Home design and decorating websites continue the race to build the ultimate virtual room designer. In choosing our top 10 we looked for ease of use, variety of design options, and how well the finished result helped design or decorate our own room. There is a difference between free online […]
The wealth of architectural products online is staggering. You no longer need to sift through obscure magazines or your local salvage shop to nab those hard to find pieces. A couple of our favorites are Inviting Home and Architectural Depot. The former specializes in wood carvings such as ceiling medallions, […]
You’ve still got a couple more warm months to finish those outdoor house projects, but unless you’ve already got the permits, building a sunroom addition may have to wait. But here are some ideas to keep you motivated.
There is a reason why homes old and new rot. It starts from the inside and can usually be traced to faulty insulation/ventilation planning. “As we strive to make houses that have tighter envelopes with less air infiltration and that are more efficient, as we strive to build houses that […]
If you are looking for a new pattern for your door or entrance gate, check out these quatrefoil designs that are sophisticated and modern as well as an example of find woodworking.
Concrete patios can be the foundation for a brick patio but also serve as your primary outdoor surface. You’ll need the proper planning and supplies to finish this job but with some patience you’ll have an outdoor surface that should last for the lifetime of your home and require little […]
One of the better Houseblogs we’ve come across is the Constant Craftsman. They’ve got a great lesson of how you can learn from your neighbor but more specifically what you can learn from your neighbors remodel, the good and the bad.
Susan Serra of the Kitchen Designer confirms that the trend towards open kitchen shelves and cabinets is very hot right now. Not everyone requires the sleek frosted glass or oak built-ins anymore. Open kitchen shelves offer less privacy but they also provide ease of use as well as a warmth […]
We’ve presented some techniques for building interior walls but overwhelmingly the material of choice is now metal/steel studs. Besides saving trees, metal studs have many advantages over traditional lumber. They don’t shrink or split and are always perfectly straight. They’re also light and easy to store; they resist fire, insects […]
If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re at it, upgrade your fixtures.
A new addition to our blogroll is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). They have a long-standing history and their core purpose is “to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.” As a homeowner you can use their site to search for remodelers […]
If you’ve got a Victorian-era home that needs restoration or you are just curious as to what defines a Victorian and what it takes to return them to their former glory, then the Old House Web has a great article for you. Renovate With Elaborate Details Of Victorian Style [Old […]
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We’ve long been a fan of the Motley Fool and consider their financial advice to be sound and reasonable (and sometimes amusing). They even saved us a few thousand dollars on a new car purchase we made a few years ago. They’ve got a fairly active message board with topics […]
Here’s a great question posed by the users of the Woodweb forums Who out there installs uppers first and why? And if you install lowers first, what are your reasons? I always install lowers first and lately the question came up in the shop. Some insightful answers…
Yes it’s possible to completely remodel your kitchen for under $2,000. A graphic designer for IKEA decided to remodel his entire kitchen using only IKEA furniture, fixtures, and appliances. His budget actually came in at $1,400 but he did receive a 15% discount and he knew where to look for […]
Chowhound has opened up the comments to help them decide what type of kitchen countertops they should install during their renovation and the people are talking. We’ve found some resources that can help with your decision, here and here.
These pull-out staircase storage drawers are an incredible idea and a feature we can see used in many homes especially those short on space. I doubt they interfere much with under the stair storage since that space is always so tight and difficult to properly fill.
Here’s a visual how-to for taping drywall joints.
Our friend and neighbor, Alex Bandon is a senior editor at This Old House and is also the voice behind The Shelter Life. She recently completed her backhouse renovation project which has taken 11 months of diligent work and patience which is no small feat considering the intricacies of acquiring […]
Our free local fishwrap, AM New York, spotlights a local custom carpenter, Alan Moshe, who quit his day job at a tech-startup and now makes more money and has more business while being his own boss. He attributes his success to the unique needs of New Yorkers and their small […]