Remodeling

This New House Premieres Tonight on the DIY Network

This New House Premieres Tonight on the DIY Network

Tonight is the premiere of This New House on the DIY Network with Kevin O’Connor (current host of This Old House) and Amy Matthews. It’s on at 8pm EST and produced by Bruce Irving who was the longtime executive producer of This Old House. From the trailer it looks like […]

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

I can’t stop looking at the pictures of a full apartment renovation that recently appeared in a guest post on one of my favorite blogs, A Brooklyn Limestone In Progress. The contributor, Nicole Cohen, just launched her own blog but stopped over at BL to share a wealth of pictures […]

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

My inspiration for C&H blog posts knows no bounds–magazines, newspapers, HGTV, friends and family–and now, television commercials. Last night, I found myself intrigued by an ad for The Bagster, a dumpster in a bag that can be purchased at local home improvement stores and, post-project, hauled away by scheduling a […]

How Do You Live Through a Remodel?

How Do You Live Through a Remodel?

Could you go two weeks without a toilet? That’s what many New Yorkers face when renovating their apartments and I’m sure you can feel their pain when your kitchen is wrapped or your hallways are torn up. We noticed a new reality show on the DIY Network that focuses on […]

The Ultimate Remodeling Cost Guide

The Ultimate Remodeling Cost Guide

Our friends at Fixr have been busy building this very comprehensive remodeling cost guide. We can’t vouch for its accuracy and any cost guide is always just a ballpark figure as all projects are different mainly due to materials used and geographic location of the job. Regardless of these issues […]

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

As technology and software keeps advancing the sophistication in 3D virtual room planning tools continues to grow. This list will help you find an online design tool that works best for you. All of these are free with so you can start designing your own room immediately and in 3D! […]

Remodeling Rules Have Changed

Remodeling Rules Have Changed

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard has announced that in 2010 remodeling will increase 5% over 2009. This would mark the first increase since 2006. Great news for all of us in the home improvement business. But the key factor to note from this study was not the […]

Mistakes To Avoid for First-Time DIY’ers

Mistakes To Avoid for First-Time DIY’ers

When my husband and I bought our house, we did so with every intention of getting all HGTV on the place. Despite neither of us having any home renovation experience, we naively looked around and assumed that small repairs and some paint would fix up our new home and make […]

Dwell on Design Los Angeles Home Tours

Dwell on Design Los Angeles Home Tours

The Dwell on Design tradeshow was fun but what we were really looking forward to was the Dwell Home Tours. Dwell sets up an Eastside and Westside tour of 6 homes each that are all built in a Modern style. The interiors are also designed and decorated in the Modern […]

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

While in Maui we had the pleasure of visiting designer Xorin Balbes latest project he’s named, Ke-Ao Lanihuli which translates to “The light from the heavens to overturn old conditions bringing enlightenment.” The name is certainly fitting for this place which we will touch on later. You may know Xorin […]

Disney Builds Luxury Homes

Disney Builds Luxury Homes

For the most part anything that Disney touches turns to gold so we won’t bet against their plan to build luxury homes. According to the Wall Street Journal: Walt Disney Co. plans to unveil Wednesday its first foray into residential real estate in more than a decade with a pricey […]

New Home Construction Slowing

New Home Construction Slowing

According to a recent report from CNN Money – home building is taking a break. They report that housing starts fell 10% last month. Forecasts may have originally been too optimistic. April was the last month in which first-time home buyers could qualify for a federal tax credit of up […]

Majority Of Homeowners Prioritize Home Improvements

Majority Of Homeowners Prioritize Home Improvements

A survey taken by American Express (and reported by MarketWatch of The Wall Street Journal digital network) indicates that a majority of homeowners will continue to invest in home improvements throughout the remainder of the year. According to survey results, 62 percent of homeowners plan to spend an average of […]

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Yesterday we had an opportunity to visit the Shaw Floors campus in Dalton, GA. We were given a behind the scenes tour of the facilities and shown the process it takes to bring a carpet line from conception to market. Shaw also introduced us to their latest product, Tigressa SoftStyle. […]

This Old House in Los Angeles

This Old House in Los Angeles

If you’ve got a beach bungalow that needs work or a craftsman addition planned, now’s your chance to have the crew from This Old House take on your project. Hard to believe but for the first time This Old House will be featuring a House Project in the Los Angeles […]

Bags are the New Dumpsters

Bags are the New Dumpsters

When it’s time for a renovation, renting dumpsters can be a pain. Plus they take up space in your driveway or lawn and can take far too long to get hauled away. Waste Management’s Bagster system – an 8x4x2.6 bag- is a super easy way to haul away waste from […]

Home Building News: Faked Asbestos Tests, Home Sales Jump, Remodeling is Back

Home Building News: Faked Asbestos Tests, Home Sales Jump, Remodeling is Back

Inspector Says He Faked Results in Building Tests A safety inspector’s admission that he submitted clean asbestos or lead results for buildings in New York that he never inspected raises many troubling questions. New-Homes Sales Jump 27% Some Economists Think Rise Is Overstated and That Sales Are Simply Being Shifted […]

Create Accurate 2D Layouts with AutoCAD Freestyle

Create Accurate 2D Layouts with AutoCAD Freestyle

We’re all looking for easy to use room design tools that will help us layout a design before lifting one piece of furniture. Today, AutoCAD Freestyle launched and it promises to be the design tool that is as easy to use as pen and paper, but has the accuracy of […]

Living in a 250-sqft Remodeled Garage

Living in a 250-sqft Remodeled Garage

Homeowner Michelle de la Vega rented out her main house for extra income and began a remodel on a 250-square foot garage for herself. With the help of her dad she transformed the space in a beautiful living area and kept costs down by serving as her own contractor and […]

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

We were recently introduced to SnapStone which is a floating porcelain tile system. What’s unique about SnapStone is that along the edge of each piece of tile are a set of over/under teeth that when set against another piece of tile will lock each in place. This inter-locking system creates […]

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to the ceiling and saw … gridlines. There was a drop ceiling. I remember saying to my then-fiance that the […]