Kitchen islands are an exciting addition to any kitchen. Compared to some remodeling projects that are less sexy (like a toilet replacement), or those that take months of upheaval (like a bedroom wing added to a house), an island can... read full post →
Youve thought long and hard about working on your kitchen. Maybe youve even come as far as to have a specific plan in mind. Youve priced out materials. Hired a contractor. Youre rubbing your hands together in... read full post →
Bob Vila. That good old home remodeling expert. Think of how many renovation tips hes bestowed on America throughout his television career. Surely you garnered needed information from his time on This Old House from 1979 to 1989,... read full post →
Modern building materials have come a long way over the last few decades, and with ever-rising fuel costs, energy efficiency has become more important than ever. It is suggested that windows and doors account for up to 25% of your homes... read full post →
We’ve talked a lot about kitchen remodeling, and how valuable it is for your home’s beauty and sell-ability. We’ve talked about how beneficial replacing big appliances can be. And, while that is all true, we don’t want to miss... read full post →
Kitchen remodeling and children have many similarities. You dream, plan, hope for a beautiful outcome. And in the middle of everything, you realize that its even more wonderfuland insanely out of controlthan you imagined.... read full post →
Weve noticed a huge trend among homeowners latelythat design-savvy kitchen remodeling is on the rise. Whether they’re taking to the web for self-taught strategy, or consulting with budget-smart designers and kitchen... read full post →
The kitchen seems a straightforward thing. Its a place to cook. Entertain. You have a refrigerator, a stove. Often a dishwasher. Food comes in, food gets served.
But its not as simple as that, of course. Especially if... read full post →
An all-over exterior home makeover can seem daunting. There are many elements to consider, and theres the inevitable cost that might have you hesitating.
Hesitate no more. According to Remodeling Magazines 2010-2011 Cost Vs.... read full post →
Kitchen remodeling has been hot in San Francisco—and with good reason.
With one of the highest returns on investment, a kitchen remodel makes your home more sellable while adding drastic value in the meantime. Northern California... read full post →
If youve been wanting to go solar but find yourself scratching your head at the confusing details and high costs of installing solar panels, this may be your day. The good news for you is that the future is looking more and more... read full post →
A kitchen island may seem a basic element in a new kitchen, but the choices and details can be overwhelming. What is the need for your kitchen island? What function must it provide? How large? What materials? How much storage? What... read full post →
So youre thinking about remodeling your kitchen this fall. You likely have clear reasons why you want a new kitchen, and you know that kitchens bring one of the highest returns on your investment. Not to mention that a modern... read full post →
Its always heartening to see a home that offers the most energy efficiency possible without requiring new construction. Such is the case with a recently remodeled, 1,822-square-foot home in West Seattles Gatewoods... read full post →
A kitchen renovation done right can be a glorious thing. In fact, a proper kitchen remodel can get you over 100 percent of a return on your investment. This is phenomenal. But many of us balk at the idea of spending the initial money,... read full post →
Your kitchen countertop says a lot.
Not only will your counter make a huge impact on the aesthetic effect of your new kitchenbut the right countertop will increase the value of your home, last through wear and tear, and improve... read full post →
Remodeling your kitchen will make your life at home more enjoyable, more comfortable and more convenient – once it’s completed. In the interim, expect some disruption to your everyday routine. Getting that kitchen of your dreams can... read full post →
Remodeling is one of the best ways to make your home more valuable, comfortable and streamlined. But what happens to the discarded products and materials left behind in a home improvement project?
Eco-friendly homeowners don’t want... read full post →
As summer comes to a close and the refreshing fresh fall weather approaches, you may be looking to slough off the summer carelessness and look towards getting things in order. Perhaps you’re thinking about Thanksgiving and the... read full post →
It’s common knowledge that remodeling increases the value of your home. Yet, when it comes to renovation, you may not immediately consider installing solar panels, which not only produce clean, renewable energy from the sun, but can... read full post →
Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your kitchen, the next challenge may be to find the right balance between getting all the features you want and making costs manageable. Keeping in mind the five Ps planning,... read full post →
Most of us spend more than 80% of our lives indoors, yet according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside new homes can be 10 times more toxic than outside.
