Recent Design Costs Articles


Guess who spent $750K on gold-plated toilets?

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 24, 2013

Page Six reports that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have spent $750K on gold-plated toilets for their Bel-Air mansion. The Los Angeles plumbers who install those toilets better be wearing...


Richard Gere's Hampton's Estate for Sale

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 24, 2013

+Richard Gere's $65 million Hampstons estate could be yours, if you have $65 million. [Zillow Blog] +Patty Smyth (remember her?) and John McEnroe (remember him?) bought a new house...

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Ashamed of Your House? How to Get Over House Shaming

Posted by S.E. Smith | Jul 10, 2013

Ever feel like your house is too small? Too cheap? Not made from the right kinds of materials? Not enough for the expectations of the people around you? Dreading your high school reunion...


Should You Remodel or Move?

Posted by Dan Fritschen | Jun 25, 2013

Have you outgrown your home and thinking about adding a bedroom or a family room? Is the kitchen too small or just worn out? Are the bathrooms in need of a facelift? Everyone has...

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8 Tips for Increasing Home Value

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jun 20, 2013

Not all remodels are created equally when it comes to return-on-investment. Over the years, we have published great advice for increasing home value. The latest trends are not always...

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10 Ways You Know You’re A Thrifting Diva

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 19, 2013

Are you the envied friend who’s always bringing home fabulous finds from your secondhand adventures? And every nook and every cranny in your house is filled with enchanting treasures,...

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5 Lies People Tell Themselves About Remodeling Projects

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 25, 2013

Every summer, thousands of homeowners embark on sweaty, dusty, angst-filled journeys. No, I am not speaking about the annual journey to retrieve their children from college for summer...

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How Much Do You Really Spend on Your House?

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 23, 2013

I read this morning in Real Simple (You have a problem with that? Say it to my face.) that well-known financial advisers recommend the following ratios for spending and saving take-home...