When it comes to home remodeling, does old craftsmanship beat new technology?

But since I am merely a builder, plumber and scribe, you and I will have that discussion here and now. Which team would you choose to be on?

I had the good fortune to cut my teeth as a young builder working in and on old homes in Cincinnati. The city experienced explosive suburban growth in the late 1800s. People started to see the benefits of living up on the hilltops that overlooked the smoky and grimy Mill Creek Valley. New single-family and multi-family homes were being built in a building boom that lasted decades.

Rough framing lumber back then was indeed rough. It was bigger than today’s wall studs and floor joists. The wood was cut from old-growth timber, and when you looked at the end grain, what stood out was the thin growth rings. There was often an equal amount of strong, dense summerwood — that’s the darker

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5 Ways to Take the Fear Out of Bathroom Remodeling

Sponsored – It’s a spooky time of year, ripe for playing tricks, watching horror flicks, and telling ghost stories in the dark. One scary story we often encounter is that undergoing a bathroom remodel is a dreadful, anxiety-inducing experience that drags on and on. On the contrary, we believe the bathroom remodeling experience should be fun, quick, and pleasant. Here are five ways Re-Bath can take the fear out of your next bathroom remodel.



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R.I.P. to Remodeling Without Focus

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At Re-Bath, we don’t spread our remodeling efforts thin across kitchens, decks, windows, etc. We only do bathrooms! All day, every day, we live and breathe bathroom remodeling, and we’re not afraid to say we’re great at it! CHECK OUT OUR GOOGLE REVIEWS. Most of our competitors don’t focus exclusively on bathrooms, and some use shortcuts and workarounds that don’t address the root

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Pandemic drives kitchen remodeling projects

People are “forced to be home” and are “sick of their kitchens,” said Alicia Molenaar, a designer and co-owner of Kitchen Fair in Willmar.

During the pandemic, Kitchen Fair has been swamped with requests from customers looking for a new look and ways to improve functionality and efficiency in their kitchens. “We are really busy,” Molenaar said.

While updating paint or adding a colorful backsplash can be handled by a weekend do-it-yourselfer, a kitchen makeover can benefit from a professional designer.

The process begins with taking measurements of an existing kitchen space and an interview with the homeowner to find out how they use their kitchen, how many people typically cook there at one time and what they want in terms of style and functionality.

Giving a kitchen a new look can be as simple as installing new hardware – where the trend is for larger handles that can fit

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Home Remodeling Done Right | Kiplinger

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling, you’ve probably found plenty of inspiration—other people’s projects, Web sites such as Houzz.com and Pinterest.com, HGTV, and design magazines. Knowing what you like is a great first step. But when you’re ready to make a move, careful planning with the right contractor will help you match your wish list with your budget.

See Our Slide Show: Small Remodeling Budgets, Big Upgrades

With the economy improving and home values on the rise, homeowners increased their spending on home improvements by almost one-third from recession-era lows, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Census. Through the recession, many homeowners repaired and maintained their homes but put off major projects for better times. Others had anticipated selling and moving on but, given the limited selection of homes for sale, are fixing up their homes instead.

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