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dcousins's picture

I enjoyed the Feb. 2004 issue of Inspired House. I bought it at a Whole Foods


Market in Chapel Hill, NC. I thought it would be the same as BHG, but I actually found


myself READING the articles versus just looking at the pictures. I do agree that some


items were way too expensive and kind of ridiculous - for example the pillows. but


there are people who pay over $300 for pillows. I am the $5 Ikea pillow girl and both


types of pillows were mentioned. I would like to see more before and after pictures


and more pictures of people who re-used materials - (such as cabinets) versus just


gutting and making a "new house" inside. We have a 1960s ranch and were not able


to gut our house because we would not get the money back in our area. We ended


up re-working the old solid wood cabinets boxes, making new ones,


buying new doors through Quality Doors,


investing in a ceramic tile backsplash and new flooring and appliances. It took a lot of


sweat equity but we are proud of our "new" kitchen and we spent less than $4000. 


I think anyone can spend $$ and gut something and pay an architect to design something


nice for them, but it takes a lot of ingenuity to get the kitchen or bath you want using what


you have -better for the environment too! i would like more ideas on how to get a


better home without just going through an architect or designer and would like info on how to do it myself-- that's why I


bought the magazine.