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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 […]

Rate My Space

Rate My Space

Shelter website redesigns continue to rollout and HGTV.com is just the latest. The clean and easy to navigate site has a feature that is particularly interesting called Rate My Space. It seems like a mashup of Hot or Not and

Landscaping Tips to Sell Your Home

Landscaping Tips to Sell Your Home

It’s proven that curb appeal counts a lot towards how soon and for how much your home will sell. With just a few minor and inexpensive changes to the outside of your home, you’ll raise the value that will most certainly result in a net gain when selling your home. […]

Custom Carpenter

Custom Carpenter

Our free local fishwrap, AM New York, spotlights a local custom carpenter, Alan Moshe, who quit his day job at a tech-startup and now makes more money and has more business while being his own boss. He attributes his success to the unique needs of New Yorkers and their small […]

DIY Bathroom Paint Job

DIY Bathroom Paint Job

Over at Modern Self they were inspired by the wallpaper designs of Twenty2 Wallpaper and decided to paint their walls instead. Their results (above) look great but it’s a bit modern for our tastes (but perfect for the Modern Self). Check out more Bathroom remodels.

Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling Tiles

Check out these polystyrene ceiling tiles from Talissa Decor. They can be installed directly over popcorn stucco ceilings in just a couple hours. [via Neublack] [install via Curbly]

Recycled Vinyl Wallcovering

Recycled Vinyl Wallcovering

Treehugger introduces us to recycled vinyl wallcoverings that meet LEED certification and can be applied using water-based adhesives and are colored using water-based inks. These wallcoverings are stylish and come in three different lines that would look great in most commercial applications as well as your own home. Second Look […]

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

44 Years! Congratulations!!! I’m taking a break while we celebrate the anniversary of the two most important people in my life.

Paint Estimate Calculators

Paint Estimate Calculators

Here are some helpful paint calculators from various manufacturers and retailers for estimating the amount of paint needed for covering walls, ceilings, or exteriors. Compare a few and you should have a rough estimate of what you’ll need. PPG Architectural Coatings Benjamin Moore Pratt and Lambert Glidden Paint Quality Institute […]

Install a GFCI Outlet

Install a GFCI Outlet

GFCI outlets are safety upgrades that every home should have. Houses built after 1993 are required to have these outlets installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and near any sink or washroom. GFCI outlets are specifically designed to shutoff the moment it detects a leak in the electrical current such as the […]

Home Office Design

Home Office Design

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 […]

Homemade Garage Heater

Homemade Garage Heater

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.

K/BIS 2007 Recap

K/BIS 2007 Recap

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 […]

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 […]