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My first apartment was an intimate 14’x 22’ studio with a detached kitchen and bathroom. When I moved all those years ago, the walls were the standard white you’d expect in a typical rental. Six years later when it came time to move on, those same walls were again white, but beneath that fresh layer of paint were five different adventures in transforming a basic room into a vision of comfort, convenience and style. Were five redesigns in six years excessive? Probably. Did I spend way too much time in IKEA looking for furniture and meandering in Home Depot ogling over color chips? Arguably. But was it incredibly fun turning my modest accommodations into a completely new space? Absolutely. Now, 10 years later, I have a home with many rooms at my design disposal. Do I put a new splash of color or mix-up my motifs every 12 months like the old days? Not of late. Do I dream about a seasonal shake-up when paging through my home décor magazines? Of course, all the time! In this spirit of diversification, we wondered what it would be like to take a single room or type of room and give it a makeover three times over. To help us with this experiment, we invited not one but two local designers, Laura Neuman of PepperJack Interiors and Jane Reed of Decorating Den and Brush Strokes Inc., to each take on three designs, each presenting their own set of expectations and challenges.

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ing in the marketing department. This longing for creativity and “a hands-on life” provoked the engineer to consider her skills, experience and passions, and ultimately compelled her to shift gears and enter the field of interior design. While Neuman prefers a clean, classic and traditional approach to design, she believes “life is too short to be ordinary” and encourages her clients to push the envelope a bit while staying true to their core principles and style. “Traditional is flexible and timeless, plus it makes sense financially over time,” she says. For our project, Neuman chose a nearly empty dining/living room as her starting point, with creamy white walls, a beautiful concrete floor and an immovable black baby grand piano. As inspiration for her three vignettes, she imagined three different women - Diana, Kate and Emeline - and created individual looks that reflect each of their personalities and lifestyles. For Neuman, all three women are “interesting, intellectually curious and sensible,” and deserving of their own unique living space.

You’ve Got Personality

Laura Neuman has duality built into her DNA. Growing up in Colorado and spending time in New Mexico and Wyoming, she surrounded herself with a love of history and art from an early age. Her “practical” side earned her a degree in industrial engineering at Stanford and a nearly 20-year career at Hewlett-Packard. And while she enjoyed the exposure to cultures and sensibilities that her job offered her through frequent travel, she couldn’t help be envious of the fun her colleagues were hav-

Meet Diana

Educated and a seasoned traveler, Diana has a rich family history that needed to be represented in her home. European and Asian furnishings blend with a collection of keepsakes and treasures to create a “time-traveled” flair. Art is carefully scaled and hung next to a Chinese bookcase-turned-hutch/bar/ dining sideboard. A generous use of sterling silver pieces, both polished and tarnished, give the room a formal yet “unstuffy” feel. “The idea here is to mix things up, pull items from one room to the next, and unwrap that beautiful silver so it can add shine to the everyday.”

Meet Kate

This space combines Kate’s love of art with the function of a home office/studio, one of Neuman’s design specialties. The addition of a modular bookcase, orange table lamp, generously sized accessories, and painting by Sacramento artist William Ishmael give the room a contemporary vibe. The piano bench

“Emeline”
doubles as a workbench, and unexpected pieces like the country French table and Navajo rug complete the picture. Notes Neuman, “Strong geometric lines and earth tones coupled with timeless design styles make these elements a perfect fit for Kate’s functional, stylish and personal home office.”

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Emeline makes her home in the American West while carefully carrying over her European heritage. A few pieces carry over from Diana and Kate’s rooms, like the pine table, rug, pottery and table lamp, showing how simple it can be to incorporate old pieces into a fresh design with a totally unique character. Beautiful French armchairs and a large impressionist landscape are brought in, as are large tools and the addition of flowers and greenery to bring a little of the outdoors in.

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Collect images and pictures that reflect the desired feeling and style, maybe even create a collage of these. Interview several interior designers to get a sense of how they work and who might be a good fit with you and your project. Focus energy and budget on one room at a time rather than on pieces and parts all across the home. Spend budgets wisely and choose good investments in design. Stay clear of short-term trends that are likely to pass in the next few years. Carefully select and place appropriately sized accessories that make a space sing.

