Check Out These 4 Easy Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do in a Weekend

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Does your kitchen need a new look? Our kitchen upgrades are just what you need. Image: Caesarstone

Head’s up, homeowners: A recent survey by Remodeling Magazine shared some unexpected news about popular home improvements. It found that kitchen remodels are not garnering the same return on investment they used to. With that in mind, we suggest that rather than spending your money on totally redo-ing the space, selecting a few, smart kitchen upgrades might be a better bet. As far as which projects make sense, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of four upgrades that can be completed in a weekend or less. Read them over and tackle them one by one. By the time you’re done, your kitchen will have a totally new look for a fraction of the cost.
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Get trendy with some brightly painted cabinets. Image: J NORD WOLFE General Contracting Inc.

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How to Plan Your Next Remodel Like a Pro (Without Going Nuts in the Process)

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Though a tremendous undertaking, you can get through your next remodel with our tips. Image: John Dancey Custom Designing/Remodeling/Building

Anyone who’s ever tried to manage a remodel can tell you that it’s a huge undertaking. Between trying to stay on time, on budget and on top of a thousand moving parts, it can feel like another full-time job. It’s far from impossible though. In fact, with a little prep work and organization, you can plan a home improvement project like a pro, even if you’ve never tackled one before. If you’re just about ready to plan your next remodel, this post is for you. We outline the steps needed for every aspect of these projects. Keep reading to get the scoop on all the work that goes into planning a remodel — and how you can pull it off the right way.

We Asked The Pros: Which Home Improvements Have the Best ROI in 2018

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These are a few home improvements that will give you the biggest bang for your buck in 2018. Image: My House Design Build Team

Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or are planning on staying put for years to come, it’s comforting to know that your investment of time and money is worth the effort, that the work you’re doing will add value to your home. With that in mind, we decided to take the issue to the experts. We asked the leading minds in real estate to tell us which home improvement projects are set to have the best return on investment (ROI) in 2018. Read on below to see what they had to say and to learn where in your home your sweat equity will ultimately have the biggest impact.

The Tiny Tool Shed Backyard Escape Project

The Tiny Tool Shed Backyard Escape Project After years of apartment living in Los Angeles, my wife and I moved into a small home tucked inside a tree sheltered canyon in the neighborhood of Mt. Washington, CA. It’s a small 1930’s multi-level home with an unusual floor plan, the sort of home with quirks that elicit responses like “whoa!” and “that’s weird, but cool”. We’re still figuring out the interior, but inspired by Jaime and her backyard project, we’ve turned our attention outward to all of the possibilities presented by our own slice of North East LA.
The furthest side of our backyard offered an elevated spot to build from.

The furthest side of our backyard offered an elevated spot and a blank canvas for an assortment of ideas.

Our backyard abuts against a steep hillside, shaded by a canopy of native black walnut and mature citrus trees, a section where the hill with the greenery make our yard feel secluded from the world. The previous tenants left a flattened
The Handy Home Products Majestic shed would be the foundation for our backyard project.
The foundation going up.
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The prefabricated shed nearly halfway completed. Each piece is pre-cut for easier assembly.
Unexpected rainfall and uninvited critters required covering up the openings overnight as we opened up the shed side wall.
Why had I never invested in a paint sprayer until now? Such a satisfying feeling...
"Measure twice, cut once!"
Palermo Chair by The Citizenry
Pedestal and planter by Eric Trine; Modernica Case Study Ceramic Cylinder.
MFEO Troika reclaimed wood mirror; Aventurine Mix prints by Hamish Robertson.
Himmeli Light Diamond Cage Pendant by Panselinos
The dark wood flooring looks especially dramatic as the sun begins sinking below our hillside horizon, changing from a warmer oak hue to the deep "coffee" hue the style is named after.
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