Renovating in the West

  • Phoenix Homeowners: Here’s How to Keep Your House Cool

    You’re no stranger to extreme heat! Sweeten shares top tips to keep a house cool (and save money) during the summer (Above) Design by Phoenix-based designer Ernesto Garcia Phoenix is a favorite place to live because of the area’s favorable weather. Precipitation is low, the sun is strong, and temperatures are high. But sometimes, the […]

  • An L.A. Guide to Second-Story Home Additions

    (Above) Renovation by Sweeten Los Angeles general contractor Cecille  Second story additions in Los Angeles: Here’s what it’ll cost you, plus timing and how to prep the first floor Adding a second story to your L.A. home can solve a lot of problems. Second story additions can add needed square footage to your home, which […]

  • A Guide to Remodeling in Los Angeles

    What you need to know, from hillsides and permits to seismic retrofitting (Above) Renovation in Los Angeles by Sweeten contractor Netanel Renovating in L.A. has a few unique twists—how do you remodel on a hillside lot while making your home earthquake-proof? What about embracing the city’s green ethos that could help the planet while shrinking […]

  • What to Know When Building an ADU

    Creating Accessory Dwelling Units opens the door to opportunity for homeowners One of the hottest properties in Los Angeles real estate right now is the ADU (or Accessory Dwelling Unit). These small and often self-contained units on lots with single-family homes, whether built from scratch or transforming an underused garage, are reimagined as in-law spaces […]

  • A Guide to California’s Title 24: Renovating and Energy Efficiency

    What you need to know when remodeling in the energy-efficient state (Above) Los Angeles renovation by Sweeten contractors Anna and Vahik Any homeowner who plans on renovating their home or adding an addition to it will soon become familiar with Title 24—energy regulations for all residential (and commercial) buildings in California. Officially called “Title 24 […]

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