Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

Indoor air polluted by paint fumes? Not for me, thank you

So I asked the guys at my local paint store about no-VOC and low-VOC paints. As you may know, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, but you could also call them volatile chemical compounds. They are emitted as gases from paints and glues and sealants and other products and make people sick. Or, as the [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Act 1, Scene 2

Hi, this is Patti posting. I’m helping my friend Joni with her condo kitchen project. A little update: We are focusing in on a lighting solution — a track in the middle of the ceiling where there is now a single fixture. The track will allow Joni to direct the various bulbs where she needs [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: Act 1

This is Joni’s SoCal kitchen. And this is Patti contemplating Joni’s kitchen. Patti and Joni are nurses who work together. Patti has a great sense of style — her hair, her clothes, her house, her life. So when Joni decided she wanted some of that style for her own kitchen, she asked Patti to help. [...]

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Love this green tile

As I’m perusing tile stores to get ideas for my own backsplash, I come across a photo of this gorgeous green glass tile. It’s in a house featured by the L.A. Times Home Section in an article title, appropriately, Exploding with color. What struck me was the use of the same color in all the [...]

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Choosing kitchen paint colors in this land o’ plenty

I promised myself I’d be super careful when choosing my kitchen colors. Why? These events: First and foremost, and my daily reminder, is the garish green that got painted onto my exterior trim when I asked the budget painter guy to match colors on a house I’d seen. There I was, the morning the crew [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen remodel: The project so far

1. Watch a video of Patti explaining the remodel goals2. Check out Joni’s lighting choices3. See a slide show of the track light going up and the cabinet coming down4. Choosing cabinet color and considering backsplash tile5. Getting started on the painting6. Loving the glazed green top coat7. Picking the palette8. What to do about [...]

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Combatting counter clutter

As I plan to paint and lighten up my kitchen, to spend around $200 on a beautiful, yet-to-be-determined backsplash and under-counter lighting, I got to thinking about how much stuff is on my counters. Do I need all that stuff out ALL the time? When I visit kitchens for my articles, the homeowners seem to [...]

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Envy in Santa Ynez

In all the years I’ve been writing about remodels (nearly 20) and in all the gorgeous homes I’ve visited (more than 500), I’ve only felt envy three times. One of those times was as the Santa Ynez Valley home featured this week in the L.A. Times Home Section: Pastures that echo the South of France. [...]

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Meaningful remodeling: recycled-glass knobs that help homeless

While searching for cabinet hardware, I came across these glass knobs made by Aurora Glass. They are made of 100% post-consumer recycled glass and sales of them benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eugene, Ore., which helps homeless people and others having a hard time in life. I love the idea of choosing [...]

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The green kitchen remodel: adding moldings to existing doors

As you may recall, my current kitchen is a somewhat garish blue and orange with sage green counters. What is it with me and garish colors? Do you think I’m still trying to be noticed, to overcome a childhood feeling of invisibility? Nah! For my rethought remodel, I’m definitely keeping my current cabinets. They are [...]

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My kitchen remodel: rethinking the whole thing

In the years since my husband Bill and I moved into this house, we’ve spent many fine hours fantasizing about what we could do with this kitchen — punch up the ceiling, pop out the wall into the dining room, create a big island with a cooktop. And so on. But two growing concerns — [...]

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Get a bigger kitchen by liberating your laundry room

Word at the Builders Show: Buyers of new homes want bigger and better laundry rooms. But the remodeling homeowners I visit in SoCal want just the opposite, to incorporate the space of the laundry room into the kitchen, to make the kitchen bigger. But then you have the problem of where to put the washer [...]

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Eagle Rock kitchen gets a fresh look

Although the sleek new kitchen in Bethany Orlemann and Danny Miller’s vintage Eagle Rock bungalow took only eight weeks to build in the summer of 2007, planning it was a three-year affair. The couple’s meandering path to a new kitchen took a series of twists and turns that began with Orlemann researching design magazines and [...]

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At a Glance: Eagle Rock kitchen gets a fresh look

Project: Kitchen remodel in an Eagle Rock bungalow Designer: Bethany Orlemann Contractor: Norm Peters, H&S Cabinets & Construction, Glendale, www.handshomecenter.com, (818) 249-1156 Windows and doors: Taylor Bros. Architectural Products, Los Angeles, www.taybros.com, (323) 805-0200 Countertops: Expo Design Center, Monrovia, (626) 599-3400 Countertop installation: Pacific Stone Designs, Commerce, www.pacificstonedesigns.com, (323) 869-9764 Interior painting: Brothers Painting, Raffi [...]

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Where the money went: Eagle Rock kitchen remodel

Where the money went: Eagle Rock kitchen gets a fresh look Construction (covered by general contractor: plumbing, electric and cabinetry): $43,000 Includes: demolition gut to studs, remove interior walls, framing new doorway and windows, drywall, rough and finish electrical (includes replacing old knob and tube wiring, relocate and upgrade new service panel), rough and finish [...]

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A galley-licious kitchen redo

I do some writing for a Better Homes & Gardens magazine and when I present my editor with a great remodel in a galley kitchen she tells me they can’t use galley kitchens because they are too difficult to photograph. And I’m like, well most people have galley kitchens. And she’s like, we still can’t [...]

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A pet feeding station? It’s about time

This item falls under the category of "Duh." With 74.8 million owned dogs and 90 million owned cats in the United States (according to a recent survey by the Humane Society), you kind of wonder why pet feeding stations are not standard in new homes. The feeding station pictured here was built into the Glassell [...]

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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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The $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel

An enterprising homeowner in the Portland, Ore. area set out to do a luxury kitchen remodel for $10,000, according to his blog (which is anonymous, so we have to take this story with a certain amount of skepticism). He did go a bit over budget at $12,040, he writes, but that’s not bad. He made [...]

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SoCal backsplash bonanza

Or, what your neighbors have been up to. Click here for details. Question: Which one do you like best?

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