques [...]

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Ensuring healthy indoor air quality during a remodel

Living through a major home remodel can turn anyone’s life topsy-turvy, but when you suffer from asthma, it can become a hazard to your health. That’s why it’s important to hire a contractor who knows how to minimize indoor air pollution during a home remodel, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Dust, [...]

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Ask an expert: Keeping home, family safe during remodeling

By Michael McCutcheon for the Mercury News Q: How can I keep my home and family safe during a remodel? A: That's a great question. Clients usually dwell on price vs. quality, and the remodeling schedule, but rarely do they seriously consider the safety of their family and home during a remodel. Yet I would argue [...]

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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 they would spend $200,000 and “not a penny more,” Scheidemen recalls.  The two women made a list of their desires, including two separate living areas, vaulted wood ceilings, [...]

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4 steps to avoid a ‘remodel gone wrong’

A recent article on Bankrate.com, nicely written by Margarette Burnette, lists four steps to make sure you don't end up with a nightmare remodeling story to share at dinner parties. Sure, a nightmare remodel makes for some lively minutes of banter. But really, in the end, you want a successful remodel. If you need something [...]

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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 happens when people involved in a remodel — homeowners, designer, contractor, craftsmen — act like children. Is that not frustrating? So what kinds of childish behaviors are there?  [...]

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Move down the street during whole-house remodel? This family traveled the world

Before we get started here, let's establish one fact: This economic recession we're in will end. Our lives will get back to normal. And those who undertake whole-house remodels won't be seen as freaks or objects of envy. So that brings us to a family in Oregon who decided to take that longed-for trip around [...]

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The kitchen remodel is driving her to drink

If you've undergone your own kitchen remodel, you know about the stress.  There are strangers all around your house, inside, outside, in the driveway, in the street. There's noise and dust and chaos.  And just when you feel like heading into the kitchen for a pot of tea and comfort foods, AWK! The kitchen is [...]

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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 apart, and the place you go for comfort is no longer a refuge. It will be a refuge after the remodel is done, and better than before, but it [...]

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10 brilliant things homeowners do . . .

. . . to create awesome remodels. Based on my experiences, here’s my list: 1. Being clear about what you want 2. Becoming clear about your budget 3. Getting professional design advice 4. Checking out the companies you’re considering 5. Not taking the lowest bid 6. Sticking to the plan during construction 7. Not overestimating [...]

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When remodeling your condo, do you play by the rules?

If you live in a condo, you know the truth about this: You often have to jump through hoops to do a remodel. There’s the board to consider, and the neighbors. And the rules. Frank Nelson wrote an interesting article on remodeling a condo, in today’s Real Estate section. As he writes: "Any homeowner who [...]

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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: That HGTV show made it look so easy. But growing numbers of budget-conscious homeowners are tackling jobs beyond their skills — often to the dismay of their mates. Can you relate? And [...]

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