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Ideas for a kitchen remodel?

Hello MeFites, I'd like to redo my kitchen but I'm not sure what it is I want. Help me figure it out! [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jun 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Small home office design

What design / remodel / reno / decoration ideas do you have for a home office / chillout space backing onto a kitchen, 7'4" wide by 9' long , with 9' ceiling, for a DINKY couple in Queens, NY? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 19, 2014 - 4 answers

this here doorknob

This door is in the corner of our (soon to be) dining room. It formerly lead to the kitchen but now leads no where and is nailed shut. should we keep the knob on it? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jun 3, 2014 - 35 answers

Cabinets: Wood or painted in a tiny kitchen?

I need some help planning the kitchen remodel in my 1925 bungalow. Trying to keep the budget in the $10000 to 15000 range. I am fortunate that underneath the very worn vinyl floors is maple hardwood that is original to the house. The plan is to hopefully restore that. But do I keep the cabinets in their (rather dated) oak state or should I paint the cabinets? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on May 5, 2014 - 20 answers

What are the some tells of home improvement amateurs?

Home improvement professionals and those with a critical eye for detail: what are the 'tells' of DIY home improvement? What separates amateur work from professional work? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Apr 1, 2014 - 21 answers

Kitchen cabinet refacing

Does anyone have firsthand experience with kitchen cabinet refacing? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Mar 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Advice on putting live edge wood on a kitchen bar counter?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and have had an island built that is 2-level. The main counter is granite and the second 'bar' level for people to hang out at on bar stools is as yet undefined. I'm looking for some advice about what kind of surface I can put on the second level. I'm very interested in wood and was thinking 'live edge'. It would be about 24" x 72". Is this something best purchased from a supplier or is it a moderately DIY project from a tree cut by a tree service? Difficult to maintain? Easy enough to find? Suppliers north of Boston? Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Dec 6, 2013 - 10 answers

How to support 90" countertop in sewing room?

How can/should I best support a 90" span of countertop, in a room where we want to do sewing, crafts, and schoolwork? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Fireplace rehabilitation in CA

Mr G and I are considering removing the wood-burning stove that inhabits our fireplace. I mean, we want to convert the thing back to a regular fireplace. The first step in attempting to beautify the whole ugly mess. We rarely have a fire. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch on Oct 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Turn my tiny bathroom into a spa--with a new bathtub.

My existing claw foot tub doesn't fill deep enough. I would like to replace it with a deep soaking tub, of course for the best value possible. Give me your ideas please. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

great neighborhood, dumpy house. best way to improve?

My husband and I just bought a house in a great neighborhood, and it has a wonderful interior. But the exterior looks like this, except with a completely flat roof (we live in Arizona). It is made of concrete block in the shape of Phoenix brick (a long thin kind of bricks popular around here). The concrete is painted white, with paint that is now peeling. We have talked about doing a roof-over with elevated pitch and spanish tiles, and/or about building a facade but have no ideas on what it might look like. Googling has failed me. Can anyone link us to houses that are made like ours: (a concrete shoebox) that have been renovated to have great or much-improved curb appeal? Or any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by powerbumpkin on Jul 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

My bathroom is so gross.

I bought a house last year that I've been continually remodeling & up next is the bathroom in the basement. However, the walls really confuse me. What are my options? Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Make my kitchen fan-freakin'-tastic!

I am getting ready to do a kitchen remodel. I've been thinking about this since before we bought the house 6 years ago, and am finally ready to take the plunge. Give me your best kitchen ideas! [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees on Feb 22, 2013 - 27 answers

New (old) house with the worst possible kitchen floor.

Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Feb 16, 2013 - 20 answers

Tile Under Appliances in Kitchen?

The cabinets are already installed at floor level. Do we tile under the range and dishwasher or up to them? Also the dishwasher is already installed, but if we have to, we can take it out and tile under it. Opinions?
posted by Andrea2880 on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

So pretty! But do they actually work?

Friends are in the beginning process of thinking about a kitchen remodel, and are wondering if anyone has good or bad things to say about the stoves, fridges, or dishwashers from The Big Chill. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Keep trying to remove the trap arm, cut it, or give up?

60-year-old house, trap arm and drain/vent are galvanized, trap arm is rusty and I want to remove it. Or should I cut it, or hire someone to do it for me? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

What is the best gift for a kitchen remodel

We're getting a kitchen renovation. What are your best coping items? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Dec 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Help us keep the water in the tub

Need your experiences with bathtub door/screen that doesn't cover the width of the tub. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Oct 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for no-rot baseboard corner blocks

Where do I find no-rot (PVC, plastic, etc.) baseboard corner blocks for a bathroom? I found the trim easy enough, but the corner blocks I can find are all wood. Please help me not have to miter cut. (Already tried HD and Lowes)
posted by BeeDo on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Living in a box, living in a cardboard box

Remodeling with an eye toward my own use (for the next 4-5 years) and rentability (in ~5 years?). [more inside]
posted by bendy on Jun 20, 2012 - 10 answers

What made your kitchen/bathroom awesome?

We just bought a house and have to gut the kitchen and master bathroom. Damn. ... but we get to rebuild whatever way we want. Outstanding. What made your kitchen/bathroom awesome? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jun 7, 2012 - 45 answers

Ikea cabinets or custom built-in?

