Remodeling

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

Anyone out there watching “Parenthood?” It’s one of our favorites right now, but we especially love that one of the characters, Crosby (played by Dax Shepard) is currently renovating a newly purchased home as a way to win back his ex-fiancee, Jasmine (played by Joy Bryant). His family members are […]

Planning For An Outdoor Space

Planning For An Outdoor Space

We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside as possible! But perhaps your outdoor area is in need of a makeover. Regardless of what you want to […]

Do You Clean During A Remodel?

Do You Clean During A Remodel?

We’ve talked several times here at C&H about living through a large-scale renovation. Whether you flee to a short-term residence or set up temporary rooms, there’s no doubt that remodeling disrupts your lifestyle throughout the duration of the project. (But the results? So worth it!) We came across an interesting […]

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Theresa and Mark Clement of the popular Do-It-Yourself radio show and website, MyFixItUpLife, see a lot of each other. Partners as a married couple and in business they work with each other on many more levels and with many more projects than most couples do. They’ve also been through numerous […]

Do You Recognize the 5 Warning Signs of Bad Home Design?

Do You Recognize the 5 Warning Signs of Bad Home Design?

In your search for the perfect home you’ll undoubtedly come across many that are complete junk, from both an aesthetic and construction point of view. Bad home design comes in many different flavors but here are some warning signs that can help you steer clear from the mayhem. Don’t get […]

Would You Move Into An Apartment During A Renovation?

Would You Move Into An Apartment During A Renovation?

If you’ve made it through a large-scale renovation, you know that it can be a life-altering experience. The result–a shiny new space that you designed (and probably even built)–usually outweighs the drama, high costs and stress associated with such a massive undertaking. For whole house renovations, it can be difficult […]

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Applying a coat of fresh paint, refinishing hardwood floors, installing built-in shelves–these sorts of DIY projects can be completed within the privacy of your own home. But what happens when a project moves outside, whether to your home’s exterior or your surrounding property? Take a cue from a Los Angeles […]

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

Watching home improvement or real estate shows with my boyfriend really irks me. He laughs when couples get excited over crown molding in a house. I finally had to ask him why it annoyed him so much – and he said that anyone can install crown molding in their home. […]

How Do You Tackle Your DIY To-Do List?

How Do You Tackle Your DIY To-Do List?

Now that warmer weather is (possibly) on the way (sorry – we’re a little snow-weary here in Kansas CIty!), you may find your DIY list getting even longer with the temptation of warm, sunny days–and more daylight hours–beckoning your inner productivity. There’s no doubt that a little planning and research […]

How To Navigate A Home Show

How To Navigate A Home Show

Spring will soon be here, and that means it’s prime home show time for much of the country. Whether your city hosts a home show or a combined home and garden event, these expos can be valuable resources of information, products and tips. Yet they can also be overwhelming, thanks […]

Tile Removal Tips

Tile Removal Tips

Removing tile is right up there with removing wallpaper as one of the more challenging DIY jobs. If you’ve decided it’s time for new tile, you’ll have to remove the old. This process becomes a lot trickier if you want to salvage the existing tile for use in another project. […]

3 Priorities When Considering Universal Design

3 Priorities When Considering Universal Design

The U.S. is in the middle of a boom–or, should we say, a boomer. The nation’s baby boomer generation is now turning 65 in record numbers; nearly 7,000 a day. This generational milestone not only has repercussions on the healthcare, homebuilding and other industries, but has also promoted a number […]

Best Home Improvement Apps

Best Home Improvement Apps

We’ve been sharing our favorite home improvement apps for a few years so we decided to compile them into a helpful guide that is categorized according to your home improvement needs. Many of these apps are available for your iPhone, Blackberry or Droid device and some are even tablet ready […]

This Old House: Sneak Peek Los Angeles House Project

This Old House: Sneak Peek Los Angeles House Project

Today we had a unique opportunity to tour the This Old House Los Angeles House Project. It’s the first house project that This Old House has taken on in LA. Hard to believe since they’ve been at it for more than 30 years and have done two homes just up […]

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

So you’re ready to start that big renovation project — a new kitchen, an updated bathroom, or maybe even an entire house! Before you install the new, you’ve got to take care of the old. In the past, the most common practice was demolition, whether performed by sledgehammer-wielding homeowners or […]

Radiant Heat Flooring

Radiant Heat Flooring

One of the most brilliant modern day conveniences is radiant heat flooring. The demand for this feature is becoming stronger each year and not only are people installing it in kitchens but its becoming more popular in common areas and bathrooms. There is nothing more cozy than stepping on warm […]

Creating A Budget For Your Home Renovation

Creating A Budget For Your Home Renovation

We’re still at that point in early January when the new year seems to stretch ahead, a blank canvas waiting to be filled with our enviable endeavors. Maybe you’ve made some DIY resolutions and are planning a major renovation this year. One of the most critical things to do before […]

Innovations from Sears Kenmore at CES

Innovations from Sears Kenmore at CES

Sears Kenmore will introduce a trio of new products at CES this year. These products are winners of the 2011 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards as well as a Best of Innovations honoree in the Major Home Appliances category. CES Product Announcements The Kenmore Elite dishwasher has already been labeled […]

How Do You Learn To DIY?

How Do You Learn To DIY?

A coat of paint here, a new faucet there — minor home improvement projects are relatively easy to tackle. But what about the big stuff? Maybe you want to install hardwood floors, or replace/update your kitchen cabinets, or re-tile a bathroom. The question is, how do you know what to […]

Bathrooms, Decks Top The List Of NARI’s 2011 Remodeling Trends

Bathrooms, Decks Top The List Of NARI’s 2011 Remodeling Trends

Although the troubled economy has curtailed many homeowners’ major renovation projects, that doesn’t mean remodeling work has come to a complete halt. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry released the results of a poll sent to top builders and developers that identified next year’s remodeling trends. The common theme? […]

How To Prepare Your Home & Household for a Remodel

How To Prepare Your Home & Household for a Remodel

Even if you aren’t doing the job yourself, you should take steps to prepare your home and household before a major renovation begins. Once contractors start running around your home and the demo starts, it’s often too late to lay the groundwork for an efficient remodel. Here are some steps […]