July 15, 2012 |
If you're planning to renovate a home built before 1978, there are regulations concerning dust and other materials containing lead, a toxic substance formerly used in paint. Some key things to know: • Contractors: A contractor hired to remodel more than 6 square feet indoors in homes, schools or child-care facilities built before 1978 must by law be trained and certified in proper practices. The Environmental Protection Agency website can help you find a certified renovator in your area.
October 11, 2012 |
Northeast London's William Morris Gallery has reopened after an $8-million overhaul that has reinvigorated the childhood home of Britain's Arts and Crafts pioneer. This elegant parkland villa in Walthamstow -- a free-entry attraction -- showcases Morris' oeuvre, from curlicue tapestries to heroic-themed stained glass, using touchscreens, interactive activities and period artifacts to illuminate a Victorian who believed beauty was essential to human existence. The first of nine rooms introduces Morris, stoking your interest for the next room's early experiments in painting, embroidery and furniture-making.
October 19, 2011 |
Has the Ritz Paris lost its mojo? Maybe, but here's how it aims to get it back. The hotel at 15 Place Vendome that once ruled the city as the essence of chic will be closed for more than two years to undergo an "unprecedented renovation," according to a hotel statement. The hotel will close next summer to redo 160 rooms and suites, restaurants, bars, spa, common areas and even the gardens of the hotel founded by Cesar Ritz in 1898. This also includes closing L'Espadon restaurant and the Ritz-Escoffier cooking school.
May 11, 2010 |
The renovation of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion officially began Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a project that is expected to cost $136 million and be completed in two years. UCLA administrators said they have raised $65 million of the $100-million goal for the privately financed portion of the project, though they have only a third of that in cash. "Most donors are paying over a five-year period," Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said, adding that the remainder of the project will be paid for with "existing student fees earmarked for student-run facilities, for life safety and seismic upgrades, and the rest is debt service."
March 24, 2012 |
Orel Hershiser wants to save Dodger Stadium by double-decking the right-field pavilion? Not exactly, even if that might be the most striking feature of a stadium renovation rendering he released Friday. Hershiser, the pitching star for the Dodgers' last World Series championship team in 1988, said he hoped to use the drawing to share with prospective new owners a vision for the preservation and enhancement of Dodger Stadium. "People don't know how heartfelt I am about keeping Dodger Stadium," Hershiser said in an interview Friday.
February 20, 2013 |
Hoping to recapture its rep as the trendiest resort in Las Vegas , the Palms is undergoing a $50-million renovation that includes new restaurants and lounges and renovated guest rooms. Almost immediately upon opening in 2001, the Palms became known as the place to see and be seen in Sin City. It's where Britney Spears honeymooned in 2004 after a marriage that lasted 55 hours. The opening of other properties (the Cosmopolitan, for instance) stole some of its thunder. As part of the redo, the Ivory Tower's 428 guest rooms are now awash in warm woods and velvet accents.