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Goodbye cubicles!

Hit me with your best ideas for an office remodel. What makes employees the happiest? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Dec 1, 2016 - 74 answers

Where can I get architecture/floorplan ideas for an apartment?

Where can I get architecture/floorplan ideas for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Not So Golden Arches

We bought a house and I'm really excited about it. One thing we're not so excited about are these ugly windows that are all along the front of the house and the enclosed porch area. The arches are just kind of dated looking and not my style. How can I improve the look? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Aug 7, 2016 - 11 answers

What should we do with appliances after kitchen renovation

I'm about to kick off a kitchen renovation in Brooklyn and trying to figure out what the best thing to do with the appliances is. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jun 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Bring the best of the world to my home reno!

I'm a Canadian doing a large scale home renovation. I know Japanese-style toilets, and German-style tilt and turn windows, and they're amazing. But what else am I missing? Can you recommend any other game-changing home innovations from around the world that aren't common in Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by evadery on May 24, 2016 - 35 answers

Is getting work done on a house always an challenging experience?

Can you share any best practices for working with vendors? We bought a older house that needed some work about five months ago and it's been a frustrating process. Countless contractors and other home repair folks have come through the house. I'd say about 3/4 never follow-up with an estimate (unless prompted repeatedly). [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on May 3, 2016 - 18 answers

What do I do with a $100,000 check?

I just closed on a cash-out refinance to pay for a home renovation. I have a $100,000 check--what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Which stone cutter is this?

Can you identify this stone cutter? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Apr 3, 2016 - 5 answers

HardiePlank - is it worth it?

Did you replace your old siding with HardiePlank? Is it worth it? How has it held up? [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Mar 8, 2016 - 21 answers

Hands free building?

Today I discovered drywall lifts, a device that is used to hold drywall in place horizontally so it can be nailed to a ceiling. I'm a short woman and just purchased a house where I will be doing a lot of basic renovation by myself. What other tools can be used to make it easy for one person to accomplish building tasks on their own? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Mar 5, 2016 - 25 answers

Replacing Floors Without Moving Out

If you have replaced the floors in your home without moving out in the process, can you share your experiences with me? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Feb 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Fixing the exterior of house seems ... complicated.

The exterior of our house needs attention. Professional attention. [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Feb 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Bathroom Renovations for Dummies - Part II

As a follow-up to this Askme I asked last year (with your great feedback), I've slowly made progress on our renovation and have had a lot of fun (and frustration) learning how to do this. I now have additional questions that I can't quite find the answers to regarding framing and eventually drywalling/tiling. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Tiling for the uncertain

I want to tile our bathroom floor this weekend. Can you tell me what you know, in specific detail (including brands!) about how to accomplish this? A ton of questions to follow-- I'm grateful for *any* you're willing to answer. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 22, 2016 - 25 answers

Ideas for your (small) dream kitchen

We're getting ready to gut and replace our 12' x 13' DC Capitol Hill rowhome kitchen. What are the little things you like in a small kitchen, or that you wish you had done? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower on Jan 7, 2016 - 70 answers

Gift for fixer-upper?

Looking for a practical gift for my boyfriend for the holidays. We bought a 1954 house and we (he) really enjoy fixing it up. What tools, items, etc. make home renovation projects easier and/or more fun? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Renovation in NYC

My wife and I are considering buying a place that requires a kitchen and bath renovation in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Our real estate agent is suggesting we get an architect or contractor to come in, take a look, and give us an estimate before we even put in an offer. A couple questions: (i) is this necessary? We've done some research online and have a good general idea of how much kitchen and bathroom renovations cost - or I am I wrong and we really need a individualized estimate?; (ii) we don't have any friends who are architects/contractors - how would we go about finding one to come by a place we haven't even put an offer in on yet and give us an estimate?; (iii) assuming we go forward, with or without getting an estimate up front, how do we find a good architect and/or contractor - and do we need both? Any answers, suggestions, resources, etc. would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
posted by slide on Nov 15, 2015 - 14 answers

What should we ask when hiring an architect?

