Archive for the 'The Polls' Category

Duh! So that’s why some homes have two master suites

Why do some homes have two master suites? Maybe I’m not overly bright, because until today I thought dual master suites were for when two families shared a house (which I thought was odd). But now I get it: Two master suites are for a couple who sleeps in separate rooms. According to a report [...]

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Poll: In a down market, is your kitchen remodel more or less likely to happen?

All around the country, the construction and remodeling pundits want to know: In a down market, are you more or less likely to remodel your kitchen? Both arguments have merit. Why a kitchen remodel is more likely now: You realize with falling values that you’re not moving any time soon, and so why not remodel [...]

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Two-thirds “annoyed” with HOA, survey says

Two-thirds of people who live in the jurisdiction of a homeowners association are "annoyed" by them, or worse, and 19% have been in what they call a "war" with their HOA. This is according to a survey of more than 3,000 customers by Service Magic. On the upside, 24% responded positively about HOAs. However, while [...]

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Weekly poll: Singlehood or couplehood best for remodeling?

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Weekly poll: Shower or bath most important?

When a reader suggested recently that nobody takes baths anymore, I had a serious reaction to that. My morning bath is almost like a religion. I get to read and soak and brush my teeth and moisturize and all kinds of neat activities that help me “peace out.” I can’t stand showers. How can you [...]

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Weekly Poll: Whose opinion matters most?

When a couple is planning a remodel, whose taste and opinion should matter most?(answers)

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Weekly Poll

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How long do we live in our houses?

I’ve been concerned for some time that we all move so often. The National Association of Realtors told me recently that we now sell our homes and move an average of every six years, rather than the seven-year statistic we’ve heard quoted so long. How can we fight for our neighborhoods, for good stewardship of [...]

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SoCal Remodeling Poll: What’s your pleasure?

I’ve been blogging nearly a month for the Los Angeles Times and I must say: It is a pleasure. I get to blog about the topic I’ve been studying for almost 20 years — remodeling — and I get to blog often! These little posts are perfect for an ADD type, don’t you think? Happily, [...]

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A new fireplace in your plans? You might want to rethink that

In an effort to clean up Southland air, some of the dirtiest air in the nation, regulators are considering proposals that would put restrictions on fireplaces, according to a June 2 article in The Times: Those proposals include a ban on wood-burning fireplaces in all new homes in Los Angeles, Orange and portions of San [...]

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Trex now more wood-like

There’s a lot to like about Trex or other composite decking materials. They don’t splinter, split, rot or need painting or staining. And they’re made from cast-off stuff like milk jugs and wood pallets. In fact, Trex claims it uses 50 percent of the grocery bags we recycle in the U.S., and that every year [...]

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Home Show Review — Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Are you sick to death of the manipulation of your emotions, the contrived tear-jerking scenes, the blatant product placement that is rampant on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? I’m not. Though when I saw the first show, I was horrified to see the crew mow down the old house and build a McMansion on the lot [...]

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SoCal Remodeling Poll: Are subcontractors or employees better?

What kind of remodeling company is best: One that uses most or all its own employees? Or one that uses mostly subcontractors, like plastering or electrical subcontractors? In nearly two decades of studying the remodeling industry, I can’t really say which is best. Some homeowners want only company employees working on their remodel, while others [...]

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So Cal Poll: Do you hire day laborers to work on your home?

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