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July 6, 2006 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
IT takes time to get old. Ask Scott and Jan Dee, who wanted their new house to look as if it has been nesting in an Irvine hillside for centuries. The Andalusia-style two-story was completed in 2004, but much of its decorative allure is very, very old: pavers made of pitted French terra cotta, columns and ceilings lined with well-trodden bricks from Spain and Moroccan archways outlined in fossilized Italian marble.
June 8, 2008 | Michelle Hofmann, Special to The Times
It's an appealing idea: Order a prefabricated steel building, have it shipped to your home, bolt it together with a few buddies over a weekend -- and save over traditional construction. Many people have purchased a garage, barn or workshop from one of the nation's numerous sellers of such buy-and-build products with this scenario in mind. But, says John Knight, founder of Santa Clarita-based Knight Building Systems, some Southlanders end up disappointed.
September 4, 2005 | Annette Haddad, Times Staff Writer
The massive Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort -- expected to be among the biggest and costliest ever -- will be even more expensive thanks to the nation's housing boom. The rebuilding will create new demands for building materials and construction workers, already in short supply because of strong home-building activity around the country. That could result in even higher costs for those goods and workers, which in turn could further boost prices for new homes in California and elsewhere.
September 29, 2005 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
ORANGE, Texas -- A line of pickups jammed the McCoy's Building Supply Center parking lot here Wednesday, well before the store opened at 6:30 am. Among those waiting: five members of the Hogg family, who slept in their truck Tuesday night with the air conditioning and the engine running because their home was without electricity and because they didn't want to open the windows because of mosquitoes.
October 24, 2009
The Home staff has culled recommendations from the architects, interior designers and do-it-yourselfers featured in this section to compile this list of resources for anyone planning to remodel, redecorate or otherwise turn his or her home into a work in progress. A sampling of stores and expert advice you might find helpful: Decorating Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, the vicinity of 9th and Wall streets, for curtain and drapery fabric. www.ichiroya.
May 9, 2004 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
First the run-up in gasoline and milk prices. Now lumber and steel. Homeowners planning to add a second story or a deck or, heaven forbid, build a new house are in for some serious sticker shock, experts say, as soaring prices of construction materials -- from plywood to plumbing products -- force contractors to raise prices along with the roofs. Record demand for construction supplies amid shortages is creating a pricing nightmare, just as home building approaches peak season.
It's advertised as the "Three-Floor Dream," and Sumitomo Ringyo Co.'s latest model home is unquestionably a fantasy compared to the cramped abodes the Japanese normally endure. Encompassing 1,700 square feet, the house boasts four bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, two dining rooms and balcony space galore. But to foreign home-builders visiting here recently, it was the price tag that seemed make-believe: $900,000--and that's not including the land.
October 16, 1992 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After simulating the most powerful earthquake California is ever expected to face, UC San Diego researchers say buildings can be constructed to withstand the Big One with minimal damage. Scientists at the Charles Lee Powell Structural Systems Laboratory on Thursday announced the results of the first, full-scale test for earthquake resistance on a specially designed five-story building on campus. Hairline cracks spread through the building.
It started with the best of intentions. In the housing boom after World War II, homes were air-conditioned for comfort, closing the windows in the process. After the energy crisis of the 1970s, houses were made energy-efficient, producing a new array of insulations, paints, sealants, caulks and adhesives to do the job. American houses were becoming as snug as a submarine. They were also becoming polluted. Even poisonous.
December 20, 1994 | TIM MAY
Out of those ubiquitous roadside heaps of rubble and rubbish--the castoffs and detritus of the Northridge earthquake--homes for the needy are being rebuilt, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and an Agoura Hills construction company. Western Builders Group Inc.
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