Remodeling 648 Ideabooks

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...
10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts
All of the selections are made, the contract is signed, and you’re ready to start your construction project. Not so fast! Before work begins, make sure you and your contractor are on the same page about how things will go....
Houzz Tour: Updating a Midcentury Aerie in the Berkeley Hills
Derek Holley was vacationing in Sardinia when he received an urgent email from his real estate agent, letting him know about a house in California’s Berkeley Hills that had just come on the market. “I told her to let me know if there was something...
Old Hollywood Style for a Newly Redone Los Angeles Bath
When actress Renée Felice Smith booked her first regular series role on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, she moved from New York to Los Angeles, bought her first house and enlisted the help of Laura Schwartz-Muller, principal at Four...
Room of the Day: A Wine Country Entry Worth Lingering In
When offered the chance to participate in a decorators’ showcase, many interior designers fight to win the so-called trophy rooms, such as the living room, dining room or main bedroom. But when Kathy...
A Seattle Family Bathroom Gains Privacy and Polish
There’s nothing like water leaking from your shower stall down to your kitchen to bump up your renovation timeline. This young couple had completed extensive renovations on their 1908 Seattle home, but had saved the full bathroom they and...
Room of the Day: Brass Warms a Brownstone Bathroom
Sure, unlacquered brass has been making somewhat of a comeback in the U.S. recently, but for Shanti Crawford, the trend never went away in the first place. The co-owner of Indigo and...
Houzz Tour: Better Flow for a Los Angeles Bungalow
The front door was in the wrong place. That’s what stood out to architect Jeff Troyer when he arrived at his client’s 1920s home in Los Angeles to talk about a kitchen remodel. That discussion would have to wait. Walking up, he saw a set of...
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