Materials

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Replacing your homes windows is no small undertaking, either in time or money. The two major players in replacement windows are Pella and Andersen Windows. Both types of brands of windows are widely available so where do you start when comparing the differences between the two window giants? Calfinder has […]

Marie Know’s Home Improvement

Marie Know’s Home Improvement

How to Score Free Firewood

How to Score Free Firewood

Temperatures have fallen across the country and many of you have already cleaned up your fireplace and started using it on a daily basis. The quest to find decent wood to burn is easier for some than others. We’ve picked up a lot of free wood from Craigslist but the […]

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Why not take advantage of the available square footage in your basement and not just leave it as a storage room. By finishing out a basement or at least insulating it, you’ll be able to enjoy more of your home as well as save energy. One Project Closer went through […]

Interior Door Showdown: Solid Wood vs. Hollow Core

Interior Door Showdown: Solid Wood vs. Hollow Core

When building or remodeling a home the interior doors are often an afterthought but they shouldn’t be. Cheap doors on a quality built home suck! But investing a limited budget into solid wood doors isn’t always the smart choice. We’ve followed this debate on Home Construction Improvement regarding hollow-core vs. […]

Easiest Kitchen Backsplash Install Ever

If you’re short on time, money and effort but still need covet a new tile backsplash then it looks like SIMPLEMAT is for you. It literally adheres to your current backsplash of tile or wallpaper and your done! Without grout there’s no mortar, mixing, or mess. They also have kitchen […]

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Fall is always a great time to bring out the candles. The warm flicker softens any room or outdoor area. ShelterPop highlights some make your own candle projects and our favorite are these diy hanging lanterns from Craftynest.

An iPhone App You Wood Want

An iPhone App You Wood Want

iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy new app that is more educational than gimmick. This app from Double Dog Studios is a reference guide for […]

Has Your Deck Become a Nightmare?

Has Your Deck Become a Nightmare?

Would you go with your same decking materials again? Synthetic or wood or something else? There is a great debate going on over at FineHomeBuilding where builders are letting their opinions be known and it isn’t as one sided as you might think. Synthetic deck materials aren’t without issues and […]

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

We love the smell of fresh cut grass like the next person and taking pride in a well manicured lawn is an accomplishment, but in the current age of water conservation there are alternatives to natural lawns that outweigh the real stuff in every aspect (except being alive). Recently we […]

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

Drywall Tutorials

Drywall Tutorials

Remodeling for Geeks has some great how-to tutorials and one of our favorite series is all about drywall. From taping, patching, repairing, and creating smoothwalls.

Build Your Own Table with Reusable Lumber

Build Your Own Table with Reusable Lumber

This build-it-yourself table by a first time furniture builder is one of the sharpest we’ve seen in a long time. The construction and craftsmanship look like that of an experienced builder. They explain the process which includes re-usable materials. This is a table built out of old pine & fir […]

LEED Certified Homes for the Middle-Class?

This manufactured home built in Cobb County, Georgia is the first home of it’s type to get a platinum LEED certification. Once only thought to be available to the rich who can build custom homes with fancy and far-out green options, the builder New World Home has shown us that […]

Chinese Drywall Now Radioactive

Chinese Drywall Now Radioactive

A few months ago we got word that the Consumer Product Safety Commission had issued warnings regarding the use of certain Chinese made drywall due to it’s smell, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners. Now some Chinese experts think these problems stem from the use of […]

Installing a Salvaged Door

Installing a Salvaged Door

You can find new and used doors all over Craigslist. Many are cheap, flimsy, interior doors but you’ll also come across some solid gems that were removed from old homes and built from one piece. Often times the heights and widths of these older doors won’t fit into modern door […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Beyond the plethora of magazines and websites that extol the virtues of living a greener lifestyle and one which not only is minimally invasive to the environment but also saves you energy which in turn saves you money, there are “experts” who will do home visits and review your energy […]

What’s Important in Home Appraisal

What’s Important in Home Appraisal

Home appraisals set the value for your home which may differ greatly from the fair market value but they are needed when refinancing or determining tax rates. Appraisers don’t need much time and according to One Project Closer these are the areas most important to your home’s value. * Kitchen […]

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in the United States white, it would be the equivalent of taking 75 million cars off the road for a year. […]

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

In our ongoing quest to consider “greener” solutions to cleaning products that don’t leave a toxic residue or acidic odor, the New York Times has conducted a field test of numerous window cleaners. It turns out the water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol based cleaners was very effective and they also highly […]

The Nano Home Solution in India

The Nano Home Solution in India

In a country with endless slums where the lower caste has little opportunity to move beyond their living situation, the Indian automaker Tata who produces the Nano car will be introducing the Nano home. Tata’s housing project will sell one-room, 283 sq ft flats, less than half the size of […]