Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

$60,000 kitchen remodel was worth the wait

In 1974 — the year Renata Kanclerz and Lisa Coleman’s Hollywood Hills kitchen was previously remodeled — dark plywood cabinets, butcher-block counters and red brick backsplashes were considered cutting edge. Three decades later, however, those materials were too old to be hip and too young to be historic. So last year, Kanclerz and Coleman tore [...]

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Kitchen design for those who actually cook

Not everyone who remodels a kitchen will do much cooking in it. For some, the kitchen "work triangle" consists of the freezer, the microwave and the trash compactor. But if you actually cook, you may be interested in Los Angeles certified kitchen designer Don Silvers, who offers two unique services: • If you have your [...]

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Book Report: The New Bungalow Kitchen

If you’re a lover of bungalow homes and want a chance to drool, I suggest The New Bungalow Kitchen, a recently published Taunton Press book by Virginia architect Peter LaBau. "Classic charm meets modern convenience," the book jacket says. "Craftsmanship, comfort, and a little piece of history. This is what bungalow kitchens are all about." [...]

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Tile and paint: Extreme kitchen makeover on a budget

Santa Monica decorator Kitty Bartholomew, with whom I wrote a decorating book a while back, has a gift for making big changes on a very small budget. In the "before" version of this kitchen (pictured below), she was faced with several challenges: dark cabinets, dated gold tile and dated gold appliances. It would be easy [...]

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Amazing slate

Just as I’m ruminating on how much I love slate floors, I come across a posting on the Kitchen Designer blog concerning slate countertops. According to kitchen designer Susan Serra, the author of this blog, slate is the quiet, little known but serious player in countertops for kitchens. Who knew? It had seemed counter choices [...]

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A designer’s tip for budget granite counters

I asked local designer Enid Harris if she could recommend anyone who sold granite counters really cheap. Here’s what she said: “I don’t have any low-budget granite or slab people . . . nor would you want one! The best tip I can offer is the one I used: Ask a stone setter if they’d [...]

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Dear Green Builder: I’m obsessed with granite countertops . . .

. . . but I’m also obsessed with green building. Do I need an attitude adjustment? For some new ways of thinking about this, I consulted a green builder: Question: My dilemma is that I love granite counter tops and yet I want to do a green remodel. I’ve heard that granite is out of [...]

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Tired of your cabinet doors? Take them off

When Kitty Bartholomew moved into her 1940s Santa Monica bungalow, she didn’t have enough extra dough for a complete kitchen remodel. But she did want to infuse the all-white room with some color. Part of her strategy was to remove the doors of the upper cabinets, thus allowing her colorful dishes to add to the [...]

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Why do budgets bloat? A kitchen designer explains the phenomenon . . .

There’s often tension when a project goes over the projected budget. The homeowners might feel out-of-control, or weak-minded, or confused that it happened despite their resolve for it not to. Why, why, why does budget bloat happen? Commenter John Beaty has referred to it as “feature creep.” We also got a savvy explanation of this [...]

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Overcooked kitchen remodels cost too much?

“You could be spending a lot more and getting a lot less” when remodeling your kitchen, says Realty Times columnist Broderick Perkins, quoting from studies done by Consumer Reports. The magazine’s August issue includes: 10 Most-Hyped Products And What To Buy Instead. “Mistakes can be costly as well as disappointing, because the most loudly hawked [...]

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For West Hollywood actor Cyrus Deboo, a DIY kitchen brings life lessons

When he set out to renovate the kitchen of his West Hollywood condo, Cyrus Deboo discovered more than how to paint cabinets and lay a tile floor. The do-it-yourselfer also found out some things about patience and perseverance. “The incredible lesson I learned from that kitchen rivals anything I learned in therapy,” said Deboo, a [...]

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Q&A: When remodeling a kitchen, who ya gonna call?

Question: Help! We plan on remodeling our kitchen and opening it up to the family room, which will require removing a wall. My question is where do I start? Do I contact the architect, the contractor or the kitchen designer first? We are in the $90,000 to $100,000 budget range. — Karla Answer: Good question, [...]

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Q&A: When remodeling a kitchen, who ya gonna call?

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Green alternatives for countertops

Astute eco-reader David sends in this helpful missive: “We just found a great posting on green alternatives for countertops. The list includes Richlite (used in a new green house in Claremont, pictured at left) and others. It also talks about why other materials are not so eco-friendly.” The list is at Get With Green, which [...]

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Street tree coming down? It could be your new breakfast bar

What do you think happens to the trees that come down in our neighborhoods? Last year, I had three pines taken down because of the aggressive topping by the electric company under whose power lines the trees were growing. I was left with several piles of logs, which I finally persuaded a firewood seller to [...]

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A tiny Westwood kitchen in a New York state of mind

Can a kitchen be really tiny and really cool? Like it’s so cool I feel envy? Designer Enid Harris accomplished that very thing when she remodeled the kitchen in her Westwood townhouse. And here’s her story: (But first, a word from me. Do you want to show off your remodel on this blog? Study what [...]

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How I helped my parents remodel their Eagle Rock kitchen — Part 4

New to my story? Read Part 1 • • Read Part 2 • • Read Part 3 Sean here for the final post. Here is the finished kitchen, minus the backsplash, which I’m sure will add a lot of color and interest. As with most projects, it’s the last details that tend to get put [...]

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How I helped my parents remodel their Eagle Rock kitchen — Part 3

New to my story? Read Part 1 here Read Part 2 here Sean here. The kitchen remodel I’ve been helping my parents with is done. Well, sort of. The backsplash tile is not installed, and it will be some time before we do that. Ironically, while I have been pushing my parents toward more-dynamic, less-bland [...]

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How much does a kitchen remodel cost?

I’d like to respond to the question above — which I’ve been asked a lot over the years — with a question of my own: How much does a car cost? I just bought a car so I just happen to know: Cars cost $19,958.01. Oh, wait. That’s the cost of my 2007 VW Rabbit [...]

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How I helped my parents remodel their Eagle Rock kitchen — Part 2

New to my story? Read Part 1 first. Sean here. We are almost done with my parents’ three-month kitchen remodel. That’s a long time for people to be without a kitchen. It’s been hard on my mom. What made it more challenging is that we (mostly me) decided to put new flooring in the kitchen, [...]

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