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11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel

Prepare yourself. Knowing what lies ahead during renovations can save your nerves and smooth the process Full Story
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goodewyfe
Reading all the horror stories makes me even more nervous about a remodel I want to have done to my condo - kitchen (new counters & sink, flooring, lighting and appliances) as well as bathrooms (new counters, bathtub-shower/lighting and flooring) and the entire place needs painting. This should be a fairly simple job. If anyone knows of a good designer/GC (I prefer to have one firm rather than facing being a mediator between the designer & GC) in the San Gabriel Valley (Eagle Rock/La Crescenta/Pasadena/South Pas/Altadena/Arcadia area), please advise.
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goodewyfe
I wish more happy people would post up but they are happy and have moved on to the next adventure, not horror story.

I was told by a client whose project I just completed she is looking for another fixer.

May of us builder/designers/GCs play well with other designers and architects.
Its refreshing seeing other opinions and ideas.

That said, the client and I drew the house attached on two pages of 8X11 paper we gave to a draftsman for final drawings.

Do your homework at least in CA. contractors are licensed by the state unlike Colorado. Where if you raise your left hand and repeat three time I am a contractor you is.
Contrary to common knowledge a $20 dollar trade name is not a contractors license and there is No State License for GCs in Colorado.
Yes SOME city's have a license some even give a test, others its just a fee$$.
Ok sorry for the license rant but sometimes I hear numbers for bids that are to good/bad to be true.
Twice this year I was awarded projects where clients had quotes were one third of mine.
Was the scope on the competing bids as complete as mine? no.
If I did not pay for the materials I would still be in the hole.
If it sounds to good to be true beware.
There are great tips for what to do and not to do.
Enjoy
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The Secret to Pocket Doors' Success

Pocket doors can be genius solutions for all kinds of rooms — but it’s the hardware that makes all the difference. See why Full Story
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Pedini Benelux
pocket doors : an other great example , not as space divider, but to turn your kitchen in to living space, ... in just a few seconds....pictures : PEDINI Collection www.pedini.it
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Pedini - Just what I was looking for! I want do this in my new kitchen .... I'm still trying to figure out the door style to fit a traditional kitchen
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What Goes With Granite Counters?

Coordinate your kitchen finishes beautifully by choosing colors that complement granite’s natural tones Full Story
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alp102000
So glad I'm not the only one there with black granite counters. Specifically, Absolute Black in a polished finish, with maple cabinets. (We were originally going to go with honed granite, but the polished finish looked better with the cabinets.) In style or not, I love my kitchen!
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kim_palendat
Lived with granite and though beautiful,it is hard and noisy working on the surface. I felt like dish ware could break if it slipped out of my hand even a fraction of an inch from the surface. Prefer a Corian man made more forgiving surface with minimal maintenance and not nearly so heavy. Function and ease of living are my priority.
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How to Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Learn what Energy Star ratings mean, what special license your contractor should have, whether permits are required and more Full Story
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ajane251
In terms of what to look out for when choosing windows, I found this quite helpful: http://www.westburygardenrooms.com/blog/practical-advice-glass-efficiency/ - just a few more tips about what materials etc to look out for.
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onthecoast1
Quote: “Our industry is second in consumer dissatisfaction after mail order, so don’t pay them anything until the company performs.”
This is exactly why I prefer to do things myself. My attention to detail is higher than the norm, and I've never had good luck hiring a professional to do anything. In fact, a professional plumber caused my dad's sink to leak during construction of his home (it was like a bursting at the joint rather than a leak) causing him to have to replace the wood sub-floor in his home. I've never had a pipe leak on me. No one is going to take as much pride in my home as myself.

Having said that, I would hire a professional to install the windows on my brick home.....too much work dealing with that brick facade. I also hired professionals to do my 8' wood privacy fence because I needed it level for my sanity (and yes, they screwed up quite a few things that had to be redone....ridiculous).
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How to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Save time and water with a drip watering system in your vegetable garden — a little patience now will pay off later Full Story
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sj4home
scoutstella, that's probably what I should do, although most kits don't come with the pressure regulator, timer, or filter. All essential to really use the system effectively. Those items will at least double if not triple your initial investment.
June 23, 2014 at 1:06pm   
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juleslarosa
Well, we had a "professional" landscape gardener put our drip hoses in and they fell apart by the second year, now she want to just put in a overground hose with a sprinkler, I feel like she doesn't know what she doing--you guys here make it seem so much simpler than she has, should I get rid of her?
July 4, 2014 at 6:55pm   
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Artistic Planting Ideas From a Brazilian Superstar

His abstract designs and native plantings changed the face of landscape architecture. Could Roberto Burle Marx’s style enhance your garden? Full Story
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ggarrone64
Excellent Burle Marx. Gabriela from Uruguay.
June 29, 2014 at 4:27pm   
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Cortada Landscape Design
Great article. Any time I am stumped on a design I look to Burle Marx for some inspiration. Never fails! I still have to make it to Brazil to enjoy them in person.
July 1, 2014 at 4:13am   
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Design Workshop: The ‘Disappearing’ Guardrail

Putting the focus on the view instead of the rail on a porch or balcony is sometimes clearly the best option Full Story
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redryder60
Maybe it's just me but I need a rail where I don't feel I'm gonna fall off! I like the idea of these transparent ones but too many are too scary!
July 2, 2014 at 12:36pm   
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tetam
Great article!
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Guest Picks: Affordable Kilims in Colors for Everyone

Add a handmade feel with kilim rugs, pillows or even a bench in hues from dazzling to subtle — and some cost as little as lunch Full Story
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hawkb
A lot of these look like Southwest weaves.
June 24, 2014 at 1:44pm   
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Iuliana Padureanu
This site has amazing things, not too pricey the only setback : no english translation... I m however a big fan as it sends me back to my childhood in Eastern Europe :)
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Your Guide to 15 Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

Get details and costs on top counter materials to help you narrow down the choices for your kitchen Full Story
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greaterishe
Why wasn't corian counter tops a popular choice? I love my corian counter top and it's easy to maintain.
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Mary Lou Spear
Corian will scorch, I believe and it is not a natural substance. There is nothing more beautiful and durable than granite in IMHO.
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8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff

Consider the small stuff — like switch plates and throw pillows — to give your home a touch of class Full Story
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cindinfocus
When I remodeled to sell our 100+ year old home, I had to do something to the 70's remodeled brass switch plates and doorknobs that had tarnished badly. Since our budget was strained with the recarpeting, new HVAC system, repainting, I had to look for an affordable alternative. It took a few coats of antique bronze finish spray paint, topped with a few coats of satin finish Lacquer left over from my photography career, and every doorknob, strike plate, floor register and switch plate had a fabulous period style look to it. It took several weeks to do, but it made the house!
June 22, 2014 at 7:17am     
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JB Fisher Properties
Love, love, love the switch plates!
June 25, 2014 at 2:27pm     
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