Remodeling

IBS 2010 Here We Come!

IBS 2010 Here We Come!

CES 2010 was awesome! Seeing the emergence of 3D technologies was breathtaking and checking out home security advancements and personal protection was also very interesting. But the show we’ve really been waiting for is the International Builders’ Show, better known as IBS. We’ve covered this show since 2006 and this […]

What it Takes to Install a Skylight

What it Takes to Install a Skylight

Before beginning any project, be sure to consult with your state and building codes. Also be sure to follow proper safety precautions, when you’re installing the skylight. After you choose your skylight, curb-mounted or frame in place, you will then need to know how to install it. First gather your […]

Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

Watch Your Ducts for Healthy HVAC

Although you can’t seem them, ducts are one of the most important components of a home, carrying air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. If your sheet metal, fiberglass, or other material duct is not sealed properly, you could have an energy leak that is […]

Laundry Room Design Ideas

Laundry Room Design Ideas

Laundry rooms are often cramped and hard to work in, despite often doubling as a utility room. When you design your laundry room, or reorganize or revamp it, keep these tips in mind: Easy access. Although laundry rooms are traditionally located off the garage or in the basement, carrying heavy […]

Cosmetic Kitchen Makeovers

Cosmetic Kitchen Makeovers

Kitchen remodels don’t necessarily require a change to your kitchen layout. Many times it is nice to redirect traffic or expand within a kitchen but if you are happy with your current kitchen plan you probably just need a cosmetic kitchen makeover. The cosmetic makeover leaves the layout unchanged but […]

How Much Paint Do You Need?

How Much Paint Do You Need?

Before painting a room or a wall you need to determine how much paint you will need. We always go with just a bit more as it’s always frustrating to return to the hardware store for more paint that you hope they still have or that they are still open […]

House Blog Highlight: A House By The Park

House Blog Highlight: A House By The Park

Seattle, one of our favorite (and we feel most underrated) cities in the world, has an enormous amount of interesting homes and a plethora of DIY resources. From luxury houseboats to modern and modest bungalows there are homes of every taste and many are gorgeous and green. There also plenty […]

Time to Divorce Rent-A-Husband

Time to Divorce Rent-A-Husband

Strange enough we’ve never heard of Rent-A-Husband but apparently the man behind the business, Kaile Warren, has been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets such as CBS’ Early Show and Parade magazine, among others. Mr. Warren has gone on to write home improvement books as well as franchise his rent-a-husband […]

Stuff White People Like: #37 Renovations

Stuff White People Like: #37 Renovations

For those of you that aren’t aware Stuff White People Like is a website is not meant to be taken seriously and if you’ve got a sense of humor you may get a chuckle about #37 on their list Renovations. Here’s a snip: But it is important to note that […]

How To Build Your Very Own Home

How To Build Your Very Own Home

As new home sales have plunged this year, the rate of custom homes being built has remained steady. Many homeowners are looking for more than a box in a master planned community but rather a home that has their own personal taste built right into it and from the ground […]

Give the Gift of Home Improvement Help This Season

Give the Gift of Home Improvement Help This Season

A curious sector of society actually enjoys doing taxes. In fact, they do it for a living. They are called accountants. I do not understand them. I can’t relate to their passion. I break into a cold sweat when they unexpectedly call in April with grave news. But, alas, they […]

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

Chinese-Made Drywall May Not Be the Only Culprit

As the Consumer Products Safety Commission probes deeper into the tainted Chinese drywall issue they’ve also discovered that a small number of homeowners are reporting American-made drywall is causing some of the same problems: a sickening, sulfurous stench and corroded pipes and wiring. “We are not limited in the scope […]

How To Build a Home – 3 Things You Must Consider

How To Build a Home – 3 Things You Must Consider

A reader recently submitted this question that we feel could be helpful to a lot of other first-time home builders. My wife and I live in a small suburban condo but dream of building our own house someday. We hope that staying here another year or two will help us […]

Maintaining Granite Countertops: Polyester and Permanent Ink

Maintaining Granite Countertops: Polyester and Permanent Ink

Granite countertops are a beautiful and versatile material for kitchens and baths, but even stone surfaces will develop visible wear and damage over time. Homeowners can perform preventative care for stone countertops, and, when an unsightly chip or scratch appears, even some repairs and patches. Hiring a professional isn’t always […]

Chinese Drywall Saga Continues

Chinese Drywall Saga Continues

We’ve been following the toxic Chinese drywall story this past year and a Federal investigation from the Consumer Products Safety Commission just released a report stating, “a strong association exists between chemicals contained in Chinese drywall installed in thousands of homes at the height of the housing boom and electrical […]

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

Featured writer Deren S. Monday wants to pass along 4 DIY skills to his kids. The first was building a fence that rots before it falls. The second is laying a caulk bead properly. I never appreciated the wonders of caulk until adulthood. I thought caulking was as simple as […]

Benefits of Brick Flooring

Benefits of Brick Flooring

Brick flooring has been an appealing aesthetic for centuries, making up the roadways and walkways for cities. Modern times have brought bricks indoors, where they continue to give an appealing aesthetic sensibility, no matter what your mode of decor. Whether your home is elegantly furnished or, casual and comfy, brick […]

What Would Cash for Caulkers Mean for You and Me?

What Would Cash for Caulkers Mean for You and Me?

As the White House continues to try and boost the economy several plans have been presented as part of the ongoing stimulus and one of them has been coined “Cash for Caulkers”. On the surface it seemed that the “Cash for Clunkers” program was a huge success and yes it […]

Do Bathtubs Affect Home Resale Value?

Do Bathtubs Affect Home Resale Value?

We’ve got mixed feelings on renovating bathrooms before resale. On one hand a sharp looking countertop, tile and fixtures can certainly give a wow impression especially if the taste level and decor sensibilities are the same for the buyer but many buyers just want to know that there is a […]

Home Building & Buying is Still a Bear

Home Building & Buying is Still a Bear

According to some reports the housing market is beginning to rebound with some areas reporting an increase in prices. But with inventory still at record levels the recovery isn’t near. “House prices have risen in recent months after a long plunge, according to the National Association of Realtors and the […]

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Window Shopping: Andersen vs. Pella Replacement Windows

Replacing your homes windows is no small undertaking, either in time or money. The two major players in replacement windows are Pella and Andersen Windows. Both types of brands of windows are widely available so where do you start when comparing the differences between the two window giants? Calfinder has […]