LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 10.24.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 10.24.09

Abby Stone
Oct 24, 2009

Centered around "doing it yourself," is this weekend's Los Angeles Times home section made for us or what? From an Eagle Rock bungalow to a converted smog shop, a barn transformed into a loft and a concrete patio in a backyard beauty, there's something here for everyone, including a source list for everything from discount tile to furniture-grade tile...

Remodeling at 1924 Bungalow in Highland Park: Alan Hopkins, who's been working on his bungalow nights and weekends for a year and half rates which projects were worth the savings and which projects would've been better farmed out to a professional.

Smog Shoppe: The Party Space: Sherry Walsh and her husband Miguel Nelson bought a former smog shop in Culver City and transformed it into an unusual party spot with some DIY's that can be applied to your own home. This is their second party spot. Check out the tour Apartment Therapy took of their other space, Marvimon, a few months ago.

Costa Mesa barn remodeled into a rustic, loft-like home: Are you a person with vision? Can you the possibilities in raw, unfinished or unusual spaces? Corey Gash is. That vision paid off in transforming a former chicken coop into a 700 foot loft-like living space.

Photos: Breaking up concrete can transform a drab backyard: It happens. You move into a house where the former owners had the brilliant idea to cover over the backyard with slabs of concrete in an attempt to make it look cool and modern. Not so much. Landscape designer Stephanie Bartron to the rescue with some ideas to transform it from drab to fab and reduce rainwater runoff in the process.

Helpful sites and stores for a home redo: So, you've decided to do it yourself. Problem: where do you purchase the raw materials, apart from Home Depot. Here, a list of resources for everything from fabric to tiles, including, for those of you who don't live in Los Angeles, links to their websites.

[Images: Gina Ferazzi / LAT; Lawrence K. Ho / LAT; Don Bartletti / LAT; Irfan Khan / LAT]

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