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Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Theresa and Mark Clement of the popular Do-It-Yourself radio show and website, MyFixItUpLife, see a lot of each other. Partners as a married couple and in business they work with each other on many more levels and with many more projects than most couples do. They’ve also been through numerous […]

5 Questions To Ask Your Kitchen Designer

5 Questions To Ask Your Kitchen Designer

Designing your kitchen space can seem overwhelming at times, especially in the beginning stages. You can save A LOT of time, stress and angst if you hire a kitchen professional that works in this field of design. Once you make that time-saving decision, here are 5 questions you should make […]

Thoughtful Changes Enhance Small Kitchen

Thoughtful Changes Enhance Small Kitchen

Sometimes a renovated kitchen doesn’t have to mean breaking down walls and relocating to a different spot in the house. When I spotted this kitchen reno on CasaSugar I thought it was a great example of smart, small changes on a tight budget. The homeowners chose custom panels for our […]

How Do You Live Through a Remodel?

How Do You Live Through a Remodel?

Could you go two weeks without a toilet? That’s what many New Yorkers face when renovating their apartments and I’m sure you can feel their pain when your kitchen is wrapped or your hallways are torn up. We noticed a new reality show on the DIY Network that focuses on […]

Lose Soffits, Gain Cabinet Space

Lose Soffits, Gain Cabinet Space

What is a soffit, you say? It is the drywall or plaster ‘box’ above your short upper cabinets that connects to the ceiling creating typically a dead space of six to twelve inches. Most soffits were placed in homes for past style trends and tend to bury either electrical wiring […]

Living in a 250-sqft Remodeled Garage

Living in a 250-sqft Remodeled Garage

Homeowner Michelle de la Vega rented out her main house for extra income and began a remodel on a 250-square foot garage for herself. With the help of her dad she transformed the space in a beautiful living area and kept costs down by serving as her own contractor and […]

Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

Wood and composite decks have a distinct advantage over stone patios. With a wooden frame, it’s a simple thing to install more than one level, creating an attractive and usable space. Stone or paved patios can be done this way, but it requires retaining walls and possibly extensive excavation. With […]

Prepare a Peanut and Nut Free Kitchen: Clean Countertops

Prepare a Peanut and Nut Free Kitchen: Clean Countertops

Maybe you or a family member just found out that you have a severe nut allergy. Or it could be that you’ve been living with it for years. Now that a kitchen remodel is on the horizon, you’re beginning to wonder which materials are safest for food allergies. Countertops are […]

Spankin’ New Shower Enclosures

Spankin’ New Shower Enclosures

Have you ever gutted, dry walled, renovated and had to install a shower and tub in a bathroom? Well, I haven’t. But I have had to lay down new flooring, repaint, rip out cabinets, install new cabinets in a bathroom in my last home. But guess what had to stay? […]

How To Save, Spend and Plan a Kitchen Remodel

How To Save, Spend and Plan a Kitchen Remodel

The latest series from our Kitchen blog is from Jennifer Volland who highlights the design and build process of her friends Hollywood Hills kitchen. Part I: Where to Save Part II: Where to Spend Part III: How to Plan

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

I was so impressed by the proactive approach used in the Melnick/Burton kitchen remodel that I could not let the series end without getting some general pointers from Steven (listed here, in his own words): 1. Design it yourself and design it for yourself (but show your plans to anyone […]

Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

If you followed the first installment of the Hollywood Hills kitchen remodel, you know that Steven and Melissa saved a lot of money buying previously owned and gently used appliances on Craigslist. But the couple’s dictum has always been, “pay retail where it counts.” Here’s where they splurged: 1. Cabinetry […]

Where to Save: Kitchen Remodel, Part One

Where to Save: Kitchen Remodel, Part One

Los Angeles. Las Vegas. Dallas. New York. Sound like the highlights of a cross-country road trip? Think again … these cities are the original destinations of the appliances in this Hollywood Hills kitchen. After a pipe burst and flooded their house, Steven Melnick and Melissa Burton embarked on an extensive […]

Bathroom Inspiration Ideas

Bathroom Inspiration Ideas

Many of us covet a new bathroom. We’ve collected some remodel and design ideas that could provide some inspiration for you to take on the job yourself or at least get you started. Designing an extraordinary bath (tips from Waterworks founder) Frame a beveled bathroom mirror to add some character […]

Follow a Brownstone Renovation in the Wall Street Journal

Follow a Brownstone Renovation in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is one of my favorite papers and this goes beyond their outstanding business news. If you dig a little deeper you’ll find some of the greatest coverage of art, science, fashion and home related stories that you would read anywhere and with newspapers and original reporting […]

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

In our last post, I shared a few lessons from our rental property search phase, including how to avoid neighboring pit bulls. As escrows begin to close (three this week!) I spent much of the last week feverishly purchasing material. Here’s my method for balancing urgently needing product with desperately […]

Rewiring to Modernize a Kitchen: Planning

Rewiring to Modernize a Kitchen: Planning

Appliances are almost always upgraded during a kitchen remodel and rewiring requires careful planning that should be done during the kitchen design process. Here are the planning steps you should consider when modernizing your kitchen with new appliances. 1. Pick out appliances – As with all electrical wiring projects, the […]

When to Call-In the Kitchen Design Pros

When to Call-In the Kitchen Design Pros

How do you decide if you need a kitchen design professional? It really comes down to your skill and the risk level you are willing to take. The following scenarios usually require a design professional, which is a general term I use to encompass architects and engineers. Upon reading this […]