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Ask a Contractor: Should we renovate all at once, or in steps?
Kathy’s Remodeling Blog
Question: We want to do several upgrades to our house, including the kitchen, the master bathroom and a new deck. Should we have them all done at the same time, or would it be easier on my family to have them done one at a time? Answer: From Alon Toker, president of Mega Builders in Chatsworth, California…

How to Design a Kitchen Work Triangle
Charles and Hudson Kitchens
“When remodeling your kitchen, make sure you consider the kitchen work triangle as a guide to cooking productivity.” Here are some tips on how.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Remodeling in 2010
CalFinder Blog
“While humanity often seems averse to change, everyone likes a beautiful home remodel. It gives a sense of newness, renewed pride, improvement, and progress. But what many don’t know is that so much can go wrong during any phase of the project, especially now in a tough economy and slowly recovering housing market. Here are the 10 pitfalls of remodeling in 2010, and how to steer as clear from them as possible.”

What New Lead-Paint Law Means for Homeowners
WSJ Developments Blog
The Journal has a report on “how professionals who repair or renovate homes and other buildings constructed before 1978 are now required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adhere to strict lead-safe work practices. … Some contractors, property-management firms and landlords who work on building renovations say they plan to pass the costs of complying with the ruling onto consumers. Those costs range from materials such as lead-testing kits, plastic sheeting and respirators to training and certification.”