Remodeling

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

In the ongoing quest to recycle and structures for use as live/work spaces, these train cars have followed the lead of re-purposed shipping containers and are now being transformed into permanent living structures.

Easiest Kitchen Backsplash Install Ever

If you’re short on time, money and effort but still need covet a new tile backsplash then it looks like SIMPLEMAT is for you. It literally adheres to your current backsplash of tile or wallpaper and your done! Without grout there’s no mortar, mixing, or mess. They also have kitchen […]

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

This sun room remodel that we found on CasaSugar is awesome. No major changes but an update to the paint, flooring and walls created a much more inviting space to spend lazy afternoons. Some different window treatments and the room would be finished.

Anne E. Collins – Managing Editor ElleDecor.com

Anne E. Collins – Managing Editor ElleDecor.com

In 2007 I had an opportunity to work with the team from HFM US to build and launch the first home design web portal of it’s kind, PointClickHome.com. This website serves as the online home of the design magazines, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home, HOME Magazine and Woman’s Day special issues. […]

Universal Kitchen Design and Planning for the Physically Challenged

Universal Kitchen Design and Planning for the Physically Challenged

Unfortunately there are millions of people who do not have the physical freedom to function in a standard home and kitchen. Special considerations need to be made when planning a kitchen design. Once again Susan Serra, CKD, from thekitchendesigner.org steps in to show us the way. For those with special […]

Universal Kitchen Design Ideas for Seniors

Universal Kitchen Design Ideas for Seniors

When designing a kitchen for seniors and the physically challenged, you need to consider more than just the tile or countertop choice. Kitchen layout, counter and cabinet height, and appliances are just a few options that need to be thought out more carefully. We asked Susan Serra, who is a […]

Ask Deren Your Biggest Remodel and Renovation Needs

My passion is helping people remodel and renovate their homes and businesses. Not only is it how I make my living, it is how I spend much of my “free” time. (OK, as much “free” time as a parent of two kids under 4 has…) I love the excited look […]

Establishing Remodel Cost: Home Remodeling Critical First Step

Establishing Remodel Cost: Home Remodeling Critical First Step

Nothing ruins a fantastic remodel more quickly than exceeding the project budget. Why is this phenomenon so common in residential remodeling? Simple: Many homeowners struggle to establish a detailed budget at the appropriate time in the course of the project. Why is establishing remodel cost one of your most important […]

The Handyguys Podcast

The Handyguys Podcast

There are many ways to find home improvement advice. The most popular have always been books, magazines, tv and now blogs. Well these guys saw an opportunity to share their knowledge and opinions on home improvement via a podcast which is an audio episode you can download and listen to […]

Norm Abram Bids Farewell to New Yankee Workshop

Norm Abram Bids Farewell to New Yankee Workshop

The big news in the woodworking and diy world today was that Norm Abram, long-time host of This Old House and New Yankee Workshop, will cease production of New Yankee workshop but continue his work as the master carpenter on This Old House. Apparently the New Yankee Workshop website will […]

Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

If you were seeking information for a home improvement project pre-internet (which wasn’t that long ago), your options were: A. Ask a friend, family member or your local hardware store for advice. B. Refer to your back issues of your Family Handyman or This Old House. C. Crack open your […]

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

We want to share one of our favorite new houseblogs, San Fran Vic. The homeowners have chronicled the ongoing restoration of their 1890’s Victorian home in San Francisco. They’ve done amazing work so far and we are particularly stricken by their staircase renovation which they’ve laid out in 7 blog […]

Water Damage – Prevention & Drying

In Parts I and II of this series, we learned how to safely approach water damage and identify and stop the source. Now we will discuss preventing the spread of water damage and setting up effective drying systems for light water damage. Step 4: Prevent Further Damage Furnishings: Immediately relocate […]

Design Within Reach & Remodelista.com Event

Get your high style on at the DWR flagship store on Greene St. in NYC on September 24th. WHAT: Design Within Reach will host an evening with the editors of Remodelista, a one-stop sourcebook for homeowners going through the design and renovation process. The Remodelista aesthetic favors classic and livable […]

Kitchen Layouts Made Easy

Kitchen Layouts Made Easy

To design your own sleek modern kitchen there are more options than IKEA or spending big bucks on a designer. Henrybuilt from Seattle has launched a new line of modular kitchens called Viola Park. The goal of the company is to simplify the process of buying a kitchen, making great […]

Contractors References: Are The Feds Hunting Them?

Contractors References: Are The Feds Hunting Them?

The final reference you always check is your contractors’ license and insurance status. This step could fall anywhere in the sequence, but I save it for last since it is the least likely of the four steps to rule out a contractor. A simple online search through your state’s contractor […]

Top 21 Build-It-Yourself Projects

Top 21 Build-It-Yourself Projects

We’ve got a ton of build-it-yourself projects available in our archives and but we’ve gone ahead and pulled your favorite 21. Grab your hammer and get to work! 1. Build Your Own Outdoor Shower 2. Build or Demolish an Interior Door 3. Build Your Own Garden Box 4. Build a […]

Contractor References: Do Their Suppliers Tolerate them?

Contractor References: Do Their Suppliers Tolerate them?

Request three references from long-time material suppliers. Your eventual contractor’s financial solvency is important: if they don’t pay their bills, you get stuck with either a lien on your property or have to pay the bill yourself. Just disputing such a scenario in court costs time and money, so avoid […]

Contractor References: Do Their Most Recent Clients Like Them?

Contractor References: Do Their Most Recent Clients Like Them?

Ask your potential contractor for references from their last five project owners, in chronological order. This list may or may not include names on the reference list in Step 1. Call the project owners on this list if they were not on the first list. Ask them the same series […]

How To Check Your Contractors References

How To Check Your Contractors References

I find significant humor and a dash of irony in traditional reference checking, whether it be for a job application, credit application or a contractor. What is so funny, you ask? Well, 99% of the time the person (or company) providing the references stacks the list with only their favorite […]

An iPhone App You Wood Want

An iPhone App You Wood Want

iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy new app that is more educational than gimmick. This app from Double Dog Studios is a reference guide for […]

Fixing Your Home Improvement Relationship

Fixing Your Home Improvement Relationship

Getting on the same page with your spouse for major home improvements is often easier than you might think as you give yourselves time to discuss and you are typically working with a professional to offer sound advice. It’s the smaller projects that can sometimes cause the most friction between […]