Archive for the 'The Polls' Category

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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DIY paintings: Hot or not hot?

For a cool contemporary home, these DIY paintings might be fun and flexible. These look so sophisticated. But actually, they’re simply canvases stretched on wood frames covered liberally with gesso-thickened paint. And where in the world would artists be without the miracle of gesso? Just moving one colored canvas in or out of a scene [...]

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The Human Footprint: Take the survey

The Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire life’s consumption in one place at one time. The website includes these 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s my status and my goals. Post [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Whose shoe closet is this? Here are some hints: • This person has more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, many of them in storage. • This shoe lover’s closet is in a 12,000-square-foot home. • Renowned decorator Mario Buatta helped design this closet. • The floor is bleached wood and gold leaf and was designed [...]

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Famous folks at home quiz

Whose living room is this? ANSWER (Photo: Architectural Digest) See more famous folks at home

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Poll: Should green building be mandated?

Home builders tend to be pro choice when it comes to green building. And who can blame them? I know I don’t like to be told what to do, especially if it’s going to cost me time, effort and/or money. Still, what would our housing be like if current building codes were voluntary? What if [...]

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Poll: Should homeowners be required to repair sidewalks?

If the L.A. City Council goes forward with a money-saving proposal, homeowners under its jurisdiction will be required to repair broken sidewalks in front of homes upon resale, according to an article in today’s Los Angeles Times. Requiring home-improvement action upon the sale of a home is not unheard of. City of L.A. homeowners are [...]

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SoCal remodeling trivia: down payment to a contractor

I’ve called this trivia, but it’s not trivial. Here’s the question: What is the most a California contractor can collect up front for home improvement work? A. The down payment cannot be more than $1,000 or 10% of the contract price, whichever is less. B. The down payment cannot be more than $5,000 or 10% [...]

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Need a taller fence? Poll says most of us have a nosy neighbor

Here’s the chilling opening to a press release I got recently: Quick — exactly what time did you leave for work this morning? Not sure? Well, maybe your neighbor knows. A new ServiceMagic.com poll revealed that nearly two-thirds of respondents claim to have (or have had) a nosy neighbor living nearby. Of the 1,100 people [...]

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Subway tile: On the way out? Or still in?

The real reason I’m so dismissive of trends is that I’m lousy at spotting them until they’re nearly over. Those in the know have been using subway tile for a few years, and I wonder: Is it still trendy or over? Should I make this economical choice for my own remodel? In the top left [...]

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The Pardon Our Dust Polls: You people surprise me!

The world inside my head is very simple: I know what I know and assume the rest of the world is on the same wavelength. But maybe not. Whenever I put up a remodeling poll, I have my own ideas about how the voting will go. And I’m often surprised by the results. For instance: [...]

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Poll: Should the power company be able to adjust your thermostat?

**UPDATE: Jan. 16: “State officials have ditched a plan to require remote-controlled thermostats in homes and businesses.” (San Francisco Chronicle) But you may be able to request one if you’re so inclined. Read more** Here’s one way to prevent blackouts during times of high power demand: Equip homes and businesses with remote-control thermostats that allow [...]

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What? I need a permit for that new light fixture?

Pleased with my new bathroom light, I naturally wanted to blog about it. Then it occurred to me: Was I supposed to get a permit for this? I can’t very well be a blogger for the L.A. Times and be a scofflaw at the same time. So I looked it up on my county’s website, [...]

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Poll: Should bathroom light point up or down?

A reader sent in this question and I’m glad because I’m having the same quandary. The question: I’ll be purchasing lighting for above a bathroom mirror. Which is better? Mounting the fixture so the lights point down or point up? Currently there is a bar fixture so I have no experience with this lighting issue. [...]

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Shower vs. bath to save water? no, No, NO!

A CNN story today on Al Gore’s new green remodel in Nashville gives some tips on going green. No. 1 tip: Give up baths in favor of showers. The story intones: "Take a shower instead of a bath. Showers use considerably less water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a five-minute shower requires 10 to [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Craftsman-style exterior

The story you are about to hear is shocking, so don’t fall off your chair when I tell you: The remodel of this 1948 Hawthorne home was designed by a 16-year-old, David, and built by him and his father Norbert, a schoolteacher, during a summer break. Since then, David has been accepted into the respected [...]

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Too much weird green?

The red I’ve chosen for my house is absolutely awesome. Perfect. Fills me with joy. But the green trim? I’m not sure it’s the perfect color. But there’s something I like about it, love it actually, but in limited amounts. Here are the three scenarios we’re considering: 1. Lots of green, on the fascia, around [...]

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Ideas for new home shows: Which would YOU watch?

So the Hollywood writers’ strike is on and we’ve all to do our part, fill in the gap, step up to the plate, pull up our bootstraps and all the other clichés that pop up when there are no real writers on the job. Some of us on the Pardon Our Dust Blog have come [...]

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Rate This Remodel: three fireplaces in three cities

With winter supposedly coming our way, thoughts may turn to fireplace upgrades. Here are three fireplace remodels readers have been kind enough to share with me. I’d like to know which is your favorite, based on all criteria, including cost. 1. Craftsman: The top left fireplace is in San Diego, and the owner tells me [...]

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