Should we go with Ikea cabinets or plywood custom built units in our remodel? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Mar 7, 2012 - 22 answers

Does Buying a Nice Toilet Make Sense when Remodeling Will Occur In The Future?

We desperately need a new toilet to replace our gross one. Your advice appreciated about some logistics. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 1, 2012 - 21 answers

Short showers (in height)

DIY bathroom remodel: I'm looking for small, and especially short, inexpensive, off-the-shelf shower options. Do you know where to find showers sorted by size? Do you know where to find oddly-sized home products? Do you have obscure and wonderful knowledge about shower stall options? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 16, 2012 - 15 answers

mikey, this ain't the kinda place you wanna go to the bathroom in

Please help me maximize the space in and minimize the ugliness of a tiny, ugly bathroom. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Dec 27, 2011 - 22 answers

Absolutely no granite.

What are our options for a uniformly colored kitchen countertop? Laminate or ...? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle on Nov 20, 2011 - 8 answers

They make it look so easy on HGTV

We're remodeling our kitchen, yay. But... [more inside]
posted by Maisie on Nov 6, 2011 - 21 answers

Good cheap kitchen counters and installer in Seattle?

PLEASE tell me where to buy and how to get installed decent laminate (or other relatively inexpensive) countertops in Seattle. Home Depot has robbed us several times over in the kitchen remodel we're doing, and I can't deal with them any longer. I need another place to purchase countertops, and an installer (bonus if they're the same). I also would like to have this done in the next week or two, as I'm due to deliver a baby in three weeks. Of course, HD said this would all be done weeks ago, and it's not. Cabinets are being installed today and tomorrow. Help!
posted by ascheele on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Do you think shelves instead of kitchen cabinets suck?

An open shelf kitchen. Will it give my resale value the kiss of death? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 1, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me not move my office into a dank cave

What’s the cheapest way to make an unfinished basement work as usable living/working space? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jun 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Help us find curtains for our new room! Having issues

I need help finding/choosing some curtains for our new room! [more inside]
posted by ot_refresh on Jun 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Choosing shower floor tile shouldn't be this hard.

Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

BathFitter reviews to share?

Ever used BathFitter? Give us your impressions and help us catapult our bathroom out of the 60's! [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Mar 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Need specific inspiration images for shabby chic bathroom.

I need inspiration for an impending South Florida master bathroom remodel. I like a shabby chic style, and I understand the principles, but desperately need specific images for a bathroom that totals 45 sq feet outside of the shower stall, and probably more like 30-35 sq feet once you subtract the water closet. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Feb 25, 2011 - 9 answers

How was anything this ugly ever created?

Suggestions for covering a god-awful Formica sink counter-top? I'm a renter, so the solution needs to be removable if I move. [more inside]
posted by amycup on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me reclaim the basement!

Basement Remodel Project: What should I do with this room? [more inside]
posted by pencroft on Jan 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Creating a mini-secret passage for my TV

Advice in making a spinning wall-mounted tv. I have this vision for mounting my 42" flat screen tv on a rotatable wall, so that you could push the wall in and the tv would rotate around into the other room. Kind of like the secret passages in cartoons where the whole fireplace turns around or something. I am finishing my basement so I am essentially starting from scratch. How could I do this? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Dec 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Everyone told us this never happens ...

Our unpermitted bathroom remodel, currently ongoing, has been reported to the city. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 - 23 answers

How to decorate my space?

What are your best tricks to make a space feel put together and cozy? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Ugly office needs a makeover!

I desperately need an office makeover. DIY tips, recommendations (photos inside) and links to your favorite design blogs would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Aug 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me decide whether to get cork floors in a rental property

So what's the deal with cork floors? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Aug 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Mat It or Crack It?

Basement remodel / cardio equipment question: old unfinished basement had concrete floors. Down there we have all the usual basement 'stuff', plus a cardio setup with a treadmill. Until now, the treadmill was on rubber mats - but we've installed a new porcelain tile floor... [more inside]
posted by matty on Jul 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Replacing the kitchen sink

What sort of kitchen sink should I get? [more inside]
posted by sulaine on May 10, 2010 - 31 answers

When does getting a bathroom remodel "right" become wrong?

What's the best time and way to have this awkward conversation with my bathroom remodeler -- if at all? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Apr 22, 2010 - 5 answers

fewer rooms = better house? am I missing anything?

What are the implications of remodeling away bedrooms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Who will plan my new kitchen?

Kitchen designer in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Before-and-after bathroom questions.

What do you wish you'd known before embarking on your bathroom remodel? What should I know before I do? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Jan 4, 2010 - 46 answers

Kitchen remodel help needed

I am doing a kitchen remodel and need to pick out cabinet hardware. I have looked at pulls from Ikea that cost $10/pair and look identical to ones from higher-end manufacturers that sell for $20-$40 each. That is a huge difference in price. I am wondering, could anyone tell me if it is worth the difference? What is the reason for the huge price difference? Do the ones from Ikea look terrble after a few years? I am spending a lot of money on this kitchen remodel and don't want to skimp on this if it makes a difference -- but I also don't want to throw away hundreds of dollars on hardware if the pulls from Ikea will be just as good.
posted by modernist1 on Oct 22, 2009 - 8 answers

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