Archive for the 'Coping Skills' Category

Keeping the house clean during remodeling: How do you do it?

A Good Housekeeping article titled A Cleaning Routine for Busy Women may be discriminatory. What about busy men? Do they not deserve a cleaning routine? But that’s beside the point of this post, which is: How do you keep your house clean during remodeling? And if your house is like my house, there are projects [...]

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Four types of clients: Which one are you?

I was chatting not too long ago with an acquaintance who is a flooring contractor, known heretofore as "Flooring Guy." So Flooring Guy had some recent client experiences that compelled him to explain to me the four types of clients he encounters: 1. First of all, there are what Flooring Guy calls the rats.These folks [...]

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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 the very people who most need their homes for sanctuary, serenity and sanity. Unless you’re flipping a house, that is, and then never mind. [...]

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One word on cooking during a kitchen remodel: How?

Before the demolition crew arrives to tear out your old kitchen in favor a new one, consider this: How are you going to eat with no kitchen? Val and Bernie Van De Yacht (left) collected a stack of restaurant menus before their North Hollywood project started, and Val said it seemed like a vacation. Two [...]

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