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Pro Tips: The 5 Most Common Bathroom Renovation Mistakes
As the host of DIY Network's "I Hate My Bath," licensed contractor Jeff Devlin has seen his share of renovation misst...
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Life Underground: 10 Beautiful Basement Makeovers
Is it time to give your basement a new look? Because many underground living spaces suffer from the same problems, such as low ceilings and small windows, you'll ...
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Before and After: 9 Totally Amazing Mobile Home Makeovers
Manufactured housing has always been an affordable alternative to site-built homes. Older models especially can be scooped up at a reasonable price, providing pro...
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7 Steps to Save Money Next Time You Hire a Contractor
Everybody loves saving money, right? I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that didn’t. If you are a rea...
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Before and After: Relaxing Master Suite Renovation
At long last, I have a few minutes to share some of the 'before and afters' upstairs. That's certainly the area with the...
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Interior Inspiration: 13 Fresh Kitchen Trends in 2014
Pictured: Outdoor Kitchens are in for 2014. The kitchen industry is seeing a shift away from the almighty all white...
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Quick Tip: Protective Floor Covering
Even the simplest home improvement projects can be messy. Be sure to protect your floors while you work. There's a wi...
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Quick Tip: Cranes
When doing an attic or a third-floor renovation, consider using a crane for the heavy materials. For about $500 a day...
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Interior Inspiration: Incredible Makeover of Basement Turned Home Pub
This unique basement transformation into a home pub with a wine cellar was designed by Crisp Architects in New York C...
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Deconstruction and Smart Planning Brings New Light (and Life) to a Raleigh, N.C., Home
A Raleigh, N. C. , couple’s desire for dappled sunlight—thwarted by poorly placed windows in their 1990s house, which...
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Before and After: A Kitchen Island Mosaic Makeover
My kitchen makeover is finally over! It all started with the hardwood floors that were flooded last year. They got r...
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Planning Guide: Garage Conversion
Remaking your garage into an extra bedroom, den, or kids' playroom can improve not only the resale value of your home...
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Before & After: Master Bedroom Reveal
I can’t believe it’s been September since last time I told you about what we’d done in our bedroom! ...
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House Tour: Mountain Re-Shack
Rather than tear down a derelict mountain shack, the owner solicited the help of North Carolina architect Chad Everhart to re-imagine it for modern-day living.
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How To: Find the Perfect Floor Plan
{all floor plans can be found on my design HOME EXTERIORS Pinterest Board} Well, it’s official. Our little f...
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5 Things to Covet in Your Dream Home
If you’re building a house from scratch, or even putting an addition on your current home, you’re in the unique posit...
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Before & After: New Englander Kitchen and Dining Room
Now that the house is completed, I thought it would be nice to go back and post some photos to help you clearly see the ...
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DIY Tales: Install Your Own Window and Save Big!
It's done! I ripped through an exterior wall, framed and installed a new window over my laundry tub. YAHOO!! Light and ...
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Simple Solutions for a More Livable Garage
In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations and hang up a...
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Man, Oh Man! 7 Unbelievable Guy Spaces
So you want a man cave? Check out these over-the-top lairs from around the country.
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Love the One You're With: Bathroom on a Budget
Hello!! I'm so very excited to share the client condo makeover I've been working on - it really turned out lovely! As I ...
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Kitchen Renovation
Can it be that updating your kitchen changes life for the better? For Sabine Schoenberg, there's no doubt about it. "...
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Makeovers: Navy & White Living Room Reveal
I had a tough decision to make last night … words … or pictures? And would it be okay to post the ...
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Before and After: DIY Wood Ceiling
Do you remember the big pile of groove board that we had stored in our dogtrot? You know, the 4′ stack of lumbe...
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Award-Winning Architect Shares 9 Renovation Tips
Architect Ann Sellars Lathrop made the most of every inch in the Old Hill House, a Westport, Connecticut, family resi...
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10 Reasons Why Upsizing Could be a Bad Idea
Before you decide to upsize your home – weigh all the options When you ask most homeowners what their dream h...
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7 Easy and Affordable Home Improvement Ideas
When it comes to improving your home, not everything has to be costly demolitions and additions. There are plenty of ...