Most of this pollution is caused by compounds and chemicals from... read full post →
While everyone dreams about a kitchen remodel at some point, completing a full kitchen renovation can be a bit intimidating. You may stress about hiring the right contractor or going over budget, even for a medium-sized renovation.... read full post →
How much do our buildings really contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? The answers may be surprising.
Over 50% of all GHGs in the U.S. come from our homes and businesses, and over 40% of the country’s energy consumption... read full post →
If you’ve said for years that you’ll have everyone over for Thanksgiving once you finish that kitchen remodel, I’ve got news for you: the time to start planning is now.
Yes, the wonderful holiday centered on food,... read full post →
Summers in full force and heating up Fog City once again. Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, including neighbors San Jose and Oakland, continue in their quests to finally reinvigorate their homesat a rate not seen since... read full post →
Every year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association holds a design competition for the best kitchens in North America. It’s a chance for and designers to put their creations on display, share their process, and provide us all... read full post →
Happy Earth Day, folks! In honor of the 41st anniversary of this greenest of holidays, I’d like to share a breakdown on energy-saving home improvements, and the federal tax incentives that make them affordable.
Indeed, remodeling... read full post →
I hate to break it to you: kitchen remodels are hard. As in, really, really tricky to pull off without a hitch. This is a project you want to run as smoothly as possible, and believe me, you’re gonna need help if you’d like to... read full post →
A successful kitchen merges functional design with beautiful aesthetics. Not only must a kitchen house many projects and people, but also accommodate social situations and, if you live on your own, keep yourself from going crazy trying... read full post →
We’ve shown how a kitchen renovation can give you the biggest return on investment in your home. Yes, even simply replacing your dishwasher and oven can majorly revolutionize the function, efficiency and beauty of your space.
Well.... read full post →
With a bit of imagination and a lot of design ingenuity, Derek Diedricksen achieves the impossible: micro-shelters for less than $200. Talk about being resourceful.
One particular structure, aptly named the Gypsy Junker, makes up for... read full post →
We’ve mentioned how renovating the kitchen can bring the largest return on investment. Not to mention that such renovations improve this high-trafficked room and make your home more personalized in the process. Well, one couple... read full post →
With open floor plans exploding in popularity right now, the galley kitchen might seem a tad closed off. Indeed, galley kitchens (featuring a long, slender layout) originated in submarines and naval ships to allow for efficient cooking in a... read full post →
You probably already know that prefab homes, with their pre-cut, low-waste construction parts, are already greener than most traditional homes. But now Wieler, in partnership with Ralph Rapson and Associates, has taken that... read full post →
As we become more aware of how the materials in our homes affect the environment around us, kitchen remodels are indeed becoming more eco-friendly. One way you can keep your environmental impact to a minimum is by purchasing green kitchen... read full post →
No doubt you’ve heard of Johnny Grey. Named the world’s best kitchen designer by The New York Times, Grey has revolutionized how the world looks at the kitchen. Grey himself is more than an architect. He’s a thinker, a... read full post →
Sitting atop the bluffs of Pacific Palisades, California, like a breathtaking phoenix, the Vicino House beautifully merges sustainable living with luxurious design. Proving that eco-intelligence need not equate granola hippydom, this... read full post →
We love before and after stories, especially for their ability to show what can be done with renovations. That it’s not necessary to start from scratch or (gasp) move entirely to have a beautiful rebirth of a space. Such is the... read full post →
Planted to insulate homes and cut energy bills, green roofs are sprouting up all over the world
When I moved to Salt Lake City, I was pleased to see environmental efforts popping up in surprising places, such as the roof of the downtown... read full post →
Last May, a group of 22 dedicated graduate students from the University of Colorado, Denver ventured out into beautiful southeastern Utah. Their mission? Build a totally sustainable rammed-earth house for a low-income family in Navajo... read full post →
What happens when modernists move into a very old structure? Nothing short of amazing design. When a hedge-fund manager, his wife and three-year-old twin daughters wanted to reimagine the interiors of their 19th-century barn, the results... read full post →
Kitchen renovations are hard enough when the space is largeso how do you accomplish an update when there’s only enough room for one person to move around in your kitchen? Such was Gene Ambroson’s challenge when he... read full post →
Bea and Scott Johnson’s addictive quest to live with less began three years ago when they downsized from a 3,000 square-foot home into their current 1,400 square feet. Out of necessity, the couple began to get rid of stuff, and the... read full post →
When Praveen moved into the neutral blank-slate of his apartment in SoMa, San Francisco, he immediately saw a need for color. Using his love of innovation, he created a fusion of art, primary colors and technology.
