Remodeling 641 Ideabooks

5 Ways to Protect Yourself When Buying a Fixer-Upper
A fixer-upper can often seem like a first-time homebuyer’s dream: an older home with great bones that simply needs an update or perhaps a few tweaks to its layout. Unfortunately, even seemingly straightforward projects can be fraught with hidden...
Houzz Tour: Seamlessly Updating an Oglesby in Dallas
In 1969 a couple commissioned celebrated Dallas architect Enslie “Bud” Oglesby to design a home for their family on a sloping, wooded site overlooking a ravine and creek. Oglesby created a home that angled around the creek, affording views and light...
5 Risks in Buying a Short-Sale Home — and How to Handle Them
Short sales can be great opportunities for home buyers to maximize the bang for their buck. But much like foreclosures, they can have hidden problems that can erase or even cost more than the potential savings. A short sale occurs when a homeowner...
Houzz Tour: A Portland Bungalow Gets a Major Lift
Designer Michelle Ruber lived near this two-bedroom, one-bathroom house for 20 years and never even noticed it. “It was neglected; the windows were broken, and it had no curb appeal,” she says. However, when she got the opportunity to buy it, she...
Bath of the Week: Converting a 19th-Century Bedroom in Texas
When this home was built in 1899 in the King William District of San Antonio, Texas, families were large and indoor bathrooms were few. It’s not unusual to find historic homes whose second floors have several bedrooms but just a single bathroom added...
Houzz Survey Results: Remodeling Likely to Trump Selling in 2014
Cautiously confident. That’s the general feeling of the nearly 200,000 registered Houzz users who participated in a recent survey about residential remodeling, building and decorating activity. Fifty-three percent of...
How to Fit a Breakfast Bar Into a Narrow Kitchen
Most people want, at the very least, a small, casual dining spot in their kitchen, even if it’s just big enough for a bar stool or two. But not everyone has a kitchen layout that can accommodate seating. Or so you might think. Older...
How to Hire the Right Architect: Comparing Fees
The only thing harder than choosing the right architect is understanding how architects charge. Why is it so hard to know what you can expect to pay before you begin? What’s the difference between an hourly rate, a fixed fee and...
Design Workshop: Additions With Attitude
The very act of adding on to an existing structure prompts the design professional and homeowner to have opinions — about the neighborhood, the design, preferences, priorities and budget. It also passes judgment on the structure’s history, because...
Houzz Tour: Reviving a Farmhouse in California’s Wine Country
Tucked atop a knoll overlooking a valley ringed with vineyards, this Healdsburg, California, vacation home is both commanding and quietly humble — a case where the view is far more exalted than the house that looks out to it. Tidy...
Just Passing Through: How to Make Passageways an Experience
Circulation pathways take up a lot of square footage in a home, so make every inch count when you’re getting from here to there — even if you’re just walking between rooms. Passageways can be more interesting if the wall is thicker. Once...
Fireplaces That Catch the Eye
Remember that polar vortex that swept across much of the U.S. earlier this year? Even in California, it left us thinking about basic needs: food, water and warmth. However, wouldn’t it be nice if those had a touch of luxe? Maybe a nice bowl of soup....
What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel
The budget conversation — it’s sometimes awkward, often slightly uncomfortable and usually comes with a bit of anxiety. Because of the nature of construction, things often cost more than what homeowners think. There are endless debates on why that...
Houzz Tour: Modernism the Family-Friendly Way
Sascha and Denise Zarins care a lot about details. Both are accomplished mechanical engineers whose inventions have earned a multitude of patents. When it came time to create a custom home for their family, they knew exactly what they wanted:...
Update Your Windows for Good Looks, Efficiency and a Better View
The impact of windows on architecture can be underestimated. While their primary purpose is to provide natural light, ventilation and protection from the elements, they significantly contribute to the character of a house. Modern windows are designed...
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