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Pro Tips: How to Save $ on Kitchen Remodeling
Anyone with a kitchen that’s older than this century has probably entertained thoughts of a redo, although just menta...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bath Mistakes
Before you plan a bathroom renovation, listen up to a few suggestions that will help you avoid some all-too-common re...
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5 Smart Home Improvements? Think Again!
Built-in aquariums: the amenity that quickly becomes an eyesore. Of all the misfired home improvements that Daniel Fr...
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Old Country Farmhouse Gets City-Slick Kitchen
If undertaking a home improvement project can take a lot of courage, the buyer of this 1789-vintage farmhouse in Chat...
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3 Steps to a Successful Garage Makeover
Let’s face it. For most of us, the garage serves as a dumping ground for old paint, broken toys, and boxes of clothes...
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Planning Guide: Basement Remodeling
[bobsays_inset]Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your ...
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Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficie...
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Kitchen Renovation Basics
Thinking about doing a kitchen renovation? You're not alone. The busiest room by far in most houses is the kitchen. E...
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Bathroom Remodeling 101
One of the most common home renovations is the addition of a bathroom. Most older houses were built with no more than...
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Home Renovation: The Living Quarters
The biggest challenge in inspecting your own house is to be able to see it as if for the first time. Let me suggest o...
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Home Renovation: The Cellar and the Attic
When undertaking a renovation project, an examination of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind spaces may be useful. If you'r...
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Quick Tip: Budget-Smart Bathroom Remodeling
As with any home improvement project, it’s smart to approach bathroom remodeling with special attention to budget—par...
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Planning Guide: Bathroom Remodeling
Bathrooms continue to top homeowners' lists of popular rooms to remodel—and for good reason. As more Americans are ca...
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Maximizing Your Remodeling Dollar
The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to thin...
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Drawing and Measuring Your Home
When it comes to architectural renderings, I have two recommendations: First, make a few preliminary sketches yoursel...
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The Architect Versus the Designer
You will probably have a choice when you look for someone to help design your remodeling project. The most likely can...
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What Kind of Design Help Do I Need?
A designer must be both creative and pragmatic. He or she must have an artist's eye for shapes and color. The designe...
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Finding the Right Designer
No other profession leaves such large tracks. The work that architects and designers do is hard to hide: buildings, o...
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Reviewing the Plans
Different designers have different working styles. Some take the let's-go-for-it approach, and their initial sketches...
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The Final Plans and Specifications
These large pieces of paper are, finally, what you are paying your architect for. The drawings should be fully dimens...
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Where to Live When You Renovate
How Much Mess Can You Stand?Do you want to live in a work site? Do you want the sawdust sneezes every morning and pla...
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Paint and Paper, Fixtures and Fittings
With the finished walls, ceilings, and floors in place, the job may seem to be nearing completion. Once again, howeve...
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2011 Trends in Eco-Friendly Kitchen & Bath Products
Most new models of toilets, showers, and kitchen appliances reflect eco-friendly manufacturing and design principles ...
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LEED Green Building Certification for Homes
LEED, the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program, has lon...
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Using Wood for Responsible, Renewable Building
More than 90 percent of the homes in North America are constructed of wood — and for good reason. Wood is plentiful, ...
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Green Home Innovations
Only a few years ago, environmentally sensitive home products were hard to find and even harder to afford. But as ene...
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Green Redesign
Great home style isn’t about having the newest, most expensive furnishings and accessories. Interior re-designers, or...
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Green Homes—Creating a Project Plan
Before you plunge into a green home or remodeling project, take a minute to consider why upfront planning can be so i...
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Remodeling the Empty Nest
Some families prefer to leave bedrooms alone when their children move out after high school; they want their children...
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Live In or Move Out: The Remodeling Dilemma
If there’s one thing that can mar the excitement of a home remodeling project it’s the nightmare of living through it...
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Basement Remodeling Ideas: Overcoming Obstacles
If you’re looking for extra space to expand your home and haven’t considered the basement, you’re missing out on the ...
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Renovate Your Rental
When Jamie Kaneko was looking for a new home, she was excited to finally find a rental property large enough for her ...
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The Low-Stress Home Renovation
For eight months, Sue Gladstone’s home in Suburban Boston was a maze of plastic construction sheeting covered in a ha...
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Basement Remodels Add More Living Space
America’s home improvement frontier is going underground with basement remodeling. Basement design has gone way beyon...
