Home Renewal

Home Renewal: Listings for Kitchen, Bathroom, and Building Materials

KITCHEN AND BATHBelle Chasse Cabinet Works1500 Woodland Hwy.Belle Chasse(504) 394-4870www.bccw.netFamily owned andoperated business since 1960 with an emphasison quality products and impeccable service. Cabinets by Design5201 Tchoupitoulas(504) 899-2300www.cabinetsbydesign.comSpecializes in cabinetryand kitchen designs that feature Wood-Mode and Brookhaven custom cabinetry. Also…

Home Renewal: Rules to Sell By

"Curb Appeal" is an important element to help sell a home.Do Clyne found the 10-foot sofa at Renaissance Interiors and the Milo Baughman barrel back chairs at Neal Auction Company. The Oushak rug is from NOLA Rugs. It’s not hard…

insulating Your Home

One of the first things people told me to brace for when moving back into my once flooded, but now renovated house is a higher utility bill. I’ve already been hit with the right-of-passage sky-high water bill ($300) after months…

Home Renewal: A Neighborhood Takes Shape

From the side yard of 4804 Dauphine St., it’s just a short stroll to the green expanse of the levee’s bend. At the top of the slope, a stunning view unfolds of the curving Mississippi River, the place where it…

Home Renewal Makeovers & More: Building by the Rules

This photo shows the installation of improperly designed porchrailings. These railings have been constructed of 2x4s rather than toprails, bottom rails and balusters.So you’ve got a roof that leaks like a sieve and windows that have seen better days.Your contractor…

HOME RENEWAL: THAT SINKING FEELING

The back corner of my house was never exactly level. It had a gentle dip that was noticeable, but not jarring. Then came Hurricane Katrina. The three- to four-inch slope became an alarming eight-inch drop. The change was so dramatic…

Home Staging Comes of Age

afterbeforeGetting rid of clutter and making the room's colors more neutral can help sell a home.The old adage about first impressions being the most important is especially apt when it comes to buying and selling a home. For most people,…

Eco-Friendly Housing

In fall 2006, 17 students at Tulane University School of Architecture began working on a hands-on housing project that will prepare them for thereal world outside of college. This project, however, is not just giving them work experience—the students are…

Home Renewal Makeovers & More: Let there be Light

Pendant lightingI thought I was on top of the repair schedule for the house until I met with the electrician days before rewiring. Most of his questions were simple: where do we want outlets and what kind appliances go where.…

Living in a Material World

Wooden elementWhat makes an old New Orleans home unique?It’s a question haunting me ever since I started renovating my 70-year-old Broadmoor home after it took on more than two feet of water in Hurricane Katrina. The repairs brought drastic changes…

Design Decisions

After more than a year of making grim choices—to stay in New Orleans or go, to demolish the flooded house or to rebuild—many owners of Katrina-damaged homes have reached the fun part. Décor decisions. Maybe you’ve decided to go for…

Paint by Numbers

Some painters swear by Benjamin Moore paints, while others says you can use more middle-of-the-road brands.For some budget-weary renovators, the last stage of repairs is a tempting place to cut corners. Who wouldn’t want to save some serious dough by…

Walking the Plank

For most undergoing Katrina flood renovations, the biggest, most basic repairs like hanging sheetrock, fixing plumbing or rewiring the house spark little debate. If the floodwaters seeped into the walls and doused all the outlets, you have to replace the…

Hang 'em High

Cabinets with a contemporary look—as well as a dark stain—are gaining popularity.There’s good news for homeowners tackling a kitchen renovation right now. Never have there been so many options for cabinetry.Unfortunately, that’s also the bad news. They’re almost too many…

They're the Tops

More exotic choices can bring out all the colors in a kitchen, such as: “Antique Fantasy” granite, “Typhoon Green” granite, “Mascarla” granite, a golden-hued travertine and “Esmerelda Green” onyx, available at Triton Stone Group.WANT TO KNOW THE LATEST LOCAL trend…

Home On The Range

I confess. I’m a sucker for a Viking range. I can’t say the exact moment I fell for the stainless-steel object of my culinary desire, but I do know who’s to blame.I point the figure squarely at television chef Ina…

Home Renewal: Makeovers and More

So, you’re one of the thousands in New Orleans with a flooded house. It’s gutted down to the studs, the mold is gone and the flood lines have faded, but you’re still waist deep in a mess of unresolved questions.Should…

Accent Pieces

A kitchen backsplash—from boring to brilliant! by KELLIE GRENGS When my husband and I remodeled our kitchen more than two years ago, I could not find anything I liked for the backsplash. I shopped for ceramic and glass tiles, but…

Piece by Piece

Discover the art of decoupage. by KELLIE GRENGS Decoupage, derived from the French word decouper, meaning “to cut out,” is the creative art of assembling, pasting and varnishing paper cutouts for decorating objects. This is a process that all ages…

The Great Divide

Bring together a room with a rejuvenated screen. Folding screens are a great way to divide a large room or mask off a certain area—like a messy home office you want to hide. Screens come in a variety of sizes…

Sit On It

Whether you use it for extra seating, as a table, or for your feet, an ottoman’s look can fit your many moods. by KELLIE GRENGS Ottomans and footstools are a very popular home accessory and you see them everywhere. There…