Life is changing fast in the 21st century. We are seeing a rising awareness that heating our homes and otherwise providing power to them using oil and gas just isn’t sustainable. We’re reaching the point where the search for... read full post →
Ah. A new year. New ideas. And plans to finally get to those home remodels youve hand on your brain for so many months. Youve got your steaming coffee nearby and youre rubbing your hands together, ready to start.... read full post →
Whether youre remodeling by yourself or working with a contractor to gut your home, you should know what youre dealing with. While a kitchen remodel or window replacement might do wonders for your home, you need to go into... read full post →
You’ve probably heard that the off seasons for home remodeling contractors, which are the weeks during very hot weather or very cold, is the best time to get cheaper renovations done at discounted prices.
It makes sense that... read full post →
This isn’t the first time you’ve read that 2010 will go down in history as one of the worst years for real estate. And, in fact, new home construction has dropped every year for the last six years. Which means that, on the flip... read full post →
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With today’s professional work becoming more portable, remote, and from-home, prospective homeowners have more freedom of where to settle down and buy. Yet, after years of... read full post →
Move over, Bob Villa. In an unusual career switch, Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is departing from both rap and reality television to don a hard hat and tool belt. Confused? Yeah, me too.
The one-hit wonder is set to be front and... read full post →
What began as a slight upswing for the home remodeling market in 2010 may prove better than expected in 2011. Welcome news for contractors around the country? That’s an understatement.
According to the Harvard University’s... read full post →
Discussions of finances are neither fun nor optimistic, especially if youre looking to take out a hefty loan on a major home improvement. Despite the distressing information, it needs to be talked about. Rather than contribute to... read full post →
In the last couple of days, you may have done something like this. You’re standing at your kitchen doorway. Hand resting on the doorframe. Head tilted slightly. Deep in thought. The thought process goes as it has before: “Wow,... read full post →
If you’re a seasoned DIY-er, it may seem like there isn’t any project you can’t handle. But for the sake of preventing bodily injury and wreaking havoc on your home, you may want to think twice before dragging out the... read full post →
The future of homebuilding is upon us, my friends, and nails may no longer play a part in holding the pieces together. It sounds farfetched, but a few Harvard and MIT students are paving the way for a whole new industry with a laser cutter... read full post →
If you were thinking about cashing in on the homebuyer’s tax credit, the clock is ticking. And don’t let the last extension fool you; this time, they mean business.
In order to qualify for the $8,000 return, you must sign your... read full post →
In a series of new lead paint laws intended to make remodeling projects more health- and environment-friendly, the EPA is striking its iron fist. Hard. Contractors, especially those employed by smaller companies, are dreading the... read full post →
Living in an age when technology is programmed to pick up the slack left over from the often inefficient human brain, I too am guilty of leaning on my precious iPhone like the crutch that it is. But with new apps like the Schlage LiNK,... read full post →
As times continue to change, so do our homes. Analyzing these changes is Kit Selzer, editor of Better Homes and Gardens, who explains why the kitchen is the new living room, why stainless steel is here to stay, and why remodeling projects... read full post →
It may not look like much to you and I as far as living quarters go, but to countless displaced Haitians, these flat-pack prefabs designed by Andres Duany and donated by InnoVida will provide much-needed homes to those in need.... read full post →
Without a designer, how do people create a room that combines understated elegance with a clean contemporary look like this one? Its all about balance. Well walk you through it.
#1 Just Enough Color
Updated models of... read full post →
“I’ll gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.” Remember that old line from Popeye’s friend, Wimpy? That may have been my earliest memory about credit and debt and why you shouldnt trust a... read full post →
In todays economy, is it better to buy a new house, or stay put and make the best of what youve got?
Theres lots of talk about the subject, but the fact is, people just arent confident that theyll make any... read full post →
You probably know about the governments Cash for Clunkers program from earlier this yeargovernment-sponsored rebates for turning in clunker cars. A new crop of cash-for-stuff ideas has been floating around in Congress and in... read full post →
Craft brewmasters Stephen Valand and Erica Shea quit their jobs to open a home brew shop
If spending holiday time with your extended family is something you can only survive inebriated, the perfect gift is out there. It’s a DIY home... read full post →
Don’t throw away your tool belt just yet… but with all the cool new home improvement apps floating around out there, you might want to find a spot for your iPhone in between your tape measure and your awl. With 35,000 total apps... read full post →
Classes start real soon! Give your dorm room some personality before those all-nighters steal your soul away (not to mention social life)...
