It’s officially Spring and lawns are back. If you use a riding lawn mower you should inspect it similar to any other vehicle that you would have stored for 3-5 months. John Deere has some great tips for inspecting your mower that will keep you riding throughout the season. 1. […]
Decorative Concrete of Virginia There are many countertop materials available to choose from, but we have been really liking concrete lately. We’ve seen some great examples of what the gray stuff can do and now you can build your own concrete countertops with the help of this primer from the […]
Here’s a tree pruning guide from easy2diy.com. Now is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into shape for Spring and Summer. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to […]
Kohler has introduced an infinity bathtub made for two that will make even the most die-hard shower takers indulge. It’s extra deep and offers “chromatherapy and champagne-like effervescent bubbles” whatever that means it sounds divine.
We just switched some lamps over to IKEA Energy-Saving bulbs. We have always loved the glow of incandescent bulbs over fluorescent so we were skeptical that these lights would have that harsh “too-bright” glow. We have been pleasantly surprised and adjusted easily to new light and plan on replacing more […]
It’s already been a year since our last spring cleaning list and not much has changed (in terms of what and how to clean). But we thought we’d give you some new resources this year that might shed some light on different tips and help you start the summer right. […]
Last night we attended our first “green” party in celebration of Domino’s Green March issue. It was a dreary evening in NYC but the turnout was great. The event was held in a stark open studio space with the focus on two large shelves of earth-friendly products, not to mention […]
If you are staying true to the period and style of your home it can be difficult to select the proper light fixtures that you may find at Home Depot or Pottery Barn. A great resource we’ve found is Rejuvenation which specializes in period-authentic lighting and hardware. They have retail […]
Wikihow has a simple plan for building an outdoor shed. A quick trip to your local big box hardware store or lumber yard should net you the materials you need. They also suggest using corrugated fiberglass for the roof to add more natural light and if you are skilled enough […]
Face it, Americans are big people, so why are we still stuck with wimpy standard sized toilet seats? One-size does not fit all when it comes to a comfortable seat to do your business. Great John toilets offer “~150% more sitting area than a standard elongated toilet seat and ~200% […]
Take advantage of the early daylight savings and adding a sunroom. We like the glass roof sunrooms but ultimately the design you choose will probably be dictated by the style of home you have.
We stumbled across Rentometer which is a nifty tool that will give you comps on rents in whatever area you choose. It worked well here in New York city but I’m sure it’s all depends on how large and how current the sample rents are.
In Chongqing, central China, a land dispute has created an unusual island home. Apparently the homeowners have won the battle against the developers and are ‘well connected’ and will not be forced to accept the compensation offered. We’d love to see this same photo after work is completed. Update: The […]
Landscaping your home should not be considered an afterthought if you are planning to upgrade the value of your home through remodeling or other renovation. A nicely appointed home landscape can also increase the speed and value at which your home sells. Before taking a run to your nearest nursery […]
We like thisbamboo composter we posted about on ReadyMade but if you need better aeration then check out this bin made of recycled black plastic that has plenty of holes to keep your compost growing.
Chris Wondra figures that working on your home could replace a few trips to the gym. Mowing Men–500 Women–395 Weeding Men–328 Women–296 Raking Men–361 Women–283 Planting flowers, shrubs and trees Men–340 Women–250 Sweeping outside (e.g., sidewalk) Men–336 Women–263 Bagging grass and leaves Men–336 Women–263 Wheelbarrow chores Men–420 Women–329 Cleaning out […]
What’s that bounce in your step? It may be the rubber sidewalks that can be found in 20 states across the country. Another eco-friendly and functional solution for walkways, the primary advantage of rubber sidewalks is their inherent flexibility and allowing for root growth while traditional concrete slabs will crack […]
Subway tile looks great in any home and here are the resources to find the best tile and the know-how to install it.
We just came across this great journal of a kitchen remodel that the homeowners are trying to achieve in under $10k. They are almost complete and it looks like they’ll be just a tad over the budget which is great considering a project of this scope can easily hit $40-$60k […]
Making your home more energy efficient is the single most eco-friendly improvement that you can do. Why not start with your insulation. Whether you already have standard fiberglass insulation or not, there are now “green” insulation options that are healthier for you, are little to no impact on the environment, […]
We listened to Bob Vila when it came to repairing drywall and now we’ve compiled our own list of how-to repair drywall, sheetrock, wallboard, or whatever you call it, as well as a couple how-to videos. Drywall Repair [Popular Mechanics] Fix a Drywall Hole [Howstuffworks] Rock-It Drywall Repair Clips Repair […]
That u-shaped piece of pipe under your sink is called a p-trap. They can get clogged which requires replacing or cleaning out the p-trap. Since you are already pulling it out, why not install a no-clog p-trap so you won’t ever have to worry about the replacing or fixing your […]