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Weekly Wrap-Up: The do-it-yourself edition

October 24, 2009 | 10:01 am
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SmogShoppe In this week's print section:

Eagle Rock bungalow: Alan Hopkins, above, replaces his redwood siding, installs new windows, hangs new kitchen cabinets and refaces a garden wall. Which projects were worth the time, sweat, back strain and heat exhaustion? We offered a hint in the print edition, but you can see the full results in our extended photo gallery.

Smog Shoppe: An L.A. couple converts an old smog-check station into a bit of fresh air. Smog Shoppe may be a party venue (think weddings, film screenings and the like), but the design holds a bevy of ideas that DIYers could steal for home. (Above right: tables made of salvaged wood and stained with coffee grounds.) Our extended photo gallery gives you a long look at the place and its sister venue, Marvimon.

Barn turned loft: Former chicken house turned into family house? See it for yourself and read Barbara Thornburg's story.

Concrete jungle, tamed: Slice up the patio for a prettier, more environmentally friendly yard. The story and photo gallery.

Cheat sheet! A long, long list of architects' and interior designers' recommendations for discount tile, outdoor string lights, vintage pendants, furniture-grade plywood and more.

Chris Erskine: A daughter drops in from college, prompting our family columnist to wonder if he's a hotel clerk or the Man of the House.

Lauren Beale: Meg Ryan, William Bratton and other notable buyers and sellers in this week's Hot Property.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credits, from top: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times; Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

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