How Cool is Your Roommate?
If your roommate’s willing, you can plan your theme and colors... read full post →
The construction industry is NOT dead!
Limping a little, perhaps, but not dead. According to Remodeling Magazine, the slack in the construction industry caused many job losses this year and last, but it seems to finally be slowing. In May... read full post →
Nothing lasts forever, especially in today’s culture of constant upgrading. If you rely on your tools, hardware and equipment to earn a living, youll need to read this article. Below are some of the best products available for... read full post →
Save yourself from expensive surprises down the road. As youre shopping for your new home, you should know how to identify signs that a house is in poor condition.
House inspections can be costly and, even though you should always... read full post →
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If youre anything like me, you love to love your furniture—even long after its era of trendiness has passed. The great thing is that you dont have to kick your couch to the curb. No ousting the ottoman.... read full post →
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Many a-time, while attempting to do household carpentry work, I thought I had made precise measurements, right down to the millimeter. Only to find out these spot-on calculations were not so accurate. And... read full post →
My family knows that nine times out of 10 when they see me whiz by on the stairs I’m on my way to wash, dry, or fold a load of laundry - sometimes all three. It’s the never-ending, always thankless chore, especially for parents.... read full post →
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Lazy summer days were made for relaxing on the swing or taking a snooze in the hammock. But then again, that could be just for kids and dad. The porch might also be the perfect place for a suspended garden oasis,... read full post →
After spending countless hours and dollars on a DIY project that you were just sure was going to turn out fabulous, it can be a huge disappointment when it doesnt end up that way. Maybe you find yourself wondering how you could ever... read full post →
Finding the right match and filtering through the bad apples. Is this the homeowners job, or the contractors? Actually, its both, even though contractors get the bad rap most of the time. But a positive... read full post →
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With building materials at record lows and annual spending on renovations down by almost twenty-five percent, it’s the perfect time to get great value on a remodeling project. Adding to this consumer... read full post →
They say a good craftsman never blames his tools. Recently, many of the industrys heavy hitters were in Las Vegas for the 2009 trade show. Judging by the reviews, it would be hard to play the blame game with these new gizmos.... read full post →
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Weddings are glorious occasions filled with family and friends coming together to make lifelong memories and share in the beginning of a new union. But….they can be stressful to prepare for. More and more happy... read full post →
When it comes to imperfections in the home, some mistakes are more glaring than others. While its tough to hide damage from a fire or a leaky roof without restoration, we can conceal minor carnage to the home. Such as, damage from... read full post →
When it comes to reaching high places for the sake of cleaning I am 1) rarely seen doing this since I have a reputation of the Worlds Worst Housekeeper to uphold and 2) the worst hypocrite to my children as I climb on things not... read full post →
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The issue of smoking on the job site is ongoing and, arguably, growing even more intense as the nation takes on a generally negative approach to smoking. In my home state of Oregon, a statewide smoking ban inside... read full post →
A panel of experts today at the 2009 International Home + Housewares Show said that the most important trends at work in the consumer marketplace are:
Respecting Generational Divides
Living Within Our Means
The Live-In... read full post →
Is the old tree stump out back becoming an eyesore? Have you heard your bedroom door squeak so many times you almost don’t hear it anymore? You may be surprised at how easy the solutions to these common complaints may be. Here are... read full post →
For all the beautiful odors in the world—fresh flowers, spring rains, home cooking—there have to be some bad ones as well. Being the olfactory obsessives that we naturally are, we tend to focus on the funky smells until they... read full post →
Why buy expensive Calvin Klein sheets when you can make your own? Same goes for curtains and dishcloths. Its easy to be a creative genius with the thousands of different materials available to you.
