Archive for the 'Windows' Category

Enlightened journeys

I’ve been especially enchanted with several house photos in my collection, and I finally realized what they have in common: All of the homes use natural light to make the journeys from room to room more pleasant. The top photo shows Claire Gunning, 8, walking down the stairway in her family’s Hermosa Beach home, which [...]

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Architect Portfolio: Hermosa Beach house on a teeny lot

The more I study this “green” house, the more I like it. Of course, it’s more of a teardown and rebuild than a remodel, but the lot size — at 30 feet by 50 feet — presented plenty of challenges. The 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house, which is two blocks from the beach in Hermosa, was designed for a [...]

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Save the Windows — an emotional video plea from Preservation Nation

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A wall of windows in the kitchen

Here at Kathy’s Remodeling Blog, I may be destined to one day have a kitchen with a wall of windows because each time I see a kitchen like this, I feel a pull on my heart. Here are some examples: A kitchen in Sonoma, California, that overlooks a courtyard, in USA Today   A kitchen in [...]

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Weatherstripping Doors and Windows: Fall Maintenance – DIY Life

The shortening days of autumn are a hint that winter is just around the corner. They’re also our cue to start considering ways to keep the house warm and toasty – without going broke. What’s eating up your energy bill? Often, the major culprits are as simple as your home’s doors and windows: prime escape [...]

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Looking for a new career? A lot of old wood windows need restoring

I’ve been self-employed my whole career and I could not be happier. No matter what the economy is doing, a scrappy freelancer can find work. If I was casting about for a new career, I might consider becoming a restorer of old wood windows, like this woman featured in an Old House Journal article. Pam [...]

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Fake videos from Integrity Windows go viral

A few videos recently showed up on YouTube showing construction dudes doing amazing feats with nail guns and such. The videos went viral and were seen millions of times. However, it turns out those construction guys were actors and the videos were made by Integrity Windows and Doors, a division of Marvin Windows. I think [...]

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From the Why Don’t More People Do This Department — The natural backsplash

If you want to bring natural light into a kitchen, you’ve usually got to sacrifice some upper cabinets. Typically, kitchens have one window: above the sink. And if you’re really daring, you can put in a skylight. But if you’re addicted to natural light, as I am, you look for other ways. This kitchen, by [...]

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Sarah Susanka designs her dream window

Do you remember Susan Susanka, the guru of the not-so-big-house movement? Well, this architect can do it all — design homes, design interiors, write bestsellers and present moving speeches to thousands of enthralled attendees in packed ballrooms. Plus, I can tell you from my journalistic encounters with Sarah, she is a very kind person. And [...]

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A greener house fit for man and beast

For Seattle resident Andy Luk, it's always been about his dog, Spiff. The massive mutt is as much a fixture in Luk's home as his collection of Asian- and nature-inspired artwork and delicate antique furniture. The reason Luk found his hillside home in the first place? Spiff. Almost a decade ago, Luk was taking Spiff [...]

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Window Covering Safety Council recalls to repair all Roman and roll-up blinds due to risk of strangulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are announcing today a voluntary recall to repair all Roman shades and roll-up blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children. This recall involves millions of Roman and roll-up blinds. About five million Roman shades and [...]

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Q&A: What tax credits can I get for fixing up my home?

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Q&A: What tax credits can I get for fixing up my home?

Question: How has the new Stimulus bill affected the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements?   Answer from Energy Star:   On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the "Stimulus Bill" (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. These changes apply to products "placed [...]

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Dispatch from New Orleans: History salvaged from the side of the road

There are two basic ways of thinking about old windows in post-Katrina New Orleans. On one hand, old windows are rich with history and architectural detail. On the other hand, they can be cracked, broken, rotten and leaking. It's the latter category that causes the contractors, workers, homeowners and volunteers who are rebuilding New Orleans [...]

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Joni’s condo kitchen: What to do about the window covering?

Six weeks into the part-time remodel, the two friends and co-workers at a surgical clinic — Joni and Patti — are getting down to the final touches on Joni’s kitchen. So far, they have: • Taken down a cabinet over the peninsula that was blocking natural light. • Added a mod s-shaped track light. • [...]

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Pardon Our Dust Classic: Not just a tract house anymore

While Gretchen Zee bought her 1960s tract house in Santa Barbara for its lush one third-acre ocean-view lot overlooking an oak-covered hillside, she had to go outside the house to get any sense of nature. The house was, in fact, backed up to the views, oriented to offer visions of the driveway from the family [...]

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