Remodeling

Remodel vs. Tear down

Remodel vs. Tear down

If you’re new to a fixer-upper, or even if you’re just considering remodeling your old house, you’ve probably addressed the renovate vs. tear down question. If not, now’s the time to do it. Of course it’s a personal decision, but there are pros and cons to each one but it’s […]

Build Your Dream Home

Build Your Dream Home

According to this article by CNNMoney, now is a great time to build your dream home. Cost of materials, land, and skilled labor is at it’s lowest in years. For example, Framing lumber is now 18% cheaper than it was 18 months ago, while drywall is selling for 40% less. […]

Learning the Language of DIY

Learning the Language of DIY

Beyond learning the step-by-step to hang an interior door, how did you gain the confidence to handle a drill and learn the skills to choose the proper bit? The fundamentals of do-it-yourself start with the confidence it takes tackle a project and the willingness to learn as you go. Those […]

Putnam Rolling Ladder

Putnam Rolling Ladder

Some rooms lend themselves nicely to exposed rolling ladders. Typically we think of law libraries with shelves to the ceiling but Putnam Rolling Ladder’s can work just as well in your home study or office and are surprisingly unobtrusive and provide great access to those hard to reach shelves that […]

Choosing a Kitchen Layout

Choosing a Kitchen Layout

Different websites will recommend the “best” kitchen layout for you, whether it’s the L-shaped, the U-shaped, or galley style kitchen. Yes, it’s important to keep the basic kitchen triangle in mind, but more modern kitchens have additional appliances, larger square footage and need multiple workstations for more than one cook, […]

Planning Home Improvement Projects for 2008

Planning Home Improvement Projects for 2008

Your workshop is ready to roll and you’ve got a couple more months before you can start working outside. Use this time to plan your spring and summer home improvement projects. Tom Kraeutler of the AOL’s Money Pit radio show has culled the most popular projects his listeners are planning […]

Real Estate and Home Improvement News

Real Estate and Home Improvement News

Some of the latest real estate and home improvement news from across the internets. One thing is for sure the declining home sales shakeout is effecting markets in different ways. * Rising Inflation and Slumping Home Values [NY Times] * Housing Crumbles Home Depot [Forbes]

Choosing and Maintaining Granite Countertops

Choosing and Maintaining Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are extremely popular and for good reason. They maintain high durability (unlike marble) and are fairly low-maintenance and have beautiful aesthetic qualities. The color choices may be limiting and prices can vary so it’s best to shop around.

This Roomfinder Delivers Real Rooms(which aren’t all pretty)

This Roomfinder Delivers Real Rooms
(which aren’t all pretty)

The glossies have such beautiful spreads that sometimes it’s hard to imagine how your own home could come close to looking like the magnificent rooms shown in the magazines. If you’d like to see the home environments of everyday people from around the world you can now visit NormalRoom.com and […]

Highlights from the International Builders Show 2008

Highlights from the International Builders Show 2008

The International Builders Show is hitting it’s stride down in Orlando, FL. We aren’t sure what the promotion is behind the upside down house (above) but it reminds us of this. We’ve scanned the blogosphere for updates on the latest trends, products, and news from the show and here’s what […]

Renovation Consultant for Hire

Renovation Consultant for Hire

As a follow up to Kevin O’Connor’s interview last week a friend sent over this article about Bruce Irving who was the producer of This Old House for 17 years. He left This Old House in 2005 and has started up his own company that is unique to the industry. […]

Midcentury Ranch House Marvels

Midcentury Ranch House Marvels

After leaving the chilly confines of NYC there’s nothing better then spending the holidays in Tucson and Las Vegas with a day in Mexico thrown in for good measure. Our friends in Las Vegas are renovating their 1940’s ranch house and have introduced us to a magazine called Atomic Ranch […]

Modern Hot Tub Solution

Modern Hot Tub Solution

Hot tubs and jacuzzis are an eye-sore for many homeowners who otherwise have built the perfect modern landscape in their backyards. But Surfacedesign Inc. was up to the task of incorporating the “soaking tub” into their clients modern yard and they pulled it off by creating a ipe wood cover […]

Restoration Suppliers and Manfacturers

Restoration Suppliers and Manfacturers

The Old House Web has pulled together a one-stop shop where they list their recommended house restoration suppliers and manufacturers. They’ve covered every facet of a house restoration from Flooring, Walls & Ceilings, Roofing & Gutters, and Moulding & Millwork, plus many more.

Seven Deadly Sins of DIY

Seven Deadly Sins of DIY

HGTV of Canada has listed Six Deadly Sins of DIY Projects that we should all be wary of. We would add a seventh called “Expectations” as the honeymoon of a project will quickly wear off when expectations of time, money, and finished results are not met. We aren’t suggesting you […]

Protect Your Space from Dust and Paint

Protect Your Space from Dust and Paint

This easy to install barrier will protect your interior spaces from overspray and dust.

Customize Your Paint Job using Ochres and Oxides

Customize Your Paint Job using Ochres and Oxides

To achieve a textured and vibrant look similar to buildings found throughout Europe, our friend recommends using natural ochres and oxides and recommends their use with milk paint to achieve that perfect patina. The Environmental Home Center located in Seattle, WA has an assortment of these products that are also […]

Remove and Recycle Old Carpet

Remove and Recycle Old Carpet

Tearing out old carpet is a quick way to give your room a fresh new look and if you are fortunate enough to live in an older home you may find wood floors underneath. Here are some tutorials for doing the job yourself which will at least save in 1/2 […]

Home Remodeling Suffers Setbacks from Subprime Fiasco Fallout

Home Remodeling Suffers Setbacks from
Subprime Fiasco Fallout

We are bombarded with droll real estate news ad nauseam. Now its reported that folks are not only not able to sell or refinance their homes but they are also not investing in their homes by remodeling at the rate they have been. This is understandable considering the financial situation […]

More Home Improvement and DIY Videos

Ask The Builder Videos As the quality of online video continues to grow, many more DIY experts are getting behind the camera to share their tips, techniques, and opinions on home improvement and decorating. Along with Ask the Builder here are a few video channels that have some great content […]

Furnished Room Over Garage (FROG)

Furnished Room Over Garage (FROG)

photo: One Good Bumblebee The Furnished Room Over Garage (FROG) continues to be one of the more popular home additions as well as the In-Law Suite. Here are some links that outline the remodeling plans motivations behind these types of additions. Your FROG is too hot! [Doityourself.com] Plans for an […]