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The Thursday Rant: How about another grand?

Today’s Remodeling Rant comes to us from Ray Lancon: “I’m in the middle of my first remodel as part of my first adventure in real estate. I was told the remodel was going to be done April 27th. I’M STILL NOT MOVED IN. The most recent bump was the floor guy. Naively, I gave him [...]

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The Wednesday Rant: Are workers the new royalty?

This week’s Wednesday Rant comes to us from Los Angeles serial remodeler and real estate agent David Kean. His Rant: "The WORST THING about remodeling is by far getting anyone to show up as scheduled or at all. No one seems to want to do the medium to small jobs anymore. When someone actually calls [...]

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Weekly Rant: What’s the worst thing about remodeling?

I don’t know which is worse — a root canal or a remodel. At least a root canal’s fairly brief and when it’s done you can go back to your peaceful home and restore your equilibrium. Not so with a remodel. There’s no place to hide from the dust, noise and chaos, which goes on [...]

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Looking for a pretty good licensed contractor?

The question I get most from readers is: "Can you recommend a contractor?" I’ve got something better than that: A list of general contractors whose projects have been featured in my "Pardon Our Dust" series in the Los Angeles Times. I can’t really recommend a contractor, but the homeowners who hired these companies were so [...]

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N*E*W: SoCal Remodeling Links

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

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Memorial for a house

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 allow an old house to live on: • Repurpose the old framing lumber. It’s usually extremely good wood, much better than what [...]

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Plan to play contractor?

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 and endlessly patient, say homeowners who’ve taken on the job.” I like this idea in the story: to gain building experience by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Also from the [...]

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Caption contest: Voting is now closed

Here’s the photo, and the captions. Again, you can only vote once, but you can vote for as many as you like. (P.S. I’ve had to take some “gentle edits” to shorten a couple of captions as the polling software only accepts submissions up to 100 characters. Oops.) Good luck!

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Coming Monday: Ask an expert your remodeling questions

Got a remodeling question you’d really like to ask a remodeling contractor? On Monday, May 21, Pardon Our Dust Blog begins an occasional series that brings you Southern California remodeling experts willing to answer your questions. As time goes by, I may offer you a window expert, a flooring expert, a green building expert, a [...]

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Excellent remodels, happy homeowners: Is this a distorted view?

I’ll admit that my view of remodeling is distorted. I’ve spent the past 17 years interviewing hundreds of homeowners whose remodels turned out great, and hundreds of contractors who are their heroes. Right at this moment, there are three Southern California homeowners looking forward to an interview with me in the next couple of days [...]

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Book Report: 52 Weekend Makeovers

My first suspicion when a magazine publisher puts out a book is: Uh-oh, recycled magazine articles. Even the subtitle of the book — “Easy Projects to Transform Your Home Inside and Out” — made me wary. As any DIY-er can attest, projects in books are rarely as easy and painless as book authors, editors and [...]

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Doing it yourself: What’s the worst that can happen?

In retrospect, a young couple reported on today in “‘Dream house’ collapses on Sunnyside hill” should have hired experts to shore up the 1910 home’s crumbling foundation. Check out these photos of the collapsed fixer-upper in the San Francisco Chronicle. As one neighbor opined, the couple “may have gotten in over their heads.” Fortunately, no [...]

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Contractors at Home: What Do They Know?

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 for the brand recognition? Or Marvin, which are good for custom projects? Or Milgard because they’re not too expensive and are good quality? Or Jeld-Wen because of the myriad choices? [...]

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Remodeling Industry Associations

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 San Diego AIA Ventura County AIA Santa Barbara AIA California Central Coast AIA Golden Empire National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) NARI California At-large Members NARI San Diego [...]

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SoCal Building Departments

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 Check and Permit Fees Estimation LADBS Priority Plan Check for Green Building Projects LADBS Report a Property Violation Los Angeles County Building Codes and Permits Los Angeles County [...]

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Readers’ best 100 remodeling tips – Doing It Yourself

Doing It Yourself • Finish one project before you start another. In the middle of installing our new floors, my husband and his father built new cabinets in the dining room. So now we’re trying to get the cabinets stained and the floors done and we’re behind schedule on everything else because now nothing is [...]

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Shop — The Natural Bedroom — Gaiam

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