Materials

Records As Roofing

Records As Roofing

File this one under creative genius! Nashville resident and artist Matt Glassmeyer found a way to use 350 vinyl records — attaching them to a roof in place of shingles. Conflicting Internet reports claimed that Glassmeyer’s record roof had held up reasonably well for two years, but Glassmeyer disputed that […]

Stock Up Now On Winter Supplies

Stock Up Now On Winter Supplies

Yes, I said it — the dreaded “w” word! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but freezing temperatures, snow and ice will be here before you know it (for a lot of the country, anyway.) Before the demand for weather-related and other products spikes, stock up at […]

How To Hang Art On A Concrete Wall

How To Hang Art On A Concrete Wall

Oh, what a happy day it was when I stumbled across Amy Devers’ new “Hands On” column for ReadyMade magazine. As she guided a couple of Brooklynites on hanging art and pictures on a seemingly impervious concrete wall, I found myself nodding in agreement. One of the two walls that […]

Spare Change Equals New Floor

Spare Change Equals New Floor

I can’t get enough of unconventional materials used in a DIY project, or even ordinary objects used in extraordinary ways. My latest inspiration? Flooring created from pennies. What a brilliant way to use something that is really kinda worthless. Sure, you can collect jars of pennies and eventually cash them […]

Create DIY Storage With A Renovated Armoire

Create DIY Storage With A Renovated Armoire

One of the best things about getting married? The gifts — er, I mean, love and commitment! Let’s face it – registering for household goods and appliances is a definite upside of marriage. And as my impending nuptials draw ever closer, my fiance and I find ourselves in a loft […]

Best of 2010 Remodeling Show

Best of 2010 Remodeling Show

We’ve rounded up the best new products and materials from the 2010 Remodeling Show. Some are available now but many will be hitting shelves in 2011 so ask for them by name. You can also check out our list of Remodeling Show exhibitors on Twitter for more direct information straight […]

Tips To Make A Stone Exterior Pop

Tips To Make A Stone Exterior Pop

It’s been a few weeks since I checked in with my fellow Kansas Citians over at Dwelling:3918, and what do you know? One post detailing their stone exterior repairs and a Google search later, and I now have a basic understanding of tuckpoint mortar — and when, as in the […]

Convert A Silo With A-House-In-A-Can

Convert A Silo With A-House-In-A-Can

Improbable building materials? Building kits to create the one- or two-roomed house of your dreams? Unconventional building materials and kit homes are becoming increasingly popular, especially as homeowners embrace sustainability and, in some cases, downsizing. Thanks to a heads-up from BLDGBLOG, it appears the home evolution continues with a converted […]

Exploring the Salvage Stores in the Reuse District of New Orleans

Exploring the Salvage Stores in the Reuse District of New Orleans

While we were in New Orleans participating in the Fifty for Five event, we took an opportunity to explore the Reuse District in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. Scattered around abandoned shipyards and warehouses you’ll find numerous salvage stores dedicated to preserving and selling architectural artifacts and building supplies […]

Honolulu Is Serious About Construction Materials Recycling

Honolulu Is Serious About Construction Materials Recycling

After any sort of demolition, whether it’s a towering skyscraper or a residential bathroom, recycling previously used materials in a new project is always an ideal method to create a more sustainable structure while decreasing excess waste. Yet in Honolulu, things are getting serious. A bill is moving through the […]

Rhett Butler Knows His Hardware

Rhett Butler Knows His Hardware

Everyone has a passion. For New Yorker Edward Rhett Butler, who opts to go by his middle name, his love of hardware has fueled not only a long-running personal hobby, but also a successful 20-year company. In a New York Times profile, Butler discusses his fascination with hardware: keys from […]

Remove Paint From Brick

Remove Paint From Brick

Removing paint from brick is tough and as I gaze at my loft’s exposed brick wall, I find it hard to believe that anyone would want to disguise the natural beauty of the material with paint. Yet if you find yourself in a situation that calls for restoring painted brick’s […]

Sleep Easy With A DIY Murphy Bed Installation

Sleep Easy With A DIY Murphy Bed Installation

If your home is short on space, a Murphy bed can be a great way to maximize minimal square footage while ensuring you get a good night’s sleep. And as is the case with a variety of DIY tasks, you can select your ideal Murphy bed based on your skills […]

Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall Panels from USG

Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall Panels from USG

USG’s Ultralight Drywall promises to be a revolutionary product for the remodeling/building industry. At 30% lighter than standard 1/2″ drywall, their Sheetrock Ultralight Drywall panels have overnight lessened the burden for contractors and installers around the world. What’s amazing is they haven’t sacrificed strength with the Ultralight panels which they […]

Ipe Wood Decking

Ipe Wood Decking

Ipe wood decking came on the scene quickly and it seemed the whole world went wild. Once consumers get a feel for it, the hype didn’t let up and now demand for Ipe wood decking is fierce. A fairly new phenomenon (compared with what’s out there today) in the outdoor […]

Transport Your Building Materials in Any Weather

Transport Your Building Materials in Any Weather

If you’re hauling plywood or drywall in the back of your pickup or open trailer, it’s best if the materials stay dry and out of the elements. This can be a problem living in the Pacific Northwest or somewhere that rains and snows often and you don’t have a covered […]

Belt Tiles Make Sophisticated Flooring A Cinch

Belt Tiles Make Sophisticated Flooring A Cinch

File this one under “What will they think of next?” You’ve heard about using reclaimed wood for floors, but how about accessories? Ting London, the brainchild of designer Inghua Ting, has launched a line of floor tiles made from vintage leather belts. A group of in-house artisans selects belts that […]

Add Intrigue To Your Home With A Secret Room

Add Intrigue To Your Home With A Secret Room

It’s confession time, C&H readers. When I imagine the house of my dreams, there are several must-have features on that list: a claw-footed bathtub, a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves (and a purple velvet chaise, but that’s another story!) AND, *drumroll please*: a secret room! Turns out my fiance and I […]

Hardwood Floor Installation Tutorial

Hardwood Floor Installation Tutorial

Whether you opt for light or dark, new or reclaimed, installing hardwood floors in all or a portion of your home is a surefire way to introduce a completely new aesthetic–and test your DIY prowess. It may seem daunting, but installing hardwood floors is certainly feasible as a DIY project. […]

Refinish Your Wood Floors on a DIY Budget

Refinish Your Wood Floors on a DIY Budget

Whenever I am visiting my family at home, my mother has the same complaint about her house: the wood floors. She’d love to refinish them but with an elderly dog, other projects to tackle and a limited budget, it’s not in the cards in the near future. I inquired about […]

Preparing For Delivery Of Construction Materials

Preparing For Delivery Of Construction Materials

Earlier this week, I came across a humorous anecdote about homeowners who had a huge pile of gravel delivered to their house for an upcoming project. A miscommunication occurred between the two parties, and the monstrous pile of gravel ended up just a few feet in front of the garage […]