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HouseWorks: Remodeling is simply surviving


HouseWorks: Remodeling is simply surviving

HouseWorks: Remodeling is simply surviving
News from Journal Times:

Sometimes this do-it-yourself remodeling stuff is simply about surviving it.

After many years and MANY projects, you’d think I’d have some great tips, wouldn’t you?

You’d be wrong.

My best advice for surviving a bathroom remodeling, for example, is … have another bathroom.

My best advice for surviving a kitchen remodeling is … eat out.

(Actually, it’s “have another kitchen,” but I’ll get to that.)

My neighbors set out as summer was turning into fall to refinish their living room floor.

That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Some sanding, some patching, some cleaning, some varnishing. It’ll be work, sure, but nothing intrepid do-it-yourselfers can’t handle.

Until they were standing there looking at those cabinets and chairs and couches and big-screen TVs and realized every room in the house already was full.

And the basement was full, and the shed was full and even the garage was crammed to the rafters with stuff they couldn’t bear to part with.

Luckily, their neighbor not only could park in his garage, but he had room to spare. Even luckier, he was a kindly sucker and fellow do-it-yourself survivor.

I had to leave the car in the driveway for a couple of weeks, but I harvested a lot of good-neighbor points.

Surviving any remodeling project takes a lot of planning and preparation. continues on Journal Times

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Cool spaces: Rustic yet refined kitchen and dining room remodel for East …
News from MassLive.com:

Elizabeth and Rich Samay decided to downsize once their three daughters were all grown and out of the house.  They bought a lovely, smaller home in East Forest Park, the area where Rich had grown up.  Eventually the couple found that the kitchen and dining room of their new home needed a little updating to reflect their love of cooking and entertaining. 

The Samays worked with designer Nicole Towsley of West Springfield’s Design for Everyday Living to create a kitchen with an eclectic, French country theme.  Rich wanted better ventilation and a cooking unit capable of higher heat, especially when using a wok, to cook the couple’s favorite meals.

New range top and vent hood. 

“We made this kitchen for us,” said Rich Samay, a manager at National Seating and Mobility.  ”Someone said it would hurt our resale value but we wanted it so we would be happy here.  Before I wouldn’t let people in the kitchen because it was so crowded.  Now everything is a step away from where we need it and people can come in to watch me cook.”

The Samays relocated the cooking area then added a custom-designed island, with seating for two, that was finished to…………… continues on MassLive.com

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