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For more on Laura Neuman and PepperJack Interiors, call 916-834-9751 or visit pepperjack interiors.com.

Jane Reed’s design roots go back to her native country of England, where her father was a homebuilder and let her accompany him on site tours. “I used to love getting new shoes so I could turn the shoebox into a dream home, decorating it with carpet and fabric samples and making furniture from scraps of old woods,” she says. “I guess I was just born into becoming a designer.” Coming to a new country, let alone starting a new company, can be a very daunting experience. Luckily she found Decorating Den, giving

consider your home’s resale value. The difference between quality construction and a clumsy but well-meaning attempt to remodel may be a pricey risk you can’t afford. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) suggests “sticking to the basics and putting thought into what others would like about your kitchen. Someone else might own it one day and you’ll want to make sure you get your money’s worth!” The right designer can provide high style on a low budget. Appoint a qualified professional. The NKBA advocates meeting with several designers to exchange ideas. Check qualifications; ask for references and a portfolio, and make sure to discuss your budget. If possible, schedule a visit to their showroom or retail facility. But don’t be afraid to contract with a new designer if he or she communicates well, satisfies your taste and shares your style philosophy. If you feel pushed out of your comfort zone, keep looking. Site planning is critical to the process of building. The outdoor kitchen is an extension of your living space, so backyard kitchens are designed to accommodate a way of life. As we all know, life “style” is important, but safety is paramount. Backyard kitchens are susceptible to the same hazards as traditional kitchens, so placement is extremely important. Structures should be installed away from dangers that, left unattended, may cause fires or worse. Additionally, proper flooring is crucial. Marble and tile surfaces are not the best options due to slickness, and are not advised for children. Practicalities and protection are other auto body, would you? Of course not, since that’s pin-up country. The same rule applies to home style. If you are meticulous about interior aesthetics, be equally fastidious outdoors. Is your house wood or brick? Are you a stainless steel modern or a brick-oven traditionalist? Perhaps you love modern technology, but Old World style. If you’re at all doubtful, consult a design professional to help extend your home’s stylistic bent by seamlessly integrating your backyard kitchen into its surroundings. It is not advisable to install an outdoor kitchen yourself. Installation and custom fabrication require an expert touch. Doing the remodeling yourself is a seductive proposition, especially when it means saving a few bucks. Still, it’s a probable, but invisible long-term cost. If you’re still tempted,

reasons to plan accurately. For example, positioning an outdoor kitchen next to the house cuts down on electrical and plumbing costs. Aesthetic positioning – extensive or limited – that aims for a dynamic view is likely to cost more because such installation may require reconstruction. To maximize a view while protecting a structure from elemental damage, locate outdoor units under an awning. The same effect can be achieved with limited resources by positioning a smaller island or portable grill under an umbrella. Since we live in a temperate climate, all-weather units are more of a luxury than a necessity. Still, for optimum protection, enclosures and protective equipment are always good ideas. Maintenance is key. The same rules apply to the outdoor kitchen as to any other part of the home. Items left unchecked raise similar safety concerns and may lead to faulty equipment. Design your backyard kitchen so that maintenance is easy, as well as cleaning and repairs. The more accessible the equipment and accessories are, the more likely they will benefit from regular cleanings, which cut down on unnecessary and expensive repair or replacement costs. If you have a hard time keeping the sink clear of dishes, how will you be at cleaning an outdoor grill? Honestly assess your willingness and then proceed. Customized backyard kitchens are a popular alternative to setting the table these days. With a variety of prices, models, and brands, there is something to meet every budget and taste. Trust the local experts to build your dream kitchen. •

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Creating New Space In Your Old Place
by Lynn Machon

A Room Without a View
Homeowners and husband and wife team, Hal Eilersen and Nancy Woods, have lived in their Granite Bay home 15 years and love the natural setting of their property.“The house is located on a really pretty piece of land, with lots

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These days, more than ever before, savvy homeowners have discovered that renovating their house is an exciting way to get a new, upgraded home – without changing their address. Especially when it comes to resale values, experts say updating a kitchen or bathroom could be the best money you ever spend on your place.

