This year we went with a 10-ft. Douglas Fir basically because it was the only tree that had the tall and narrow silhouette that we required. It’s very healthy and the branches are spaced for ornaments to hang perfectly. The color is rich and the needles are shiny and give […]
HGTV of Canada has listed Six Deadly Sins of DIY Projects that we should all be wary of. We would add a seventh called “Expectations” as the honeymoon of a project will quickly wear off when expectations of time, money, and finished results are not met. We aren’t suggesting you […]
This easy to install barrier will protect your interior spaces from overspray and dust.
Even with the mild fall (Thanksgiving in NYC was 67 degrees!), you’ve probably already fired up your heat this year. If you’re not as warm and cozy as you’d like it might be time for a new heat pump. Here’s how a heat pump works and if you are looking […]
We love the barren look of this home office. Visible cables and cords are at a minimum. Looks impossible considering the ever expanding electronic footprint of most home offices that include printers, external drives, routers, modems, digital cameras, etc. Try this trick from Instructables and your desk will be clear […]
A properly planned Thanksgiving table seating chart can go a long ways towards a happy and entertained group during the holidays. The larger the family the actually easier it is to seat people as you have many more options and don’t have to choose between the lesser of two evils […]
They’ve towed in the Rockefeller Christmas Tree which means its time we start thinking the same thing. Last year we pulled some tips for hanging Christmas lights and we want to remind you to stay safe on that ladder while decorating. We just found out that LEDs will illuminate the […]
Houseblogs.net has been packaging some great content from their community and they’ve recently pulled articles from 10 renovators who are going through the process of stripping paint, varnish, and wallpaper from floors, walls, and banisters. Read what techniques and products have been effective before approaching your next stripping project.
This ingenious ceramic food & drink warmer makes use of your radiator heat and may save just a bit on your electric bill.
It’s a novel concept that is practiced in 90% of the world, but air/line drying your clothes will save 5-10% on your energy bills and washing in cold will save another 4%. But in America many of us live in areas that are regulated by HOA’s (Home Owner’s Associations) that […]
Ask The Builder Videos As the quality of online video continues to grow, many more DIY experts are getting behind the camera to share their tips, techniques, and opinions on home improvement and decorating. Along with Ask the Builder here are a few video channels that have some great content […]
While this bannister may be reminiscent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version), it’s time to restore it to it’s glorious natural finish. Check out this project among many others in Brownstoner’s renovation forums.
Here are some tips for prepping your fireplace for winter use as well as how to make sure it’s safe throughout the season.
These DIY inventions are mostly impractical and silly but some of them are definitely entertaining.
Whether you can call it a yard or garden, here are some great tips for making the most of the small space in the front of your home.
We are taking a short break to beautiful Baja Mexico for a bit of fishing, diving, and kayaking, with some relaxing breaks mixed in. Enjoy the latest from a few friends of ours. Sale on designer goods from Shelterrific Frank Lloyd Wright Stencils from House in Progress Arroz con pollo […]
We don’t know who these people are but they look like they could use some environmentally friendly home improvement tips and so can you.
The increasingly popular Yahoo! Answers is a great reservoir of popular home and garden questions and answers. There are more specific categories that include DIY, Decorating & Remodeling, and Maintenance and Repairs.
For some women (and men) DIY and home improvement doesn’t come naturally. But here are 5 great reasons to start doing-it-yourself.
Check out these great forums that just may hold the key to unlocking your DIY dreams. DIY Chatroom DoItYourself.com Forums Ultimate Handyman Forum House Repair Talk Yahoo! Answers – Home and Garden
It’s amazing how quickly our kitchens can become disaster zones. After just a few meals (or one) the plates can be piled to the ceilings and there can be numerous appliances to clean. It’s tough when cooking to stay on top of the mess that you are always creating. You […]