And like many... read full post →
You’ve likely heard of as many “headache” stories in home renovations as you have success stories, so we’ve got 10 tips to help you fall into the successful category—and to experience less stress and more fun along... read full post →
If the New Year has brought in revamped urges to minimize your house and show off beloved belongings with more panache, then this 770-square-foot Cambridge home is the space that will inspire you. Eli and Jessica’s condo could be... read full post →
The most beautiful modern homes today merge eco-intelligence with aesthetic freshness. The owners of this home, Ed and Joanne Ellis, paid a small price of three years of work and anticipation for a home that will last for years, and... read full post →
The Longs kitchen before transformation
When Charles and Jane Long moved from Reno to California a little over two years ago, they rented first in Berkeley but were ultimately looking for a house with open spaces. And they found it.... read full post →
If you’ve been fighting the frigid temperatures of the season by cranking up your heat (and in turn your energy bill), then you should consider boosting your home’s insulation, or installing some energy efficient upgrades.... read full post →
While you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen, you may be thinking about everything but the kitchen sink. And indeed, replacing appliances is an important first step to increasing your home’s value.
But don’t... read full post →
Does your kitchen seem as droopy and unimpressive as a night owl before their morning coffee? Is your cookingor desire to cookaffected by the lackluster space? Give your kitchen (and overall home value) a perk without... read full post →
You hear “writer’s hut” and you think perhaps of Thoreau on Walden Pond—or Tolstoy, in the latter years. But this writer’s hut featured on Dwell is anything but antiquated. On a 0.7-square-mile island 20 miles... read full post →
When this graphic designer went to restore her kitchen, she wasn’t kidding around. One of the last rooms of a bed and breakfast that she and her husband had been restoring, getting the details of this kitchen right were very... read full post →
If you want to create a new kitchen and you’re feeling bold, look no further. Seattle-based Kerf Design provides a sleek and strong look by working with two simple materials, plywood and plastic laminate.
Integrating what Kerf... read full post →
We think home and we think shelter. We think of its barrier from the outdoors as a plus. Yet this residence 100 miles south of Brisbane, Australia shows us the bliss of merging with the outdoorsrather than pushing back against... read full post →
The thought of having fresh organic eggs straight from your urban backyard sounds enticing, though a potential feather-laden mess. Architects Shelley Martin and Mitchell Snyder solved the problem when they moved to Portland to launch a... read full post →
We’ve gotten a lot of mail from folks interested in cork, rubber and eco-friendly flooring ideas. It’s hardly a secret anymore that these innovative materials are not only energy-smart choices for your home, but often look... read full post →
October 29, 2010 in Roofing
With snowy and blustery weather just around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your roof and consider replacement options. As an essential component of a secure home, roofing doesn’t just look good—it protects your home from a... read full post →
Built-in kitchen cabinets can be overrated. Sure, they feel elegant and official, but freestanding cabinets can allow for one of the most important principles in the kitchen: flexibility.
