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Famous Folks at Home — Whose kitchen is it?

Whoever owns this kitchen probably eats out a lot. The house is big, the celebrity is famous, the budget was probably unlimited. But this is not a cook’s kitchen. It’s missing counter space, for one thing. And any warmth. I love stainless steel, but not to this excess. And when you’re at the sink, what [...]

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Confessions of a professional house snooper

I’ve been snooping around remodeled houses since 1989 (first for the Santa Barbara News-Press when it was owned by the New York Times, then for the L.A. Times, and now for Kathy’s Remodeling Blog) and I guess I’ve got one of the best jobs on earth — visiting homes (or virtually visiting them via webcams [...]

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Is it a grab bar? Or a fashion statement?

It’s true: People don’t generally like the way grab bars look. The industrial feel of old-school grab bars brings to mind an institution of some sort. And so while it would make sense to install grab bars during any bathroom remodel, many homeowners don’t on account of the looks. These are from our friends at [...]

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New dimmer switch eliminates flicker in CFLs

Wish your compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) worked better with dimmer switches? Your wish has been granted thanks to a product launched this week at the International Builders' Show. The Decora CFL Slide Dimmer –hitting stores next month — is made by Leviton Manufacturing, a 104-year-old company based in New York. Until now, even specially [...]

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2009-2010 Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report

Here is a highly respected tool for determining the payback on your remodel. However, if you plan on living in your house for more than five years, you must factor in the quality of life increases as well as the payback on your investment. After all, is it a home where you live and shelter [...]

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NAHB honors three remodelers for excellence in universal design remodeling

November 16, 2009 – NAHB Remodelers recently announced three winners of its third annual Homes for Life Award, recognizing exceptional remodeling work for aging in place and universal design. Sponsored by Best Bath Systems, the awards were presented at the NAHB Remodelers gala during the Remodeling Show in Indianapolis last month. Carole Ponzio, CGA, CAPS, [...]

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With markets down, homeowners turning to phased remodeling

Whole-house remodels get turned into serial projects Residential remodels are no longer those once-in-a-lifetime projects that keep homeowners dreaming years on end before they ever pick up a hammer. Instead, many homeowners opt to do a series of remodels as their schedules, budgets and lifestyles evolve over time, according to the National Association of the [...]

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Renovation going strong in New Orleans

The remodeling industry is slow all over . . .  except for in New Orleans, where rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina continues in full swing. Above you see a century-old home in the Holy Cross area of the Lower 9th Ward being restored by the Preservation Resource Center. In this throw-away world, it does the heart [...]

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Like this site? Help support it

If you have found benefit in this site, would you consider being a supporter? The author of this site loves helping people puzzle through the process of remodeling. But doing this takes time and effort and skill. Without financial support, it cannot be sustained. If you like this site, you can show your appreciation by [...]

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What are you people searching for?

What recession? We who love our homes still seek to make them better. I was curious about what types of projects interest people these days, so I studied the Google searches that brought folks to Kathy's Remodeling Blog. From what I see, you are a curious group, in a good way. Here are some of [...]

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The magical digital camera

Ever wish you could see through walls? This magical skill comes in handy when you're thinking of cutting into a wall or moving a wall or changing it in some major way. Soon enough, the thought will come: "We don't know what's inside that wall." For instance, where are pipes and electrical runs? Where are [...]

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The Nightmare Remodel: What if you did everything right and things still went wrong?

Reader Doug did due diligence, hired a respected and licensed contractor, and still had problems. In fact, he found himself giving the contractor direction on how to do the job right. Here's what Doug wrote: What I would like to know is, as a new homeowner who knew next to nothing about remodeling, and who [...]

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More efforts to stop the junk mail already

Do you think I’m too codependent? When I write, call or email a company to stop already with the junk mail, I feel for the person at the other end, who might get a little deflated feeling that I don’t want their goods, coupons, flyers, catalogs and basic crap. But while that little negative feeling [...]

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Are some landscape plants TOO wonderful?

On my walks lately, I keeping coming across the type of plants you see in this photo. They are in bloom right now and so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. So you might wonder, as I have: why don’t I have any of these in my garden? It got me thinking that certain plants [...]

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Advertise on Kathy’s Remodeling Blog

Placement Top of right sidebar, just below current links. As each link expires and is not renewed, following links move higher. Type One-line link (Example: Ace Window Company) Time Periods Available 6 months or 1 year Investment 6 months — $180 1 years — $300 Payable only through PayPal Contact: Kathy Price NOTE: We do [...]

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Daily Dust Digest Archives

• The stackable patio chair has grown up [San Francisco Chronicle]• Would Frank Lloyd Wright approve? [L.A. Times]• Cooling off with smaller carbon footprint [Washington Post]• The $99,000 house competition [Jetson Green]• 2008 Editors’ Choice Awards [Tools of the Trade]• The lowdown on sandpaper [L.A. Times]• Offices that feel like home [Chicago Tribune]• California’s new [...]

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Starting a SoCal remodeling project? I want to know about it

How did I get so lucky? In this photo, you see how I spent part of last weekend in L.A., notebook and camera in hand, checking out a kid’s bathroom remodel. It’s for my 11-year-long Pardon Our Dust series in the Real Estate section. (You’ll get to read the whole story soon!) You’d think after [...]

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Home and garden calendar

APRIL Now through May 18: Philharmonic House of Design, tour new house with interiors and outdoor rooms designed by the American Society of Interior Designers, Orange County, open Tuesdays through Sundays, $30 to $35 25-26: Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo, free admission, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 25-27: Home Remodeling [...]

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SoCal home and garden events this weekend

Fri. (11): Spring Plant Sale, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Horticulture Garden Nursery, on the western edge of the campus, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri.-Sun. (11-13): Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena Sat. (12): April Showers of Flowers, plant sale, U.C. Irvine Arboretum, near the corner of Jamboree Road and Campus [...]

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Daily Dust Digest

• Is an “eco brat” judging your household? [San Francisco Chronicle]• Seven energy-saving eco-gadgets [Smart Money]• Green hotels LEEDing the way? [Los Angeles Times]• Four state buildings earn LEED Gold ratings [Business Wire]• Building green is getting cheaper [Sacramento Bee]• Photo Gallery: 24 Years of Hot Property: The Ruth Ryon era [Los Angeles Times] QUOTED: [...]

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