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of oaks and granite and redwoods around,” says Eilersen. But, he says, the home’s original construction didn’t take advantage of those beautiful views. In fact, he says, the view to the outside was mostly blocked from the kitchen, dining and living rooms. From an aesthetic standpoint, the Eilersen/Woods home needed updating as well. The kitchen counters and backsplash were covered in small white tile, and the cabinets were a dark wood. Without much natural lighting, the living space felt small and dark. Yet Eilersen says, the decision to remodel their home in spring 2008 wasn’t just as much about fashion as it was about function. “My wife and I are vegetarians, so the cooking that we do takes a lot of time,” he says. “The kitchen wasn’t laid out very well for two people to cook at the same time.We were always bumping into each other and fighting over who got the sink,” he laughs. In turn, Eilersen and Woods decided they needed a change. “We basically wanted to open up the whole area, improve the views and improve the functionality of the kitchen.”

A Lesson Plan in Remodeling
Enter Kent Eberle, owner of Eberle Remodeling in Sacramento. Since 1985, Eberle’s firm has handled strictly residential remodeling, which after 25 years in the business, includes mostly repeat customers and referrals. Once a physical education teacher by trade, Eberle says remodeling a home is a lot like following a lesson plan. “It really boils down to details, you have to get from point A to point B and the more you can spell it out, the better you’ll be,” he says. Eberle says that for most homeowners, the decision to remodel is largely financial. “In addition to the costs associated with moving, if they’ve been in their home for any amount of time, they’ve got equity built up in the home. It’s always better to upgrade a home rather than change tax brackets with a new one.”

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Kitchen in Despair
Another Granite Bay kitchen was in dire need of a renovation. The former room was a tight, dark space with limited preparation room, and only allowed for one cook. The homeowners enlisted Precision Cabinetry and Design to remodel their kitchen. They provided design schematics, material selection, an electrical plan, product ordering and then construction. With a primary aim of creating a warm, inviting, efficient, open and large space, they transformed the kitchen into a functional and beautiful, bright workspace and opened up the space as a whole, removing the dividing cabinetry. They worked with the existing floor material and installed dark cherry wood cabinets that magnificently complemented the Purple Dunes granite countertops in a leather finish. The large, central butcher block island afforded the homeowners ample preparation space and a perfect spot to gather when entertaining. A stainless steel Kohler sink, Moen faucet and new appliances completed the renovation and polished off its finished appearance for a striking remodel.

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With the Eilersen/Woods project, Eberle says the opportunities for improvement were obvious. “There was very little view out of the back or sides of the home,” he says.“When you first walked in there was a large brick column and wall that separated the family room from kitchen.” “We basically just gutted the whole area and opened it up, creating more of a great room effect,” he says.“Then we added large picture windows with casements on either side, exterior doors, and for even more lighting we used recessed can lights and low voltage under-cabinet lights.” Even with decades of projects under his belt, Eberle admits,“It was really quite a dramatic change.”

Details Make the Difference
In addition to structurally opening up the living space, the remodel included upgrades to the kitchen, living room, dining room, entryway and guest bath. Along the way, custom details personalized the project. The kitchen cabinets were made of red birch with a unique wider-than-normal

frame and Durango-style doors. The extensive granite countertops were a feature Eilersen says took forever to pick out.“We went to every granite shop in the area to find one we liked and that there was enough of for the job.” In finishing the kitchen, stainless steel fixtures were added. As part of the remodel project, new wood flooring was extended from the kitchen into the family room, the entryway was tiled and a hand railing from family room to living room was redone. Another special touch for the cooking couple was the addition of two full size sinks in the kitchen versus the typical main sink and prep sink. Eilersen agrees the kitchen is now the major attraction of the home, but he says the whole house just seems brighter and more youthful. Eilersen admits that when it comes to their new view, they had no idea what they were missing. “I’m not sure we ever anticipated how nice it would be to have the house more open to the views of the outside. We just love it now; it’s been such a nice change.”

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Remodeling has become one of America’s favorite pastimes. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, adding a new addition, or putting in a sunroom, remodeling can be an enjoyable experience and a great way to increase the value of your single largest asset.