And freestanding doesn’t have to mean skimpy or... read full post →
Milking cows and raising hens may not be your lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t incorporate the charming farmhouse look into your kitchen design. Not sure what I mean? Check out this collection of farmhouse... read full post →
Sometimes a kitchen reaches the critical remodel-me-now stage regardless of how much cash you have to put into it. While its easy to get caught up in the fabulous commercial products and beautiful choices for all areas of a... read full post →
Guess who graced us with his presence via webcam this week? None other than Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy and widely acclaimed design expert.
In the interview below, Maxwell shows CalFinder how to blend... read full post →
Of all the things to consider in your home, you’d think that kitchen cabinetry falls low on the list. Yet, because of the functionality of the kitchen, getting the cabinets right not only affects the aesthetics, but changes how... read full post →
Guess who graced us with his presence via webcam this week? None other than Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy and widely acclaimed design expert.
In the interview below, Maxwell shows CalFinder how to blend... read full post →
On a wooded property 25 miles north of Seattle, in Lake Forest, Washington, this rugged, chic and completely renovated 1950’s home makes the average lake house pale in comparison.
Want this look for your own home? We can match... read full post →
Renovations that increase the value of your home need not empty your pockets. Take a look at these four products that can add value to your home without breaking the bank. With one project per season, you could have a more highly valued... read full post →
Sick of your junky appliances? Times running out to take advantage of the Cash for Appliances program, a federally funded energy-efficiency program that gives you large cash rebates in return for your old dishwasher, refrigerator... read full post →
I just had to share these ideas for creative dining room spaces. Pay special attention to the interplay of wood, glass and color…
Unique maps and globes are a big trend in home décor right now. I love that this homeowner chose a... read full post →
An energy-smart shipping crate home
In Curacavi, Chile, the reclaimed-shipping-pallet Manifesto House is an example of how beauty and social consciousness have merged to take us into the future of design.
Designed by architects... read full post →
Rob Jones of BuildDirect, the online stone flooring and building materials vendor, talks about a surfacing choice that’s been popular for thousands of years: natural stone tile. Taking a selection of the most popular types of stone... read full post →
If you’re looking to make extensive home improvements, you may be scratching your head at that infamous acronym, HELOC.
What is it, exactly? A home equity line of credit is a loan where the lender agrees to lend within an... read full post →
Delicious frozen cookie dough isn’t the only sweet thing that Otis Spunkmeyer founder Kenneth Rawlings is offering to the world. His Tudor-style home in Northern California, designed by architect Albert Farr and built by... read full post →
Artist Michelle de la Vega creates a dream home-from an old garage.
It’s wonderful to see home dwellers create a made-for-them space out of unexpected structures. Such is the case with Seattle homeowner Michelle de la Vega, who... read full post →
Taking a virtual stroll through the green home store
Regular home improvement can induce a lot of stress, especially when trying to stay environmentally responsible as you shop. Luckily, green home improvement stores—both... read full post →
San Jose homeowner WaiChee Khoong had one main request when it came to remodeling his 1,300-square-foot ranch house: create more living space without going over budget. He enlisted the help of designer Chad DeWitt, and what followed was a... read full post →
If you’re lucky enough to live among breathtaking scenery, you know how much the surroundings contribute to the beauty of a home.
The Davis residence by Miller Hull in Bellingham, Washington sits immersed in the most beautiful... read full post →
Today’s post is from Rob Jones, blogger and social media practitioner of online building materials company BuildDirect, which deals in large quantities of kitchen countertops, among other building products. So, this post is all about... read full post →
Some of the world’s best cooking has come out of the smallest kitchens, including the finest French fare. Yet trying to create brilliance in a teensy kitchen can be frustrating to the point that we cook less altogether, despite... read full post →
Rising up between large ancient trees, almost a modern nod to Emerson and Thoreau themselves, lies the Carmel Cottage. Created by Feldman Architecture, this modest and meticulous dwelling is worth a closer look.
