“A house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.” – John Saladino

How to Remodel Like an Engineer

Here’s one of my favorite kitchens, built by Corona homeowner Rick Taylor for $7,500 during a three-week vacation. But here’s the best part: Rick’s wife Stephanie did not want her household with two small children disrupted by the remodel. To address her concerns, Rick produced a spreadsheet showing her precisely how he could get it done in a short amount of time. And he pulled it off. Has that ever happened in the history of the universe, where the husband was pushing the wife to do a remodel? I don’t think so. If you want to execute a similarly well-planned remodel, here’s some advice: 1. Be an engineer (like Rick) or think like one. You must be annoyingly organized to complete a DIY project on a tight timeframe. This is not for artistic, go-with-the-flow types. 2. Get as much training as possible on installing cabinets, setting tile, etc., via workshops at home improvement stores, from TV shows, and with books and magazines. 3. Be willing to compromise. While Stephanie was fed up to here with dingy tile grout lines and wanted a solid surface counter, Rick determined that would blow the budget. As an alternative he offered her larger tiles [...]

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