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May 24, 2014 5:02PM
My patio was poured in 1979 and only a couple of areas are showing wear.  One in the steps which are crumbling slightly and at the edge where it is not cracking but crumbling.  Of course it is 35 years old.  
Nov 14, 2009 7:46PM
Of course, you can convert a bedroom into a home office.  Just don't make costly major structural changes like removing the closet and filling the room with custom built-in desks and shelving.   Many companies make attractive office components that can be easily assembled and dismantled so the room can be changed back into a bedroom should you decide to sell your home. 
Nov 14, 2009 6:22PM
I disagree with Vern Yip.  Black may be considered a neutral in a wardrobe, but in a kitchen, it can be overwhelming.  The kitchen in the photo is positively scary, and changing the  green countertop to black would make a bad situation worse.  Replacing countertops is expensive, so it's important to make careful choices.  Neutral countertops generally need to be much lighter blends of beige or gray (for example), subtle tones that work with your appliances and cabinetry.  Bold colours can be used as accents....tableware, canister sets, etc. 
Oct 23, 2009 9:32PM

if i had the choice in patio treatments, there is concrete, there is wood, there is flagstones, there is bricking, there are steping stones, there is gravel...... i would chose either the concrete or the wood. yes there is up keep on them, yes there is 'decay' of them. but, so do the rest of the treatments including a yard of grass, gravel or stone. and i agree with both men on the concrete so much depends on the experience and expertise of the ones doing the work AND the upkeep that goes into it.

my all time first choice regardless of upkeep, is wood, followed by concrete.


Mar 14, 2009 8:17PM
I agree with Vern about the radical colors (that goes for walls, floors, etc.).  But I do not agree that granite countertops should be black.  That would be a total turn-off for me.  Neutral colors--tan, black, brown, white--work best for granite countertops that will appeal to most.
Mar 14, 2009 7:03PM
28 years in concrete. It cracks...concrete dries at different rates in different places,,these little spots are hot spots...and cracking can occur...the base helps and watering it down before the pour can help.and after....thickness helps. but the best guarantee i give is fire and theft...and guarantee it will crack. as for finishes...acid stain is pretty nice...stamp is ok too..BUT..you have to keep them sealed. so there is up keep...there are slabs that don't crack...but ill bet 3 out of 10 poured the same way will crack...especially in hot sun...no retarder...control joints are just that ,,they are there to TRY and control the CRACK that is going to happen...should be every 8 to 10 feet at most. and then last but not least..MIX DESIGN..is what you need to know about..ask the concrete company...and Dont add alot of water when pouring..the more water the more you weakin the concrete...steel will help it from raising AFTER it cracks...thats about it..but hey im no expert....I just do it for a livin.hah!
Mar 14, 2009 6:42PM
Her comments are not surprising. I laugh out loud every time I see her on CNBC. I can't believe anyone actually takes her seriously about anything. Her real estate insights are simply classic. Yes Barbara, there is a HUGE difference in properly poured concrete and concrete that is not properly poured. PLEASE tell us all you don't oversee any of your own work or consult with clients on renovation projects!
Mar 14, 2009 2:28PM
I have a large concrete patio (15x30) that is partially under my deck and the rest is exposed to the elements.  This was installed over 11 years ago and does NOT have one crack in it.  I live in Northern VA and we DO have snow and cold weather.  This person does not know what they are talking about. 

Also, the black counters are very dark and depressing in a kitchen.  Add the horrid black appliances and your kitchen becomes a dungeon.  Stainless steel appliances are also falling out of favor since people are finding out they leave finger marks and scratch.  Better left to the sink.

Mar 14, 2009 11:57AM

I agree with the previous comments.


As a concrete finisher for 12 years, I think I might know.  The only concrete that cracks, has been improperly installed.  Just look to massive concrete structures like dams, buildings, bridges, and roads.  A concrete gains strength with age up to about 100 years!


Barbra needs to stick with what she knows and hold comment about what she does not.


There is no such thing as an expert in any field.  An authority maybe but, never an expert.  When someone claims to be an expert in anything, run away quickly.  Berne Madoff was considered an investment expert.  Ironic isn't it?

Mar 14, 2009 7:42AM
An unfair judgment against concrete.  No random cracks show in properly jointed concrete, and there are many color and texture choices available to soften the harshness.  Just choose a knowledgable contractor.  You get what you pay for.
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