Materials

We’ve Gone Country with Bark Siding

We’ve Gone Country with Bark Siding

Here’s a siding material you don’t see everyday, tree bark. Available as a natural or engineered product from BarkClad.

Kitchen Countertop Pricing and Materials Guide

Kitchen Countertop Pricing and Materials Guide

Refer to this helpful guide for pricing and material options when choosing your kitchen countertops

Reclaimed Wainscoting from Maine Heritage Timber

Reclaimed Wainscoting from Maine Heritage Timber

These wainscoting planks are unlike any you’ve ever seen and will add tons of character to any room.

A Guide to Hardwoods and Softwoods

A Guide to Hardwoods and Softwoods

Hardwoods and softwoods aren’t so easily defined. What’s the real difference between the two?

The Five Emergency Adhesives Everyone Needs

The Five Emergency Adhesives Everyone Needs

We’ve compiled a list of the five most essential, flexible, and durable adhesives to have in your workshop so you can (hopefully) save your project from complete failure.

Choosing the Right Wood for Your Fence or Deck

Choosing the Right Wood for Your Fence or Deck

Here’s a walk-through of redwood, cedar, douglas fir and pine species and how they are best used.

DIY City Guide: Los Angeles

DIY City Guide: Los Angeles

We’ve come to appreciate the City of Angels and realize the history and communities are as vibrant as anywhere in the country. This applies to the do-it-yourself spirit that is surging across the city and that’s why we’ve chosen LA as the subject of our first DIY City Guide. We’ve […]

Build A $720 House In One Week!

Build A $720 House In One Week!

The pinnacle for any DIYer? Building a house! If you’re intimidated by the process, we’ve got a simpler version for you to try. The Tata Group has created a $720 flatpack home that can be built in a week – that’s right, 7 mere days! The 215-square-foot home “consists of […]

Transform A Room With Smith & Fong’s Plyboo Neopolitan Flooring

Transform A Room With Smith & Fong’s Plyboo Neopolitan Flooring

There are so many things I love about blogging for C&H, and one of them includes browsing shelter magazines and websites for the latest and greatest products. Some of them are definitely splurge-worthy, but we can dream, can’t we? I’ve found the newest item to add to my wishlist. Smith […]

Small Space Must-Have: Swivel Casters

Small Space Must-Have: Swivel Casters

One of the cool things about living in a small space is that it tests the bounds of your creativity. You’ll need clever storage solutions, thoughtful furniture arrangements and pieces that can do double-duty to help you maximize every inch of a petite abode. A minor addition to existing furniture […]

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Whether you’re needing a new backsplash, wall or floor, tiling is often consider a DIY project. And with some experience, tiling can be relatively easy to get the hang of. But if you’re just starting out, there are some tips to keep in mind to help ensure your project’s success–and […]

Trend Watch: Wood-Look Tile

Trend Watch: Wood-Look Tile

For look, finish and durability, hardwoods are hard to beat. But what about using hardwoods in rooms that are more suited to other types of materials, such as the bathroom? Thanks to an increasing availability of wood-look tile, you can extend the look of wood throughout your entire home while […]

Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

Need An Alternative To Hardwoods? Try Plywood!

Although carpet still makes up the majority of flooring sales, you can’t deny the popularity–and prevalence–of hardwood floors. The durable material makes it great for a variety of rooms, and with woods available in a wide range of colors and textures, you can typically find what you need to complete […]

Kohler Unveils Toobi Bath Faucet Line

Kohler Unveils Toobi Bath Faucet Line

Feeling a sudden urge to redecorate your bathroom? With the new Toobi Bath Faucet from Kohler, your faucet can get in the redecorating spirit, too, thanks to interchangeable colored liners that “allow the owner to personalize their space in a unique, playful way,” according to Kohler.

Try Galvanized Steel For A Cheap Bathroom Renovation

Try Galvanized Steel For A Cheap Bathroom Renovation

One of the best things about DIY is that by tackling projects yourself, you can typically save a lot of money as opposed to calling in a contractor. Of course, sometimes you need a professional to finish the job, but if you can manage something on your own, you’ll definitely […]

DIY Inspiration: Pine Plank Ceilings

DIY Inspiration: Pine Plank Ceilings

We follow several DIY bloggers who are all in varying stages of basement renovations. Whether your lower level needs an update or a complete finish, putting some DIY muscle into your basement can do wonders for your home’s square footage. Traditionally, basements have a bad rap–dark, damp and kinda scary. […]

Restore Wood In Minutes With A Single Product

Restore Wood In Minutes With A Single Product

You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” If you’re talking about materials, especially wood, there’s no reason to discard pieces just because they’ve seen better days. On the flip side, maybe you’ve collected a stash of salvaged wood that’s ideal for your next […]

5 Bargains To Look For at a Liquidation Sale

5 Bargains To Look For at a Liquidation Sale

For book lovers, yesterday’s news of Borders’ bankruptcy filing was a sad day. Along with the filing, the bookseller announced it would close 30 percent of its stores, with those locations yet to be determined. Store closings are never happy occasions, but there is a glimmer of silver lining in […]

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

So you’re ready to start that big renovation project — a new kitchen, an updated bathroom, or maybe even an entire house! Before you install the new, you’ve got to take care of the old. In the past, the most common practice was demolition, whether performed by sledgehammer-wielding homeowners or […]

Transparent Concrete Is For Real

Transparent Concrete Is For Real

No longer a dream, transparent concrete is for real and is now being used as a building material. The Italian firm, Italcementi Group, unveiled their product which was built into the World Expo building in Shanghai. There are approximately 50 holes in each 19.7 x 39 x 2 inch panel, […]

Road Test, Part 2: The Home Depot’s Martha Stewart Living Carpet

Road Test, Part 2: The Home Depot’s Martha Stewart Living Carpet

Earlier this week, we tested the stain-fighting powers of The Home Depot’s Platinum Plus carpet. Next up? Martha Stewart Living carpet, available in 36 designs and four constructions. Martha Stewart’s products are known for being classy yet functional, and the carpet is no exception. The carpets are treated with Anso […]