Outdoors

Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

If you’re going to build your own deck one of the first considerations after you’ve laid out your posts is how deep your footings should be set. This is determined by the frost line in your area and the map above (courtesy of Home Depot Outdoor Projects) should give you […]

Best Christmas House Decoration Ever

Best Christmas House Decoration Ever

A reader just sent over one of the greatest Christmas house decorations we’ve ever seen which gives new meaning to “hanging” Christmas lights. It also qualifies as an April fool’s joke! Read what the homeowner had to say about it.

5 Ways to Survive the First Snowstorm of the Season

5 Ways to Survive the First Snowstorm of the Season

We’re only getting rain today in LA but many of you throughout the country have just had your first significant snowstorms and are guaranteed a white Christmas. Here are 5 tips to get you through the first storm and how to deal with freezing temperatures for the next few months. […]

A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

A Brush with Kindness in Los Angeles

Helping others this time of year seems natural. Previously I’ve donated time to Americare’s but this year I’m volunteering with the Los Angeles chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I will be joining their “A Brush with Kindness” program on Friday, Dec. 11th. It’s a locally-operated program serving low-income homeowners who […]

Christmas Tree Rental Lets a Tree Keep on Giving

Christmas Tree Rental Lets a Tree Keep on Giving

Here’s a real life instance of The Giving Tree, one of our favorite childhood books, in action. If artificial trees aren’t your thing and you just don’t feel right using real cut trees, then consider renting a tree this year. There are companies across the country that can help. Typically […]

Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

Remove Ivy and Vines for the Health of Your Home

Ivy covered buildings and homes may be pleasant to look at but the damage they can cause by trapping moisture, harboring insects and averting exterior maintenance. Vines not only spread out but they grow in girth and can continue to grow unabated for years. Old House Web shares the basics […]

How to Choose a Mailbox Style

How to Choose a Mailbox Style

A mailbox is one of the first impressions a guest sees when they arrive at your home, so it is important to choose the perfect mailbox style that best reflects your style and needs, as well as the longevity of the mailbox. Before you begin to consider the aesthetics, consider […]

Backyard Deck Swallows Tree

Backyard Deck Swallows Tree

This backyard deck is a bit too much for us. It’s a great concept designed by Thom Faulders and it’s obvious a lot of work was put into designing and building it but we prefer a calmer atmosphere when relaxing in the yard as opposed to one that makes you […]

500 Square Foot Oasis in a Montana Forest

500 Square Foot Oasis in a Montana Forest

The adventure writer Tim Cahill shares his 500 square foot cabin for the world to see. It’s extremely modest and the decor is an afterthought but the location and simplicity are oh so appealing.

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

4 Skills You Must Teach Your Kids: How-To Build a Fence

4 Skills You Must Teach Your Kids: How-To Build a Fence

I want my kids to know how to build a fence. Not a sloppy, patchwork, post-embedded-8-inches-deep fence, but a solid, sturdy, wind-defying mecca of pickets and rails.

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

A reader wrote in this question: What is best to use to melt snow on different kinds of surfaces? We did some damage on our slate steps last year by using rock salt. We polled some experts including Deren S. Monday and the consensus is that slate is definitely not […]

Bring Mid-Century Flair to Your Front Door

Bring Mid-Century Flair to Your Front Door

Crestview Doors recently started following us on Twitter and we checked out their work. Very impressive. We love the concept. Take your existing door and give it a mid-century modern twist with their Doorlite Kits. They include instructions for this diy door modification and they have kits to fit almost […]

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

This sun room remodel that we found on CasaSugar is awesome. No major changes but an update to the paint, flooring and walls created a much more inviting space to spend lazy afternoons. Some different window treatments and the room would be finished.

Hang Holiday String Lights sans Headaches

Hang Holiday String Lights sans Headaches

It’s decorating season and it starts for some by putting up amber and orange twinkle lights for Halloween then continues into late December with hanging Christmas lights. Toolmonger shares these holiday light string hooks that are so small and unobtrusive that you can leave them out year round which would […]

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

Our interview with Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care was eye-opening and he left us with 3 invaluable lawn care tips that we wanted to highlight again. His primary mantra sounds like common sense but is more difficult to achieve than you realize and that is to, fight weeds […]

Safely Painting Vinyl Siding the Right Color

Safely Painting Vinyl Siding the Right Color

Obviously vinyl siding doesn’t require the maintenance and paint that traditional wood siding does but if you aren’t satisfied with the color can you still paint it? The answer is yes but you need to clean the siding with a general household cleaner (like Simple Green) beforehand to remove all […]

Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

We’re always inspired by entrepreneurs who see an opportunity that aligns with their passion and dive right in. Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care fits that description and has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a finalist in their Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009 contest. Launched in 2006, Clean Air […]

Forget Gnomes, Go with Gargoyles

Forget Gnomes, Go with Gargoyles

Gargoyles are technically decorative water spouts that preserve stonework by diverting rainwater away from buildings but they are more known for their menacing faces seen on cathedrals across Europe. They never took America by storm but can be seen on large older buildings in most of the great American cities. […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

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.