The 3 most common stamping... read full post →
No matter how fabulous, efficient, and entertaining it is to gather information and inspiration via the Internet and the blogosphere, book lovers are always going to want books, too. Books about the home and home remodeling are always... read full post →
I’ve recently been helping a friend out as hes set off on his next remodeling project. While tearing down his ages-old arbor, I got to talking with his carpenter. Now I am new to desert life, so I was admittedly surprised to... read full post →
Turning your door into a table is as simple as taking the door (vertical) and tipping it over (horizontal) and then setting something on it. That may be oversimplifying it a bit, but that’s where your imagination kicks in. I know a... read full post →
This Old House has guided and entertained us through eons of remodeling over the years. Ya gotta love ‘em. Now, being the ever-so-pleasant helpers that they are, the brains behind TOH have put together a comprehensive list of skills... read full post →
The perfect storm has been created and what most people want to know is where in the storm are we and when is it going to clear up?
There are a lot of conflicting forecasts some suggest the market hit bottom in 2008,... read full post →
The odds are pretty good that your fireplace has been quietly waiting all summer. Waiting for that time when the sun dips low and is veiled behind clouds. Waiting for winter, when it is the fireplace’s time to shine. But the odds... read full post →
Sometimes remodeling can get a little odd. Even more often, money can set good friends at odds. Both were the case in Cleveland where a remodeling contractor, who was old friends with his client, discovered $182,000 stashed in an old... read full post →
If your attic is still a good old attic that hasnt been transformed into a spare room, then it is the perfect place for long-term storage. It is almost a given to use it as such, but there is a technique to doing it. The... read full post →
As newlyweds, we bought our first home completely dismissing any plans for children until some future date. We moved in, renovated it to perfection, and then furnished with era-specific antique furniture. Needless to say, eventually a baby... read full post →
August 05, 2008 in Concrete
You may be surprised at how dirty your concrete has become, even if you don’t see any drastic stains. Dirt slowly accumulates on the porous concrete, so slowly that it often goes unnoticed until it is cleaned, and the difference can... read full post →
Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mildew—especially in the tub or shower area. And issues with old, unattractive, caulked joints are an inevitable problem for any homeowner. If you’re reading this then you probably know what... read full post →
If it’s called a tool, and you’re into home improvement, then you want it. So for the hands-on, do-it-yourself home improver, it’s hard to narrow a list of tools down to just twenty. The thing to remember is that there are... read full post →
Whether you are living in an older home and you want to preserve the historic appeal, or you want to save money, or you just like to tinker and do it yourself, here are 10 things you can either repair yourself or have repaired, which may... read full post →
Recently the price of metals has been on the rise, especially copper. But even steel, aluminum, and others are consistently climbing as the demand outstrips supply. So, if you have piles of scrap metal collecting spiders in your basement or... read full post →
After a good year of work, wear, and weather on your outdoor surfaces, it’s time to get things clean and sparkling again. If your wood deck is looking worn or your driveway or patio are stained, and a good scrubbing won’t do the... read full post →
If you’re tired of loose, faded, obnoxious doorknobs, then your car keys are probably in one hand and your mind is already at the store. Before you run out, here are some tips on doorknobs so that you’ll know what you’re... read full post →
In the light of a recent announcement that there is a near 100 percent chance of a large magnitude earthquake along California’s fault lines in the next 30 years, it has become even more important to check and double-check your... read full post →
Wrought iron has been used for centuries as an excellent material for home products and decoration. Perhaps the greatest wonder of wrought iron is its diversity. There are a slew of products available for the ambitious homeowner, from... read full post →
Trim is an effective, if often overlooked, means of dressing up your home. It is like the bow on a finely wrapped gift which makes that gift stand out from others on the table and is an enticing invitation for whomever is lucky enough to... read full post →
There are many reasons why you might want to build a fence and do it yourself. Fence building is a common household project. It is not too complicated or time consuming and makes for a fun, outdoor project. However, before you run outside... read full post →
Some types of roofing, such as stainless steel, copper, and slate need very little care and maintenance, but these roofs tend to come with a staggering price tag. Asphalt roofing is by far the most widely used roofing material, and for... read full post →
Granite countertops are among the most beautiful and durable countertops on the market. The hardness, scratch resistance, and absorbency of granite varies, depending on the specific finish and composition of each countertop. Overall,... read full post →
Refinishing hardwood floors is a fairly straightforward process, albeit a time-consuming, messy, repetitious one. It will be hard work and will require a good amount of patience and the proper tools to do the job. If the work is a bit... read full post →
Just about anyone who owns a home has some kind of concrete surface to deal with, whether it be a driveway, patio, or residential sidewalk. If your concrete has not been properly maintained over the years then you will have a number of... read full post →