Copper Repiping

Copper Repiping – Do it Yourself and save thousands! Click any photo to enlarge! We were in the process of upgrading the kitchen and both bathrooms in our old 1950′s house, and the galvanized pipes were reaching the end of their useful life. After several quotes in the $4000 range, I decided to tough it [...]

Shower Pan

Shower pan photos Click any photo to enlarge! The old shower pan leaked, and when the house was in escrow the previous owner was required to replace it — estimates came in around $1200.00, but what’s the point if we were simply going to rip it out to remodel the bathroom anyhow? We worked it [...]

Master Bathroom Remodel

Main Bathroom – Before Click any photo to enlarge! This was a small (10×10), outdated bathroom with ugly vinyl flooring, tired vanity, and 1950′s pink tile.  The commode was awkwardly placed with “cheeks to the door,” and the shower was dark, narrow, and leaky. >>shower pan Main Bathroom – After (90%) The new bathroom features [...]

Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets – Before / During Click any photo to enlarge! These dated cabinets were beyond help.  Since we were updating the narrow galley kitchen, it made sense to start new.  I used computer drafting to layout the cabinetry (more on this later — check back), and obtained a few quotes in the $12,000 range [...]

Half Bathroom Expansion

Half Bath – Before     After >> more after photos Click photo to enlarge! This dirty green half bath was cramped and outdated.  We expanded into a closet, moving the waterheater outside to make room for a new tub and shower. Half Bath remodel photos Click any photo to enlarge! We had to remove the load-bearing [...]

Breakfast Nook

The remodeled kitchenette / breakfast nook area is much brighter with the new porcelain floor tile, the new recessed halogen lights and the chandelier, even though we removed on of the windows. The wrought-iron glass table is from Bombay… as is the clock. My wife must be on their VIP list by now! (To the [...]

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen – Before Click any photo to enlarge! Kitchen – After Click any photo to enlarge! >> see the kitchen remodeling photos This dated galley kitchen was way too small and dingy.  We planned a 40 square foot kitchen addition with a totally updated layout, drew the kitchen plans in AutoCAD, and pulled the city [...]

Before and After Photos

Kitchen Addition >> see moreClick photo to enlarge! More space, natural cherry cabinets, granite countertop, porcelain tile flooring, Frigidaire Professional series Price-Pfister fixtures, halogen lighting, crown molding, and Behr paint. Half Bath Expansion >> see moreClick photo to enlarge! More space, Kohler undersize cast-iron tub, limestone shower tile, porcelain floor tile, beadboard wainscot, Kohler Memoirs [...]

Learn from my remodeling experience

I’m a real homeowner, engineer, and DIY-er – Read about my major remodeling projects. It’s a fact: I’m cheap… but I can appreciate a nicely designed kitchen or bathroom — and extra living space.   Over the years, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge performing and documenting many renovation projects… and am going to share [...]

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Learn from my remodeling experience

It's a fact: I'm cheap... but I can appreciate a nicely designed kitchen or bathroom -- and extra living space. Over the years, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge performing and documenting many renovation projects... and am going to share with you how to cut costs without sacrificing quality as an "owner-builder." What if you're not a Do-It-Yourself type? Even if you are uncomfortable with -- or don't have time for -- remodeling your own house, there are different degrees of involvement. If you decide to hire a contractor, please educate yourself about what to expect. Better you catch their mistakes in process. >>Find reliable local contractors Weekend projects too Dig around. You'll find projects for different levels of involvement and skill.

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