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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • 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

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Comments Are Back!

    We continue to fight the good fight against comment spam and although the battle is hardly over we feel confident enough to turn the comments back on. We feel your input…

  • Repair Damaged or Loose Veneer

    Desks, dressers, and tables are often constructed from a particle board top and wood veneer cover. This veneer cover is typically glued or hot-pressed to the top of table and can…

  • Slim Furniture

    West Elm has recently introduced a furniture line with a slimmer profile that targets smaller spaces. Perfect for “cosy” apartments or tight rooms that require comfortable seating but can’t handle the…

  • Home Improvement Myths

    There are some axioms related to home improvement that are just plain false but have been perpetuated by real estate agents, contractors, or homeowners who want to believe in some hard…