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Do Your Own Home Inspection
To get a fresh vantage on the dwelling you see every day, try examining your house with binoculars. Look at the place...
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Upgrade to a Basement System
Finishing the basement is a smart way to add space to your home. Using a complete basement system package may be the ...
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Rethinking Space Needs as Families Grow
As a family matures, space needs change. Noise levels alter. A need for privacy arises. Entertainment choices diverge...
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Buying Home Building Materials
If your designer has specified all the fixtures, appliances, and home building materials needed for the job, you may ...
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Take the Home Remodeling Questionnaire
Whether you plan to talk directly to a contractor or to begin by hiring a designer, you will save both of you time an...
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Describe Your Remodeling Job in 10 Words or Less
Mies van der Rohe famously said that "less is more. " Ernest Hemingway answered the challenge to write a full story i...
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See Your House in a New Light
Before you pick up the phone to call a contractor or an architect, let's look at your house in ways that you probably...
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8 Tips to Keep You From Hating Your Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen remodeling sits at the top of many homeowners' wish lists, and for good reason: If properly done, a renovatio...
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Planning Guide: Attic Conversion
[bobsays_inset]Want more livable space in your home? Don't want to spend a king's ransom? Attic conversion has fit th...
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Before & After: The Traditional Kitchen Gets a Makeover
It was 5 months in the making, but we think the completed kitchen was well worth the wait. We went from a circa 1970s sp...
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3 Budget Busters and How to Sidestep Them
Interior designer Patricia Brown has counseled hundreds of clients through renovation projects large and small. She e...
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10 Renovation Steps You Don't Want to Skip
Before you dive headfirst into that renovation project, make sure to assess the full scope of the job—from budgeting to sourcing materials to hiring the right con...
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4 Ways to Reduce Your Renovation Waste
Home renovation is big business. And if you think renovation generates a ton of construction work, just think of the ...
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5 Hidden Costs of Remodeling
Labor. Materials. Pizza?Some costs do not fit neatly into a renovation project's line-item budget, but if you ignore ...
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Construction Site Living: Surviving Days (and Days) of DIY
Homeowners begin every renovation with the best of intentions. The budget is fixed, the schedule is firm, and the res...
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7 "Delicious" Renovation Tips from HGTV's Kitchen Cousins
For kitchen design and renovation wisdom, the buck stops with HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins."
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Improvement Planning
This is a great time of year to create an annual home improvement plan. Listen to BOB VILA ON HOME IMPROVEMENT PLANNI...
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Top New Year's Resolutions for Your Home
The start of each new year is a hopeful time. People vow to get to the gym more often or to finally quit smoking. But...
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House Tour: Old House, Modern Kitchen
A rural farmhouse dating back to 1789 gets a contemporary kitchen makeover.
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Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Woodwork
Remodeling projects and furniture moving can sometimes have not-so-welcome side effects. Here’s how to protect your b...
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7 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Tips
Kitchen designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray shares her pro tips for creating a budget-friendly makeover.
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Award-Winning Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover
Besides wanting a budget-friendly, easily maintained kitchen with clean, contemporary lines, the owner of this 1950s-...
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Dream It, Do It: DIY Kitchen Makeover
One home blogger tells us how she pulled off a low-cost, high-impact, total kitchen transformation.
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DIY Kitchen Makeover (Without the Renovation)
You don't always need to rip your kitchen apart to give it a makeover. When blogger and DIYer Brenda McDevitt decided...
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From Wreck Room to Rec Room: Laying a Subfloor
After 13 years in our house, the basement was finally dry—or as close to dry as it was ever going to get. The walls w...
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From Wreck Room to Rec Room: Drying Out the Basement
One lesson I learned fast when I bought a house is that a homeowner’s number-one enemy is not the mortgage—it's the w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Basement
Finishing your basement is a great way to add space and value to your home. If you have enough ceiling height and you...
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Biggest Bang for Your Buck? The Bath
If you only have so much time and money to spend on a remodeling project, you'll stay more on trend by investing in t...
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Nate Berkus on Updating a Dated Bath
Editor's note: Since bathroom remodeling is an expensive undertaking, we reached out to Nate Berkus—TV host, designer...
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A Little Goes a Long Way: Using Decorative Tiles
Many people say their ultimate fantasy as a child was the idea of being allowed to run amuck in the toy store. Once y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Surviving a Remodel
While they’re always inconvenient, major remodeling projects can also become a real strain on your relationship if yo...
