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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Time for a lesson in Green Building from Inhabitat. Read on for one of the best online tutorials of green building from a site that is “devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter […]
No drafting or architectural experience? No worries… There are now a multitude of DIY floorplan designers available online. All you need is a vision and some time. SketchUp – A free app from Google that is very powerful and will have you designing 3-D plans in no time. Floorplanner – […]
No we’re not talking about Danny Devito behind the wheel. This compact driver comes from Black and Decker and will save your wrists when you’ve got the mundane task of building that IKEA dresser or tightening that hard to reach screw in a light fixture. It stays charged for 18 […]
Pneumatic nail guns are expert level tools even though any Joe Schmo can buy them off the rack at the hardware store. Hence the uptick in nail gun accidents. As with any high-powered tool, respect its abilities, and you’ll stay out of trouble. More tips: Pneumatic Nailer Safety [Ask the […]
We spend most of our lives indoors so we should give more thought to the air quality in our sheltered environment. There are gases and fumes that we can’t see or smell but are extremely toxic. This includes radon, carbon monoxide, mold, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Early detection and […]
Finish off your spring cleaning and hold a garage sale. Here are some tips for setting up a garage sale and maximizing your earning potential.
Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]
If you are short on space in the kitchen but still need a full-size dining area that can seat at least six, then maybe a pocket table is the answer. These pocket tables are handmade by Pat McGeehan in Waynesville, OH and he can customize them to fit your needs […]
Here are more kitchen cleaning tips than you can shake a sponge at (sorry that was bad). From clogged drains, grease build-up, dishwasher cleaning, and dirty oven windows.
Outdoor furniture functionality takes a new spin. This outdoor cast aluminum table from Restoration Hardware doubles as a firepit and coffee table. You can truly have a multi-season centerpiece for your patio that can stay out all year. Coffee table pic after the jump. Firepit/Coffee Table [via]
Look familiar? You’ve probably seen these strange looking homes in National Geographic or on some travel show. They are called Yurts and they have been used in Central Asia for centuries. Modern day Yurts are self-supporting structures that are heated and cooled with the help of their aerodynamic shape. Modern […]
The best way to clean your air? Get some houseplants! Forget the expensive air-filters or ugly ionizers. Select a few house plants that will not only improve the look of your room but also up the oxygen and cut down on pollutants. Fresh Living [Modern Cottage] Caring for Houseplants [Garden […]
Cement patios are commonplace in homes across the country. In the Southwest they are particularly popular since lawns are hard to manage in the heat and cement patios are easy to clean and maintain. Take a look at your patio this Spring and follow these steps for making it more […]
No time, money, or know-how to fix a household problem? In New York city we have Supers who are on call (usually) and hopefully can fix leaking faucets, broken radiators, or sticky doors, but homeowners are on their own and for smaller household fixes a certified or licensed contractor is […]
Shelterrific has touched on kitsch gold. The venerable gnome. They can bring a touch of humor to any home and also a bit of luck. Get your gnome on here.
If you are in the Chicago area you should check out Salvage One. Their website highlights some great finds like this art-deco bar and prairie-style window.
The above examples are extreme but the Spoonlady can show you how to carve your own wooden spoons, safely and quickly. Using utensils that you’ve hand-crafted can be as rewarding as building with your very own tools.
You may think that staining wood is an inexact science but there is a method to the madness. Understanding the type of wood you are working with as well as the technique used to apply the stain can alter the color of the stain dramatically. Here are some tips to […]