There may be no spot in the house that takes more wear and tear than the kitchen floor. What does the job best?
Considering how much of the Washington area housing stock was built before 1978, when lead-based paint was banned by law, the new EPA rules set to kick in next Thursday will affect a lot of us. As of then, contractors working on all but the tiniest home-repair jobs will have to abide by strict rules designed to keep lead-laden dust contained to the work area and cleaned up thoroughly when the job is done.
Which decor trend would you most like to see retired?
You won't believe what garnered the government's Energy Star seal of approval in a sting set up by the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan federal auditor: A gasoline-powered alarm clock. That's right, a completely bogus gasoline-powered alarm clock. I'll tell you I have never found these kind of yuks in a GAO document.
Please stop by -- or send your comments ahead of time -- for today's Real Estate Live chat at 1 p.m. And this Saturday's Real Estate section features an Inhabit piece by Nancy McKeon. She takes us through a home in Northwest Washington that was remodeled in stages -- following the definition of "green" as it has evolved over the years.
The current quarter may be the worst point of the economic downturn for home remodelers, according to a report out Thursday from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Spending on remodeling is likely to start increasing after this quarter ends in March, and continue rising through the rest of the year.