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How to Keep Your Outdoor Furniture Looking New

Give cushions and wicker, teak or metal frames a little regular TLC to help them last Full Story
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Patio remodeling and accessibility is a very specialized area of home improvement. I believe that everyone should be able to live in their own home for as long as they choose, Unfortunately most homes are not accessible to the family member who want to enjoy summer season and leave their beloved home for a small mistake. we should understand the value of a patio in home.
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Christine, I'm almost certain that the picture of the wicker dining set is synthetic. That said, your instructions for cleaning wicker seems to be applied toward natural rattan fibers and not synthetic. Synthetics can be cleaned very easily and can even be power washed. Also with natural rattan, you have to be very, very careful not to oversaturate the strands. They can stretch and contract to different sizes. Water can weaken rattan a lot so it's something to be cautious about.

@dawnnicholsonobrien That's a really interesting combination. So how did you come across that discovery? Seems like the oils in the was may infuse the fibers. Makes sense.
September 11, 2014 at 8:45AM   
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How to Add a Solar Water Heater

Lower energy bills without a major renovation by putting the sun to work heating your home’s water Full Story
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@cender to my knowledge there is no federal law regarding solar. I know that here in sunny Arizona state law prevents HOAs from prohibiting solar installs. California also has a law, but it does allow HOA's to request you change your placement, etc as long as doing so doesn't reduce projected output by more than 10% or cost more than an additional $2000. Good luck!
March 7, 2014 at 11:26AM   
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For smaller and off-grid homes the evacuated tubes models developed in China do a better job and and can be used with just a small holding or mixing tank. They are used only seasonally and generally an On Demand water heater is used in winter.
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19 Kitchen Projects Every Homeowner Should Know About

Could your kitchen use a new sink, a backsplash, updated hardware, better organization, a good cleaning? Here's how to get started Full Story
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Rose Friton! Utterly amazing! I was reading your nice comment when there was a knock on my door??? There it was, a package from Nancy Kimball at The Kimball store in Northeast Harbor ME!!! My designer goes sailing 'down Maine' every summer and spotted terry cloth finger tip towels there and knew I was trying to find some! WHY have they stopped making them??? So I Called and finally after talking to the 5th person, was able to order 8 of them for my brand new bathroom! But that was about a month ago and I'd given up! They are not cheap but are beautiful! I LOVE Maine but only got there once, sailing of course! I love my SS large sink from Ferguson so much and it is great for MY OWN LOBSTER POT! When I go to Pensacola (often, only 45 miles from Farihope) the #3 fish market in the US is there and they always have a coupleof huge tanks fullof very fresh Maine lobsters at very decent prices! I figure if I'd gotten a porcelain sink I'd soon drop a cast iron skillet in it...but be sure to get a SS one with rounded corners! I am NOT a clean freak but the square corners are much less sanitary! Even though I removed an outside wall to add 4 ft to the size of my kitchen I was still 'space-challenged' so a drawer DW would have not been easy to fit in. Just being one person now I don't need to open/close mine that often! Thanks for your comment! Ummmm...Maine!!! Margery Griffith
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I paid $175 for a Kohler faucet that normally is $800, got a deal when I asked for any discontinued finishes that they are clearing out. It's a unique bronze/brass finish and a great faucet.
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10 Look-at-Me Ways to Show Off Your Collectibles

Give your prized objects center stage with a dramatic whole-wall display or a creative shelf arrangement Full Story
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I thought most of them looked great and those weathervanes are almost enough to convince me to collect them. I'd far rather see a collection of trains or sand, even if I have no particular appreciation for either than some of the designer created spaces that look like exercises in buying the latest trends or a collection of three vases chosen for no other reason than they needed something in the spot and it went with the room.
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Jennifer,
I know a woman who saved all her son's t-shirts as he out grew them. She made a quilt from them and gave it to her son when he left for college
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That's almost certainly an O'Keef and Merrit or a Wedgwood stove from the early '50s, probably gas, which have fold-down burner covers built into them. Wonderful if you can get hold of one.
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Houzz Tour: Simplicity a Virtue in an English Country Cottage

Muted colors and a mix of old and new transform a 19th-century cottage into a clean and cozy family abode Full Story
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Thank you for all the lovely comments. Regarding the kitchen floor, I have never stubbed my toe on any tiles. It is a great and practical service; it is non slip, it doesn't show any marks and it's in keeping with the period of the property. The sitting room is very dark, and its exactly as I wanted; it's warm, cosy and its lovely at night with then fire burning. I had it painted cream previously and it was cold and uninviting, and just plain boring.
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Design Details: Hexagonal Tiles

Bathroom tiles with six sides and endless possibilities Full Story
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Tiles
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July 15, 2014 at 8:27AM   
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Grout is really not that hard to clean, especially if sealed correctly. Some barkeepers friend from time to time works miracles. Much easier to fix than slipping on large slick tiles with wet feet and cracking your head open. Hex tiles are one of the most non-slip surfaces you can put in a bathroom. Safe and stylish!

Best comment yet on my new hex tile floor daisy-pattern (daisy pattern with black border), "Oh, but of course that floor is original." Nope. But it can easily survive 100 years or hard use and look fabulous.
August 30, 2014 at 10:47PM     
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yes. white in this case
October 31, 2013 at 10:11AM   
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If the grout is sealed properly, then staining is not much of an issue. Cleaning it with Barkeepers Friend from time to time works wonders. It's also a good idea to keep the grout as thin as possible. 1/16" or even 1/32".
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Michele Heck
These look like 2" tiles, or larger. 2" Metro Hex at Home Depot comes in all black or all white, but not this pattern. The black and white pattern are much smaller tiles. Is this a custom tile pattern - because I have seen this in 2 other projects on Houzz, which makes me think it is not a custom design?
June 11, 2014 at 7:19AM     
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deramin
Those are 1" hex tiles. If it's Daltile, then it is a custom pattern, but it's one that's pretty easy to do when setting the tile.
August 30, 2014 at 10:37PM   
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Quartz is very easy to maintain and keep looking new. My grandmother's are 10 years old now and used every day, but they look new.

