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10 Easy Pieces: Switch Plate Covers

As an often-neglected finishing touch to a room, the humble light-switch cover deserves more than a little attention. Here are several simple, high-quality options. While we show single- and double-switch models, all of these are available with the appropriate openings for outlets, dimmers, and so on. Above: The Carrara White Marble Single Toggle Switch Plate is available as polished or honed marble for $24.99 each at Tilezz.com. Above: The Fenton Single Toggle Switchplate, shown in Brushed Nickel, is $18 at Rejuvenation. Above: The Century Antique Copper Cover Plates are $3.73 each for the single toggle plate at Wallplates.com. Above: Legrand…

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All About Fiberglass Entry Doors

Some of the best fiberglass entry doors have gotten so good at mimicking the look, feel, and thunk of wood that you could swing one open and close it behind you without ever realizing you weren't handling solid mahogany, oak, or pine. Because they're made from the same family of glass-fiber-reinforced polymers used to craft airplanes, surfboards, and Corvettes, these super-durable doors won't warp, rot, shrink, or swell like wood doors—and they boast superior resistance to insects and fire, too. As for curb appeal, forget the plastic-looking imposters introduced a couple of decades ago. The best models feature convincingly textured…

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Read This Kitchen Remodel Checklist

Let's face it, in a nation where home renovation long ago surpassed baseball as the Great American Pastime, kitchen nightmares are a dime a dozen — and anyone who's ever traded Formica countertops and a Harvest Gold fridge for soapstone and a stainless steel side-by-side knows exactly what we're talking about. To help you reach your ideal kitchen without the drama, we've compiled this handy guide to some common kitchen-remodeling disasters and offer expert strategies for steering clear of them. For each major phase of the job — hiring, planning, budgeting, and living through it — we've got an easy…

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Remodelista Gift Guide 2020: 11 Elegant Handmade Kitchen Tools, Woodworker Edition

Raw yet refined; our current favorite kitchen implements from a new wave of woodworkers. (N.B. Their work sells out fast, so in some cases you’ll need to get on a waiting list.) Above: We’re admiring the footed Small Maple Bowl from Victoria, BC-based woodworker Elise McLauchlan; CAD $60. Above: From Kingston, NY-based Blackcreek Mercantile, exclusively at March in SF, the White Oak Tray is ideal for serving drinks, charcuterie, or for holding mail and keys; $900. Above: From Rhinebeck, NY-based Sawkille (a Remodelista favorite), the Round Cutting Board with Small Bowl is $235 and is available in walnut or oak,…

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Steal This Look: The Design-Minded Country Kitchen, Budget Edition

A few months back, Margot wrote about Charlie and Kevin Dumais’s modern-rustic kitchen in their Litchfield, CT, home. Today, we’re going to show you exactly how they designed their characterful kitchen without breaking the bank. Hint: start with Ikea. Featured photograph by Eric Piasecki, from Kitchen of the Week: A Design Couple’s Ikea-with-a-Twist Kitchen in Connecticut. Above: The Dumais’s kitchen is small, just 150 square feet. “To help keep our renovation costs at a minimum, we used Ikea for the cabinet interiors and added plain front doors, drawers, and side panels from Semihandmade,” says Kevin.”We ordered them unfinished so we…

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XPS Makers Announce More Planet-Friendly Formulations

Two of the three manufacturers that sell extruded polystyrene insulation in the U.S. have announced changes in product chemistry that will reduce the insulation’s contribution to global warming. Owens Corning and DuPont both said the blowing agents used to make XPS insulation will have lower a global warming potential (GWP) beginning early in 2021. The announcement from Owens Corning appears to be the more significant of the two, with the company saying it will completely eliminate a hydrofluorocarbon called HFC-134a and replace it with newer chemistry that has a GWP 90% lower than its current blend. Its new board is…

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