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Supervising the Construction
During your construction project, you will have to deal with the workmen. Even if you feel comfortable with them—and ...
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Quick Tip: Budget Kitchen Remodeling
Big Ideas, Small Budget If your kitchen is begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on som...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Journal
I got a question from Jim in Toledo, wondering what’s the best way to stay on top of home maintenance every season wi...
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Quick Tip: Protecting Your Landscape
If you’re planning on adding to your house, great care must be taken to protect the trees and their root systems from...
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The Punch List
As the end of the project approaches, enjoy the signs of completion as they emerge. At the same time, however, take c...
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Finishing the Job
For the novice renovator, one of the chief frustrations of the process is the hurry-up and slowdown nature of the wor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laundry Makeover
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Bob Vila Radio: Budget Kitchen Upgrades
If your kitchen’s begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on some key details. LISTENList...
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Bathroom Renovation: The Hammonds' House, A Case Study
In 1742, when Thomas Gray wrote, “where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise,” he couldn’t have been referring t...
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Cookies & Other Tips for Coping with Remodeling
What was I thinking when I promised myself—and more importantly my husband, Phil—that we would be ready to move into ...
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Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Updating an Entry Hall
Retro styling is all the rage today, but sometimes “retro” is synonymous with “regrettable. ”The entry hallway to our...
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In Step with the Times: A Case for Updating Your Stairs
It's easy to take the staircase for granted, at least until a problem arises. But as one of a home's finest architect...
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Home Building Trends 2012
Every year, builders, contractors, manufacturers, and industry professionals attend the NAHB International Builders’ ...
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DIYers Best/Worst Remodeling Discoveries
That's what I asked my Twitter followers a couple of weeks ago. It's natural to expect that your renovation's happies...
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Quick Tip: Master Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget
The master bathroom is quickly becoming one of the most popular getaway rooms in the house. People are incorporating ...
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The Proof of the Pudding: The 12-Year Kitchen
It was finally done. The punch list had been completed, the painting was (mostly) finished, and the wall hangings wer...
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Adding a Basement Bathroom
Adding a basement bathroom adds value to the home, but installing toilets and sinks in a belowgrade environment takes...
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Restored to Life: The 12-Year Kitchen
A landscaper once lamented to me that homeowners rarely budget enough for their exteriors when they plan a remodeling...
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Fresh Powder (Room): The 12-Year Kitchen
We can tell a lot about how previous generations lived by looking at the houses they built. For example, they clearly...
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Floored, at the 11th Hour: The 12-Year Kitchen
We were so close. The cabinets were in place, the appliances and lights installed, and we’d moved in—our beautiful ne...
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Painting—The Gateway to DIY: The 12-Year Kitchen
I can’t remember when I first painted a room, but I was pretty young. Finding out that I was capable of improving my ...
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Make Room for Mud: The 12-Year Kitchen
I’ve always pined for a mud room—they seem like such remarkably efficient spaces for collecting coats, boots, sneaker...
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Beat Those Laundry Room Blues
In between my rebellious college days and learning the difference between a Phillips- and flat-head screwdriver, I be...
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Are You Smarter Than Your Refrigerator? The 12-Year Kitchen
We are so close to finished I can almost taste the ice. It’s been more than seven months since this project began, an...
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Counter Attack: The 12-Year Kitchen
We finally hit the milestone we’ve been waiting for: the countertop is in!This was a big one—the finish line has been...
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That Last .2 Mile: The 12-Year Kitchen
I overheard a snippet of dialogue on TV the other night, in which a woman mentions that a marathon is exactly 26. 2 m...
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Cabinet Artistry: The 12-Year Kitchen
Anyone who embarks on a large-scale renovation like our kitchen project worries about it—it’s a huge expense and a ma...
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A Game of (Quarter) Inches: The 12-Year Kitchen
Since the beginning of our kitchen renovation, we’ve had a running joke about a rogue quarter inch—we’re either missi...
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Stepping Out: The 12-Year Kitchen
“This is how my father taught me to do it,” said Joe Salamone with a grin, looking proudly at our newly finished pati...
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Timing Is Everything: The 12-Year Kitchen
We had started our kitchen renovation project in early March, so the early stages were hampered by the predictable we...
