Concrete patios can be the foundation for a brick patio but also serve as your primary outdoor surface. You’ll need the proper planning and supplies to finish this job but with some patience you’ll have an outdoor surface that should last for the lifetime of your home and require little […]
One of the better Houseblogs we’ve come across is the Constant Craftsman. They’ve got a great lesson of how you can learn from your neighbor but more specifically what you can learn from your neighbors remodel, the good and the bad.
The Domicile has been inspired by the new IKEA catalog and the new colors they’re introducing. Especially their bold green and red kitchen items. And what does everyone think of the new IKEA website? We are finding it a joy to use. It loads quickly, products are easy to find, […]
We’ve been proponents of this magical formula since we can remember. But you’ll find many more fans out there who have really put this solvent to the test in about every situation you can imagine. WD40 keeps the content the same but their applicators continue to evolve. We especially like […]
Straight from Tatooine comes the Eco-Dome (small house, “moon-cocoon”).
Susan Serra of the Kitchen Designer confirms that the trend towards open kitchen shelves and cabinets is very hot right now. Not everyone requires the sleek frosted glass or oak built-ins anymore. Open kitchen shelves offer less privacy but they also provide ease of use as well as a warmth […]
Congratulations to the web team at This Old House (most notably, Betsy, Eric, Kristen, and Christopher) for their successful launch of the new and improved ThisOldHouse.com. It’s been almost two years in the making and through countless hours of thoughtful planning, maintaining a dedicated focus, and nose to the grindstone […]
Even more than the screwdriver, we rely on a good set of pliers to complete jobs that we could not safely or easily do without them. As with most jobs, its all about having the right tool and all pliers are not created equal. Pliers 101 and Selecting the Right […]
There are a ton of gardening resources available online from YouGrowGirl to Better Homes and Gardens.We came across a great article from 1996 that profiles that successful gardening habits of a couple in Portland, Oregon. They offer 8 tips for beginning gardeners that we think everyone with a green thumb […]
These exercise pools from Swimex can add the finishing touch to your home cross-training regimen. They use a patented paddle wheel technology that ensures a consistent wave that can be set for variable resistance. Their small footprint (18 ft. by 7.5 ft.), above or below ground choices, and indoor/outdoor option, […]
The Japanese are seriously cramped for space and their bathrooms suffer for it. But they’ve overcome with some toilet styles that you won’t likely see anywhere else.
Take your ingenuity and power tools to the next level and get competitive.
It’s generally recommended to paint your house every 3-5 years to protect your siding, stucco, or shingles, as well as maintain a fresh looking exterior. To prevent uneven drying from painting in direct sunlight, paint the north and west side of your home in the morning hours and switch to […]
This addition to your library is sure to get some shrieks (or laughs). As unsuspecting folks walk by these “books” a motion sensor causes the center book to slide back and and forth while emitting “haunting” sounds. Possessed Books in action. [Geekologie]
Whether your kids are grown or not, it may be time to reign in their playroom, especially if it starts to look like this one. Here’s how.
We’ve presented some techniques for building interior walls but overwhelmingly the material of choice is now metal/steel studs. Besides saving trees, metal studs have many advantages over traditional lumber. They don’t shrink or split and are always perfectly straight. They’re also light and easy to store; they resist fire, insects […]
If someone can flip $100k into $150k why not $8.3m to $30m. Only in NYC.
We’ve touched on the dangers of lead paint and now House in Progress has started their own lead paint stripping process after highlighting the history of lead paint use in this country and makes a distinction between lead paint that is intact (safe) as opposed to paint chips and dust […]
If you aren’t satisfied with your formica countertops you can give them a fresh look. With a little effort and creativity, who knew granite could be this easy and while you’re at it, upgrade your fixtures.
Make your own outdoor sink station is with a standard laundry room wash bin and an outdoor table.
Most thieves are looking for the easiest score possible so if you take just a few preventative measures to secure your home, a thief will most likely look elsewhere.