Feldman prides itself... read full post →
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Along with numerous choices of kitchen countertop mediums comes a wide range of looks, including innovative and artistic designs. While the classic look in a... read full post →
Even though warmer temperatures may linger, something seems to change the minute September comes. The devil-may-care casual vibe of summer is slowly replaced by impulses to look towards nesting and settling in. Especially for those who... read full post →
Maybe it’s just me in my rosy-colored world…but there’s a silver lining to any situation. Cook with too much wine, and what do you know, you’ve got enough corks for a great new craft project.
We spotted this little... read full post →
As much as we Americans like to think of ourselves as uber craftsy, the Arts and Crafts Movement began about 150 years ago across the pond. It was mostly a negative reaction to the Industrial Revolution; scores of British citizens... read full post →
Home solar power has skyrocketed in recent years. Everybody wants a few panels to cut their utility bills, but high system costs have kept them unfortunately out of reach. Thats where Clarian Power comes in.
An innovative... read full post →
Not so long ago, this tiny abode in Wilmington, N.C. sat on the market without so much as a nibble from potential buyers. So instead of twiddling their thumbs and letting the cobwebs form, Jay DeChesere and his wife, Heather, decided... read full post →
You may have seen Modern Playhouse’s Wedge and Circle Houses floating around on the internet. In fact, Inhabitat recently featured these uncomplicated, eco-friendly playhouses created by two California designers and mothers.... read full post →
While there’s nothing better than that retro swimming-pool smell in the summer, chlorinated pools are causing increasing health concerns, including asthma and wheezing in kids, and unhealthy natural chemical breakdownsnot... read full post →
Considering how much of your kitchen remodeling budget is eaten up by cabinet installation (approximately half, if you can believe it), its important to make sure that youre involved in the process every step of the way. Here... read full post →
You’d love to recreate your bedroom, yet you know that doing so can mean an invasive overhaul and money, money, money. I understand. But I’d like to propose something different. Rather than remodel for over-the-top master... read full post →
The word “attic” traditionally conjured up images of a romantically mysterious nook above the house, with cobwebs tying together the dressmaker forms and albums of years past. But attics are getting new attention in the... read full post →
Kitchen islands do many things. They provide an extra work surface, shelving and storage. They add a sink to the kitchen, bar seating, extra outlets for appliances. And they can become art in and of themselves and set a distinct aesthetic... read full post →
Feeling a little cramped in your quarters? Before throwing in the towel and moving out, take a look at these 5 ways to get the most out of the square footage you already have. After all, improving is far easier than moving.
#1 ... read full post →
Among other daunting elements that first-time parents face is the amount of stuff available to fill a nursery with. While you certainly want to provide the best for your wee one on the way, you also don’t want to clutter your home. And... read full post →
Who said that prefabs are only for cramped urban-dwellers? The Mountain Retreat in Kerhonkson, New York by Resolution: 4 Architecture proves that pre-fabs can be sprawling spaces with an undoubtedly stylish edgejust perfect for... read full post →
July 26, 2010 in Painting
Everybody knows that selling your home is tough, especially in a market like this. But what most people don’t know is that there are easy, inexpensive tricks to set your home above the rest—and those tricks involve paint. In fact,... read full post →
If you prefer a root canal over tackling home improvement projects, then it may be time you take a less conventional approach. How about getting your family or group of best beds to keep you company while lightening your load? Here are... read full post →
Designed for an artsy family of six in Dix Hills, New York, this kitchen remodel is perhaps one of the most beautiful we’ve seen. It captures the family’s personality so well—their creative, playful spirit, colorful design... read full post →
CalFinder goes behind the scenes with Preston Koerner, founder of Jetson Green
Jetson Green is a daily site devoted to innovation in residential green design. The site features about 10 articles weekly on cool projects, products and other... read full post →
Who says that play has to be limited to children—or to the outdoors, for that mater? Bringing the outdoors in adds an element of wacky fun to any interior. Check out these five examples.
#1 - Indoor Tree House
This sprawling $1.5... read full post →