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It’s Electrifying: The 12-Year Kitchen
When we bought our house in 1999 (right), one of the things we did before we even moved in was to upgrade the electri...
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Making Drawings
Making professional working drawings takes training and practice. For many simple, around-the-home kinds of jobs, how...
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Small Choices, Big Decisions: The 12-Year Kitchen
If you had asked Margaret and me five years ago what our new kitchen would look like, we’d probably have both said it...
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What Lies Beneath: The 12-Year Kitchen
Our kitchen renovation project started out with a couple of hidden land mines, and moved quickly into a series of hid...
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Demolition and Excavation: The 12-Year Kitchen
When you own a house built in 1920, you have lead—it’s in the solder on old pipes, and in the paint on old walls.   W...
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Getting Started: The 12-Year Kitchen
Space planning for our kitchen project took more than six months, but we were thrilled with the plans we agreed on. N...
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A Year of Planning: The 12-Year Kitchen
We never had any doubt about what architect we wanted for our kitchen makeover.   Norm Davis had done the p...
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Remodeling a Dutch Colonial: The 12-Year Kitchen
There are two quotes I’ll never forget from our home-buying days. One was what our real estate agent said to us as sh...
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Know the Rules for Finished Basements
Converting your basement is like finding new space, fully equipped with plumbing and heat. Before you begin your remo...
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Some Final Notes on Finishing the Job
How long should the finish work take? That depends on the job, of course. When the job involves plastering and painti...
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Easy Bathroom Makeover
 When I first purchased my weekend house in Upstate New York, I knew that the bathroom would need to be remodele...
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Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn
Much cosmetic, insulation, and sound reduction work has transformed a tired-old attic bedroom into a peaceful, pretty, and healthy room for baby.
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Touring the Home Interior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the interior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Touring the Home Exterior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the exterior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Touring the Completed Basement Remodel
Bob meets with homeowner Sarah Monzon to recap the project, from the initial preparation to the renovations to the finishing touches.
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Welcome to Brooklyn!
Bob recounts history of the Brooklyn Bridge, and of the borough itself. He also talks about DUMBO, the neighborhood location for this project. Once an operating p...
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Locating the Ideal Miami Condo Fixer-Upper
Led by real estate broker Gina Kirkpatrick, Bob tours a 950-square-foot one-bedroom condo in a bulding designed by the renowned Miami architect Morris Lapidus in ...
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Evaluating the Miami Beach One-Bedroom
Bob and real estate broker Gina Kirkpatrick evaluate the 950-square-foot one-bedroom condo in Miami Beach, FL.
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Seeking Design Ideas for the Miami Condo
DD Allen shows off her updated 600-square-foot retreat in downtown Miami. By removing interior dividing walls, Allen has converted her one-bedroom into a studio. ...
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Demolition Review and Shower Installation
With much of the demolition having been completed, Bob walks through an open, loft-like space, which was dark and cramped feeling pre-demolition. Carlos Leuchtman...
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Touring Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
Bob visits Lincoln Road guided by architectural historian Allan Shulman, who chronicles the Lincoln Road saga from its beginning with Carl Fisher, "Mr. Miami Beac...
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Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with LesCare cabinet representative Brad Brewster, of Princeton Custom Cabinetry, who explains the features of this semi-custom cabinet line and also ou...
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Installing Glass Tile in the Shower
The crew prepares to grout the Vitrus Glasstile, which has been installed in the shower using a mildew- and stain-resistant epoxy grout. Bob remarks that, unlike ...
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Mounting Overhead Cabinets
Bob and Brad Brewster of Princeton Custom Cabinetry oversee the installation of the hanging cabinets in the new condo kitchen. Brewster lists the various features...
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Fitting a Vanity Top and Sink
Ernie Wernecke of Princeton Custom Cabinetry shows Bob how to customize the vanity countertop so it fits snugly against a bulging wall.
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Installing a Toto One-Piece Toilet
Bob watches the installation of a low-flow Toto toilet with a sleek design. The installation is simple, thanks to a special flange that reconfigures the tradition...
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Installing a Water-Cooled HVAC System
Bob and Jeff Akers of The Air Authority review the water-cooled HVAC system, granting focus to its ingenious mechanical design and up-to-code energy efficiency.
