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Timothy

  • Monolithic Dome Homes

    As opposed to yurts, these dome homes are super-insulated, steel reinforced concrete structures. They do share a similar shape to yurts but these buildings can be used as homes, schools, gymnasiums,…

  • House Restoration Tips

    Check out the Country Living 2007 House of the Year. It’s an 1890’s farmhouse in the Dutch country of southeastern Pennsylvania. During the restoration they incorporated many different techniques that you…

  • Green Building 101 from Inhabitat

    Time for a lesson in Green Building from Inhabitat. Read on for one of the best online tutorials of green building from a site that is “devoted to the future of…

  • Create Floorplans

    No drafting or architectural experience? No worries… There are now a multitude of DIY floorplan designers available online. All you need is a vision and some time. SketchUp – A free…

  • Compact Driver

    No we’re not talking about Danny Devito behind the wheel. This compact driver comes from Black and Decker and will save your wrists when you’ve got the mundane task of building…

  • Nail Gun Safety

    Pneumatic nail guns are expert level tools even though any Joe Schmo can buy them off the rack at the hardware store. Hence the uptick in nail gun accidents. As with…

  • Indoor Air Quality

    We spend most of our lives indoors so we should give more thought to the air quality in our sheltered environment. There are gases and fumes that we can’t see or…

  • Garage Sales

    Finish off your spring cleaning and hold a garage sale. Here are some tips for setting up a garage sale and maximizing your earning potential.…

  • Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

    Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals.…

  • Pocket Table

    If you are short on space in the kitchen but still need a full-size dining area that can seat at least six, then maybe a pocket table is the answer. These…

  • Kitchen Cleaning Tips

    Here are more kitchen cleaning tips than you can shake a sponge at (sorry that was bad). From clogged drains, grease build-up, dishwasher cleaning, and dirty oven windows.…

  • Firepit / Coffee Table

    Outdoor furniture functionality takes a new spin. This outdoor cast aluminum table from Restoration Hardware doubles as a firepit and coffee table. You can truly have a multi-season centerpiece for your…

  • Yurt Living

    Look familiar? You’ve probably seen these strange looking homes in National Geographic or on some travel show. They are called Yurts and they have been used in Central Asia for centuries.…

  • House Plants

    The best way to clean your air? Get some houseplants! Forget the expensive air-filters or ugly ionizers. Select a few house plants that will not only improve the look of your…

  • Rejuvenate a Cement Patio

    Cement patios are commonplace in homes across the country. In the Southwest they are particularly popular since lawns are hard to manage in the heat and cement patios are easy to…

  • Handyman Hiring Tips

    No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or…

  • Gnome Time

    Shelterrific has touched on kitsch gold. The venerable gnome. They can bring a touch of humor to any home and also a bit of luck. Get your gnome on here.…

  • Architectural Salvage in Chicago

    If you are in the Chicago area you should check out Salvage One. Their website highlights some great finds like this art-deco bar and prairie-style window.…

  • Carve a Wooden Spoon

    The above examples are extreme but the Spoonlady can show you how to carve your own wooden spoons, safely and quickly. Using utensils that you’ve hand-crafted can be as rewarding as…

  • How-To Stain Wood

    You may think that staining wood is an inexact science but there is a method to the madness. Understanding the type of wood you are working with as well as the…

  • Enlarge a Room

    Easy ideas for enlarging or just altering the mood of any room in the house. It’s amazing what a little color can do.…

  • Installing a Bathroom Vent and Exhaust Fan

    This catskill houseblogger faced a problem that many homeowners with older homes must deal with and that is proper bathroom ventilation. His bathroom is located in the middle of the home…