Materials

Sean Payton Seeks Damages for Defective Chinese Drywall

Sean Payton Seeks Damages for Defective Chinese Drywall

Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, is the lead plaintiff among 2,100 alleged victims in a case scheduled to begin this week against a company from China charged with shipping drywall that made people sick and damaged other property in the home. The 591-page class action […]

Repairing Wood Shingles

Repairing Wood Shingles

I live in Maine where the coast is littered with beautiful wood shingled homes. I’m a New England gal so I can’t help but dream of the day that I’ll get to own one. Though they’re a lot of upkeep, I don’t think there’s any siding that compares. As wood […]

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

We were recently introduced to SnapStone which is a floating porcelain tile system. What’s unique about SnapStone is that along the edge of each piece of tile are a set of over/under teeth that when set against another piece of tile will lock each in place. This inter-locking system creates […]

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to the ceiling and saw … gridlines. There was a drop ceiling. I remember saying to my then-fiance that the […]

Choosing the Perfect Railing for your Deck Design

Choosing the Perfect Railing for your Deck Design

Not just for safety, deck railings can change the entire look of your yard. They can provide privacy or lend a contemporary feel. Railings can also direct traffic and compliment furniture and decor. You have a vast selection to choose from when it comes to railing styles and colors. Mix […]

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

My dad made this sofa when I was just a toddler. It sat in our living room for years, and at eight feet long, it was the centerpiece of everything from family photos to teenage sleepovers. I suspect my dad built it more out of necessity than desire. In the […]

Chinese Drywall Removal: The Time Is Now

Chinese Drywall Removal: The Time Is Now

U.S. regulators have now stated that homeowners should remove potentially defective Chinese drywall from their homes to prevent health and safety problems linked to noxious emissions. According to the Wall Street Journal: The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Department of Housing and Urban Development disclosed new information they said indicated […]

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the delightful Ms. Spinach shared an ingenious solution to her sagging sofa cushions. She had bought a mid-century wood frame […]

Live/Work in a Container City

Live/Work in a Container City

Forget my treehouse fantasy (at least for the moment). Now I’m dreaming about working out of a container. London-based company, Container City, uses shipping containers linked together to create building shapes for offices, retail spaces, artist studios or even a live/work environment. The modular technology enables construction times and cost […]

Will Work For Clothes

Will Work For Clothes

Caroline Woolard is smart. She’s created this functional-meets-fashion work dress – but it isn’t for sale. If you’d like to own one of her creations, you’ve got to offer her your services in exchange. Some items she’s received in exchange for the dress: a violin concert in her studio, a […]

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

You heard it here first when we called this trend coming to the States! A Cup of Jo spotted San Francisco florist Flora Grubb’s vertical DIY panels. Here’s what they say: You can buy 20″x20″ trays that contains 45 slanted planting cells to support plants and soil once mounted on […]

Heath Tile Overstock – One man’s seconds is another man’s treasure

Heath Tile Overstock – One man’s seconds is another man’s treasure

Heath Ceramics is a Bay Area institution. The company’s skilled craftsmen have been producing exquisite tableware and tile at the Sausalito factory for over 50 years. Lucky for us, they are only human. Because the tile is made-to-order, they often churn out pieces that don’t pass Heath’s strict standards and […]

Idea File: An Organized (and Stylish) Garage

Idea File: An Organized (and Stylish) Garage

Last week, we gave you a few ideas for late-winter maintenance including everyone’s favorite task: garage cleaning! But no matter how much you dread (or look forward to) garage cleaning and re-organization, leave it to Chicago-based blogger Nicole of Making It Lovely to transform a functional, utilitarian space into a […]

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

According to the Craft & Hobby Association, March is National Craft Month. And “crafting” is a great way to DIY some of the finer aspects of your home. Many different stores such as Joann, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby are hosting free events, classes, and workshops at their stores, and there […]

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

In Kansas City, each of the four seasons isn’t shy about making itself known to residents, whether that means 100-degree temperatures with 90 percent humidity or a below-zero plunge and an ice storm. To protect your home’s gutters year-round, consider the GutterMonster system, an unobtrusive gutter guard that boasts a […]

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

In our last post, I shared a few lessons from our rental property search phase, including how to avoid neighboring pit bulls. As escrows begin to close (three this week!) I spent much of the last week feverishly purchasing material. Here’s my method for balancing urgently needing product with desperately […]

BidForMaterials.com Marketplace

BidForMaterials.com Marketplace

The only pure internet play we saw at the 2010 Builders’ Show was BidForMaterials.com. One of their programmers was on sight and he took us through the process of listing supplies as well as how contractors bid on materials on their website. Once you sign up you have access to […]

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Hot Edge Prevents Icicles and Ice Dams

Falling icicles can be dangerous to you and heavy ice dams can be a detriment to your home. We came across the HOT EDGE at the 2010 Builders’ Show which looks like a great solution. It lines your existing gutter and melts ice and snow away from the edge of […]