We need some help with design of our home office. We know we won’t make the cover of House & Garden and there’s not much we can do with the 5-foot ceiling (office is located in vertically challenged loft-space) but the mess of cables and peripherals and books and CD’s […]
Here’s an ingenious solar heater made of painted soda cans, plywood, and some plastic tubing. The builder wanted a cheap solution to bringing some hot air into his garage. It may not make a huge difference in temp but it certainly qualifies for a build-it-yourself solution.
The 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas and we’ve got some recaps from a couple of our favorite editors/bloggers. Kristen Mucci of This Old House has been covering the tradeshow from the TOH Hardware Aisle. This is her 7th year attending and one of the larger […]
Apartment Therapy has turned us onto a great looking school in Vermont called Yestermorrow Design/Build School. They are a non-profit educational institution and offer over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft as well as courses in sustainable design.
Last year we touched on some ways to prevent sound from leaving your rooms but more importantly how do you keep sound out of your home? Repair-Home.com has some suggestions that require changes to your walls, ceilings, and windows. But you should first follow their easy tips. * At least […]
We continue to fight the good fight against comment spam and although the battle is hardly over we feel confident enough to turn the comments back on. We feel your input will help us build a better site and provide our posts with more depth and discussion. So please – […]
Desks, dressers, and tables are often constructed from a particle board top and wood veneer cover. This veneer cover is typically glued or hot-pressed to the top of table and can fray or chip at the edges due to heavy use, moisture, or heat. Here are some techniques for repairing […]
West Elm has recently introduced a furniture line with a slimmer profile that targets smaller spaces. Perfect for “cosy” apartments or tight rooms that require comfortable seating but can’t handle the typical dimensions of most sofas or ottomans. Watch for more furniture retailers to follow suit.
There are some axioms related to home improvement that are just plain false but have been perpetuated by real estate agents, contractors, or homeowners who want to believe in some hard rules when it comes remodeling or renovating their home. Here are some home improvement myth busters. Top 4 Home […]
Courtesy of the Manhattan Users Guide, we’ve got a new bookmark that I’m sure many non-New Yorkers may find interesting. The City Cook is focused on urbanites who are otherwise too busy or counter space impaired to cook a meal at home. We understand this plight and realize that as […]
Here are some great suggestions for planning a child safe garden that maximizes outdoor fun but protects both your children and your foliage.
Extreme-HowTo has a DIY solution for building backyard planters. These planters are built using pressure-treated landscape timber and are great as vegetable gardens or flower beds.
This family in Portland, Oregon decided to take advantage of their abundant rainfall and they began collecting rainwater for household use. They built this system themselves and have a great how-to accompanied by photos.
Matt Navitsky of the Common Ground Alliance has informed us of a new nationwide phone number, 811. This number has been established by the FCC to protect underground utilities as well as DIY homeowners and professional excavators. Before any excavation project you are required to contact your local one-call center […]
Choosing the right tile can be an arduous and painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead visualize how your ideal tile will look in your home before setting foot into any tile shop or speaking to a tile setter. Your gut feelings should guide you towards colors that […]
We all know how important circuit breakers are to keeping your appliances and lighting safe from surges, but with a bit of foresight you can make sure that the next time the power goes and you suspect it’s the breaker box you’ll know exactly what to do.
Swimming pools are great fun but if the kids have moved out or you find yourself sunbathing less and less, you may want to consider turning the pool into another type of water fixture, a pond. This homeowner didn’t need a “natural” swimming pool but rather a minimum-maintenance pond that […]
Designing a closet should be a well-thought out process that includes more than just slapping an interior door on a small room. EasyClosets.com has an online layout that helps you visualize exactly what you want with the space that you have.
Are you feeling blue? It may be the color of your room that is contributing to your sour attitude or conversely the reason why you can’t relax or sleep. Room color effects your mood much more than you think.
With some straight copper pipe, copper connectors, and two part epoxy, you can build your own trellis that will take nicely to roses or vines. The copper will age nicely and oxidize to a nice brown patina. This trellis won’t rot or need painting and should withstand the elements of […]
Give your living space a sci-fi look and build an invisible bookshelf. You’re books will look as if they are floating against the wall.
In the shadow of the Staples center in downtown Los Angeles there has been an infusion of residential buildings that are reshaping the atmosphere of downtown. Many of these new buildings are positioned as “uptown” style lofts with high ceilings, wood floors, and lots of amenities. This shift towards urban […]