Recent Renovating Blogs

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New York Can't Ditch School Trailers

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Apr 04, 2014

The New York Public School System is struggling with a huge volume of students pushing their way through facilities that are often outdated and unable to accommodate the sheer number...

Winter Park, Florida. Photo: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

Precious Cargo: Moving A Historic Home By Barge

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Apr 03, 2014

How do you move a house across a lake? Very carefully, it turns out. When Winter Park, Florida needed to move Capen House, a historical structure from the 1880s, it came up with a rather...

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Tension Over Teardowns in Minneapolis

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Mar 31, 2014

In Minneapolis, a real estate resurgence is happening. More and more developers are working within the city, focusing on breathing life and vigor back into a struggling economy. Along...

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Big Changes in Avalon

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Mar 28, 2014

Avalon isn't just mythical: it's also a town and popular tourist destination on Santa Catalina Island, but it's in need of an update to get visitors more interested in coming, sticking...

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Sidewalks are for Humans, Too!

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Mar 27, 2014

What happens when your streets are designed solely for cars? Your communities turn into ghost towns, argue urban planners and critics of urban environments. In a country where many...

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Disaster-Related Fraud Low in Colorado

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Mar 24, 2014

After devastating floods, Colorado had to brace itself for recovery and a busy year for Denver remodeling companies, but there was a hidden menace the state had to prepare for: fraud....

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Roof Collapse Hospitalizes 3 in Chicago

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Feb 14, 2014

Everyone's worst nightmare: a roof collapse while the hot jazz beats are scorching the floor and you're just getting your boogie on. In Chicago last weekend, attendees of an event featuring...

Some of Baltimore's iconic row houses in sunnier days. Photo: Paul Joseph/Flickr

Freezing Rain Wreaks Havoc in Baltimore

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Feb 05, 2014

It's been a rough winter on the East Coast, where the polar vortex and related events keep hammering residents with ice, snow, and more. In Baltimore this morning, a freezing rain brought...