Northwest Renovation Magazine

A Home Improvement Magazine


The quest for appropriate hardware can be very confusing, and the choices overwhelming! For those looking to select appropriate hardware for their period home, there is the need to understand what would have been used in a particular time period, coupled with personal taste. For our purposes, the focus will be on the kitchen and bath areas. These are the two rooms most commonly “re-muddled” in vintage homes. Sometimes it may be just too expensive to remove a previous owner’s misguided mangling... more

With the current economy forcing people to stay in their homes because they can’t afford to sell them, we see some new trends in the remodeling industry. Before 2008, it was common for people to spend $50K or more remodeling their kitchens, and being able to recoup the investments when they sold their houses a few years later. That all changed with house prices plummeting four years ago. This kitchen involved moving the range out of the island and the refrigerator from where the range is... more

When my husband and I bought our 1925 English Tudor house eight years ago, the sellers had just remodeled the kitchen. Or should I say “remuddled” the kitchen. We could see right away that there were many corners cut and that it would eventually need to be remodeled again. I was disappointed because I wanted to design the kitchen for myself. Other than that, it was a great house, on a large corner lot, in a nice neighborhood with a two-car garage. The house needed a lot of work but had the proverbial... more

Funny thing about houses — they don’t comprehend that the economy is less than stellar. They still need regular maintenance. January is my time for organizing, cleaning closets, tidying cabinets, and overall rearranging. This creates lots of opportunities to notice all the things I want to fix and update in our home. Unfortunately, with the holidays just finishing and a tight budget, much of our home improvements may need to be put on the back burner for a while. However, I do have a few options... more

Nothing compares to the natural warmth and beauty of wood cabinets, floors, and trim in the home. But over time, dirt build-up, wear and tear, and age-discolored finishes make wood look flat and lifeless. It used to be that once woodwork in the home reached the point where it looked terrible, the options were limited to stripping, sanding, and refinishing, or completely removing and replacing with new. Neither solution is very attractive to anyone mindful of the expense and environmental impact.... more

In most kitchens, it seems that everything behind the first row in the pantry gets lost and falls into a black hole, never to be found again. Are you always looking for those items you know are there but cannot seem to find? If you want to use your mixer, you have to get on your hands and knees to unbury it. There has to be a better way. There is! With pullout shelving you’re able to retrieve items even in deep cabinets. Before left. After, with new drawer boxes and fully extendable... more

You’ve been tearing pages out of magazines, searching websites, talking to co-workers, friends, and family members to find that right kitchen or bath design. You seek a design that you can afford that won’t disrupt your household for six months or more. Over and over you keep thinking, I love the layout of my kitchen. The space works well. It’s just dated. AFTER BEFORE BEFORE AFTER In the example above Kitchen Man matched existing upper cabinets above the sink and created new... more

The average homeowner remodels his or her home one time. One of the most important decisions homeowners make during the remodeling process is choosing the right cabinetry. In most cases, the individuals remodeling know very little about the subject and often feel obligated to hire whomever their contractor suggests — not knowing the contractor will be making a considerable profit from the purchase. In some cases a friend or neighbor may have had a recent remodel and the name of a seemingly reliable... more

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