After talking about it for a few years, my husband and I are ready to start the process of renovating and adding a second floor to our house. The next step, we're reasonably sure, is hiring an architect--but I've been dragging my feet because I want to walk into those first meetings with a good idea of what I'm hoping to learn from the conversation, rather than just being wow-ed by their sales pitch. The hitch is: I have no idea of what smart questions might be, since I have only the vaguest idea of how this process works. I'm hoping AskMe can fill in the details of "what does an architect do?" and "what do you wish you had asked your architect before hiring them?" [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Sep 8, 2015 - 12 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Middleman when contractor and vendor disagree?

The edges of both cabinets next to the dishwasher have swollen and expanded from steam coming out of the dishwasher. They were only installed a couple of months ago. But who pays for the new cabinets: the contractor who installed the cabinets & dishwasher, or the appliance store who sold us the dishwasher (which leaked the steam that made the cabinets swell)? And who can cut this Gordian Knot of personalities for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2015 - 6 answers

When and how to change an electrical water

I'm trying to figure out whether (and, if so, when) to change our electrical water heater. [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Aug 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Baby's first home renovation.

We're converting half our attached garage into finished space. We got a single quote from a general contractor and now we're considering doing the bulk of the project ourselves. We are new at this, but want to get better. How do we start to tackle a fairly serious renovation, possibly without a general contractor? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jul 31, 2015 - 10 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Styrofoam crown molding- pros/cons?

Our contractor is recommending styrofoam crown molding for our reno because it'll be better able to maintain its integrity as the building settles (we live in a century-old multi-unit Brooklyn building that definitely has these issues). If you've used it, what has your experience been? Does it look any different from wood/composite? Any concerns to be aware of?
posted by mkultra on Jul 10, 2015 - 7 answers

How to decide who's the best for a big commercial renovation project?

We're spending several million dollars to renovate our community health centre. We've received several bid proposals for the prime consultant function who will do the design/architecting and then oversee the mechanical, electrical, signage, building code etc. I'm helping assess the proposals. What should I look for? What are danger signs? What questions should I ask of the bidders when they come in to present? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jun 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Best intensive courses for learning to build or renovate your own home

I am looking for 1 week to month long classes that do hands-on teaching of basic carpentry, plumbing, and wiring skills for people who want to rehab houses. I am considering buying a fixer-upper and need to know what tools I need, how to use them safely, how to conform to the local building code, and when I will need to hire outside help. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Jun 18, 2015 - 11 answers

DIY Bathroom Renovation for Dummies

Mrs. Karaage and I consider ourselves a low-intermediate home DIYers and are considering trying to renovate our basement bathroom ourselves, (while being willing to contract out plumbing and electrical). I’d like to hear from mefites who have done this before on their own and can share experiences and specific links/books/resources they’ve used to educate themselves for the project. [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Jun 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Do I need to paint my attic?

We are doing a total gut renovation of our house, including new walls in the attic. (Walls = plaster skimcoat over blueboard.) While we will use the attic primarily for storage, it is technically a bedroom. Do I need to paint it? Should I prime only and then leave it? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Jun 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Tiling floor and walls in a small bathroom - help me do it well

I will soon be re-tiling the floor and walls of my small bathroom, after having a new subfloor installed, and old tiles removed and walls plastered. This is my first time tiling more than small mosaics for fun, and I want to hear your guidance, horror stories, and hard-learned lessons. [more inside]
posted by sldownard on May 31, 2015 - 13 answers

How could we modernise this living room?

We are thinking about bidding on a house at auction next week that has a very unusual living room. My husband thinks it can be modernised to be amazing, but both of us are struggling to see exactly how. Obviously the flooring and light fixture would be changed, but to what? Does anyone with better design sense than us have specific suggestions or links to similar looking spaces? I think I'd feel a lot better about bidding for this place if I had a clearer idea of what we could do with it. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 2, 2015 - 28 answers

How to remove or encapsulate floor adhesive in attic subfloor?

