Art Deco Before and After

by DIY Maven

52-54 Iris: The Original Facade

Usually before and after images elicit a positive reaction. This one may not. Located in Laurel Heights, (San Francisco) the art deco two-unit building pictured above underwent a major renovation a few years back. Here's what it looked like after the remodel:

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25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes

by DIY Maven

 

25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes

 

HGTV asked their experts and they have spoken. These, ladies and gentlemen, are the 25 Biggest Home Renovating Mistakes renovators make. From least biggest (?) to the biggest of the big, here they are:

25. Gutting Everything

24. Buying Cheap Materials

23. Excessive Use of Duct Tape 

22. Inaccurate Measurements

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My Cardboard House Remodel

by DIY Maven

My Cardboard House Remodel

Last week MWT brought home this cute little two-story house with a request that it be remodeled for entry into a 'parade of homes' contest sponsored by the company for which he works. There was no word as to whether prizes will be given out to the best remodel, but, seriously, did I care?! Of course not! It was a teeny house just ready for a makeover! Here's the outcome:

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Bright, Cheery Glam Details to Make Your Kitchen Pop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Bright, Cheery Glam Details to Make Your Kitchen Pop

Photo Images: Kevin Oreck, Architect Inc.

It's all in the details. Yesterday CocoCozy, my west coast go-to blog, featured knock out photos by her buddy, L.A. architect Kevin Oreck in her Architect's Tour of a Hollywood Regency Home. Decked out cabinet door trim makes these cabinets supremely cool, the three simple white bowls with red fruit add a colorful splash of friction (other subtle red accents below) and that green upholstery on those Regency chairs...lovely!!

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Bungalow Makeover: From Foreclosure to Fabulous

by DIY Maven

Bungalow Makeover: From Foreclosure to Fabulous

Ten industrial sized Dumpsters were filled with the junk that filled Lisa and Todd's 1905 Portland bungalow. It had been inhabited by human and non-human squatters before the couple purchased the forlorn property. The before pictures pretty much sum up the condition of the home, but Lisa & Todd saw past it. They restored it to its former glory, including new hardwood floors, vintage light fixtures and subway tiles in the kitchen and bathroom...

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Pocket Guide to Wallpaper Removal

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/19/08

Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I've ever undertaken.  During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but......

 "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Michael Corleone, Godfather III

I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall.  No, no, no!! I won't do it. 

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How to Flip a House in 90 Days: Getting Started to Demolition

by DIY Maven

The short version:

Find the money to buy a depressed property in a great location, and then work your behind off.

The long version:

In our case, we exercised a line a credit against the equity in our home to come up with the funds. That only provide for half of what we needed, so we found a guy with cash who was as crazy as we were with whom to partner. We hired a lawyer to draw up an LLC to protect us, financially.

How to Flip a House in 90 Days: Getting Started to Demolition
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