Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

Solid surface companies stop bad-mouthing granite, start selling it

The nice thing about engineered products like Corian or Silestone or CaesarStone is that a major company has manufactured the product and will stand behind it. That’s not so true with natural products pulled from the earth, like granite or marble or slate. And for years, makers of manufactured products have bad-mouthed granite. It needs [...]

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Heated up over cooking

I disagree with Ask the Builder columnist Tim Carter, who stated: “I think in the future people are going to be tired of cooking.” Carter was quoted in a Liz Pulliam Weston piece on remodeling trends, and he went on to say that pricey kitchen remodels may not make sense if people aren’t going to [...]

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Cheap granite: An oxymoron?

If you want granite but worry about the cost, here’s how you make it more affordable: 1. Use granite in one place only, like on the island, rather than in the whole kitchen. 2. Use granite tiles with a wood edge, rather than slab granite with bull-nose edging, which is very expensive. As setting tile [...]

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Is it a kitchen? Or a sculpture?

If you’ve got some extra cash in your jeans, you could do worse that giving yourself a kitchen remodel that’s also an artwork, like this beauty I visited in San Luis Obispo. The owner is a collector of local art, and works with the local art museum, so it was natural for her to hire [...]

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How Not to Remodel: A True Tale

Once upon a time there was a young man named Ian who lived in a cute house in Culver City. One day, Ian decided to build his dream kitchen. In his mind, there was a butcher-block counter and a sink with a huge faucet and hose sprayer, the better to fill his enormous pasta pots [...]

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Knob snob?

I drive all over Southern California looking at remodels — from Los Angeles to San Juan Capistrano to Lake Arrowhead to Santa Barbara and all points in between. And here’s a curious thing I’ve noticed. Half the time when I see really great cabinet knobs, the homeowners got them from the same source: MyKnobs.com. So [...]

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Pardon Our Dust Classic: Grappling with indecision

The fact that Judy and Roy Uehara’s dingy, cramped 27-year-old kitchen and adjacent family room were transformed into a luminous, elegant, granite- and maple-infused great room is a triumph of sorts (as, indeed, are most remodels). The first hurdle was the sensitive timing of the renovation, which, for financial reasons, had to be done after [...]

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GE Dishwasher Recall: Attack of the liquid rinse aid

If you bought a GE diswasher of a certain model between 1997 and 2001, and you are a fan of liquid rinse aid, you may have a problem. According to GE: In the affected models, the rinse aid can degrade the insulation on the wiring inside the door, which can cause an electrical short, overheating [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Temporary contemporary kitchen

I came across this kitchen at the Sherman Oaks home of actress and furniture designer Amanda Pays and her husband, actor Corbin Bernsen. Here was the couple’s dilemma when they bought their latest fixer-upper: They wanted to move themselves and their four sons into a clean, stylish house, but they weren’t ready to add the [...]

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Where the money went: DIY luxury kitchen

Here’s the best-looking DIY kitchen I’ve seen yet. No offense to the other DIY kitchens I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. They all had their charms. But this Los Angeles kitchen is so luscious. So strikingly handsome. The project took Liese and David 18 months, which is an awful long time to wash dishes in [...]

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Kitchen and bath trends: What are homeowners choosing?

What determines trends? Is it what the manufacturers are selling? Or what the designers are designing? Professional Remodeler magazine asked a different question: What are the homeowners choosing? A recent article, Kitchen and Bath Trends, is based on a survey of remodeling contractors across the country, who revealed these trends: — Oak cabinets are out, [...]

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Is granite passé?

Have we fallen out of love with granite? I would never ask this question except that an article by Liz Pulliam Weston on MSN Real Estate titled “The Hottest Remodeling Trends for 2011″ suggests that, yes, granite is old school, so 1990s. It states that people once liked the sleek hardness of granite, but now [...]

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Pardon Our Dust Classic: The $7,500 kitchen

Here’s one of my favorite kitchens, built by Corona homeowner Rick Taylor for $7,500 during a three-week vacation. But here’s the best part: Rick’s wife Stephanie did not want her household with two small children disrupted by the remodel. To address her concerns, Rick produced a spreadsheet showing her precisely how he could get it [...]

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Get the look for less — “Castle Chic” Kitchen

This room is meant to highlight the new GE Café series, but what really got my attention was the luscious look of the kitchen itself. (Click on photo for a larger view) So that got me thinking . . . how could a spectacular kitchen like this be done on a budget? Here are some [...]

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One word on cooking during a kitchen remodel: How?

Before the demolition crew arrives to tear out your old kitchen in favor a new one, consider this: How are you going to eat with no kitchen? Val and Bernie Van De Yacht (left) collected a stack of restaurant menus before their North Hollywood project started, and Val said it seemed like a vacation. Two [...]

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