Remodeling

Refinish a Wood Door

Refinish a Wood Door

Over at Fixer-Upper they have refinished their exterior doors and show the steps they went through to achieve some great looking results.

Top Kitchen Countertops

Top Kitchen Countertops

About.com lists their top picks for kitchen countertop materials. Granite seems de rigeur for every new kitchen we see but that’s for good reason. Why not try an alternative material like stainless steel or concrete? But if you’ve got granite or any other pourous stone top you know they are […]

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

If you’ve been considering going tankless then the time to act is now. Through 2006 and 2007 you can receive a $300 tax credit if you purchase a tankless water heater. Here’s a rundown of how a tankless water heater works from the Department of Energy and the California Energy […]

Dark Wood Paneling

Dark Wood Paneling

If you love the old library look of dark and rich wood, you can install it in your own home. There are many types of wood panels that are no longer detrimental to the environment but harvested in a sustainable way.

Design-Build Demystified

Design-Build Demystified

Dwell magazine explains and highlights the reasons why design-build firms have come to the forefront of new construction. Design-build is simply the process of the team that formulates the plan and project is also the team that constructs the project. Applying the saying “soup-to-nuts” to the construction process.

Pocket Doors

Pocket Doors

Pocket doors are those space saving gems that builders often overlook when designing new homes. Pocket doors do not swing out on hinges like traditional doors rather they retract into a “hidden” space within the wall when open and slide out when closed. Installing a pocket door after construction can […]

The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Remodeling

The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Remodeling

Making “improvements” to your home isn’t always the best thing and many times it’s the wrong thing to do if you are trying to increase your property value. Be aware of the 7 sins of home remodeling and you’ll maximize every dollar spent on your home while increasing it’s value. […]

Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion

Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion

Water can take it’s toll to the outside of yourself as much as the inside. Your backyard, driveway, and landscaping are susceptible to damage from heavy rain and snow run-off. Proper drainage can prevent your driveway or landscaping from washing away. The number one thing to remember when planning for […]

McMansion Expansion

McMansion Expansion

Not even the rise of interest rates have stopped the trend of bigger homes. We can understand the need for living in a larger space, but stretching the footprint of your home from property line to property line and building as large a space as possible seems like such a […]

All About Paint

All About Paint

Here’s a great primer (no pun intended), for selecting, choosing, and buying the right paint for the job. With the myriad of choices in paint types, brand names, and price points, it’s easy to become very confused as to where to start and choosing your color seems like it was […]

Project Estimators

Project Estimators

A good starting point for determining the budget of your kitchen or bath remodel should be at the project estimator from contractors.com. There are also project estimators for roofing, decks, and additions. These estimators take into account your geographic area as well as the size and scope of your project […]

Extreme Home Additions

Extreme Home Additions

The extra bedroom, deck, or pool are great additions to your home but if you’ve got the space and money why not think bigger and bring your passions or activities into your home. We brought you the basketball court and here’s the low-down on installing a bowling alley, wine cellar, […]

Seismic Retrofit a Historic Building

Seismic Retrofit a Historic Building

When retrofitting an old home to be more earthquake resistant there are many sensitive issues to consider. The Old House Journal goes into great detail on how to retrofit your home safely and with minimal damage to it’s historical pedigree. Begin with these three principles: * Historic materials should be […]

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FLASH – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

FLASH – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

There is a not so new organization called FLASH that has partnered with Bob Vila to create an interactive home map that can help you identify the parts of your home that are susceptible to natural disasters. FLASH mission statement To partner with like-minded organizations from the public, private and […]

5 “P’s” of Home Remodeling

5 “P’s” of Home Remodeling

These lovely ladies seem to be enjoying the beginnings of their new addition and according to Homebasics you can be just as happy if you follow their recommended 5 “P’s” during your remodel. You’ll have a more peaceful experience and retain your sanity throughout. Surviving the Home Renovation [Homebasics]

Stone Walls

Stone Walls

The use of decorative stone can provide your modern home with a more rustic and earthy feel. This look can be created by placing stone on just one exterior wall. Beware of doing too much or your house could resemble a castle. Consider stone for interior walls as well. Stone […]

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 […]