Author Archives: DC House Cat (Catarina Bannier)

About DC House Cat (Catarina Bannier)

I'm a journalist-turned-Realtor based in Washington, DC. My clients have come from five continents--not unusual in a city that's full of life, history, world politics and stories Some of them, however, have lived here all their lives, and they have been the ones that taught me the most. For the past thirteen years, helping people buy and sell homes has been more than a business for me. It feeds my passion for house history, it's a way to make new friends, and it has become a way of life. Nothing tells more about you than the home you choose for yourself.

What’s Cooking Now: A Win-Win Outcome

   “What happened? Is it done?!” I’ve heard the question countless times in the past couple of months, and I kept promising–first an update on the project, then a wrap-up. But the winter was suddenly over, and we had our … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 44 — Why I Was Wrong

After Sunday’s admittedly somewhat whiny post, I received a bunch of virtual hugs and comforting words. Thanks, guys–I feel so much better now. I had to put things in perspective: to tear out your kitchen and replace it with a … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 42 — Encroachments

Some of the kitchen renovation’s side effects are sneaky and not immediately apparent. To refinish the floor in the adjacent family room, for example, we had to take the furniture out of that room. Now that the floors are done, … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 39 — The Heroic Perseverance Of Counter Culture

A kitchen can’t be a kitchen without counter tops. And a kitchen in progress can’t progress without those counters: sinks and dishwashers can’t be mounted or attached without countertops. Backsplashes can’t be tiled without them. Cabinets that sit on top … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 35 — We’re Getting There. Or Are We?

Before I get deeper into the dramatic  continuation of the Counter Intelligence issue, let’s look at the whole picture. Week 5 of our kitchen remodel has passed, and this is where we are right now: The cabinets are about 75% assembled … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 31 — Failed Counter Measures

Something was wrong with their phones today. The stone company’s Silver Spring showroom number switched to a jolly little kid’s cell phone voice mail. The salesperson’s direct number got disconnected, and the corporate number on their website was answered by … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 30 — Wordless Wednesday

The Other DC House Cat apparently isn’t so sure about all of this, but I’ve entered the phase where I can hardly wait to get home every day. This is fun! (To start following the kitchen project from the beginning, … Continue reading

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