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Martinez: Remodeled house gets unwanted makeover when truck backs into it

Martinez: Remodeled house gets unwanted makeover when truck backs into itNews from Contra Costa Times:

MARTINEZ — A house undergoing remodeling received an unwanted and potentially expensive makeover when a vehicle backed into it Thursday morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
The incident occurred at 7:29 a.m. when the driver of a delivery truck was trying to turn his vehicle around in the 4900 block of Pacheco Boulevard near Arnold Drive, Sgt. Virgil Aguilar said.
As the driver — a 57-year-old man — put the truck in reverse, he accidentally backed into a single-family residence, causing [...] Continue Reading…

Kitchen remodeling still undone, despite paying $3700

Kitchen remodeling still undone, despite paying $ 3700News from The News-Press:

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Aging House Stock Can Boost Remodeling MarketNews from Realty Today:

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BURBANK, CA – APRIL 11: Nick Teichtmann (L), with the help of Lowe’s employee Jaime Solis, buys lumber to renovate his house by adding a gazebo on top of a deck and fixing his garage at Lowe’s [...] Continue Reading…

Advice for big home improvement projects

Advice for big home improvement projectsNews from KPRC Houston:
THERE IS GOOD NEWS TO SHARE FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION INTO A LOCAL POOL COMPANY THAT SKIPPED TOWN. LAST MONTH, JACE LARSON EXPOSED THE COMPANY THAT LEFT THIS FAMILY WITHOUT THE POOL THEY PAID $ 40,000 FOR. ANOTHER COMPANY STEPPED UP TO HELP OUT AND FINISH THE JOB FOR FREE. JACE, YOU FOUND MORE THAN A DOZEN HOMEOWNERS WHO LOST MONEY. THAT’S RIGHT OF IT’S NICE TO SEE THAT ONE COMPANY REALLY STEPPING UP. THERE WERE TWO COMPANIES THAT DID THAT FOR CUSTOMERS, SO MAKES YOU [...] Continue Reading…

Everything about the kitchen sink—and faucet

Everything about the kitchen sink—and faucetNews from ConsumerReports.org:
Pick the sink material
What the sink is made of matters more than who makes it, according to Consumer Reports’ tough tests. That’s why we rate materials. We stained, scoured, dropped objects, and set down hot pots in 18 double-bowl sinks. We compared thick, heavy-gauge stainless steel with thinner versions, and heavy cast iron with lighter acrylic and trendy fireclay. Our sink Ratings show results for the six most common materials.
If you’re considering stainless steel, don’t spend more for thicker-gauge metal. Do look for sound-absorbing pads on the [...] Continue Reading…

Broken antique? 3-D print a new one with Lowe’s

Broken antique? 3-D print a new one with Lowe’sNews from CNBC:
In the latest project to come out of the home improvement store’s innovation labs, Lowe’s Orchard Supply Hardware store in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday will debut 3-D printing and scanning services that let shoppers customize their home accents and fixtures.
With the help of one of three 3-D printing specialists, shoppers will be able to choose the color, shape and materials to build door handles, cabinet knobs and other products that match their home’s aesthetic, either at the Mountain View store or on Osh.com.
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Competition rises as home remodeling goes digital

Competition rises as home remodeling goes digitalNews from CNBC:
“At this point we have 130 million projects that we know about people’s homes from across the country from our 3.2 million professionals,” said Matt Ehrlichman, CEO of Porch, which has grown its staff nearly sixfold since its launch and is now moving into a huge new space. “If you’re buying a home, who wouldn’t want to see if there was a new roof that was put on or how much they spent on the remodel, so we’re able to use our data to tell them [...] Continue Reading…

Cast Feuds, Momager Fights & An Illicit Love Affair –– The 10 Most Shocking …

Cast Feuds, Momager Fights & An Illicit Love Affair –– The 10 Most Shocking …News from RadarOnline:

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The show producers’ choice was dependent on the mother they picked and her hair color. After initially choosing a blonde, Smith and “brothers” Zachery Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas were added to the cast. But while filming the pilot, they fired the woman and replaced her with Patricia Richardson— a brunette. “In all 201 episodes, they never addressed the genetic improbability of two brown-haired parents giving birth to three blond boys, but hey, that’s show business!” Smith [...] Continue Reading…

Home Improvement in U.S. Slowing or Still Intact -

Home Improvement in U.S. Slowing or Still Intact -News from Which Is It? – Bloomberg:
Two indexes that gauge U.S. home-remodeling activity suggest a slower pace ahead. Wall Street seems to disagree.
Future market conditions measured by the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index fell to 55.4 in the three months ended March 31 from a record-high of 59.5 in the fourth quarter, data from the group showed Thursday. Similarly, a leading indicator of remodeling work created by Harvard University projects annual growth in home-improvement spending will slow to 2.9 percent by year end [...] Continue Reading…

How to Get the Most for Your Home Improvement Money

How to Get the Most for Your Home Improvement MoneyNews from The Fiscal Times:
After a long treacherous winter, particularly in the Northeast, many homes are in dire need of spring fix up. But not all home improvement projects – whether inside or out — make sense financially, especially if you plan to sell your home anytime soon.
A whopping 57 percent of some 1,300 homeowners surveyed in February by LightStream, a division of SunTrust Bank that focuses on home improvement financing, said they planned to spend money on home improvement projects this year. Considering snowstorms, [...] Continue Reading…

From The Archives: The New Tools Of Home Improvement

From The Archives: The New Tools Of Home ImprovementNews from Popular Science:

In April 1956, Popular Science told readers how to modernize homes with bleeding-edge technology. The mark of a great home, we noted, “is not its size or shape or color, but how much up-to-date machinery it has to make living easier.” At the time, that meant retractable electrical cords, smokeless ovens, and countertop blenders. Today, that means something entirely different: app-based security systems, voice-controlled lighting, and cloud-based intelligence that learns your daily routine and adjusts the heat or AC to your liking–before you [...] Continue Reading…