FOR A SUCCESSFUL REMODEL
by NARI

One of the most exciting aspects of remodeling is planning the project. Not only is planning fun, it is also very important to the success of the job. Unfortunately, however, there are a number of problems that can occur when making changes to your home. But with some foresight, common sense and the following tips, you can eliminate most of these potential problems before they have a chance to take root.

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Tip 1: Hire the correct contractor. Deciding who to hire for your remodeling project may be the most important decision you will have to make. Employing a professional contractor is a safeguard that your home improvement will be done

right, within budget, and on time. When hiring a contractor, check to make sure he or she is bonded, insured, meets all state and local licensing requirements, and is a member of a professional trade association such as the Sacramento

Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. To find a professional remodeling contractor, either call

the Chapter office at 916-456-1200 or visit their website at www.narisacto.org. Tip 2: Proper planning. Your finished project will only be as good as the design and planning that went into it. Whether you are doing the remodel yourself or hiring a contractor, it is important to look over the blueprints and schematics to

make sure the design is exactly what you want. If you are building an addition, be sure your current heating and air conditioning system has the capability to heat and cool the extra space. If a contractor is handling the work, he or she should know if current systems need to be upgraded.

Without proper planning, you probably won’t end up with the home improvement you’ve been dreaming about. Not only can the project look unsightly, it can also end up costing you a lot of money to fix unexpected problems and make changes. Planning is essential. Tip 3: Consider all options. Even

if you think you have the perfect design for your home, be open to suggestions. Avoid picking new colors for your home based on a sample card from a paint store. The small cards are not enough of a guide to judge color intensity. Instead, paint a poster board your desired color and put it on the wall. Look at it during different times of the day and from various distances to decide if this is the color you really want. Increasing your imagination and visualizing alternative choices allows you to make better, more informed decisions. It also helps to talk to your contractor or interior designer about the different options available on the market. Their expertise can save you a lot of time and frustration. Tip 4: Pick the best products for your budget. Your home is your most valuable asset, and it pays to protect that asset. This means not using low quality products when remodeling. Even though there are a variety of design techniques and products available on today’s market, you don’t want to cut corners in the hopes of saving a few dollars and put quality at risk. This is especially true if you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time. Inferior products can be a hazard to you and your home. They can also end up

costing you more in the long run through increased energy bills, maintenance costs, and replacement fees. Tip 5: Don’t overextend yourself on a do-it-yourself project. Creating additional problems and not having the expertise to finish a project once you start it are two pitfalls encountered by do-it-yourselfers. Not only will you have to deal with the added levels of frustration, but your costs can also skyrocket when additional work needs to be done. You might also have trouble finding a contractor who will fix your problems. Some remodelers refuse to take on a do-it-yourself project gone bad. And with contractors busier than ever, it may be a long time before one can fit your job into an already busy schedule. Even though most homeowners enjoy working around the home, there comes a time when a job is just too big for their capabilities. Before starting a job, know what is involved and what your limitations are. Tip 6: Start a job at the appropriate time. Timing is critical when planning a home improvement project. Pick a start date and an approximate finish date that best fits your schedule and your contractor’s schedule. Be realistic. Don’t expect a kitchen remodel to be completed in two

weeks when it could take more than a month just to get the cabinets from the manufacturer. Timing the project can also reduce stress. You don’t want to have your kitchen torn apart when you’re planning a holiday dinner or have your water turned off while hosting company. If you are planning an addition and need to have part of your home opened up, think about what time of the year would be best to have the home exposed to the weather. You may want to plan your family vacation to coincide with the remodeling project. Tip 7: Avoid the domino effect. It’s easy for homeowners to fall prey to the domino effect - so watch out. This happens when you have one room in the home remodeled, such as the kitchen, and it looks so good that you want to have the living room done, then the bedroom, then the bathroom. Before you know it, you have the contractor working in every room in the house, If you’re looking to overextend your budget, this is a great way to do it. It’s natural to ask your contractor questions while he or she is in your home but don’t be impulsive. If you do decide to have another room remodeled, go through the same careful planning stages that you

