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Caption contest — We have a winner!

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Congratulations to Jennifer Chapman! Here is the winning caption, which got the most votes: "The LAPD reported a dramatic increase in DIY arrests over the holiday [...]

House poetry: ‘Protecting Solitude’

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I live in a house of transparent adobe that you cannot see and you cannot touch. Just try to come knocking on my door sometime when you are drawn by the music and the light. [...]

Students imagine the future of housing

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When students imagine the future of housing, it’s not surprising their visions are influenced by computers, RFID tracking chips and cars. That seems to be the trend in [...]

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August 2007 A bamboo sink? Uh, I dunno . . . Have a hard time picturing new space? Get a scale model made Young designers learn the facts of remodeling life Is a down real [...]

Blog about your remodel? It’s all good

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When John Park (shown here with daughter Bea) did an addition to his Burbank home, he created a blog, Park Haus Addition, to share his adventure with the world. We wanted to [...]

• • 2008 SoCal home

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• • 2008 SoCal home improvement calendar • • • • Kitchens • • Baths • • Polls • • SoCal remodels • • • • Contractor issues • • Check a [...]

Southern California house blogs

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Park Haus Addition Following a Burbank home addition. Our Cosmetic Fixer Jason and Lori discover that their 1926 Spanish home in Los Angeles needs more than paint. 1921 [...]

Happy Fourth of July

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After covering home improvement for most of the past two decades, and writing profiles of nearly 600 projects, I know one thing for sure: A person who undertakes a remodel [...]

Book Report: Remodel This!

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Do we really need another book on how to get through a home remodel? I mean, people have been remodeling since they started hanging pelts over cave openings, right? And [...]

Move every few years? Not this artist

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Artist and professor Gilah Hirsch has lived in her Venice home since 1974, and she has no plans to leave. Rather, she continues to make it into a very personal space. To get [...]

Remodeling tips for Paris Hilton

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From the Bloom Where You Are Planted Incarcerated Dept.: Next time I go to jail, Martha Stewart will be my role model, not Paris Hilton. Martha took her sentence like a [...]

N*E*W: SoCal Remodeling Links

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Pardon Our Dust Alumni: Designers and Architects Pardon Our Dust Alumni: General Contractors County and City Building Departments Remodeling Industry [...]

Memorial for a house

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I admit it: I get emotionally attached to houses. When they get torn down, or parts of them are demolished during remodeling, I feel a loss. Do you? Here are some ways to [...]

Plan to play contractor?

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If so, check out this story, “So you want to be your own contractor,” in this weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle. The subhead is: “Be super-prepared [...]

Contractors at Home: What Do They Know?

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Are you overwhelmed, confused, paralyzed with indecision? It sounds like you’re trying to make selections for your remodel. For instance, should you select Andersen windows [...]

Remodeling Industry Associations

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) AIA Los Angeles AIA Pasadena-Foothill AIA Long Beach-South Bay AIA San Fernando Valley AIA Orange County AIA Inland California AIA [...]

SoCal Building Departments

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Check on a contractor’s license status City of Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety (LADBS) LADBS Home Owners Guide to Additions and Remodeling (PDF) LADBS Plan [...]
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