Magazine article Sunset

The Western Home Notebook

Magazine article Sunset

The Western Home Notebook

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I'm considering adding a new garage and master bedroom suite to my home, and I'd like it to be designed by a good architect and built by a competent builder. I also want it to include features that meet my taste and pocketbook. The challenge is locating inspirational ideas, the right professionals, and appropriate products. I've found a number of user-friendly Web sites geared toward building and remodeling.

Improve Net (www. improvenet. com) began as a source for finding reliable contractors, and it now boasts a nationwide listing of more than 500,000. It's evolving into a rich resource that connects the customer (at no cost) to top designers, manufacturers, and even lenders. I like its Design Gallery with seven showcases (kitchens, baths, bedrooms, living spaces, exteriors, landscaping, and other spaces), each of which shows images of several dozen projects, then lists the designer and manufacturer of most of those products. The site also has an Idea File that allows you to save pertinent images and information. …

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