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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’ve received some great reader feedback for help in deciding what to do with this kitchen countertop but we’d love a few more folks to weigh in with their opinions on both design, materials and construction for this kitchen.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is an issue with some Chinese made drywall emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners. There have been multiple class-action lawsuits filed in Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana but this issue could be much more widespread. The offending […]
A reader of ours lives in a Venice, CA bungalow and recently asked for help in selecting new kitchen countertops or possibly repairing the current ones. From the looks of these photos the tops are too damaged to repair and not of the best quality to retain. We do like […]
Silvelox Garage Doors are proud of their craftsmanship and expertise in building garage doors for your home that can be showcased or made “invisible”. All of their garage doors are produced by woodworking craftsmen combined with high-tech machinery. Frames are pre-machined using computer-aided systems, but then each is sanded down, […]
It’s the middle of winter and you’re either freezing (if you’re in the Northeast or Midwest) or sweltering (here in Southern California). Either way it’s not to early to start considering what materials to use for the new deck you are planning to build this spring.