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  • Ways to make an older home work for today Jun 24, 2014 3:17 PM
    Remodels present more challenges per square foot than new construction. Is this based on statistics? No way. But I have experienced myriad oddities over the course of years working with builders, homeowners and craftsmen on all manner of projects.

     
  • Six tips for small-kitchen renovation Jun 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Designer Iantha Carley loves a good challenge, and designing a small kitchen puts her problem-solving skills to the test.

     
  • How to get that put-together look on an IKEA budget Jun 6, 2014 4:21 PM
    Unlike other brands of kitchen cabinets, which come assembled, IKEA cabinets are like much of the store’s furniture: You have to assemble each and every piece. The daunting assembly process can make even a well-trained woodworker wary.

     
  • Outdoor entertaining Jun 19, 2014 9:20 PM
    I would love to win this contest for my husband. He works so hard in order for me to stay home with our three young children. His hours are long and he never complains.

     
  • Bathroom grab bars get stylish May 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father’s new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar. We needn’t have worried. Many of today’s grab bars are cleverly disguised, looking instead like sleek soap dishes, functional shampoo trays, trendy towel racks and even toilet paper holders.

     
  • How to ensure your home makes a good first impression May 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Expert architect answers questions on how to ensure your home makes a good first impression. Walkways are extremely important to your home. You know what they say about first impressions. A well-designed and landscaped approach to your home really does set the stage for guests.

     
  • Time for dreams to grow May 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Twenty-four years ago I moved in as a happy family with husband and kids with dreams of building a deck, doing some nice landscaping and being able to have family and friends over and entertain during the warm months out back. Well, things did not go as planned.

     
  • Restore yard to former beauty May 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Twenty-five years ago when we bought this home, my husband promised me a new deck if I settled for a house that was in less than mint condition. Well still no deck, not even an improved patio. Same cracks, same wooden flower beds, same area under the eaves where nothing seems to grow.

     
  • Pie-shaped yard a challenge May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    We have a small pie-shaped backyard that has been a huge challenge to work with. Now that the kids have all grown up and begun to move on, I would love to have a new backyard to entertain the adults in the neighborhood, or in which to just relax on a quiet summer evening.

     
  • Updates badly needed May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    Seven years ago we bought a townhouse and planned to live in for three to five years, then buy bigger home and start family. Two years later, market tanked, housing values tanked and we were stuck! It took us eight years to save enough to buy a bigger home!

     
  • Yard, deck not welcoming May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    When we moved to our house 15 years ago, we were excited about our large deck and backyard and looked forward to spending our summers entertaining. This was especially true as we met all our neighbors and settled into the community.

     
  • Gardening allows for more healthy food choices May 15, 2014 7:01 AM
    Homeowners are increasingly choosing to plant, carefully water and eventually harvest their own food to put on their tables. Garden centers around the area are responding to this interest by offering more and more vegetable plants and fruit plants, shrubs and trees, as well as organic seeds and other supplies to facilitate this movement.

     
  • Small-kitchen measures and countermeasures May 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Designer Iantha Carley, who has participated in three DC Design Houses and whose aesthetic is known for its use of unexpected patterns, textures and colors, was the guest recently on The Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius’ Home Front online chat.

     
  • High-profile modern kitchens benefit from innovative ways to renovate May 8, 2014 12:11 PM
    As recently as 50 years ago, kitchens in the United States were primarily thought of as efficient, closed-off and back-of-house spaces solely focused on food preparation and dish washing. These days, kitchens are often a highly visible component of open-house plan concepts, places where guests are entertained and kids do their homework.

     
  • Chicago winters wreak havoc on roofs Apr 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    We have just experienced one of the most brutal winters in decades. Heavy snow and subzero temperatures have taken a toll on the roofs of our homes. Finally, spring has arrived! Now is the time to inspect your home’s roof and gutters.

     
  • Update your living space with a small balcony makeover Apr 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    If your apartment or condo has a small terrace, the warm weather of spring and summer should ignite you to make the most of that great spot for entertaining (even if you just have space for two!)

     
  • Aging gracefully in your home Apr 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    Despite their active lifestyle, when the McSweenys built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the design.

     
  • Lucky homeowners get landscaping makeovers Apr 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Last summer six readers were chosen as winners in our “Get Your Summer On” outdoor makeover contest. Now, you can see the results of their winnings, with the prizes from the contest sponsors in place in their yards.

     
  • How to add an extra room Apr 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I need some additional living space for my family and for an apartment in which my parents will live someday. I was thinking of adding a room above my two-car garage. Is this a feasible project, and how should I design it?

     
  • How to organize a bulk-item storage area Apr 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you shop at discount warehouse stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club, you likely come home with enormous products — 24-count paper towel packs, laundry detergent jugs larger than your smallest child and cases of canned goods — and all of these oversized items need to be stored somewhere in your home.

     
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