Archive for Home Improvement

Cabinets: Toe-Kick versus Furniture Base

Cabinets: Toe-Kick versus Furniture Base

[Originally published as Design Tip #18 in our weekly newsletter] Here’s a design tip that’s handy for cabinet shopping. One of the details you’ll select with cabinets is the base profile. Most kitchen cabinets are designed with a toe-kick. This is a 4” space at…

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Why Do Contractors Cost So Much?

Why Do Contractors Cost So Much?

People often ask me, “Why do contractors cost so much? How can they possibly justify those prices??” Usually, this question comes from a handy homeowner – someone who’s done a lot of work to their own house. If you remodeled your powder room for $1,800…

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Don’t Fall for the Quick Renovation Trap

Don’t Fall for the Quick Renovation Trap

Renovations take a long time. Unless you’re doing minor work such as cosmetic upgrades, most renovation projects take at least a solid month and large ones can take half a year or more. Understandably, long construction periods can be discouraging to would-be renovators. All of…

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Old Home Buyer’s Guide

Old Home Buyer’s Guide

One of the services we offer is walk-throughs for clients who are house shopping. We’ve been through a lot of old houses and have developed this guide to help us evaluate renovation costs and potential.   Print this out and take it with you when…

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How to Tell If a Wall is Load-Bearing

How to Tell If a Wall is Load-Bearing

A common aim with home renovations is to have a more open plan. This is especially true in older homes where original kitchens are completely closed off from adjacent dining and living rooms. So how do you know when it’s safe to remove a wall…

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