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Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

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 […]

House Flipping Goes Upscale

House Flipping Goes Upscale

If someone can flip $100k into $150k why not $8.3m to $30m. Only in NYC.

Lead Paint Removal

Lead Paint Removal

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 […]

Transform Your Formica Countertops

Transform Your Formica Countertops

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.

Outdoor Sink Station

Outdoor Sink Station

Make your own outdoor sink station is with a standard laundry room wash bin and an outdoor table.

Secure Your Home

Secure Your Home

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.

Bright and Bold Paint Jobs

Bright and Bold Paint Jobs

There is a battle brewing across American neighborhoods. Homeowners who “toe the line” and maintain a consistent home color amongst themselves vs. those who prefer a bolder palette when it comes to their abode. HOA’s limit this form of self-expression but many older neighborhoods, which often contain historical buildings, aren’t […]

Visit the Playboy Mansion

Visit the Playboy Mansion

You may never party with Hef in person but thanks to Zillow you can at least check out a birds-eye-view of the mansion. Tony Soprano may be gone but his house is still around and who knew the Cohen’s mansion from the O.C. is actually in Malibu (and available for […]

Apartment Therapy’s Green Home

Apartment Therapy’s Green Home

Apartment Therapy, the authority in organizing and decorating your small home, has just launched their Green Home. There’s some good stuff here that doesn’t require a small home or apartment to implement. Saving water, storing bicycles, and green cleaning products, are just a few of the interesting posts we’ve read […]

A Gateway to a Better Garden

A Gateway to a Better Garden

There are plenty of computer programs that can assist you in choosing the right plans for your home or even assist you in designing the home yourself but there are fewer to help you with the curb appeal of your home. That’s where the Better Homes and Gardens Landscape and […]

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Are You as Handy as Your Dad?

Toolmonger turned us onto a great blog entry from the Wall Street Journal asking the question, “Are Dads Less Handy Around the House?” I’m not a Dad and even if I were I’m certainly not as handy around the house as my Pop is. I was raised by a very […]

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

How To Fix a Leaking Faucet

One of the most common household problems is the leaking faucet. Fortunately it also happens to be one of the easiest to diagnose and repair and there are a ton of resources online that can help. Here are our favorites. Video Expert Village VideoJug Instructions Hammerzone DoItYourself.com On The House […]

DIY Video Tips

DIY Video Tips

The DIY Network has launched a new video section called DIY Kits/DIY Basics. They are short video clips as well as printable instructions covering tips for home improvement, crafts, gardening, woodworking, and your automobile. They are still using the Windows Media player format as opposed to the new flash players […]

Retractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings

We invest a lot of time and money in our decks, patios, and outdoor furniture. By adding a retractable awning you’ll be able to take advantage of your outside space on those hot days as well as give your skin a break while enjoying the outdoors. The Sunsetter 900XT is […]

Outdoor Sheds

Outdoor Sheds

Sticking with the storage theme this week, why not build your own shed. Once again we’ve found some great content from Popular Mechanics which includes a comprehensive plan for building your own wood shed. If you aren’t sure what materials to use for construction use this guide from DoItYourself.com.

Make Use of Wasted Space

Make Use of Wasted Space

Popular Mechanics offers 7 Tips for Utilizing Wasted Space. You may think you have a storage problem but this article may offer some relief. We especially like the how-to article for building storage in a knee-wall.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

A new addition to our blogroll is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). They have a long-standing history and their core purpose is “to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.” As a homeowner you can use their site to search for remodelers […]

Gas Grill Buying Guide

Gas Grill Buying Guide

Consumer Reports breaks down the differences between the low and high-end gas grills and what to look for when shopping for your new grill.

Tips for Temporary Storage

Tips for Temporary Storage

When painting a room, replacing flooring, or cleaning out a garage, there isn’t always extra space in your home to store the furniture, appliances, or tools that usually occupy that space. Plus, bringing garage storage bins inside can be messy and storing furniture appliances outside is asking for trouble. PODS […]

Architectural Record

Architectural Record

We are honored to have been selected as an Editor’s Bookmark for June 2007 by the Architectural Record. The publication has been a leader in the industry for over 100 years and their new website is as content rich as you’ll find anywhere.

Victorian Restoration

Victorian Restoration

If you’ve got a Victorian-era home that needs restoration or you are just curious as to what defines a Victorian and what it takes to return them to their former glory, then the Old House Web has a great article for you. Renovate With Elaborate Details Of Victorian Style [Old […]