Kitchens

New product: Instant tile backsplash

This new kitchen accessory from Broan (makers of those super-quiet exhaust fans, among other products) goes in the category of instant kitchen update for less than $500. Of […]

Customers rate cabinetmakers

For the first time, J.D. Power has measured customer satisfaction for new cabinets. The Westlake Village-based research firm surveyed 842 customers in April and May who had […]

What if Dreams Dwarf the Budget?

You know why this kitchen in Dani Taylor’s Northridge, Calif., house is so good-looking? That’s because she had so many years to think about it while other […]

Heated up over cooking

I disagree with Ask the Builder columnist Tim Carter, who stated: “I think in the future people are going to be tired of cooking.” Carter was quoted in a Liz […]

Cheap granite: An oxymoron?

If you want granite but worry about the cost, here’s how you make it more affordable: 1. Use granite in one place only, like on the island, rather than in the whole […]

Is it a kitchen? Or a sculpture?

If you’ve got some extra cash in your jeans, you could do worse that giving yourself a kitchen remodel that’s also an artwork, like this beauty I visited in San […]

How Not to Remodel: A True Tale

Once upon a time there was a young man named Ian who lived in a cute house in Culver City. One day, Ian decided to build his dream kitchen. In his mind, there was a […]

Knob snob?

I have driven all over Southern California looking at remodels — from Los Angeles to San Juan Capistrano to Lake Arrowhead to Santa Barbara and all points in between. And […]

Grappling With Indecision

Kitchen before The fact that Judy and Roy Uehara’s dingy, cramped 27-year-old kitchen and adjacent family room were transformed into a luminous, elegant, granite- and […]

A ‘Fixer’ Becomes a Keeper

Several years ago, Reese Lackey’s three-part financial plan was simple: Exterior before • Buy a home in what he heard was the most popular Southland style (Spanish). […]
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