Wood will look new for about two days, and then it will start developing a patina of nicks and stains (sometimes called looking old). My designer literally did not get a picture of the wood counters before they had stains, and we were being very careful. But I wanted them to look 100 years old, so that's fine with me. If your daughter sees old, well used cutting boards and thinks they're beautiful, then it's a great surface. If she thinks they look dirty, they're a terrible choice.

I'm really glad I went with wood in most of the kitchen (with tile in a wet area around the sink). It's so warm and has such personality. It's easy to work on and easy to clean (if you ignore the mild staining). I keep a couple of trivets by the stove so burning has not been an issue. And if I do mess them up, I can always sand it down. They last a long time, too (as in 100 years easily).
August 30, 2014 at 10:31PM   
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Quartz!
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13 Character-Filled Homes Between 1,000 and 1,500 Square Feet

See how homeowners have channeled their creativity into homes that are bright, inviting and one of a kind Full Story
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The color cure apartment specifically says its just the husband and wife, no kids, which makes them not a normal family? So why would a couple with no kids design a house for kids? Such a stupid comment.
August 25, 2014 at 4:02AM     
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Such a fun house! I love the dark paneling in the entry hall! The key to dark paneling is that your accents have to be bright and contrasting to it. Think of an old forest with rich, earth trees and brighter flowers in the understory. The house's aesthetics are strongly rooted in the modernism of the 50s to the 70s (though it came after). Do not shy away from that! Embrace it, love it, find the dharma of it and why it was popularized in the first place. Midcentury Modernism used brighter jewel-tones to contrast the wood, and you may find that pallet suits your taste the most if you like red. Consider this photo for colors:
Mid-Century Butler's Pantry

I'm not sure I'm sold on staining the wood a greyer color. It was more common in this era to have darker, warm wood paneling and then use cooler accents like turquoise, or play up the warmth with sandy yellows and burnt reds.

Which is exactly why that kitchen doesn't work. The tile is very 50s, but more bungalow to ranch transition than striking modernism. Too many fussy lines, where you should have clean lines. It wasn't expensive then, it isn't expensive now, and you will end up spending more money working around it. I'd look into sheet linoleum (not vinyl - stay away from that stuff).

I second that the cabinets look like they need some TLC more than replacing. You can also replace just the faces if your want to update the look. If you're doing a lot of new-house scrubbing, mix one part vinegar to 3 parts water with a tablespoon or two of denatured alcohol. It cleans just about anything, it's super cheap, and you can buy the vinegar and alcohol in bulk.

I agree that closing off that entrance into the kitchen you see just as you walk in would be a good idea. Either that or put something really striking there. That bar is right in the cooking zone and it's robbing you of valuable work area. Get rid of it. you'd be better off with a dinette table and a couple chairs by the sliding door.

That off white paint is not helping. It just looks dingy. If you need some white, consider how it's used in this kitchen: Mid Century Modern Kitchen

But the most important thing you need to do is not rush into anything. Listen to the house and it will tell you what it needs. Do research into it, it's contemporaries (or inspirations), and what you actually like (none of us live there!). Sit on the floor with the lights on and off at different times of day and see what colors the walls try to turn. Sketch it on graph paper and try different layouts. Imagine what it could be. Take your time. It's not going anywhere. Someone else lived with it like this. Doing it right, and respectfully, and thoughtfully is the most important thing.
August 27, 2014 at 10:26PM     
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Yes!
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Update: I'm still waiting to get the floor plan from the building department to post. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. In the meantime, I'm building my Ideabook of MCM kitchens.

@Bungalowmo thanks for the CL environment-friendly suggestion for removing the cabinets. This house reminded us of Frank Lloyd Wright too.

The shag rug references are interesting... my daughter wants to set up the third bedroom that's open to the living room as a "teen hang-out" with a shag rug, futon and bean bag chair. Perhaps a nod to Greg Brady's attic bedroom.

To further show the eclecticism of this house, here are some photos of the powder room on the first floor (behind the refrigerator wall). We want to replace the fixtures with white vanity and white toilet to break up the black marble tile on the walls and floor. It's on our list of must change to make livable.
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Almost certainly. It looks like there's a passive vent over the stove. Used to be considered good enough.
August 27, 2014 at 10:07PM   
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Stephen Chabek
Try Elmira Stove Works, but have your checkbook ready.
March 27, 2013 at 3:11PM   
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deramin
That's a 1949-1951 O'Keefe and Merritt gas stove. You could buy one from http://www.antiquegasstoves.com/index.html in Alta Loma, CA; http://www.appliancecity.info/ in Portland, OR, Ebay, and occasionally Craigslist (if you know exactly what you're looks at). Expect to spend $3k -$6k depending on seller, condition, and luck.

I bought a 1952-1954 O'Keefe and Merritt off my neighbor two blocks away via Craigslist, and it took a lot of research to know it was a good deal. If it wasn't hooked up and working, and he didn't have proof that it had been refurbished in the last decade I wouldn't have bought it.

They're incredibly well built. Mine rivals my parents' $6k Viking in output, and has way more features. I can also fix just about anything on it myself, and I don't even bother working on my bike. They're that easy!
August 27, 2014 at 10:05PM   
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