Flooring

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 […]

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 […]

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

Melt Snow Without Damaging Your Walkway from Salt

A reader wrote in this question: What is best to use to melt snow on different kinds of surfaces? We did some damage on our slate steps last year by using rock salt. We polled some experts including Deren S. Monday and the consensus is that slate is definitely not […]

Level a Concrete Floor Before Setting Tile, Wood or Carpet

It’s difficult for contractors to set level concrete floors especially when they are under time and budget constraints. Unfortunately this flaw is passed on to you and comes into play when you decide to recover your concrete floor with tile, wood planks or carpet. Thanks to Wired.com we’ve got a […]

Concrete Slab Flooring – Spice it Up

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 […]

Water Damage – Check for Danger

Water Damage – Check for Danger

My daughter loves throwing her pacifier around her room; not yet understanding that throwing her pacifier while in her crib makes said pacifier unavailable for the remainder of her nap. As a result, my wife and I hunt for pacifiers daily, finding them in all sorts of interesting locations. I […]

Central Vacuum = Quiet and Convenient

Central Vacuum = Quiet and Convenient

We received a tip from TheKitchenDesigner about the tool that she finds indispensable and her favorite was the Vacuflo Central Vacuum. We grew up in a home that was equipped with a central vac and underestimated it’s convenience.

Working with Wood Floors

Working with Wood Floors

Here are some of our most popular articles for helping you finish, stain, paint, and lay a wood floor and if you are looking for wood floors at a great price of up to 70% off, check out the options available from Lumber Liquidators. Refinishing Hardwood Floors How-To Stain Wood […]

Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

We’ve been following this house bloggers basement remodel and he’s found a great solution for his subfloor. I’m using a product called Delta-FL, which I picked up at Rona. It’s basically a big roll of dimpled plastic, which sits on top of the basement slab and acts as a vapour […]

Remove Black Mold Forever

Hewn and Hammered has posted a follow-up to their original article about common hiding places for black mold. They’ve now uncovered the task of removing and preventing black mold from gaining a foothold in your home.

Recycle Your Old Carpet

Recycle Your Old Carpet

Don’t just throw away your old carpet. Check out the Carpet America Recovery Effort and find locations to drop off your carpet for recycling. [via Shelterrific]

Flagstone Kitchen Tiles

Flagstone Kitchen Tiles

Flagstone is typically used in outdoor applications to create pathways or sometimes patios but this family is using them to tile their kitchen. But what is even more interesting is the fact that they sourced the flagstone from a nearby creek on their property.

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

This houseblogger is going through the process of using salvaged flooring for their back porch. They will be using vertical grain fir tongue and groove flooring, like the original floor.

Refinishing hardwood floors

Refinishing hardwood floors

In addition to hiring pet-sitters, arranging for mail pick-up and suspending newspaper subscriptions, consider scheduling home maintenance projects like refinishing hardwood floors when you’re on vacation.

Silence Squeaky Stairs

Silence Squeaky Stairs

It’s the kind of thing you forget about until you’re going up the stairs and there it is: the squeaky step. Though probably not on the top of your to-do list, this quick reference may give you the motivation you need. It may be as easy as dusting the stairs […]

Heated Flooring Options

Heated Flooring Options

Granted winter has just passed, but this could be the perfect project to work on now and have ready in the fall: heated flooring. Decide if you want it as the sole heating source for your new home or do it on a by-project basis room by room. Don’t warm […]

Repairing Damaged Baseboards

Repairing Damaged Baseboards

Crown, chair, and base Moldings add a touch of character and charm to any room no matter how old or new your home is. But these moldings are also not immune to the rigors of a household and often times they are subject to even more damage because they are […]