Archive for the 'Polls' Category

Hot or Not Hot? Brad Pitt Homes in the Lower 9th Ward

As you may know, Brad Pitt helped create the Make It Right Foundation, which has the goal of building 150 new homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The area was decimated when the defective walls of the Industrial Canal gave way after Hurricane Katrina blew past, making the destruction part of the [...]

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Quiz: Which is the biggest energy hog at home?

Before we start generating energy onsite with solar panels and geothermal, we should cut down on any needless uses of energy in our homes. That way, we’ll need fewer solar panels to give us all the energy our homes need. But we are mostly in the dark (pun intended) when it comes to energy use. [...]

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The truth about HGTV’s House Hunters? Take the poll

First off, I’m addicted to House Hunters on HGTV. Well, I was addicted. Then I started looking into some allegations on the Internet that the show is really quite phony. For instance, some say the clients have already closed escrow on a house and the other two houses they are trying to choose from are [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? — The small kitchen of my dreams

I’m enthralled with this small kitchen, which I saw in an article by kitchen designer Susan Serra, author of The Kitchen Designer. What’s so appealing here? The antique wood floors are most beautiful. Susan points out that the direction the boards run, along the length of the kitchen, rather than the width, draws your eye [...]

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2010 Trends — Is contemporary out? Already?

In 2008, I posed this question in a poll: Is contemporary style on its way out? My theory was that hard economic times would propel people into the comfort of traditional styles. I used this June 2008 photo from Architectural Digest to illustrate the shift. Notice the farm style table and warm floors to balance [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? Brad Pitt Homes in the Lower 9th Ward

As you may know, Brad Pitt helped create the Make It Right Foundation, which has the goal of building 150 new homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The area was decimated when the defective walls of the Industrial Canal gave way after Hurricane Katrina blew past, making the destruction part of the [...]

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Poll — Top 10 green building trends for 2010

The Earth Advantage Institute has given this matter a lot of thought, and here are what it considers the Top 10 green building trends for 2010 (stop me if you’ve heard these before): 1. The smart grid and connected home. 2. Energy labeling for homes and office buildings. 3. Building information modeling (BIM) software. 4. [...]

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What’s your least favorite DIY task?

When I visited Arnie and Lily Richards at home in Downey, California, they were naturally proud of the new dining room they added, and the adjacent kitchen they remodeled. You can see it here and it’s nice, isn’t it? And the couple did every single thing themselves, with their own hands — demolition (friends helped [...]

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435-square-foot apartment feels airy and spacious

I’m enthralled with this 435-square-foot apartment in Greenwich Village, N.Y. It has only one window, in the living room, yet the space feels light and open. What you see here is the living room from each end, with the kitchen on one side, and the bedroom on the other side through glass doors. (Click photo [...]

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Hot or Not Hot? Giant wall stencils

The New York Times had a pretty good concept for a series: Remake five rooms around the city for $300 each. In these times of job losses and declining prosperity, $300 is still a lot of money but not too much. In a living room on Long Island, $250 of the budget was eaten up [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

This kitchen works for me. I could definitely cook next to a fireplace, couldn’t you? So who lives here? Here are some facts: • The house, in the rolling hills of Montana, was built to look old. • The stone around the fireplace and doorway is from Montana. • Some flooring planks were salvaged from [...]

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Laundry room/bathroom combo a great idea

In a previous post, Andrew C. wondered how to best use the extra space on the ground floor of his Crofton, Md., townhouse. He wanted both a larger laundry area and a bathroom. Several readers gave good suggestions. Helen thought up a different configuration for the space with room for a big bath and a [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Isn’t this a lovely garden room? The owner calls it a teahouse and may not visit for months on end because of a busy schedule. The garden was designed by Dan Bifano, who has also designed gardens for such high-profile clients as Barbra Streisand. The garden is filled with roses, wisteria, hydrangeas and plants like [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Carrie’s ‘Sex and the City’ apartment

I guess the apartment where Carrie Bradshaw researched and wrote her columns in the "Sex and the City" television show probably did need a makeover. Several years had passed from Carrie’s life on the small screen to her promotion to the big screen, and we all need to evolve. Carrie’s guests needed to stop sitting [...]

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Poll: Is contemporary style on the way out?

As shocking as it may seem to fans of young, hip, cool, midcentury contemporary design, this style will not be popular forever. Stick around on the planet for a few decades, and you’ll understand all too well that today’s "modern" is tomorrow’s "hopelessly dated." Whenever I find homeowners denigrating Mexican tiles or avocado green appliances [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: The polls have closed; the ayes have it

The polls are now closed on this question: Would following the restoration of an 1870s Katrina-damaged home in New Orleans be interesting to readers of this blog? The votes: Yes: 89%; No: 11% The ayes have it by a landslide. Ariane Wiltse, the homeowner, is also setting up a blog so she can chronicle her [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: Do you care about this?

I had the occasion to visit New Orleans recently and toured a Katrina-damaged home that had been restored in a green manner, which I wrote about in a previous post. I also toured the home pictured above, situated in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward, near the Global Green model home Brad [...]

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Hot or not hot? Tin can wall covering

This wall covering made from tin can tops, as seen in the New York Times, has a certain appeal. But there’s something a little creepy about it, as well. Or is it just me? (Photo: New York Times)

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Kim Myles: Do you like her show now?

Yesterday we saw another segment of Kim Myles’ new HGTV show “Myles of Style” and I’m wondering: Do you like it now? So far here, we’ve had more negative than positive comments. Carmen wrote: “I think the show stunk with lack of know-how and class.” (Read full comment) Keri wrote about the first episode: “Off [...]

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Which is your favorite magazine cover?

Ever dream of being a magazine editor? Now you can experience what it’s like to choose the cover of a magazine. This Old House is inviting readers to vote on one of these four covers for the June issue. Which do you like best? Vote here and see how others voted. The four cover images [...]

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