Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

How not to paint your kitchen cabinet doors

There’s a cute and savvy seven-point tutorial over at the Becoming Home blog on how not to paint your kitchen cabinet doors. Here’s tip No. 2 from the author: Don’t Use Pure White Paint: You probably know this already, but no one (except me apparently) paints anything pure white — and with good reason. There [...]

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Two siblings, two identical kitchens, two totally different approaches

When Kathleen Schaaf and her younger brother Kevin bought a 1923 duplex together, their outdated kitchens — one downstairs, the other directly above it — were identical in one respect: “It was time to gut both of them,” Kevin Schaaf said. There the similarities ended. Kevin, a flight attendant, moved into the lower unit of [...]

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Ask a Realtor: Does laundry room or larger kitchen bring greater value?

Question: I have a galley-style kitchen with a laundry room on one end. I want to move the washer and dryer to the garage, remove the wall separating the laundry room from the kitchen and use that space to make my kitchen bigger. But when I sell the house, will buyers balk at the washer [...]

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How I helped my parents remodel their Eagle Rock kitchen — Part 1

My name is Sean, I’m 34 years old, and I have been helping my parents remodel the kitchen in their Eagle Rock home. We started about three months ago, and it’s almost done. While I knew from the beginning that the end result will be really nice — a larger space with an island, cherry [...]

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10 trends in green kitchens

According to HGTV, here are the 10 trends in greening up your kitchen, along with links to some resources: 1. Low-VOC countertops (pictured: Richlite counter in a Claremont home) 2. Energy-efficient appliances (Energy Star rated) 3. Sun-welcoming skylights (try Solatubes for tricky areas) 4. Renewable flooring (try natural linoleum, bamboo, or FSC-certified wood) 5. Smarter [...]

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Ask a Realtor: Should we cover our Corian counters with granite?

Question: I saw an episode of Flip That House where the house in Thousand Oaks had Corian counters in the kitchen and the flippers didn’t think that looked like a million-dollar house, so they covered the Corian with granite tiles. Later, the real estate agent said they should have taken the Corian off completely and [...]

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Where the money went: DIY kitchen remodel and dining room addition

Here are the actual costs for the kitchen remodel and dining room addition done by Lily and Arnie Richards in Downey. The couple did all the work themselves over a five-month period where they worked every weekend, evenings and during their vacation time. If you were to undertake a project like this, and were ready [...]

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The $1,400 kitchen

This kitchen, featured on the Dwell magazine website, was done for less than $2,000 (not counting DIY labor) with Ikea products. The total cost was about $1,400 partly because the guy who did it works for Ikea and got his employee discount, but he figures the rest of us could do it for less than [...]

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A custom stove hood: Arnie in Downey tells us how

When Arnie and Lily Richards remodeled the kitchen in their Downey home — doing every single task themselves — Lily’s wish list included a custom stove hood. Arnie was a little tired from the months-long process when the job of building the hood came up. But he’s a good husband, and so he made it [...]

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Who says the refrigerator and freezer have to be joined at the hip?

When you set out to design your new kitchen, the first question you have to ask is: Where do we put the refrigerator/freezer? Why? Because the unit is so darn big and bulky, right? But no longer does the hulking refrigerator have to restrict your layout options, at least not if you choose the new [...]

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New product: Instant tile backsplash

This new kitchen accessory from Broan (makers of those super-quiet exhaust fans, among other products) goes in the category of instant kitchen update for less than $500. Of course, only one spot in your kitchen will enjoy a new beauty — those few square feet of backsplash above your cooktop — but it will be [...]

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How to remodel a kitchen and add a new dining room for $27,642

While showing off her new kitchen/dining room addition one evening, Lily Richards explained to me why she and her husband, Arnie, never considered hiring a contractor to oversee the project. “We’re kind of conservative financially. . . ,” Lily began. “We’re cheap,” Arnie broke in. And, he added, “We’re too egocentric.” What’s more, the couple [...]

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Customers rate cabinetmakers

For the first time, J.D. Power has measured customer satisfaction for new cabinets. The Westlake Village-based research firm surveyed 842 customers in April and May who had bought cabinets in the previous year. Customers were asked about their satisfaction based on five factors (in order of importance): operational performance, ordering and delivery, design features, price [...]

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Dad’s brilliance? Keeping mom happy

When Claudia Jones told her husband, Rick, that she’d like to take down the wallpaper in the kitchen of their Agoura home, he came back with a radical idea: "Why don’t we just redo the whole kitchen?" The concept was extreme because the house was not yet a decade old, hardly mature enough to need [...]

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What if dreams dwarf the budget?

You know why this kitchen in Dani Taylor’s Northridge house is so good-looking? That’s because she had so many years to think about it while other projects took priority. First, Dani and her husband added on a family room for their blended family. Then, when the family grew bigger, a new master suite seemed more [...]

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Where the money went: Reese Lackey’s budget luxury kitchen

Appliances, fixtures: $8,900 Travertine floor: $1,700 Granite counter tops: $3,300 Electrical: $900 Replace window: $300 Painting, misc. hardware: $900 Total: $16,000 When Reese Lackey remodeled the kitchen in his 1927 Hollywood Hills house, he wasn’t worried about his tastes as he planned to flip the newly purchased house for a profit. His main goal was [...]

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Here’s another view of Reese Lackey’s budget luxury kitchen . . .

. . . that wouldn’t fit in the previous post. The reddish granite has a nice glow, and you can see the DCS range. That one lone upper cabinet could look goofy hanging there all by itself, but taking off the door and making it more of a display area was very effective. If the [...]

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Charles Chang’s victory: From junkyard to gem

Charles Chang struggled with opposing desires when he set out to become a first-time homeowner: to save money by buying a fixer-upper and maintain his tranquil lifestyle. “I’m in sales, so I’m always looking for a deal,” said Chang, 30, a district manager for a computer company. On the other hand, he said: “I’m a [...]

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Question from a reader on Charles Chang’s victory

After reading your article, I would like to see a follow up piece on exactly where every dollar was spent. My wife and I are planning an inexpensive remodel of 2 bathrooms and a kitchen and we’re at around $20,000. I know that the person listed in the story choose cost effective solutions, but my [...]

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Rate Rocco’s Remodel: Old cabinets, new doors

When he set out to remodel his Dana Point kitchen, firefighter Rocco DiFrancesco began by chipping the white tile off the old counters. It was not easy. It was good tile, and glued down well. When he finally got the tile off, he regretted the destruction. “I hate taking apart anything that’s tough and strong,” [...]

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