Remodeling

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 […]

7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

7 Tips to DIY Carpet Pulling

Pulling carpet yourself can save a few bucks and here are 7 tips to make the process go smoothly. 1. Pulling up carpet is a labor-intensive activity, so while you can do it by yourself, it’s a lot easier, and a lot less heavy, if you bring in at least […]

Sharing Your Tools is Good for Everyone

Sharing Your Tools is Good for Everyone

We’ve long been a fan of tool libraries but unfortunately they are lacking in many cities and most of the tool libraries we’ve seen are in dire need of updating. Neighborgoods is taking the idea of sharing tools to the next level by combining the idea with a social network. […]

New Yorkers are Flocking to Fixer-Uppers

New Yorkers are Flocking to Fixer-Uppers

The demand for fixer-uppers in NYC has never been that high but as inventory has grown and the competitive prices for move-in ready apartments continues to swell, more city dwellers are considering renovating old dwellings. If the buyer is in a comfortable living situation and doesn’t mind waiting to renovate […]

When Should You Call In a Design Professional?

When Should You Call In a Design Professional?

I love my finish nailer. Well, I don’t really love it, but I like it, I enjoy it, I find it useful for creating the world’s most perfect crown molding corner (a future blog post, for sure). But do I bring out the pancake compressor and finish nailer to drive […]

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Why not take advantage of the available square footage in your basement and not just leave it as a storage room. By finishing out a basement or at least insulating it, you’ll be able to enjoy more of your home as well as save energy. One Project Closer went through […]

Interior Door Showdown: Solid Wood vs. Hollow Core

Interior Door Showdown: Solid Wood vs. Hollow Core

When building or remodeling a home the interior doors are often an afterthought but they shouldn’t be. Cheap doors on a quality built home suck! But investing a limited budget into solid wood doors isn’t always the smart choice. We’ve followed this debate on Home Construction Improvement regarding hollow-core vs. […]