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This is a picky point but the math is incorrect in some of these sections. The renovation looks beautiful, though.


Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation: What It Really Cost - A Budget Breakdown Renovation Diary
5/2/14 02:37 PM

We put it in egg salad and deviled eggs. It gives a nice light flavor. Also good with mushrooms - mushroom stroganoff or a mushroom quiche. I have never heard of frozen dill, though- I use fresh.


What Are Your Best Recipes for Turning a Dill Hater into a Dill Lover? Good Questions
5/2/14 09:28 AM

I love your sketch. Last year was my first year doing a garden and I, too, used a raised bed (6x12) and the Square Foot approach. I will tell you that I allotted 4 squares to each of my tomato plants and they quickly grew out of this space! I live in MD and we have hot humid, summers, which might have been a factor. I had peppers next to them and the peppers didn't get enough sunlight. It should be fine with your lettuce, I would think. Good luck and enjoy it!


My Spring Project: Start a Garden, Week 1: Kitchen Garden Layout & Seed-Starting Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/4/14 12:46 PM

I like the ideas about building a set of shelves or narrow storage area. The L-shaped Tetris block captured it exactly. I don't understand the suggestions for a seat- who is going to sit on a seat next to the toilet and bathtub?!


How To Hide an Unusable Bidet? Good Questions
3/27/14 08:59 AM

It is refreshing to see a great before-&-after that doesn't include white cabinets. I'd love more details on this one. It looks terrific!


Before & After: Out With the Mice, In With the Nice
3/20/14 10:49 AM

I agree that a nice blue would do a lot here. My kitchen is very similar to yours, with maple cabinets, a beige counter top, and brownish tile floors. We can't remodel it right now, so I recently did some work to eliminate the "Operation Desert Storm" feeling we had going on. I painted the walls and ceiling bright white, then hung all kinds of bright artwork around to distract from the khaki. I painted our kitchen chairs bright blue and the chandelier another blue. I agree with cara100 that the dark shelves need a change. Can you paint those or replace them with a lighter shelving unit from another room? A small lamp on the island will also brighten the room up and draw the eye away from the brown.


How To Tone Down the Brown in My Kitchen? Good Questions
3/18/14 09:58 AM

I find Joy of Cooking to be really boring and stodgy. I love Fannie Farmer- good basic info and a more creative, personal feel.


What's the Best General, Comprehensive Cookbook to Buy? Good Questions
3/11/14 08:33 AM

We have a claw-foot tub in our bathroom, too. Until we can redo the entire bathroom, we have to live with it. I find that the fabric shower curtain liners work better than plastic because once they're wet, they kind of stick to the sides of the tub and don't flap around onto your legs. I take them off and wash them in bleach once a month or so to try to control the mildew. I'd get rid of that lace shower curtain and put something more substantial up, like a nice heavy cotton, to try to keep heat in, as anotherjen suggested. Ours is from Target and works well. It also hides the outside of the tub.


Tips for Improving Shower in Rental? Good Questions
12/10/13 10:12 AM

What a great story! Are the photos at the top after the floors have been refinished? They look beautiful. Keep up the terrific work. I am loving this series and I think you are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for all the notes and thoughts along the way.


Dan's Kitchen: All About Floors Renovation Diary
11/13/13 01:58 PM

I would take a piece of the fabric to the paint store- the selvedge with the color dots- and find a paint in one of the palest sagey or taupey greens for the walls. Then I'd use dragynphyre's suggestions for the dusty rose crushed velvet pillows on the other chairs.


What Colors Can I Match to Floral Sofa? Good Questions
11/1/13 09:25 AM

I love reading about each step of your renovation. Thank you for including so many details about your thought process and the realities of the work being done. It's going to look beautiful when it's finished.


Dan's Kitchen: Plumbing and Other Necessities Renovation Diary
10/24/13 01:34 PM

Congratulations! This is an adorable home on a beautiful lot. Don't be afraid to make the house yours and not base every decision on potential resale. You live here NOW and should make it feel like your home, NOW. I agree with the idea of painting it all white to add continuity and make it look bigger. Do you read the Young House Love blog? They have owned 2 ranchers and have done some nice landscaping to break up the house length and add visual appeal to the front yard. I also agree that trimming the tree will help. I've found that planting tons of bulbs is a nice way to personalize a new house for little effort and cost, with a lot of gratification.


Suggestions on How to Add Curb Appeal? Good Questions
9/26/13 09:45 AM

Pi, we used red cedar shingles. We measured the sides of the house and then priced them out at 3 local lumberyards. They helped us estimate how many bundles we needed. We shingled the house ourselves, which was very time-consuming and tedious, but ended up being more cost-effective than buying the shingles that come in sheets or panels. The info I found online wasn't as helpful as just calling the lumberyards and talking to someone who could listen to what we were trying to do. Cedar shingles can last up to 50 years-this is a very durable choice!


Should I Buy a House That Has Asbestos Siding? Good Questions
5/1/13 11:15 AM

We bought a house with asbestos siding and removed it ourselves. Laws on handling asbestos vary by state, and we followed the state regulations (we live in Maryland). It was an extremely hot, unpleasant task for my husband and his team, wearing protective suits and masks, and bagging every piece for proper disposal. The tiles splinter as you break them, which releases the asbestos dust, so you have to soak it with a hose from time to time. Our siding wasn't in good shape, and we wanted to replace it with cedar shingles, which were the original siding product used on the house. We also needed to insulate the house, which was another reason we tore off the siding. Since I've become familiar with asbestos siding, I've seen it on a lot of old houses, freshly painted and looking very nice. It is difficult to repair, because the material isn't really made any more (at least we were told), so I think options are limited if you need to repair but aren't ready to tear it all off. So many things about your potential house sound positive-- in my opinion, the siding isn't a deal-breaker, but you should know that it's not a quick, cheap fix if it needs to be replaced.


Should I Buy a House That Has Asbestos Siding? Good Questions
5/1/13 07:43 AM