Meeting about updates to the Petworth Recreation Center set for early August

Meeting about updates to the Petworth Recreation Center set for early August

Two years ago the DC city budget had money set aside for renovations to the Petworth Recreation Center. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation held a series of meetings with the community to discuss what those changes could look like, and sent out surveys.

Now, they’re ready to discuss next steps.

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Local DC company remodelmate is offering Petworth residents $500 towards any renovation [sponsored]

Local DC company remodelmate is offering Petworth residents $500 towards any renovation [sponsored]

Remodeling a home can suck. It can be stressful, unpredictable and is always costly. Enter local renovation heroes remodelmate, a local DC startup that used technology to take some of the stress and cost away from home renovations, and makes the process more transparent.

Plus, they’re offering Petworth News readers a special discount!

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Ugly Bathroom from the 70s? No need to spend $20K on a new one… re-color it! [sponsored]

Ugly Bathroom from the 70s? No need to spend $20K on a new one… re-color it! [sponsored]

An old bathtub can be expensive to replace — and take a lot of time and effort. Instead of replacing it, Petworth News sponsor and local real estate agent Marc Dosik recommends recoloring the tub! [sponsored]

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DPR presents survey results on Petworth Park renovations

DPR presents survey results on Petworth Park renovations

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) presented next steps for a $2 million renovation of Petworth Park, located at at 8th and Taylor Street, as well as the results of a survey asking residents about changes they would like to see to the popular outdoor space. The park renovation will take place this fall and winter, following a request for proposal (RFP) and design period which kicks off imminently.

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Taking my own advice and doing a kitchen renovation

Taking my own advice and doing a kitchen renovation

A few years ago, Ryan DaSilva wrote about home renovations -- the ones that will get you the best return on your investment. He said that one of the best things you can do is to renovate your kitchen.  So heeding his own advice, his family took on a kitchen reno project this past summer! Here's a walk-through of the process they went through, with before and after pictures, to help you get an idea of what it might be like if you plan on doing a renovation. 

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Should you make an improvement to your house?

Should you make an improvement to your house?

If you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, then the value of a remodeling effort is different – you get to live there and enjoy it! If you plan on selling your home in the near term, then you definitely need to weigh the return on investment (ROI). Marc Dosik from Help-U-Sell Realty gives you a look into the costs versus return on some of the most common remodeling projects. [Sponsored]

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Renovations: Is granite going out of style? [sponsored]

Renovations: Is granite going out of style? [sponsored]

Is it true? Could granite's 30-year reign be coming to an end? While we can't say for sure, we think granite remains a solid choice. After all, it's both durable and attractive -- and it's become increasingly affordable, too. However, there's just no denying granite's seeming decline as homeowners opt for more modern kitchen designs, they're also opting for more understated countertop alternatives. Here's a quick look at some of the countertop's hottest contenders...

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Reflections on a Petworth full house renovation

Reflections on a Petworth full house renovation

Roshani Kothari bought her Petworth home in 2007, in love with its charm. Ten years later, she's finished a major renovation of the property, a renovation that she undertook acting as the general contractor. Now Roshani plans to rent out part of the house and live in the other part.

Here's the story of the renovation and some tips if you're considering doing something similar to your home.

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Home projects giving you difficulties? Now you can "Ask an Expert" at Annie's Hardware

Home projects giving you difficulties? Now you can "Ask an Expert" at Annie's Hardware

Ever want to ask an expert about a nagging house project but didn't know who to ask? Annie's Ace Hardware on Upshur Street is making it easy with a special series of weekly chats with local contractor and neighbor Glen Sperling, owner of Harmony Remodeling

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Are pop-backs the new pop-ups? The next renovation controversy.

Are pop-backs the new pop-ups? The next renovation controversy.

Once upon a time, "pop-up" was the phrase that elicited frustration and protests from residents. Now it's "pop-backs" and the rapid redevelopment of single-family rowhouses into multi-unit condos. Backyards won't look the same.

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Renovation Tips: Eat, bathe and relax in style

Renovation Tips: Eat, bathe and relax in style

Are you considering updates and renovations at your house? This is the second in a short series written with my friend and local real estate agent Ryan DaSilva about renovation ideas that are “worth it.” Obviously, “worthiness” is always up to the homeowner. Whether you’re planning on moving in a year or living in your house for the next 50 years, there’s always something to update and improve the house to make it more enjoyable for you. 

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Renovation Tips: Chill out before you bling out

Renovation Tips: Chill out before you bling out

Over the past few years, many Petworth neighbors have asked real estate agent and Petworth resident Ryan DaSilva questions about what are the best updates to do to their homes. In a conversation over coffee the other day, Ryan and I thought it would be a good idea to write a few articles on home improvement tips and some things to think about when renovating your home.  Read more after the break...

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