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What’s Your Craziest Renovation Story? • A home project comes with its fair share of risks—some of which can spiral into chaos. Editorial Director Joanna Saltz asked industry experts about their most memorable stories to date.
All Rise • IMAGINE ACTUALLY ENJOYING the hike up to your second (or third or fourth!) floor. Refreshing your staircase could be as simple as opening a can of paint or installing a new runner, but a full-on remodel of the feature may be well worth the undertaking. In an entryway, of course, it’s the first thing guests or potential buyers see. “The investment not only adds a special element but also adds value to a home,” says Juliana Sorzano, LEED Green associate and project manager at PJCArchitecture. Whether your goal is to match the original architecture or provide contrast between old and new, build off the style of the surrounding room—then dive into these brilliant ideas from top designers.
Renovatıon CHECKLIST • Thinking about diving into a remodeling project or adding an extension? Run through this list to set yourself up for success.
The Truth About Restoring an Old Home • Instagram and TV make fixing up a historic home seem so simple and glamorous—but it’s guaranteed to be a complex undertaking. Here’s what to expect and how to navigate.
The House That Hope Built • Faced with a grim cancer diagnosis at 33, Eleni Cocores decided to buy and renovate a home—and it was just the balm she needed.
What to Ask Before You Redo Your Bathroom • Whether you’re deep in decision paralysis or just wondering where to start, these professional answers will guide you through the whole process.
Going Against the Grain • Four wood-flooring trends with staying power—and how to choose.
Creating a Cozy Home • New York–based designer Becky Shea shares her top strategies for making any room blissfully warm and inviting come wintertime.
Life Is Better with a Party Barn • The latest in at-home entertainment is to have a dedicated dance hall right in your own backyard.
Back to Reality: How Covid Changed Renovations • Shocking lead times, endless labor shortages, surging material prices: Kaitlin Petersen, editor in chief of trusted industry resource Business of Home, digs in to reveal if things are going to normalize any time soon.
The Ballad of Cottonland Castle • In their hometown of Waco, Texas, Chip and Joanna Gaines peel back layers of neglect to restore a local legend.
A Little Cabin That Could • Little did these homeowners know what was hiding behind their walls: a 60-year-old log cabin.
All in the Family • A designer majorly renovates her beloved late grandmother’s home—but manages to keep all the love intact.
A New Beginning • For our 5th annual Whole Home, we went back to Atlanta to renovate and expand a 1950’s ranch that had already lived several lives. Our guess? This one will stick.
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