[HOUSE AND HOLMES] Electrickery

I don’t think there has been an automobile in our garage since the Ford Model A in 1928. Thanks to temperate California weather and our limited basement and attic storage, our garage has become...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Window Pains

Traffic around Los Angeles keeps getting worse, and with all of that crazy traffic comes a never-ending thruway of noise. We live on one of those streets that everyone now uses as a shortcut...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] WI-FI ID-IoT

  Today technology and home improvement go hand in hand. I can’t wait for my “smart house” to go online, but until that happens, I have an issue with my IoT—Internet of Things. So...

[HOUSE AND HOLMES] In Hot Water

I am constantly in hot water when it comes to fixing anything around the house, but this month I was literally out of hot water. Our water heater used to be a tank that...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Gone Buggy

I hate bugs. Maybe not all bugs. Ladybugs seem nice enough, but spiders, fleas, cockroaches and especially termites really piss me off. Termites serve no purpose except to taunt me by eating their way...

[REAL ESTATE] September Slump to Be Expected

Southern California real estate sales in September 2016 were down nearly 10% from August and down just under a percent from the same time last year, according to Core Logic, a real estate analysis...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Flush with Ideas

We have a toilet paper problem. The bathroom in our 1920’s era home is very pretty, but it’s also diminutive and every square inch is enveloped—the shower, bathtub, toilet, sink and storage shelves use...

[REAL ESTATE] Sales Still Strong in 90019

Southern California real estate sales in August 2016 were up 8% from July and up nearly 10% from the same time last year, according to Core Logic, a real estate analysis firm out of...