Remodeling 660 Ideabooks

Contractor Fees, Demystified
When you ask a contractor for an estimate, it usually includes the direct costs of construction plus a markup charged on some or all of those expenses. This is true whether you have a time-and-materials estimate or a fixed-price one, also known...
Houzz Tour: From Shocker to Stunner in Houston
Many people have a general area or neighborhood in mind when searching for a home. But Houston engineers Brie and Scott Kelman knew exactly which street they wanted to live on. And they didn’t care how long...
Key Measurements for the Perfect Garage
Surprisingly, common garage dimensions have remained roughly the same since the Ford Model T began the obsession with the automobile about a hundred years ago. The T’s 134-inch length, a little more than 11 feet, is considerably shorter than the average...
8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff
I’m a firm believer that details make the difference in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to beautifully designed homes, the same details that take a space from ho-hum to stunning are often overlooked because of how subtle they are. In...
Key Measurements for a Dream Laundry Room
Laundry rooms rule. If you have the luxury of space, laundry rooms can be more than places to clean clothes; they can be welcoming, accessible places for more activities, such as caring for pets, sewing, doing DIY projects, wrapping packages, starting...
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...
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