took for your initial project and create a new budget. Tip 8: Manage your budget. You created a budget for a good reason - so stick to it. You don’t want to end up short on cash and not be able to finish your project, and you don’t want to end up so far in debt that you will regret ever making any home improvements. Work with your contractor. He or she should know how much money you are willing to invest in the remodeling project, and the professional can help your job stay within cost. You should also keep ten percent of your budget as a reserve for the unexpected. Unforeseen costs will inevitably arise, and you

don’t want to get caught unprepared. The reserve will allow for any sudden increase in materials. Tip 9: Avoid over remodeling for your neighborhood. No matter how much money you invest in your home, there is only so much that you will be able to recoup if you decide to sell it. So if resale is in your future, know your limits. Check the real estate market to see what homes in your area are worth. You will not increase the resale value of your home by remodeling if your home is already at its maximum value for your neighborhood. If you plan to stay in your home for a long period of time, however, then spend

whatever is necessary on remodeling to make you feel comfortable. Tip 10: Know your rights. Before you sign any contract, be sure you know what is involved. Don’t blindly sign any contract and sign away your rights as a consumer. A contract should include a comprehensive description of the project, a payment schedule, a timetable, and the types of products that will be used. The responsibilities of the contractor and any subcontractors should also be detailed. A contract also needs to list provisions for warranties, changes in procedures, and in case problems arise, alternative dispute resolution clauses. •

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Exterminating Pesky Pests
by Jacqueline Renfrow
ave you noticed critters hiding out in your home this winter? Don’t feel you need to share your space. We spoke with local experts on what pests to be on the lookout for, how to get rid of them, and how to prevent them from invading your walls in the first place. PREVENTION Prevention is the best medicine, even for your home. Be aware that most pests enter the house from the outside, so check to see that all doors and windows have proper screens installed. Also, consider exclusion – the sealing off of the tiniest of cracks. Common spots to seal off include the door to a basement, plumbing fixtures and where the rooflines

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ants, which prefer a softer wood or polystyrene and fiberglass insulation; pharaoh ants; and odorous ants, which give off a rotten smell when crushed. There are also hundreds of types of spiders living in California – most of them non-poisonous. The black widow, however, is highly poisonous, and Ray Shelton, owner and operator of Alta Sierra Pest Control, says his company has received new business this year due to an abundance of black widows in the area. Adult black widows are shiny and dark-colored, and the females have a red-orange hourglass pattern on the underside of the abdomen, while males may have red-orange or yellow spots and stripes on the top of their abdomen. TAKE BACK YOUR HOME Kobus recommends getting rid of ants with the application of a non-repellent pesticide, such as Termidor, to the perimeter and entry points of a home. This can be done effectively twice a year. “Termidor acts like a bait, but the ants don’t have to eat it,” says Kobus. “Ants forage through Termidor, get it on them, then transfer it to other ants, which can eliminate ant colonies up to 30 feet away.” Beyond spraying and exclusion, a professional might try trapping – a method mostly used to eliminate rodents already in the house. If rodents inside continue to be a problem, baiting outside the house will lure them to move out of the structure in search of water. Don’t forget the importance of a pest-free outdoor space. Keep debris on your lawn to a minimum and landscaping well-manicured. Maintain at least four to six inches of clearance from shrubs and flowers from the structure, and keep sprinkler water from hitting your home. Also, maintain proper sanitation around trash cans. Additionally, consider applying a residual pesticide to the foundations, eves and yard to prevent outdoor critters. • For more information on household pests and how to get rid of them, visit ipm.ucdavis.edu. FOR ECO-FRIENDLY EXTERMINATING ALTERNATIVES, VISIT STYLEMG.COM.

There are many species of ants in California, the most common being the Argentine ant.

meet. This usually works best for keeping out rodents, but ants, scorpions, earwigs and centipedes can make it through the tiniest of cracks. Don’t ignore clutter. A dirty kitchen is more likely to attract pests, so wipe down counters, wash floors and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Eliminate as many hiding places for critters as possible. “Sanitation is a must,” says Dave Ridinger from Advanced Pest Control of Sacramento. KNOW YOUR BUGS According to Mike Kobus of Koby Pest Control, ants and spiders are the most common home invaders. “There are many species of ants in California, the most common being the Argentine ant,” he says. Other ants prevalent in the area include carpenters, or wood-destroying insects, meaning they nest in wood and leave small shavings; pine tree

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