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Installing Moen Faucets in the Bathroom Vanity
Carlos Leuchtmann of Blue Ridge Plumbing joins Bob to install a faucet and handles from the Moen Kingsley line.
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Leveling the Floor
Bob meets lead carpenter Connor McKenna from Thorough Construction, who is working with the original floor joists in preparation for the hardwood floors.
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Installing the Subfloor
Thorough Construction's lead carpenter Connor McKenna applies panel adhesive to the tops of the new, sistered joists before laying four-by-eight sheets of Georgia...
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Installing Steel-Stud Framing
Bob joins Connor McKenna of Thorough Construction as he works on installing the new steel-stud framing.
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Installing a Drop Ceiling to Hide Duct Work
Bob walks through the Manhattan Brownstone floor-through apartment with project manager Chris Vila, looking at the ductwork that has been run in the ceiling for t...
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French Doors and Weep Holes on the Balcony and Installing Oversized Double-Hung Windows on a Historic Property
Bob starts on the balcony of the Manhattan Brownstone where open space was standard for these urban town homes then moves to the interior to talk about the large,...
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Individual Zone Heating and Cooling
Bob meets with Meredith Schelp from Mitsubishi Electric HVAC to learn about the City-Multi HVAC system that will heat and cool the Manhattan Brownstone floor-thro...
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Installing the Pre-Cut Paneling System
Bob meets Jason Hill from New England Classic as their ready-measured and pre-cut paneling system is installed in the Manhattan Brownstone.
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Space Savings and Increased Effeciency With a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Robert Kirkpatrick from Rinnai joins Bob to explain the tankless hot-water system being installed in the Manhattan Brownstonel.
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Installing a Therma-Tru Pre-Hung Door
Bob is joined by Michael McDevitt of Therma-Tru Doors as Wes Lohr and his crew prepare for the installation of the pre-hung exterior door.
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Applying Glazed Wall Tile in the Bathroom
Rob Shedrofsky from Davinci Stone explains the tiling process to Bob as the Porcelanosa wall tile is installed in the bathroom
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Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Thomas Bump of Fine Custom Cabinetry shows Bob the Maple and hardwood panel cabinets that were built specifically for the Brownstone kitchen.
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Custom Moldings, Window Casings, and Coves
The front room of the Manhattan Brownstone is getting its finishing touches as prefabricated oversize cove molding is installed at the ceiling.
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Kitchen and Butler's Pantry, Venetian Blinds, and Luxury Kitchen Appliances, Finishes, and Cabinetry
The huge space that is the kitchen of the Manhattan Brownstone has received its finishing touches. Bob tours.
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Finished Brownstone Bathroom, Bedroom, and Patio
Bob and Chris Vila continue the walk-through of the Manhattan Brownstone with a look at the new bathroom.
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Discussing Architectural Plans for the Victorian Restoration
Bob walks with the owner and architect through different rooms on the first floor of the Victorian. Looking over the floor plans, they discuss the changes that w...
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Reviewing Attic Conversion Plans
Bob meets structural engineer Steve Siegel on the attic floor of the Medford, MA home to discuss the owner's desire for an office with cathedral ceilings.
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Skylight and Gable Window Installation
Bob goes up to the attic of the Victorian project house, where an ODL tubular skylight is being installed. Also, Bob looks back at the installation of windows on ...
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Review of the Project Plans
Bob visits a Habitat community in Phoenix, Arizona, then heads back to New York, where he meets Jim Kilorian, President of Habitat for Humanity in Westchester Cou...
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Tour of the Mansion's Dining Room and Kitchen
Bob and Roxane Gilmore continue touring the governor's mansion in Richmond, VA. After enjoying the highlights of the dining room, the discussion turns to the kitc...
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Reviewing the Exterior and Discussing the Addition
General contractor Sam Daniels gives Bob the details about the three-level northeast addition.
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Progress Report on the Restoration
Architect John Paul Hanbury brings Bob up to date on the progress that's been made on the restoration of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Progress Report on the North Addition
Carpenter Bob Ryley and general contractor Sam Daniel issue a progress report on the construction of the north addition to the Viriginia governor's mansion.
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Baseboard Replicas
In the Virginia governor's mansion, Bob and Bob Ryley look at baseboard replicas and inspect how the space behind the baseboard is used.
