Remodeling

Extreme House Foreclosures

Extreme House Foreclosures

The ABC television show ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ rode the wave of real estate high times and keeping people in big homes that they probably never should have been approved for. Instead of helping makeover a modest home or move people to a home they could afford, this show renovated […]

Spankin’ New Shower Enclosures

Spankin’ New Shower Enclosures

Have you ever gutted, dry walled, renovated and had to install a shower and tub in a bathroom? Well, I haven’t. But I have had to lay down new flooring, repaint, rip out cabinets, install new cabinets in a bathroom in my last home. But guess what had to stay? […]

Exploring Romper Rooms

Exploring Romper Rooms

We’re launching a new regular series called Romper Rooms. Living, dining and bedrooms are all necessary areas of a typical home but many of us covet an extra room to “romp” around in. Whether it’s for your yoga practice, pool table or workout room, we want to share the necessary […]

Shine a Light: Illuminating a Home with Vintage Fixtures

Shine a Light: Illuminating a Home with Vintage Fixtures

When my friends Bob and Anne Marie were sourcing lighting for their new house in Hermosa Beach, California, they bypassed home improvement superstores and specialty shops. Instead they rose at the crack of dawn and headed straight to the Long Beach Antique Market to scour the wares of hundreds of […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

A Note about Home Buying Vision: Buying a Ruin in Italy

A Note about Home Buying Vision: Buying a Ruin in Italy

I thought my sister Michelle was crazy when she forked over her hard-earned savings for a pile of rubble in southern Italy. No, she wasn’t purchasing the property for its potential value as an archaeological dig site. This was going to be her vacation home, the place she spends summers […]

Introducing Our New Blogs

Introducing Our New Blogs

We’re pleased to announce the launch of 5 more blogs which will focus on Kitchens, Paint, Green Building, Tools and Home Security. The depth of these categories is huge so we felt they needed their own websites. You can reach these other blogs from the navigation bar at the very […]

The Renovation Chain of Command

The Renovation Chain of Command

We’ve been following this great home renovation series from the Wall Street Journal as a tech editor, Julia Angwin, continues to renovate her Harlem Brownstone. This week she shares a humbling experience regarding the chain of command when it comes to a renovation. It’s a lesson learned and fortunately Julia’s […]

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers that it’s only a matter of time until it’s a seller’s market once again. Until that happens, it’s important […]

10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

After the International Builders’ Show, Forbes asked some consumer experts what they thought the 10 “must-have” items are in the new American home. The list was published in Feburary and can be seen in full here. With the economy being slow to rebound and many families looking to downsize their […]

Taste of Life as a Contractor in France

Taste of Life as a Contractor in France

It’s inevitable that, when living and working as a ‘Jobbing Builder’ in France, you are eventually going to have what are known as ‘One of those days’, Well yesterday, for me, was such a day! In all truth it didn’t start that badly, even though it was a cold and […]

DIY Concrete Countertops Are Easier Than You Think

DIY Concrete Countertops Are Easier Than You Think

The beauty and strength of a concrete countertop can be yours with planning, some basic materials and a little patience. Create a beautiful, unique piece of art for your kitchen or bathroom with a DIY concrete countertop. Start With the Template A lot of the work in making concrete countertops […]

Converting an Old Barn Into a Printing Studio

Converting an Old Barn Into a Printing Studio

Wedding stationers Rebecca and Dade moved from Florida to New Hampshire in 2007 with the intent of finding a property with a barn to renovate for their online business, The White Aisle. (Which has TOTALLY AWESOME wedding stationary, if I do say so myself … my wedding invites were from […]

Remodeler Moves from UK to France – La Vie Est Belle??

Remodeler Moves from UK to France – La Vie Est Belle??

I’m constantly surprised by just how hard it is to have an easier life. When we moved to France just over 6 years ago, it was with dreams of part-time work, spending time with the family, maybe keeping a few chickens and growing some fruit and vegetables! So, Where are […]

Follow a Brownstone Renovation in the Wall Street Journal

Follow a Brownstone Renovation in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is one of my favorite papers and this goes beyond their outstanding business news. If you dig a little deeper you’ll find some of the greatest coverage of art, science, fashion and home related stories that you would read anywhere and with newspapers and original reporting […]

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

Rental Rehab Saga Part 2: Your Material List

In our last post, I shared a few lessons from our rental property search phase, including how to avoid neighboring pit bulls. As escrows begin to close (three this week!) I spent much of the last week feverishly purchasing material. Here’s my method for balancing urgently needing product with desperately […]

The Joy of In Home Saunas

The Joy of In Home Saunas

The sauna experience derives from Finland, but an in-home sauna gives you the experience of a wet or dry heat session in the comfort and privacy of your own home, anywhere in the world. Before you purchase an in-home sauna, determine its purpose and make sure you want a sauna, […]

BidForMaterials.com Marketplace

BidForMaterials.com Marketplace

The only pure internet play we saw at the 2010 Builders’ Show was BidForMaterials.com. One of their programmers was on sight and he took us through the process of listing supplies as well as how contractors bid on materials on their website. Once you sign up you have access to […]

From Hardie to Heisman: IBS 2010 First Impressions

From Hardie to Heisman: IBS 2010 First Impressions

This is my first show to attend in person and even though the housing industry has taken a hit these last couple years there was still plenty of foot traffic and a buzz and energy on the showroom floor that was great to be a part of. I met some […]

International Builders’ Show 2010 is Here

International Builders’ Show 2010 is Here

Today the 2010 International Builders’ Show kicks off. I’ve been waiting for this show for a few months now and can’t wait to start checking out the booths and exploring new product and demos. I highlighted four smaller booths that I don’t want to miss and I’m looking forward to […]

4 Builders’ Show Booths to Remember

4 Builders’ Show Booths to Remember

Digging a bit deeper and looking beyond the monster displays at the Builders’ Show, we’re looking forward to visiting these 4 booths that might be small on space but deliver big on product. Parasoleil If these architectural panels are as beautiful in person as on their website, we’re sold! RipCart […]