Archive for the 'Q&A' Category

Q&A — How to remodel to protect children with allergies?

Question: My two daughters suffer from allergies and asthma. When we remodel next year, we need to end up with cleaner indoor air. What should we do? Answer: My first thought is that you should not live there during the remodel. Even with control measures, construction dust will infiltrate your house. Drywall dust is the [...]

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Remodeling with allergies in mind

 Photo: Remodeled house in Southern California. For allergy sufferers, hardwood floor are the way to go. From the Indianapolis Star: Question: How can I make sure the materials I use in my remodeling project are safe for a family member with allergies? Answer: The best place to start is by talking with an allergist. Details [...]

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Refinish or replace the bathtub?

Q: My bathtub is a mess, and a friend told me to consider refinishing. I read online that bathtub re-glazing might not be the wisest thing. I've always wanted a clawfoot bathtub, but maybe it's not too practical. To further complicate things, there is a possibility that my mother will come live with me, so [...]

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She Said He Said: Who should be the general contractor?

A columnist (Kathy Price) and a contractor (Bill Robinson) duke it out on questions about remodeling. QUESTION: My husband and I are planning a big renovation to our home, including building a new kitchen and family room, remodeling all the bathrooms, and putting in new windows. I always assumed my husband would act as general [...]

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Q&A: What tax credits can I get for fixing up my home?

Question: How has the new Stimulus bill affected the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements?   Answer from Energy Star:   On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the "Stimulus Bill" (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. These changes apply to products "placed [...]

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Q&A: What tax credits can I get for fixing up my home?

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Dear Kathy: Fix or replace my ruined doors?

Dear Kathy: I am planning a major remodeling in a 12-year-old house we just bought and I’ve been reading your blog articles for the past week. I found them very informative and inspiring. Most importantly, they are very practical and also very fun – a rare combination to find among remodeling articles nowadays! Now I [...]

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Ask an Expert: Repair or replace damaged deck?

Question: My house was built 20 years ago with a second-story redwood deck that is about 250 square feet. The deck has been stained, power-washed and decently maintained. But some of the deck joists and all four uprights have been diagnosed with dry rot/fungus and dry-wood termites. Should I replace the damaged joists and uprights [...]

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Q&A: How to paint a brick fireplace?

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Q&A: How to paint a brick fireplace?

Question: I have hated my brick fireplace since day one of living in my otherwise-fabulous home. I have considered removing the brick altogether and creating a brand-new one by placing stucco over it with a mantle, or painting the brick white and adding a rich, dark wooden mantle on top. Actually, a Williams-Sonoma home store [...]

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