December 2002 Table of Contents

Features
The Liability Insurance Crisis

A decade of soft pricing, extravagant claims, and investment losses has the insurance industry scrambling to recoup profits, and residential construction is the first casualty.We call it the 'battlefield,'" says Susan Brodahl, a Washington-state insurance broker, confirming reports that remodelers across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to get hazard and general liability insurance. Farmers Insurance, the second-largest homeowners policy writer in Texas, announced it would stop writing new HO-B policies after August 15, 2001. Read more

Mediterranean Makeovers Mediterranean Makeovers

Although the construction and layout of these houses, known as Mediterranean or Spanish style, are most suited to the climates of southern California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona, the style has since gained popularity across the country.The design includes stucco siding, clay roof tile, wrought iron accents, arched doorways, colorful tiles, and carved doors and columns. At 60 to 100 years old now, the houses often need quite a bit of work to bring them back to their original luster. Read more

Before+After: Southern Comfort Before+After: Southern Comfort

Atlanta remodeler Danny Feig-Sandoval started working on this house in 1996 and hasn't left. Over the years, the owner of Small Carpenters At Large and his crew have worked on the kitchen, baths, study, attic, and garage. "I think there's only one bedroom in the house we haven't touched," he says. Read more

Features
The Liability Insurance Crisis

A decade of soft pricing, extravagant claims, and investment losses has the insurance industry scrambling to recoup profits, and residential construction is the first casualty.We call it the 'battlefield,'" says Susan Brodahl, a Washington-state insurance broker, confirming reports that remodelers across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to get hazard and general liability insurance. Farmers Insurance, the second-largest homeowners policy writer in Texas, announced it would stop writing new HO-B policies after August 15, 2001. Read more

Mediterranean Makeovers Mediterranean Makeovers

Although the construction and layout of these houses, known as Mediterranean or Spanish style, are most suited to the climates of southern California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona, the style has since gained popularity across the country.The design includes stucco siding, clay roof tile, wrought iron accents, arched doorways, colorful tiles, and carved doors and columns. At 60 to 100 years old now, the houses often need quite a bit of work to bring them back to their original luster. Read more

Before+After: Southern Comfort Before+After: Southern Comfort

Atlanta remodeler Danny Feig-Sandoval started working on this house in 1996 and hasn't left. Over the years, the owner of Small Carpenters At Large and his crew have worked on the kitchen, baths, study, attic, and garage. "I think there's only one bedroom in the house we haven't touched," he says. Read more

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