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New Orleans House Paint Colors — Blue, white and burgundy

I love this blue double shotgun Victorian. But what really makes it shine is the bright lime green of the chairs and table and the big burgundy pot on top. Who knew that was magic? Here are the colors that make the whole thing happen: • Siding and attic window frame: Blue • Door frames, fascia [...]

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The New Orleans Healing Center rises from the post-Katrina muck

My heart goes out to the victims of Hurricane Irene. I feel your pain. (And I promise not ask this inane question: Why would you live/rebuild where hurricanes can hit? I’ve been to Vermont. I know why you live there.) Six years ago, when the federal levee system failed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, [...]

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Coming soon to a house near yours: climate change distasters

Who could have predicted this? I'm not referring to radical climate change exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels. Scientists have been telling us about this for decades. There is no real question about this. If you're not into science, however, then the research and conclusions of the vast majority of scientists won't mean much. [...]

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Celebrity boot raffle at home show to benefit BP oil disaster victims

This is brilliant benevolence. The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans has teamed up with Catholic Charities to raffle off boots decorated by celebrities, chefs, sports figures, politicians and others to benefit victims of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The raffle happens Sept. 17 to 19 at the inaugural launch [...]

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Rebuilding green in New Orleans

Last year, New Orleans was the setting for the National Assn. of Home Builders' national green building conference. The conference included a tour of green homes, including the one pictured here: 1. The exterior of the charming turn-of-the-last-century cottage. The home is owned by a woman who bought it from her grandmother, so it's been [...]

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In New Orleans and missing home (sort of)

Here I am in New Orleans, visiting my husband, who has been hired by Louisiana State University for six months to help train people how to rebuild hurricane-damaged homes properly. This whole deal started back in February when Bill and I drove through the area as tourists. We were shocked at how much rebuilding needed [...]

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Mike Holmes in New Orleans

I’ve got my own paparazzo working down in New Orleans (AKA my husband, Bill) and he swung by the house Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes” is helping to build. This project is part of the Brad Pitt-founded Make It Right Foundation. You can see Mike on the right giving direction to his team members. [...]

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Insulation and moisture issues in New Orleans

Watch SoCal contractor Bill Robinson discuss insulation and moisture issues in New Orleans with homeowner Ariane Wiltse and NOLA contractor Julie Groth. Then, take the test: Click here for the answer.

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Dispatch from New Orleans: The foundation saga, cont.

By Ariane Wiltse My mom arrived last week with the best of intentions. Like other relatives who have come before her, she came to help with my house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. She also came knowing that we’d be working in temperatures hovering around 95 degrees with 95% humidity. And, the [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: From the ground up

By Ariane Wiltse As the big day approached, the day when we’d jack up the house, cut out the old sills and rebuild the piers, I began to take great joy in watching my good friend Beau squirm (he’s standing while watching my dad Joe). "What’s the matter Beau?" I asked as he paced incessantly, [...]

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Bonus Round: How do you pronounce New Orleans?

As long as we’re keeping track of the rebuilding progress in New Orleans, I wonder: How do y’all pronounce the name of the city? As a not-very-well-traveled native of Burbank, I’ve always pronounced it "NEW-or-leans." And when I’m trying to be cute, I pronounce it "NOIR-lins." But when I’ve visited the area, several times in [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: SoCal contractor moved there after storms

After I wrote about a green home renovation in New Orleans (see it here), I heard from contractor Tom Borland, who had made that home’s beautiful wood countertops. The counters are notable for the warm beauty that came from old, salvaged pine with super-tight grain. It turns out Tom was a SoCal builder who moved [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: The sweet sound of progress

By Ariane Wiltse Oh, what beautiful music power tools make — the steady hum of a compressor crooning like a late-night jazz singer in a smoky haunt, the staccato beat of a nail gun, the trumpet of a power saw. At last, the ubiquitous sounds of New Orleans’ recovery have come home. After eight months [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: History salvaged from the side of the road

There are two basic ways of thinking about old windows in post-Katrina New Orleans. On one hand, old windows are rich with history and architectural detail. On the other hand, they can be cracked, broken, rotten and leaking. It's the latter category that causes the contractors, workers, homeowners and volunteers who are rebuilding New Orleans [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: An altar for the missing

Ariane Wiltse is restoring a Katrina-damaged 1870s home in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, and she is sharing her journey with us. Here’s her latest installment:The Altar In the front room of my house, the room I tell visitors will one day serve as my library, sits a wood-burning fireplace with an Arts [...]

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TV Preview: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in New Orleans

As much as I regret missing "60 Minutes," I will do so this evening in order to catch the two-hour season finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which begins at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. CST) on ABC. This show is the culmination of a 50-state tour by the Extreme crew, and storm-torn southern Louisiana seems [...]

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ in New Orleans airs May 18

Watch amateur video from the final day of the build: Watch the day of the reveal.

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Dispatch from New Orleans: The polls have closed; the ayes have it

The polls are now closed on this question: Would following the restoration of an 1870s Katrina-damaged home in New Orleans be interesting to readers of this blog? The votes: Yes: 89%; No: 11% The ayes have it by a landslide. Ariane Wiltse, the homeowner, is also setting up a blog so she can chronicle her [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: Do you care about this?

I had the occasion to visit New Orleans recently and toured a Katrina-damaged home that had been restored in a green manner, which I wrote about in a previous post. I also toured the home pictured above, situated in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward, near the Global Green model home Brad [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans

Ariane’s story so far: May 11, 2008: Do you care about this? May 13, 2008: The polls have closed; the ayes have it May 21, 2008: An altar for the missing May 30, 2008: History salvaged from the side of the road June 3, 2008: The sweet sound of power tools June 25, 2008: From [...]

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