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Hanging Double Doors
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Mike Smith hang double doors at the entrance to the private family living quarters of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Touring the Remodeled Kitchen
Executive Chef Mark Herndon shows Bob around the newly remodeled basement kitchen of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Reviewing the Kitchen Appliances
Bob peeks into the "first kitchen", the kitchen in the first family's private living quarters. Todd Graves (from GE) shows Bob the Halogen oven.
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Tour of the Restored Living Quarters
Bob tours the finished restoration of the historic sections of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Tour of the Completed Loft Conversion
Bob tours the completed loft conversion with collaborating architect Lisa Shire.
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Building a Porch Railing
Carpenter Bob Ryley and George (from Crosswinds Enterprises) collaborate to build a porch railing for the accessible home. Looking on, Bob discusses the building ...
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House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871.
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Flooring, Plumbing, and Plastering
The old flooring in the Gothic Carpenter-style home in Elmwood has been removed. Bob outlines the process of installing the new floor and discusses the new suppor...
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Installing a Granite Countertop and Kitchen Cabinets
Bob talks with contractors Jim Azerroe and Mike Burk. Jim is installing a granite kitchen countertop, while Mike puts in the new cabinets and drawers.
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The Font Porch, Façade, and Yard
Bob visits the completed house and talks to the homeowners about their new home's new façade, with its completed porch and newly landscaped yard.
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Installing the Skylight, Acrylic Block Panels, and Cooling System
Remodeling of the attic floor continues with the installation of Hy-Lite acrylic walls, an HVAC system, and insulation.
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A Retrospective of Restoration Projects in the Elmwood Neighborhood
Bob recaps the entire Elmwood project. It was a community effort involving an array of houses, though great pains were made to adhere to the historic look of the ...
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Review of the Project Plan
Bob meets Arquitectonica's Laurinda Spear, an architect who has come up with some eye-catching and very tropical ideas for the project.
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Block Wall Demolition
Bob and contractor Ed Weller meet to demolish a block wall in order to open up the room for remodeling.
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Tour of the Colonial Revival Home
Bob meets homeowners Tracy and Linda Gallagher at their 1930s Colonial Revival home. Bob also meets the architect and contractor, whom the Gallaghers have enliste...
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Discussing the Budget
Bob and carpenter Paul Morse go over the details of the budget and discuss whether or not they'll be able to finish the project under the estimated cost.
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The "Punch List"
Bob goes over the "punch list" and remarks on all the little jobs that become necessary to complete toward the end of a project.
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Bob Visits Tim Allen at Home
Bob visit's "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen at home, for a tongue-in-cheek look at some of Tim's very own home improvement projects.
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Touring the Courtyard and Meeting Pamela Anderson
Bob tours the tiled courtyard, with its Queen Palms and fountain. And there is a surprise visit from Pamela Anderson, a cast member of "Home Improvement".
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The Search Ends for a Home on Martha's Vineyard
The search for Bob's next project house ends, when he finds a small 19th-century home on a large plot of land in East Chop, a laid-back, picturesque part of the i...
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Concrete Chimney
Bob and contractor John Clancy discuss creating the new concrete chimney at the Victorian-style project house in Martha's Vineyard.
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Wiring the Victorian Home
Bob joins electrician Greg Roulette as he works on the rough wiring. The circuit breaker panel, Greg explains, is a receptacle for ground, neutral, and hot wires...
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Insulating the Victorian
Bob and the insulation contractor review how different types of insulation are used in different applications. Blown-in insulation is put into the existing house,...
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Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. ...
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Finishing Touches in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, where the white pine cabinets have been installed, Bob Ryley demonstrates how to adjust a European door hinge before he finishes putting in a plat...
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Costs for Building the Victorian
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review costs for the Victorian-style remodel-and-build project in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
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Meeting the Wayland Homeowner
Bob meets with homeowner Paul Paresky and tours the project. Expanding the lakefront home with a second floor addition will be a major undertaking. General contra...
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Home Addition and Construction Timeline
Bob remarks on how much progress has been made in one week of work on the Wayland project home. The footings have been established and the crew has begun building...
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Architectural Modifications
Bob reflects on the project house's previous appearance and how the addition will change both the appearance and functionality of the home.
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Building a Gable Roof
Contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to build a gable end dormer into the new roof.
