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Learn to Design and Build

Learn to Design and Build

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.

Soundproofing Your Home

Soundproofing Your Home

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 […]

Comments Are Back!

Comments Are Back!

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 – […]

Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

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 […]

Slim Furniture

Slim Furniture

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.

Home Improvement Myths

Home Improvement Myths

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 […]

The City Cook

The City Cook

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 […]

Safe Gardens for Kids

Safe Gardens for Kids

Here are some great suggestions for planning a child safe garden that maximizes outdoor fun but protects both your children and your foliage.

Backyard Planters

Backyard Planters

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.

Rainwater Collection System

Rainwater Collection System

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.

Call 811 Before You Dig

Call 811 Before You Dig

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 […]

Selecting Tiles

Selecting Tiles

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 […]

Label Your Circuit Breaker

Label Your Circuit Breaker

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.

Pool to Pond Conversion

Pool to Pond Conversion

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 […]

Closet Designer

Closet Designer

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.

Room Color and Your Mood

Room Color and Your Mood

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.

Copper Trellis

Copper Trellis

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 […]

Invisible Bookshelf

Invisible Bookshelf

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.

Loft Living

Loft Living

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 […]

Monolithic Dome Homes

Monolithic Dome Homes

As opposed to yurts, these dome homes are super-insulated, steel reinforced concrete structures. They do share a similar shape to yurts but these buildings can be used as homes, schools, gymnasiums, or storage facilities. The home living plans are unique and we’d be curious to hear from someone who has […]

House Restoration Tips

House Restoration Tips

Check out the Country Living 2007 House of the Year. It’s an 1890’s farmhouse in the Dutch country of southeastern Pennsylvania. During the restoration they incorporated many different techniques that you may want to keep in mind during your own renovation. Tips include: pliable plumbing, prefab wainscoting, retaining historical details […]