With the expense of new furniture that may end up looking like the same Pottery Barn desk your neighbor has, why not comb through a salvage shop either online or at your local shop. You should have a gameplan before you start your search and make sure you are focused […]
When remodeling a large room it may be necessary to build a wall to create different spaces and add rooms. Building a non-load bearing wall is easier than you think and requires basic carpentry skills and the know-how to create a wall that is safe and up to code.
Biopaver debuted last year and sadly we haven’t seen it catch on around New York. Besides adding beauty to urban landscapes, this “living” pavement is environmentally friendly and is also a natural remedy for storm management. Has anyone else seen Biopaver? and where? Thanks for the tip Ram!
We are staying with the Spring clean this week and moving on to one of the most important rooms in your house – the garage. Garages many times end up as catch-alls for anything that you want out of site and not in your house. This creates much more of […]
Mud rooms, although common throughout the Northeast are virtually non-existent in the Southwest and many other parts of the country. But we think they could be just as useful in the high-desert or flat plains. It rains everywhere and even when it doesn’t it can get very dusty, especially with […]
As the weather warms you’ve probably procrastinated cleaning out the ashes and soot from your fireplace in hoping that one more coldspell comes through and you’ll have a season-ending opportunity to get a roaring blaze going. But if you feel the time has come to clean out your fireplace, here’s […]
Renovation Rants has provided a tutorial on their experience refinishing hardwood floors in their 1916 Craftsman. Here are some other resources for refinishing your hardwood floors. Refinishing Hardwood Floors [About.com] Is Your Floor a Good Candidate? [Hometime] DIY Hardwood Floor Refinishing [Hardwood Installer] Refinishing a Hardwood Floor [Lowes]
Lowe’s 4th quarter profits surged 37% on kitchen and bath remodeling. Although they are still number 2, their growth is definitely outpacing that of their chief rival. Their respective stock prices are also headed in opposite directions. In a category once dominated by Home Depot there is definitely a new […]
Chemical strippers are no longer as dangerous or dirty to use as in the past. You can now remove paint and varnish safely and in a short amount of time. Follow this know-how from Home Depot.
Last year 360 electrical launched their 360 degree outlets and as amazing as the product is its also stupifying that a product like this hasn’t come out sooner. With all of the new technology that require a more solid electrical connection and bulkier plugs and cables, we’ve been relegated to […]
Before inviting potential buyers into your home, one of the least expensive and easiest ways to boost your chances of selling your home is to “stage” it. Staging a home is more than just throwing the clothes in the closet and shoving magazines under the bed. In this era of […]
There comes a time when even the most capable DIY homeowners need to call for help. Whether it be for technical skill and know-how or physical labor, there are some projects that require the experience and eye of an expert. Finding these experts is no small task. Where do you […]
The cement found in most pre-war and pre-turn of the century homes is a basic mix of sand and lime. Over time this compound begins to deteriorate mainly due to moisture and the freeze/thaw cycle. Repointing brick is a tremendous job and not always necessary for an entire structure or […]
Do you love the look of ornate french sofas or tiffany lamps? Antiques can cost a fortune and it’s hard to find furniture that is well-constructed, beautiful, and reasonably priced. Heirloom reproductions specializes in hand-made victorian furniture and hand-painted victorian and tiffany lamps. Many pieces are built with the fabric […]
The beauty and organic use of hand planes is why they are one of the most collectible tools around. The simplicity of the hand plane is what we find appealing as well as the graceful curves that are found on most antique wooden planes. Antique hand planes look great displayed […]
In college my friend Luke (not pictured) made a suit of duct tape for halloween and I now realize he was a pioneer in duct tape fashion. I’ve wrapped my foot in duct tape to protect a blister during lacrosse practice (not recommended). I suggest you use duct tape on […]
It’s still cold in the Northeast but Spring is just around the corner for many of you. That means baseball, budding plants, and birds. Like clockwork the birds return and with them life and leaves return to the trees and plants around your home. Why not welcome your winged friends […]
The remodel or move question is probably the number one quandry facing DIY renovators. Beyond any nostalgic or historical feelings one may have regarding their home, you can follow a calculated path to deciding how much you want to invest in a renovation as opposed to how long you’ll be […]