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Permanent pop-ups: Prefabricated homes hit the local remodel market

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Krivokon family of Mountain View observes the installation of a prefabricated home on Pilgrim Avenue.

Pop-up houses are sprouting like mushrooms around Los Altos and Mountain View, but unlike other pop-up structures, these are permanent.

Tips to keep closets under control

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Review inventory of closets twice a year and examine each piece to determine whether it is worth keeping.

I’ve been organizing closets for more than a decade. I’ve learned that no matter the square footage of a client’s closet or the size of their wardrobe, my top 10 tips remain the same.

Pruning: Following a bunch of fancy rules

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Thinning cuts are made to reduce the size of main branches and redirect growth. Cut back to a branch no smaller than one-third the diameter, and make a clean cut so that it can heal properly. Never leave stubs.

Pruning is logical and simple, according to author and fruit-tree specialist Ann Ralph.

“You don’t need a bunch of fancy rules,” she said, quoting nurseryman Ed Laivo.

Gardening for life: Strategies to make it easy

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Succulents are a good choice for a small, low-maintenance garden that needs minimal water. Combine a variety of interesting colors and shapes.

If aches and pains are starting to limit your ability to garden, then gardening industry expert Toni Gattone has a suggestion: “See your garden with new eyes.”

From derelict to desirable: House flipper transforms old properties into showstoppers

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Amy Randazzo purchases older homes in Mountain View to “flip” after they undergo a makeover. Her transformed houses feature open floor plans and she searches for properties with “good bones.”

Amy Randazzo is improving neighborhoods one house at a time.

In fact, that’s the slogan on her business card for Modern Day Homebuyers LLC, the company she founded in 2014.

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