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Kitchen of the Week: Going Elegant and Bright in a 1900s Home
Dark and closed off no more, this Atlanta kitchen now has a classic look, increased natural light and a more open plan
"now has a classic look, increased natural light and a more open plan... Kitchen at a Glance Who lives here: A couple and their 2 grown children Location: Ansley... design a new kitchen and attached lounge that better suit the house and their lives... be a bit sterile....something like that...just a thought. A bit too manicured...... a year will they need that, maybe two. Anybody with a big family and doing a lot..."
How to Build a Better Shower Curb
Work with your contractors and installers to ensure a safe, stylish curb that keeps the water where it belongs
"ensure a safe, stylish curb that keeps the water where it belongs... difference for a shower — and might save you thousands of dollars down the road. A shower... building a shower for a disabled person. Here are some points to keep in mind when... aking a shower without soaking the entire bathroom floor comes down to the ever-important... build a shower curb and what products to use can get complicated. But getting the..."
My Houzz: Creativity Flows in a New Hampshire Cottage
Simplicity and natural surroundings provide inspiration for an artist’s work and for her home’s peaceful, pretty interiors
"searching for a new place to call home, a little isolated cottage tucked away in the woods... peacefulness, a natural setting and privacy that she was looking for. She made some changes... Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: Artist Lauren Decatur Location: Francestown, New Hampshire... up with a book on a rainy afternoon by a fireplace like yours is the stuff my dreams... veggies with a knife and cutting board or mixing by hand with a whisk. I have a collection..."
The Crate Conundrum: A Safe Place for Your Pooch
"ideas for a comfy den for your dog that works well with your space too... In a perfect world, our dogs are furry angels who spend their alone time dreaming... who need a convenient way to safely confine their dogs for short periods. Dog trainers... housebreaking, a key tool in avoiding separation anxiety and the best way to prevent bad —... Creating a safe, comfortable space for Bruiser doesn’t have to mean your house has to..."
A Modern Kitchen Inspired by Edwardian Style
Attention to detail and functionality make for a kitchen that is as beautiful to work in as it is to look at
"make for a kitchen that is as beautiful to work in as it is to look at... part of a full renovation and extension of a Georgian country home, the designers at... crafted a kitchen in the extended area that complements the architecture of the original... actually a version of an Edwardian working kitchen would fit best in the space,” says... designed a kitchen that’s authentically grounded in the historical details of the period..."
Houzz Tour: Renovations Modernize a 1970s New Jersey Colonial
Better access to a great yard, an opened-up interior and family-friendly features improved this home for a Princeton family
"access to a great yard, an opened-up interior and family-friendly features improved this... responded with a thorough makeover, creating a family-friendly entry and mudroom, an open-plan... backyard, a reconfigured guest room and first-floor bathroom, and a renovated master... Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: A couple and their young daughter and son Location:... is in a great neighborhood on 2 beautiful acres, but its layout was not suited for..."
How to Add a Solar Water Heater
"without a major renovation by putting the sun to work heating your home’s water... As a result, here in Europe, many local and national laws now require that a certain... waste, a greater percentage of the energy we do use is going toward heating water... fact, in a Passive House and many LEED-certified houses, heating water for residential... energy. A solar water heater is one way to meet that requirement without dipping too..."
Build a Backyard Fish Pond Without Going Belly Up
You can make an outdoor fish paradise of your own, for less than you might think. But you'll need this expert design wisdom
"incorporate a fish pond. So I wondered: What does it take to put a fish pond in a backyard... next to a waterfall, watching the sunset as a grass-skirted man danced and sliced coconuts... up to a lavish $40,000 koi pond the size of a swimming pool. The takeaway is, like... coconuts with a giant machete — it was all so serene and charming. But perhaps what completed... They take a lot of time and effort, love and care. They can be time consuming, budget..."
Could Techies Get a Floating Home Near California?
International companies would catch a big business break, and the apartments could be cool. But what are the odds of success? Weigh in here
"catch a big business break, and the apartments could be cool. But what are the odds... visas. A 30-minute ferry ride to Half Moon Bay would put them about a half-hour car... working on a floating community 12 miles off the coast of Northern California. Blueseed... Blueseed, a Palo Alto start-up founded in 2011 by Max Marty and partially backed by Mike... make that a reality. The wild idea is that foreign-based companies and their employees..."
5 Risks in Buying a Short-Sale Home — and How to Handle Them
Don’t let the lure of a great deal blind you to the hidden costs and issues in snagging a short-sale property
"lure of a great deal blind you to the hidden costs and issues in snagging a short-sale... especially for a first-time buyer who may be looking for a chance to get into a starter home... savings. A short sale occurs when a homeowner has fallen so far behind on payments that... without a credit-killing foreclosure, the creditors get paid, and the buyer gets a... works out a deal with the lien holders that allows for the sale of the home, with the..."
My Houzz: A Prefab Modern Farmhouse Rises in Vermont
"A prefab borrows from the simplicity of barns to suit its family and the Vermont... Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: The owner of studio M | design, a partner in a Boston... than face a major renovation, the owners decided to tear it down and install a prefabricated... farmhouse as a weekend getaway. The couple's Realtor, Michael Brodeur, a volunteer fireman... could do a controlled burn as a training exercise. Up in flames it went. The new house..."
7 Steps to Create a Connoisseur's Wine Cellar
Showcase your wine to its best advantage while ensuring proper storage conditions. Snooty attitude optional
"that a growing trend in home design and planning is a dedicated space for a wine... live in a sprawling country estate or a tiny city apartment, your home probably has... has a space that can be converted into a personal wine storehouse.... belief in a higher power, opening an easy-drinking red is as close to heaven as some... building a wine cellar! On one of our current projects the clients requested a relatively..."
5 Qualities of a Happy Designer-Client Relationship
Cultivate trust, flexibility and more during a design project, and it could be the beginning of a beautiful alliance
"during a design project, and it could be the beginning of a beautiful alliance... together a design plan, slap on a hefty fee and then steamroll through your house executing... ere's a rumor going around about designers and decorators — that we're all bossy... gotten a lot of invaluable tips, design ideas and trend information from our own very... hated a client's choice of paint or countertop, the end result was pretty darn fabulous..."
Great Garden Combo: 3 Wonderful Plants for a Deer-Resistant Screen
Protect your privacy and keep deer at bay with a planting trio that turns a problem garden area into a highlight
"bay with a planting trio that turns a problem garden area into a highlight... turn a problem area into a garden highlight. Rather then build a barricade, add... houses is a common one in smaller urban lots and is typically addressed with a 6-foot-tall... fence or a row of arborvitae or similar columnar trees. But this situation can be an... color for a beautiful focal point you will want to look at. In rural gardens deer can..."
Could You Be a Landlord?
Sure, the extra income would be great. But jumping blindly into owning a rental property could be disastrous. Here's what you need to know
"owning a rental property could be disastrous. Here's what you need to know... could be a good time to buy a rental property. Being a landlord is not only for people... Moving into a duplex or a property with several small cottages can be a smart way to house... (and it's a big if) you are able to find a property where your overall mortgage payment... saving a good deal more each year than you otherwise would be able to. Of course,..."