Archive for the 'Granite' Category

Made in America — Alabama white marble

We should all be inspired by Anders Lewendal, a homebuilder in Bozeman, Montana, who is building what he considers the first home documented to be made entirely of American-made materials. He was featured recently in the New York Times. Lewendal, who has an economics degree, told The Times: “I think we could solve this recession if everyone shifted [...]

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Laundry room appliances too cute to hide

When Kristina Johnson and David Franke remodeled their California kitchen and laundry room, they did a surprising thing: left the door off the laundry room. Of course, I had a question about that missing door: “Why?” You might have to love appliances as much as Kristina and Dave do to understand the reasoning: The high-end, [...]

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Flaunting Ashton Kutcher’s luxury studio trailer is in very poor taste . . . but I wanna touch it!

As you well know, the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are going the other way. The whole economy is rigged that way and you wonder how long it will go on. As our new two-class economy unfolds, it seems disgusting for rich people to flaunt their riches, doesn’t it? So why [...]

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Maximum glamour, minimum budget in a tract-house kitchen remodel – UPDATE

UPDATE: Did you notice the curtains of Swarovski crystal sparkling at the Academy Awards on Sunday? Talk about glamour! The original post: There's really nothing all that spectacular about the remodel of Vicki Reitz's galley kitchen. Sure, she's got a lovely wood floor, and granite counters, and really nicely painted original cabinets. So, yes, the kitchen [...]

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A ‘new’ kitchen, but with the same cabinets

The kitchen after the remodel. The cabinets were not replaced, but given an excellent oil-based paint job. The same kitchen before the remodel. Notice how the refrigerator in the rear of the photo was moved to make room for more counter space. Shortly after Vicki Reitz and her husband bought a 2,500-square-foot postwar, split-level home, he [...]

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The $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel revisited

Last year, we enjoyed reading about a $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel with granite counters, tile back splashes and nice appliances. Now that the economy is terrible, it's time to revisit the topic of what I like to call "tightwad remodeling." To the right, you see the kitchen being used for Christmastime cooking.  And isn't that [...]

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Rate This Remodel: $20,000 Northridge kitchen

First, here are the facts: • The kitchen remodel in this 1971 Northridge tract house cost $20,000 and was done in three weeks. (Click on the photos to get a larger view)• Homeowner Dani Taylor did none of the work herself, but hired a contractor well known in the neighborhood.• Dani had many years to [...]

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The new kitchen? ‘It’s 100% us’

The new kitchen? It’s ’100% us’ A Glassell Park couple get personal in their latest redo — down to the cat-feeding station. As Kristina Johnson and David Franke discovered while remodeling their Glassell Park kitchen, taking charge of the job — drawing the plans, buying materials, supervising contractors for some work and doing a portion [...]

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A granite floor? Why not?

The great thing about living in a metropolitan area is your access to so many shops, supply houses and enterprises. Daniel Gonzales and Janice Stango took full advantage of this when they set out to convert their old, dirt-floored garage in North Hollywood into a sitting area (they will build a carport to replace it [...]

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