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Book Report: ’50 Plus One Tips When Remodeling Your Home’

If you want to undertake a home remodel but have no idea how to get started, here’s one way to proceed: Type “remodeling” into an Internet search engine such as Google and spend about two weeks reading everything you can set your eyes on. Or, you could pick up a copy of "50 Plus One [...]

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House poetry: ‘Protecting Solitude’

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. You will not hear doorbells ring though you may hear the barking of a dog. I will answer through a [...]

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Do architects know how houses are built? Not really

Architect Arrol Gellner’s essay in the L.A. Times Real Estate section explains that architects don’t generally know much about construction. Surprised? Here’s what he says: If there’s one complaint I hear again and again from contractors, tradespeople and anyone else involved in the practical end of building, it’s this: "Why don’t architects have to serve [...]

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Students imagine the future of housing

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 a competition that asks students (as well as professionals) to come up with ideas for future housing that figure deconstruction and reuse into their plans. The winners [...]

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Dream Home Diaries: Breaking ground (finally!)

Back in November 2006, writers Paul B. Brown and Allison Davis set out to build their dream home. How hard could it be? Trouble is, they live in Massachusetts and their dream home is on a tiny island in Florida. And, they have never done this before. So, yeah, the learning curve has been great. [...]

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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 estate market the best time to remodel? Who do you recommend? ‘Not So Big House’ DVD now available Dear Green [...]

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Blog about your remodel? It’s all good

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 know his motivation: Why did you decide to blog about your addition? One, we wanted to share our designs with friends and family. [...]

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• • 2008 SoCal home

• • 2008 SoCal home improvement calendar • • • • Kitchens • • Baths • • Polls • • SoCal remodels • • • • Contractor issues • • Check a contractor’s license • • • • Green remodeling • • Q&A • • Design • • New products • • • • The [...]

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Southern California house blogs

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 Bungalow Where the Los Angeles homeowners wax lyrical about their old/new home. Our 1916 Craftsman Bungalow An eclectic house blog of a young married couple and their [...]

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Happy Fourth of July

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 — allowing workers with sledge hammers and reciprocating saws and nail guns into one’s sanctuary in the hope for a better future — truly lives [...]

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Book Report: Remodel This!

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 it’s pretty much the same as it’s always been: Figure out what you want, find someone to do it, pay a lot of money, rip [...]

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Wanted: An upcoming kitchen or bath remodel to blog about

I am looking for an upcoming Southern California kitchen or bath remodel to follow on this blog. Here’s how it works: If you and I decide your project would be a good one to blog about, you write a few diary entries per week and take a few digital photos that I would post, and [...]

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Move every few years? Not this artist

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 a feeling for Gilah’s home, you could study one of her paintings: mysterious, mystical, flowing, teeming with nature. According to a review [...]

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And for the celebrity angle . . . Wes Craven sues Pauly Shore for bad renovations

Wes Craven, the 67-year-old director of “Scream” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week against Pauly Shore, the 39-year-old “Encino Man” star, for damage to Craven’s home allegedly caused by Shore’s horror-inducing home improvements. Shore has reportedly denied the charges. Specifically, the suit alleges, poorly done renovation [...]

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Remodeling tips for Paris Hilton

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 woman. She said: Let’s do this thing. And she got it done. Maybe Martha’s five months in the slammer were easier to handle than [...]

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Sunday Roundup: Home improvement goodies from the weekly Web

Patching a crack in concrete Los Angeles Times Building a deck: There’s a material difference Los Angeles Times Green remodeling: One room at a time HGTV Pro Countywide Home Loans offers ‘One-Time Close Major Renovation Loan’ PR Web Modern homemakers: More and more women are taking remodeling and repairs into their own hands Fort Worth [...]

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The Saturday Rant: What’s up with these engineered wood floors?

This is not so much a Remodeling Rant as it is a Remodeling Regret. As reader Jeannie reports: "I recently had my carpets replaced throughout the house with wood. However, I regret settling for ‘engineered wood,’ which is supposed to be ‘real wood’ but made of a composite compressed with a thin top layer of [...]

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Remodeling wisdom from a real expert: a homeowner

Reader Babbette has been kind enough to share some of what she’s learned in 20 years of owning, fixing and remodeling homes. Read this post. This is gold: First, and most important: Think of remodeling as an engineering project. Things will go wrong. Expect them to go wrong. Be ready to be flexible. Have a [...]

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The Friday Rant: ‘Next time I’m just moving!’

Today’s Remodeling Rant comes to us from reader Dawn Bowen. She rants: “The worst thing about a remodel is FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE — people who are honest about their abilities, who show up when they’re supposed to, who do quality work (i.e., do it “right,” not half-assed) and who do not destroy all of [...]

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The Perils of House Painting: What do we tell Frank’s wife? Is he getting a fair deal? Or is he getting ripped off?

Frank is in a pickle. He’s having his house painted and his wife thinks he’s getting fleeced. What do you think? Here’s Frank’s story: "I’m having my house painted. It is a one-story stucco with 2,000 square feet of floor space with lots of fascia trim and tall, floor-to-ceiling windows with mullions and headers (about [...]

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