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Planning Your Garden

Planning Your Garden

Before you go organic and grow your own tomatoes, herbs, and flowers, follow these steps to ensure your garden has the greatest chance for survival.

Kickspace Heater

Kickspace Heater

In addition to toekick drawers, here’s another way to utilize the space between your kitchen cabinets and the floor. Install a kickspace heater like these from Myson.

The Ultimate Icebox

The Ultimate Icebox

For $15k you should get everything you’ve ever wanted or didn’t know you needed in a refrigerator/freezer and sub-zero delivers. Pro 48 refrigerator/freezer by Sub-Zero

Nail Pulling Tip

Nail Pulling Tip

When pulling longer nails such as framing nails or spikes, a standard sized hammer won’t have the proper fulcrum length to pull the nail completely out and you may not have access to a cat’s paw. But you can still remove a nail in one motion by inserting a block […]

Countertop Materials

Countertop Materials

When remodeling a kitchen or bath one of the primary choices that will effect price and appearance is selecting your countertop material. You should consider a number of factors before making a decision, such as; expected wear-and-tear, do you cook a lot?; maintenance and cleanliness, do you keep your current […]

Picking Colors

Picking Colors

David from the Irwin House uses Color-charts.org to select every color for his interior. More on colorcharts. Color-charts.org is a “Color Library” for construction materials, and colored manufactured products. This library serves as a design resource for architects, decorators, and consumers who may now easily search, find and cross reference […]

Living In a Historic District

Living In a Historic District

The cache and and exclusivity of living in a historic district doesn’t come without restrictions. The county, city, and local organizations may require homeowners to adhere to the preservation of the neighborhood which may include limits on remodeling the exterior or interior of your home. But you may qualify for […]

Tongue and Groove Plywood Subfloor

Tongue and Groove Plywood Subfloor

When considering a subfloor the best option is usually a tongue-and-groove edged board. These are the easiest to install and don’t require additionally blocking. They can be used under carpet, tile, or wood flooring. Solid subfloors make for happy feet [Inman News] Tongue-and-Groove Flooring [CanPly]

Lam Beams

Lam Beams

Lam Beams (Glu-Lam Beams) are usually constructed of Cedar or Pine and can provide the strength of steel but the feel and warmth of wood. These are best used to span interiors and assist in supporting pitched roofs and secondary floors. Lam Beams [Howe Lumber]

Cupola Designs and Plans

Cupola Designs and Plans

Cupolas bring an instant old-world charm to your home and enhance the roof line much like a dormer would, but depending on your design, cupolas are less structurally invasive than dormers and decorative cupolas are much easier to install.

Patio Shade

Patio Shade

patio shade, outdoor shade, yard shade coolaro shade sails, shade sail, awning, sun protection

Do-It-Herself

Do-It-Herself

For women DIY’ers there is no better time than the present. We’ve touched on this subject in the past but the amount of resources, tools, magazines, and advice that’s geared towards women has never been higher. The traditional subjects of design and decorating are no longer the limit of most […]

Swimming Pool Safety

If you own a swimming pool or plan on installing one soon, please keep these safety precautions in mind and make sure you adhere to them throughout the year. Water Safety [Red Cross]

Deck Tiles

Deck Tiles

Just because you’ve got a small outdoor space such as a terrace or balcony doesn’t mean you should neglect its features or surfaces. You can spruce up your small outdoor space with deck tiles that come in wood or porcelain and they require very little maintenance.

Kitchen and Bath Resources in the UK

Kitchen and Bath Resources in the UK

A tip for our British audience as well as you anglophiles – The UK version of House and Garden has compiled an online resource of kitchen and bath suppliers, manufacturers, appliances, and anything else you may need to remodel your kitchen or bath. Many of these companies also import to […]

Painting a Room

Painting a Room

We’ve compiled some more great resources for painting a room in your old or new house. Painting Historic Interiors [Technical Preservation Services] Painting Historic Interiors [Oldhouseweb] Color Made Simple [True Value]

DIY Bathroom Renovation

DIY Bathroom Renovation

Time Thief, a renovation houseblog of a 1940′s Prairie Village, Kansas tract home, has chronicled their bathroom renovation in a few informative entries with great photos. This should be inspiration enough to dive into your own bathroom remodel and maybe you’ll find something else besides razor blades behind the walls. […]

Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that the weathers warm and the days are longer it’s time you put some effort into your outside space. Start with performing a thorough cleaning of your front, back, and side yards. Remove anything from your yard that isn’t absolutely necessary. This includes old mulch piles, leaves, sticks, trash, […]