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When Should You Call In a Design Professional?

When Should You Call In a Design Professional?

I love my finish nailer. Well, I don’t really love it, but I like it, I enjoy it, I find it useful for creating the world’s most perfect crown molding corner (a future blog post, for sure). But do I bring out the pancake compressor and finish nailer to drive […]

How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

We recently contributed to TimeOut New York’s Home Design 2009 issue which hit newsstands today. We’re featured in the Steal This Idea section for creating a patina mirror just like you’ve seen on the walls of your favorite French bistro (We prefer Le Singe Vert over Schiller’s any night). Pick […]

The Bathroom Reinvented: Turning to Greywater

Close loop water systems are sustainable and a major step in water conservation. Ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, shares the ABC’s of re-routing a home’s waste water (greywater) to sustainably irrigate gardens and other green spaces. He takes us from his live/work space in […]

Low Water Pressure Sucks!

Low Water Pressure Sucks!

American’s have become used to expecting a strong stream of water from our faucets and shower heads. Thanks to larger diameter plumbing and high-pressure water pumps, the stream that flows into American homes is one of the highest in terms of gallons-per-second. Unlike our European or Asian counterparts who deal […]

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

There is nothing more refreshing than taking a cool shower outdoors. Unfortunately the only chance we get to do this is at a public shower near a beach which is great but wouldn’t it be nice to just cool off quickly in your own backyard without investing in a pool. […]

Beautiful Open-Air Showers

Beautiful Open-Air Showers

This photo slideshow from Dwell shows some of the sharpest outdoor showers and baths we’ve ever seen. The settings certainly help (the mountain one) but they all are minimalist and tend to flow with the design of the home. Here is a simple outdoor shower you can build yourself.

How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

We’ve had a leaking bathtub faucet for awhile and never realized just how much water we were wasting until we placed a canister underneath which filled up overnight. Our dog had gotten used to water always being in the tub and now considers it an alternate source of water beyond […]

Snakes in a Drain

Snakes in a Drain

We’ve had plumbers snake our sewer drains before as tree roots have infiltrated the line from our house, but typically when our kitchen and bath sinks clog up we break out the plunger and gently try the clear the line. In a two-sink kitchen make sure you’ve covered the opposite […]

Japanese Ofuro Soaking Tubs

Japanese Ofuro Soaking Tubs

The Japanese soaking tubs (Ofuro) are becoming much more popular in the West due to their convenient size and ease of use and although the ofuro is used for washing it’s primary purpose is relaxation. You should definitely test the tub before buying one. You’ll want to sit in it […]

New York City Subway Tile

New York City Subway Tile

Anyone who has visited New York is probably familiar with the iconic subway map that was designed by Michael Hertz Associates. Illustrator Christoph Niemann was remodeling his bathroom and took subway tile to the next level. He used this map as inspiration to tile his bathroom floors and walls.

Interior Design Room Visualizer

Interior Design Room Visualizer

One of the best virtual interior design applications we’ve seen was recently launched by Autodesk Labs Project Showroom. Their virtual showroom has a photo-like quality to it and it renders changes in color and product quickly.

Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

Remove White Caulk from Kitchen

This homeowner just had a new granite countertop installed but unfortunately the contractors used white caulk instead of clear to seal the countertop to the back wall of the kitchen. The caulk has already cured so they’ve decided to take a razor blade to the white caulk to remove it […]

Replacing Bathtub Sealant

Replacing Bathtub Sealant

If the sealant in your bathtub has become moldy or is just old and not protecting as well as it should, it may be time to replace it. Even if the process seems straight forward enough, check out this website before you start the project.

Friday Fix: The Running Toilet

Friday Fix: The Running Toilet

This week’s Friday Fix is courtesy of Nathaniel from Garber’s Hardware and was originally printed in the Westview paper. So, your toilet is running. It won’t stop. You tried jiggling the handle. You tried asking your toilet nicely to behave. You tried to get your landlord to send a plumber. […]

Macerating Toilets Make a Half-Bath Possible

Macerating Toilets Make a Half-Bath Possible

Adding a half-bath is almost always a great idea. Typically they are located in areas for convenience and are also chosen for high-traffic areas in your home. But as families grow and areas of your home evolve we encounter issues with installing half-baths because they weren’t selected in original house […]

Springtime Shower Curtains

Springtime Shower Curtains

Sometimes all it takes to give a room in your home a whole new look is to change one tiny detail. If your bathroom has been boring you lately and a complete redesign is out of the question, there’s still hope. Just think how a brand new, bright shower curtain […]

K/BIS 2008 New Product and Coverage Roundup

K/BIS 2008 New Product and Coverage Roundup

Hansa Stella Faucet The K/BIS 2008 conference and show in Chicago has wrapped up and we’ve pulled together a list of the best coverage. Some of favorite new products include the Fisher and Paykel “gas in glass” range and we welcome a new kitchen countertop material, glass, from ThinkGlass.

K/BIS 2008 in Chicago

K/BIS 2008 in Chicago

K/BIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is under way in Chicago and the cancellation of more than 1000 American Airlines flights hopefully won’t damper the launch of the show although we do know of some folks who are scrambling to find alternative transportation. If you are one of the unlucky […]