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Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Installing Cabinets – Uppers or Lowers First?

Here’s a great question posed by the users of the Woodweb forums Who out there installs uppers first and why? And if you install lowers first, what are your reasons? I always install lowers first and lately the question came up in the shop. Some insightful answers…

All Types of Ottomans

All Types of Ottomans

Finding the right ottoman that is both comfortable and stylish is proving to be difficult. We need it to work with our room but it doesn’t have to “match” anything in particular. It must also be very durable as we sometimes use it for a seat. There are many places […]

Green Kitchen Remodel

Green Kitchen Remodel

Back on the subject of kitchen remodels, over at Lime.com, Philip Higgs states,¬†Kitchens are a big energy sink – you’ve got five or six appliances sucking electricity, plus hot water and heavy lighting demands – so remodeling one can chop your energy needs considerably if you do it well. There […]

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

IKEA Kitchen Remodel

Yes it’s possible to completely remodel your kitchen for under $2,000. A graphic designer for IKEA decided to remodel his entire kitchen using only IKEA furniture, fixtures, and appliances. His budget actually came in at $1,400 but he did receive a 15% discount and he knew where to look for […]

Scoring Deals at Home Depot

Scoring Deals at Home Depot

Toolmonger has a great tip for saving money on your next trip to Home Depot.

Choose the Right Caulk

Choose the Right Caulk

Selecting the right caulk for your job is important and it may be a bit intimidating to see the variety available at your local hardware store. Silicon Caulk is by far the most popular type of caulk that can be used in many different applications but is has it’s drawbacks […]

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Kitchen Countertop Decisions

Chowhound has opened up the comments to help them decide what type of kitchen countertops they should install during their renovation and the people are talking. We’ve found some resources that can help with your decision, here and here.

Foreclosures Nationwide

Foreclosures Nationwide

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Rebuilding in New Orleans

Rebuilding in New Orleans

We would all hope that the reconstruction of sections of New Orleans would have been further along (almost two years since hurricane Katrina) but unfortunately it’s not and now homeowners are facing another hurdle in rebuilding their homes because the city requires additional permits to reconstruct in historic districts. It’s […]

Leaded Glass Windows

Leaded Glass Windows

Leaded glass windows are often referred to as ‘stained glass’ but typically are not colored at all. The trend towards hand-blown glass windows is surging and according to the LA Times Whether for a faux chateau in Encino, a pseudo palazzo in Beverly Hills or a super-sized Craftsman in Venice, […]

Hiding Ugly Windows

Hiding Ugly Windows

An undesirable view, utilitarian casements, or ugly shutters can all be cause for you to hide your windows. As a homeowner you may have more options to replace windows or make changes to their appearance, but renters probably have to live with what they’ve got. Here are some tips that […]

Top Ten of 2007 (so far)

It’s hard to believe we’re about half-way through 2007 but in the last six months our traffic has more than doubled thanks to you. Here’s your Top Ten Favorites for the first half of 2007 (which includes some posts from 06′). 1. Drywall Repair 2. Subway Tile 3. Replace a […]

Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

For our money one of the best sources of inspirational kitchen photos comes from someone who knows what their talking about, The Kitchen Designer, her collection of Scandinavian kitchens are spectacular, but there are plenty of other websites that will satisfy your kitchen viewing jones. Check out Flickr, Google images, […]

More DIY Videos

More DIY Videos

DIY videos are available online from AOL, Easy2DIY, Expert Village , and the venerable YouTube. But not so new entrant VideoJug has upgraded and focused their DIY channel to include some great videos from amateurs and professionals who may hold the key to helping solve your house or garden dilemma.

Staircase Storage

Staircase Storage

These pull-out staircase storage drawers are an incredible idea and a feature we can see used in many homes especially those short on space. I doubt they interfere much with under the stair storage since that space is always so tight and difficult to properly fill.

Home Design Software

Home Design Software

PC Magazine reviews a home design solution called Professional Home Design Platinum from Punch Software. You can download a feature-limited demo to try for 15 days or purchase the entire suite for $99.99. You start from the ground up by laying out your floorplan then add walls, doors, and windows. […]

Taping Drywall Joints

Taping Drywall Joints

Here’s a visual how-to for taping drywall joints.

The Shelter Life Backhouse Project

The Shelter Life Backhouse Project

Our friend and neighbor, Alex Bandon is a senior editor at This Old House and is also the voice behind The Shelter Life. She recently completed her backhouse renovation project which has taken 11 months of diligent work and patience which is no small feat considering the intricacies of acquiring […]

House to Home

House to Home

Shelterrific has turned us onto another great site called House to Home out of the UK. They are published by IPC Media which is a part of the Time Inc. family just as This Old House is. Whilst I was at This Old House we knew that IPC was up […]

Stop the Toilet Hiss

If your toilet continues to run and make that hissing sound long after you’ve flushed you’ve probably got a faulty stopper that needs tweaking. Here’s the fix you’ve been looking for. Haunted by the Toilet Hiss? [Northwest Renovation]

Decorating a Deck – in NYC

Decorating a Deck – in NYC

We’ve got some precious outdoor space that consists of a landing and a small balcony that serves as the entrance to our 2nd floor apartment. We get about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight in the summer and maybe 1/2 hour in the winter and there is barely enough room to […]