Digging Up Dirt

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It is a challenge to do “rooms down” when there isn’t enough headroom below the main floor. Ideally you want to get high enough ceilings in the basement to create space that is comfortable to live in.  8-foot ceilings are not enough to do this.  9-foot ceilings are much better. So we needed to stay… Read more »

What About the Handrails?

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Older houses, like this remodel, have gone through many transitions over time.  Sometimes owners changed very basic things, such as a handrail. In our case, the house had two handrails, an extensive one inside going downstairs and one outside leading to the front door. Both of the handrails in the house we remodeled were most… Read more »

Wood Veneer Wall Covering

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A simple solution for a stunning textured wall is wood veneer wall covering. It’s also called wall paneling, although it’s not, and grasscloth, which it is not either. Nevertheless, I have been seeing more and more products like this available. Some of it is so striking that you have to see it to believe it. What’s… Read more »

It’s Raining But…

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It’s raining, but that doesn’t mean yard landscaping should return to the normal sea of green grass and thirsty non-native plants. We’ve all experienced the “brown is the new green” and restrictions on frequency for watering, as well as expensive surcharges for increased water use. But I’m not saying that, only because California is actually… Read more »

Bathroom Remodels Must Meet California’s New Water Conservation Requirements

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As of January 1, 2017, all non-compliant residential properties will require the installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The legislation that passed in 2014, as Civil Code §1101.5, set January 1, 2017 as the deadline for single-family homeowners to be in compliance. The good news is – if you’ve done any remodeling in the past 10 years… Read more »

An Arch Does Your Home Grand

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A design feature that can add elegance and style to a remodel is nothing more complicated than an arch. Whether an exterior archway over the alcove, or an interior ceiling design, an arch can be a striking feature. They break up and soften horizontal and vertical lines and spaces. I’ve seen some amazing arch windows,… Read more »

Rain, Rain & More Rain

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Rain, rain and more rain. After years of drought, who doesn’t love all this rain? And for the most part, if you want to collect some in a rain barrel or cistern to use later for your landscaping, there are many systems on the market now that you can use. Not long ago, though, it… Read more »

Just Add Water

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Concrete has been around for thousands of years. The Romans were the first to use it on a grand scale. The Colosseum in Rome was built primarily with concrete, Yet we are still finding new applications for concrete in architectural design. Sometimes people use the words concrete and cement interchangeably. But concrete and cement are… Read more »