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Roofing Around Skylights
Contractor Larry Landers demonstrates how to install roofing shingles around skylights.
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Building the Porch Rail
The carpenter shows Bob the new railing on the deck off the master bedroom, explaining that code requires that it be 36 inches tall. The carpenter then builds a p...
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Mid-Renovation Tour
Bog gives a mid-renovation tour, reviewing the progress that's been made on various projects throughout the house. He also provides an update on the changes have ...
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Remodeling on the Computer
The architect begins the design for the remodel using Autocad software. Computers make changing the architects' initial plans fast, easy, and precise.
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Installing New Bathroom Fixtures
Since the bathroom has been gutted, plumbers begin to install new fixtures.
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Installing the One-Piece Vanity
Bob helps carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley install a new one-piece acrylic vanity.
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Installing a Box Bay Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
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Colonial Kitchen Tour in Nantucket
In search of design ideas, Bob tours a charming Colonial kitchen in a house on Nantucket Island.
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Crafting New Cabinet Doors
New cabinet doors, which have been made in the workshop, are installed in the project house kitchen in order to dress up the old cabinets.
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Initial House Tour
Bob tours the Naples, FL cracker cottage that he has selected to remodel.
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Neighboring Cracker Cottage Tour
Hoping to find inspiring remodeling ideas, Bob tours a recently revamped cracker cottage nearby.
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Naples, FL Home Demolition
Bob confers with contractor Al Stouse as his crew begins demolition work on the Naples project.
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Termite Damage and Dry Rot
Bob confers with contractor Al Stouse about the termite and dry rot damage on the roof overhangs. Next, Bob helps build and install new roof brackets, or outriggers.
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Installing a Pocket Door
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles change a swinging door into a relocated pocket door.
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Reviewing an NYC Remodeling Project
Bob travels to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in order to visit the ongoing rehabilitation of a tenement building.
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Screen Porch and Ceiling Fan
Bob reviews the plans to create a new screen porch with a ceiling fan at the Naples project house.
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Visiting the NYC Remodeling Project
Bob makes his final visit to the sister project, a conversion of a Manhattan tenement. The new tenants have moved into the recently renovated low-income units on ...
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Discussing Plans with the Architect
Bob joins architect Bill Bauhs to discuss plans for renovating the two-flat greystone.
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Excavating the Basement
The excavation crew digs out the dense clay material in the basement to clear the way for a cement slab floor.
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Ceiling Joists and Roof Rafters
Some demolition is done on the old ell to prepare it for renovation, while ceiling joists and roof rafters go up in the new section of the house.
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Discussing the Basement Renovation
Ron Gan and architect Bill Bauhs talk over the budget and convince Bob to renovate the basement.
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Reviewing Progress
Bob goes over budget expenditure and progress to date with contractor Ron Gan and realtor Catherine Caravette.
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Finishing the Tour and Summing Up the Budget
Bob finishes the interior tour with the kitchen and master bedroom. Then, Bob, general contractor Ron Gan, and realtor Catherine Caravette sum up the renovation.
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Tour of the Project House
Bob and general contractor Ron Gan take a look around the old, abandoned coach house.
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Attic and Basement
The tour of the project house continues up into the attic and down into the basement. Bob and general contractor Ron Gan discuss the necessary repairs and desired...
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Basement Excavation
Bob takes a quick tour of the demolition work that's ongoing in the basement. He and general contractor Ron Gan discuss the advantages of renovation over rebuildi...
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Garage Construction
The concrete floor has been poured in the basement, and general contractor Ron Gan explains how a ledger board is attached to the masonry wall to support ceiling ...
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Progress Report on the Coach House
Bob tours the completed living room and dining room of the coach house, then heads down into the basement to see the work that's been done on the heating system.
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Basement Demolition
Bob joins demolition Jim Ferguson in the basement of the coach house to review progress.
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Interior Tour
Bob walks through the remainder of the renovation, admiring the details and faux-finish painting that continues through the kitchen, living room and dining room.
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Reviewing Plans for Updating the Victorian
Bob meets with homeowner David Masher and architect Greg Colling at the project house, a Queen Anne Victorian in Rowley, MA's historic district, to review plans f...
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Excavation and Foundation Work
Bob joins general contractor Tim Berky to hear how the foundation and footing will be handled for the Victorian kitchen remodel and deck addition.
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