How to Set the Budget for the Remodel of Your Dreams

You’ve decided to break ground on your dream San Diego home remodel. Maybe you have visions of a grand master bathroom built around a freestanding marble tub, worthy of a long soak. Maybe you’re yearning for granite kitchen countertops or a stainless steel double sink, sure to be the envy of your whole neighborhood. You’ve… read more

Is An Accessory Dwelling Unit The Right Addition to Your Home?

Is An Accessory Dwelling Unit The Right Addition to Your Home? Your neighbor has one. Your coworker has one. Your sister-in-law can’t stop raving about hers, and your mother has hinted at how wonderful it would be for her. It seems like everybody’s doing it. By it, we mean building an Accessory Dwelling Unit, or… read more

What the Property Brothers Can Teach You About Remodeling Your Home for Long-Term Value

  If you’ve watched the show Property Brothers on HGTV, then you know the drill. Drew Scott, real estate agent extraordinaire, takes his client to an absolutely gorgeous dream home and then drops the bomb. The perfect castle is always hopelessly out of the client’s price range. Zoom in on the client’s sad face. Not… read more

How to Create a Functional Home Office that Looks Good, Too

Your home office is where the magic happens. It’s where juices flow, where noses hit grindstones, and where blood, sweat, and tears serve as currency. With so much important doings and goings-on in your home office, you’d better make sure that you set it up right. Step one is to create a functional space that… read more

Hiring a Handyman for Your Home Remodel… What Could Go Wrong?

How to Decide If You Should Hire a Professional Contractor or a Handyman for Your Home Remodel It’s just a little project. Your cousin’s kid is an electrician, which means he and his buddy can definitely remodel your kitchen. Your neighbor swears by this guy they found on Craigslist. Can’t beat the price! We’ve heard… read more

Is Recessed Lighting the Right Choice for Your Home?

Much like Rodney Dangerfield, lighting often ‘don’t get no respect.’ It’s easy to overlook, and yet lighting guides the mood and style of a room. If you are considering updating the lighting in your home, one option you can’t afford to overlook is recessed lighting. This type of lighting is extremely versatile and can offer… read more

How to Get Your Remodel Started and Finished in 2018

You’ve heard the nightmare remodel stories from your friends – how the contractor promised that kitchen remodel would only take three weeks, and it took three months instead. You’ve heard about permits taking forever to pull, cabinets that never showed up, and walls painted horrid lime green because someone wrote down the wrong swatch. Now… read more

Five Home Theater Trends for 2018

You want to get the nittiest grittiest views of your home team’s game. You want to feel your eyebrows singe during the movie’s peak explosion. You want sharp color, booming sound, and a full theater experience without the kid screaming in the front row. In other words, it’s time to consider creating a home theater… read more

How to Prepare for a Home Remodel in 2018

You’ve spent 2017 gushing over your best friend’s kitchen remodel and watching your neighbor’s home transform with a gorgeous room addition. Even though you’ve been liking all those Before and After remodel pics on Facebook, something else in your heart has been stirring. You’ve got a touch of remodel envy. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal…. read more

2017 Home Design Trend Fails

What 2017 Didn’t Quite Get Right Home design always incorporates a great deal of subjectivity. Even when designers seem to agree on a popular new trend, they could just as easily be found trashing that same trend a few months later. With this in mind, we decided to take a look back at what home… read more

How to Brighten Your Home and Your Mood During Gloomy Winter Nights

As Melisandre is fond of saying on Game of Thrones, “The night is dark and full of terrors”. You may not have to worry about dragons, direwolves, or white walkers creeping around your backyard, but the seemingly endless nights of winter can still be a major bummer. Many of us struggle with the “winter blues”… read more

How to Show Off Your Remodeled Kitchen with The Humble Brag

Investing in a kitchen remodel is a big deal. It’s something that many homeowners spend years dreaming about and saving up for. The process itself can be challenging. It’s definitely worth the result, but you’ll have to deal with workers banging and drilling away in your home and a non-functioning kitchen for a few months…. read more

Thinking of a Home Remodel? Here Are 7 Reasons to Go to a Home Show

Dreaming of a fabulous new kitchen, a universal designed  bathroom, or an entire home remodel? How do you get started? One option is to journey online to search out contractors, view polished pictures of finished remodels, and read advice articles (like this one). There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but what if you could meet… read more

20 Christmas Gifts to Get For Your Home in 2017

Has your house been good to you all year long? Then don’t forget about it when the holidays and time rolls around! When you’re making your own Christmas list, remember to add a few gifts for your house as well. Just like you, your house wants to be stylish in the new year and equipped… read more

How to Pull Off a Universal Design Bathroom Remodel

  Thinking about remodeling a bathroom in your San Diego home? You may want to consider all the different people who will use it. Do you have elderly parents or grandparents who live in the home or visit? Do you want to make sure a friend in a wheelchair is comfortable the next time she… read more

How to Organize Your Kitchen to Dominate Thanksgiving Madness

The countdown to turkey day has begun, and you are so ready to take center stage and host the holy heck out of Thanksgiving. Is it going to get a little crazy? Yes. Will Aunt Gertrude insist on bringing her dreaded fruitcake? Afraid so. But you can handle it, fruit cake and all, because this… read more

Five Ways to Turn Your San Diego Room Addition into a Moneymaker

You’ve been itching to add a room addition to your San Diego home, but the price tag has you worried. Every remodel is an investment in your home, but how are you going to justify the cost to your spouse and your bank account? Fortunately, the room addition itself can be the answer. There are… read more

How to Get Your Home Winter Ready in San Diego

Winters in San Diego don’t exactly include driveways piled with snow, frozen sidewalks, or lumpy snowmen in the yard (unless you count the inflatable kind). Just because our winters are mild, doesn’t mean homeowners can just cruise through the season without making any preparations. Winter in San Diego does bring chilly weather, rain, and occasionally… read more

How to Choose the Best Floor Style for Your Kitchen

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This isn’t just where you slice and dice veggies or whip up pancakes for breakfast. This is where the family gathers to chat, where you relax after a long day with a glass of wine, and where you and your partner put together amazing… read more

Five Ways to Tell If You Need to Hire a Professional for Your Bathroom Remodel

You can’t live with your bathroom one minute longer. Maybe it’s too small, too old, or just plain ugly. Whatever the reason, it’s time for a change. The first major question to answer before you even think of picking up a sledge hammer or paint swath is whether you will be performing the bathroom remodel… read more