7 Timeless Kitchen Upgrades You Won’t Regret | Apartment Therapy

“… you want to choose smart upgrades that you’ll love for a long time. For guidance, we reached out to a few expert renovators and interior designers to learn how to make kitchen design decisions that will go the distance. Follow along, and your kitchen renovation budget will be wisely spent on changes you’ll enjoy for years to come.”

7 Timeless Kitchen Upgrades You Won’t Regret | Apartment Therapy

Idea Generator : Storing Your Gear In Your Apartment

Bikes & Skis & Surfboards, Oh My: Ingenious Ways to Store Gear in a Small Space | Apartment Therapy

Fitting big hobbies—the type that require a board, a helmet, and maybe even a wetsuit—into a teeny-tiny home can be a tall order. Your best bets for storing this space-hogging gear are to work them into your decor plan or place them in often-overlooked spots (aka hide them in plain sight). Here are nine ways to stash sports gear, without cramping your style.

Source: Bikes & Skis & Surfboards, Oh My: Ingenious Ways to Store Gear in a Small Space | Apartment Therapy

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 24 Feb ’14

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Well, we made it through 3/5ths of our week of Jury Duty without being called to serve — and we’re pretty sure that we’re not getting called at this point, so it’s time to lift the “CLOSED” sign off the home page and welcome new customer inquiries.

The week of March 2nd is already fully booked at this point, so any new customer requests are going to have to involve the flexibility and patience of a no-earlier-than March 10th start date — MARCH! how did that happen? — but we’ll certainly respond to any new inquiries by the end of the same day that they’re submitted to us.

Thanks to “Jewel Brown Photography” for that amazing sunset shot of nearby Coit Tower for this week’s cover photo.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 17 Feb ’14

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 17 Feb '14

Local photographer, Toby Harriman, captured some amazing aerial photos over San Francisco last month, and we’re pleased to share one on the blog this week, along with this link to a video of the acrophobia-inducing endeavor. Why, there are literally hundreds of our customers’ homes and businesses captured in this frame — and if your home or business is visible in it, then we’ll serve yours, too.

Currently, the job calendar is almost entirely booked through next week, the week beginning on Sunday, 23 February. With some limited exceptions for work that’s specifically on Russian Hill and flexible on scheduling, we’ll be scheduling any new-customer work that follows this update during the first week of March. MARCH! My goodness, how did it get to be March 2014 already.

Thanks to SFist for hipping us to Toby’s work, and — please — don’t hesitate to let us know if use of your work (and links to your site) from ours violates your Fair Usage principles. We’re happy to take them down and post old Andy Capp cartoons instead.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 21 Jan ’13

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San Francisco Tarts Up Coit Tower for the NFC Champion 49ers : Photos by David Yu Photography

Local photographer, David Yu, captured this amazing shot of Coit Tower from the Marin Headlands during the 49ers run-up to the NFC Championship. I’m not sure how afoul I’m running of the Creative Commons License, since this may be considered a commercial use, but — for the purposes of sharing David’s photography and crediting him properly — I’m going to characterize this as more of a personal blog update than a company status update.

Having said that, however, it bears mentioning that if you’ve come here for some reason other than to appreciate and share my taste in local photography, that the week of January 21 is completely booked with customer appointments already, and that we’re scheduling new customer appointments for the week of the 28th — a few appointments remain available next week, and the following week — beginning February 4th — still has a few appointments available as well. Let us know what you need done, and we’ll let you know how soon we can get to it.

While we’re through-and-through Giants fans, which means that I got to celebrate a Super Bowl win last February, followed by a World Series celebration in October, we would be fools not to jump on the bandwagon at this point and cheer for the 49ers — if for no other reason than drunken 49ers fans celebrating a Super Bowl win is bound to yield no fewer than a dozen calls on Monday, February 4th, requesting repair assistance with doors kicked off hinges in the Marina and holes punched in walls on Polk Street. We’ve been at this for a few years, and we can bank on the intoxicated manliness of our neighbors turning into small-yet-urgent fix-it opportunities you can set your watch by. — so GO NINERS!

I hope everyone enjoys a football-free weekend before we all start losing our minds on February 3rd.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Happy 2013

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The Oracle Racing AC45 catamarans practice near the Golden Gate Bridge.
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

There aren’t many jobs that afford you views like this one in the middle of the work day — and while no one on the staff took this photo, there were a number of times where one of us was passing from Pacific Heights to the Marina through the Presidio, and we grabbed a cup of coffee near West Beach and caught Larry Ellison’s guys on the water, getting set for last fall’s America’s Cup World Series races.

In addition to being pretty skilled at hanging televisions, repairing drywall and upgrading light fixtures, a few of us are pretty good sailors (at least we used to be), but racing isn’t really our strongest suit. That said, we’re all looking forward to the AC72 finals this summer while loathing the inevitable traffic, glitter and general mayhem that’s sure to accompany it. For the moment, we’re just relishing a decent Sierra snowpack and the fall-off in our temporary tourist population that comes with January’s wet weather.

This update — concluding the work week of December 31st — lets you know that we’re completely booked for the upcoming week of January 7th, but that we are taking new customer requests for the following week of the 14th, during which there are a “smattering” of available appointments from which to choose. Please drop us a line on the “Request Service” page, and we’ll let you know when and if we can help you with your Handyman-type Projects.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Unavail. ’til Wk of 11/19

Voges was pretty sick last night, wasn’t he? And that, after Barack Hussein Zito went positively Rain Man over the Birds in their own nest. How much do we love this team, Russian Hill?

Phew! Well, we are open again after a very quick four day trip to the (mother and) fatherland, which in our case is the Great State of New Jersey and the home of the 15th-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The trip was a joy, and the weather was something out of the first half of a Peter Weir film. While my bi-annual trips to the Garden State are always a day too short and leave me wishing I spent more time there, they serve as a constant reminder of why it is that I make my home and my career in San Francisco. As I like to say, “New Jersey is a great place to be from.”

In spite of the “Closed Until 10/18” sign that most recently hung on our storefront, there’s been a steady stream of job requests trickling over the threshold since before I left town to watch the Scarlet demolish the Orange. Given the demands of the still-pending work that remained prior to my departure and the list of new work that’s awaiting placement on our calendar, I’d like to preempt any New Customer Requests for work that needs to be scheduled prior to the week of November 19th. Unfortunately, absent some additions to our staff, all of our tradesmen are already looking at full calendars through the 2nd full week of the next month.

Once again, we can not accept any new work requests until after the 18th of November. If this changes, and if we complete our existing backlog of work prior to that date, we will immediately update our website with new information.

Gawking Tourists Ascend Powell next to The Fairmont. Judging by the shorts and lack of fleece, I’d wager that this photo was taken in mid-October.

If you’re taking a more long-term approach to hiring a handyman service provider, then please don’t hesitate to visit our Contact Us page and submit to us your online request for a consultation. If you’re hoping to schedule a job prior to the November 19th, however, we are very regretfully unavailable.