For today's Expert Interview I was lucky enough to get responses from Diane Foreman, a designer for Neil Kelly Design/Build, one of the most respected and recognized home improvement companies in Portland. She'll be giving us some insight on her expertise: historical renovations.
I wonder how many hours per week I spend at the kitchen sink. I prepare my meals by washing all the ingredients, including fresh spices.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association has announced its awards for last year's top designs for completely renovated rooms that appeal to the eye. Photos and descriptions of the top kitchens and baths are posted on their website.
The kitchen backsplash should not only protect your walls from flying liquids, it should complement your decor. Tile backsplashes are my personal favorite, although you can find attractive materials made out of solid surface, steel, or granite.
A kitchen island can create a more efficient kitchen, but so often I see an island that does not fit the space properly. Instead of being efficient, it's just in the way.
Transitional spaces tend to be the places in our homes that get left behind. Mud rooms, entry ways, even hallways, it seems like they get neglected until they malfunction, which isn't very often.
You'd be surprised at how many people decide whether to buy your home based on their visceral reaction some 15 seconds after walking in the door. And that's if they've gone that far! Even if you've pumped thousands of dollars into upgrading or renovating your house, a poor first impression can wipe out all your efforts.
Despite the offer of $300 million in rebates from the states under the U.S.
If you're still considering putting a home on the market in the near future, your best home-improvement tools right now may just be a broom and dustpan. That's what the financial mavens at Forbes Magazine suggest.
The days of the old-fashioned kitchen triangle design have diminished like the horse and buggy with the introduction of the automobile. Kitchens of today are open--and in many cases larger than they were in years past.