We are doing a total gut renovation of our house, and the glue holding down the old attic tile is this black stuff that smells like tar. What do we do about it? Paint over with Killz? Steam and scrape off? Something else? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Apr 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 answers

Contractor said county might baloon my renovation to 4x cost!

I'm looking at buying a house that is too small, but has an upstairs attic room that I thought could be renovated--adding a long shed dormer along the back and extending the wall to a 3' knee. Whether or not I can make the changes at a reasonable cost will determine whether I want to buy the house. I talked to a contractor and he said costs depend on the county. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 10, 2015 - 15 answers

I hate laminate, and I hate carpet. But I also hate cold.

Flooring for a basement room -- what are my options? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 24, 2015 - 29 answers

We're getting ready to renovate in Austin! But where to start?

We bought a small three bedroom/one bathroom house (about 1,050 sq. feet) in Austin about a year and a half ago and we're looking to do a significant upgrade in several months, upwards of $100,000. [more inside]
posted by vakker on Jan 25, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I (Home) Automate?

I'm in the process of building a very small unit, with the idea that comfort is about more than size. Part of this means that eventually, I would like to automate my entire home easily (and maybe from a distance). There are many systems out there, and I would like some recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Foundation replacement or repair: do it or sell & move on?

This is a 'tap the judgment power of the hivemind' question. About a year ago I bought an old house (1920s) in a 'gentrifying' neighborhood in Saskatoon. On July 1st I discovered that the basement rug and drywall were soaked: I had the basement finish ripped out down to the studs and discovered several large cracks in the foundation. I need to repair this if I want to stay, but I can't decide if it's worth it, or if I should just move. Based on what's within, what do you think? [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Oct 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Roof Plus

I need to replace my roof, but I also want to do some other things at the same time. Do I hire a general contractor? Or will a roofing company be able to do all of this? [more inside]
posted by backwords on Oct 6, 2014 - 5 answers

NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?

We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 22, 2014 - 0 answers

Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment ? (no HELOCs/mortgages)

Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment? (no HELOCs/mortgages). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me Finish My Sears-Kit Home's Bathroom!

I live in a 100 year old Sears kit home (Dutch colonial). I've partially renovated the upstairs bathroom (trying to be respectful of the period). Could use a little assistance with decor/painting/tiling choices! [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Renovation Logistics

A few related questions about light renovating and filling of an apartment (with some NYC-specific stuff.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Home renovation - worried about asbestos and lead (after the fact ...)

Well, I'm feeling quite stupid now because my partner and I just redid the floors and walls of our new apartment, a building that was built in the 1970s, and I am just now thinking of the possible hazards that didn't cross my mind before we did all the renovation work (yes, stupid, I know). How worried should I be? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Blissful on Jun 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Best way to fill in missing floor tiles?

When our staircase was remodeled several years ago, it left an area with no tile at the base of the new stairs (old stairs were curved, new ones are not.) It's been 6.5 years of stubbed toes and general unsightliness, and I need suggestions on what to do with this area. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jun 23, 2014 - 18 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

My apartment is being renovated, how does that impact moving out?

My apartment building was sold in the past 6 months. The new owners have been completely gutting and renovating units as people have moved out; the work is going on for months. I'm planning to move out at the end of the month and wondering how much I need to worry about cleaning or repairing any minor damage if they're just going to do the same thing to my unit. Additionally, if they do charge me for any damages do I have any recourse to argue that they shouldn't have because they weren't preserving whatever it was any way? Obviously not expecting any binding legal advice on this, more curious if anyone has had similar experiences or any pointers to share.
posted by chriswarren on May 16, 2014 - 11 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

Dealing with city government - getting a certificate of occupancy

Dealing with city government - getting a certificate of occupancy. I don't know where else to turn for strategies or information, so thanks for reading. I'll try to make this concise: [more inside]
posted by Blackcow167 on Mar 27, 2014 - 8 answers

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