Remodeling

The Top 10 Home Improvement Movies

The Top 10 Home Improvement Movies

***UPDATE*** ServiceMagic has challenged this list with a Top 10 list of their own. We’ve matched up these lists and proven ours is still the best! Check out our reviews and vote for the winner. **************** After watching the Money Pit for the first time in about 10 years time […]

Remodeling Tips from the Fool

Remodeling Tips from the Fool

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 […]

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

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…

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

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 […]

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

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.

Staircase Storage

Staircase Storage

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.

Taping Drywall Joints

Taping Drywall Joints

Here’s a visual how-to for taping drywall joints.

The Shelter Life Backhouse Project

The Shelter Life Backhouse Project

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 […]

Custom Carpenter

Custom Carpenter

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 […]

Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling Tiles

Check out these polystyrene ceiling tiles from Talissa Decor. They can be installed directly over popcorn stucco ceilings in just a couple hours. [via Neublack] [install via Curbly]

Learn to Design and Build

Learn to Design and Build

Apartment Therapy has turned us onto a great looking school in Vermont called Yestermorrow Design/Build School. They are a non-profit educational institution and offer over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft as well as courses in sustainable design.

Soundproofing Your Home

Soundproofing Your Home

Last year we touched on some ways to prevent sound from leaving your rooms but more importantly how do you keep sound out of your home? Repair-Home.com has some suggestions that require changes to your walls, ceilings, and windows. But you should first follow their easy tips. * At least […]

Closet Designer

Closet Designer

Designing a closet should be a well-thought out process that includes more than just slapping an interior door on a small room. EasyClosets.com has an online layout that helps you visualize exactly what you want with the space that you have.

Create Floorplans

Create Floorplans

No drafting or architectural experience? No worries… There are now a multitude of DIY floorplan designers available online. All you need is a vision and some time. SketchUp – A free app from Google that is very powerful and will have you designing 3-D plans in no time. Floorplanner – […]

Glass Roof Sunrooms

Glass Roof Sunrooms

Take advantage of the early daylight savings and adding a sunroom. We like the glass roof sunrooms but ultimately the design you choose will probably be dictated by the style of home you have.

Subway Tile

Subway Tile

Subway tile looks great in any home and here are the resources to find the best tile and the know-how to install it.

The $10K Kitchen Remodel

The $10K Kitchen Remodel

We just came across this great journal of a kitchen remodel that the homeowners are trying to achieve in under $10k. They are almost complete and it looks like they’ll be just a tad over the budget which is great considering a project of this scope can easily hit $40-$60k […]

Drywall Repair

Drywall Repair

We listened to Bob Vila when it came to repairing drywall and now we’ve compiled our own list of how-to repair drywall, sheetrock, wallboard, or whatever you call it, as well as a couple how-to videos. Drywall Repair [Popular Mechanics] Fix a Drywall Hole [Howstuffworks] Rock-It Drywall Repair Clips Repair […]

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

If you’ve been considering going tankless then the time to act is now. Through 2006 and 2007 you can receive a $300 tax credit if you purchase a tankless water heater. Here’s a rundown of how a tankless water heater works from the Department of Energy and the California Energy […]