Remodeling

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 […]

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.

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. […]

Framing, Installing, and Hanging Doors

Framing, Installing, and Hanging Doors

From the Answers @ Ace section of the Ace website comes a great how-to for framing and hanging doors. This step-by-step will take you through the process. Starting with the framing using 2x4s, hanging then mortising the door for hinges, and finally installing a cylinder lock. Look for a post […]

Install Wood Stair Railing

Install Wood Stair Railing

Installing wood stair railing is a very common do-it-yourself project that improves the safety of your home. Tom Silva of This Old House shares some tips for installing a wood stair railing. Any stair without a handrail is dangerous, so I’m glad you’re taking action. You’re also right to anchor […]

Painting a Concrete Floor

Painting a Concrete Floor

A concrete floor is easy to clean, requires little maintenance, and gives your space an industrial look. They can be perfect for basements as well as other unfinished rooms in your home but many times you may want the benefits of a concrete floor without the coldness of it. The […]

Backsplash Installation

Backsplash Installation

One of the easiest kitchen makeovers you can do is install a tile backsplash. Installing tile on the wall between the countertop and the upper cabinets allows you to customize the look of your kitchen and add patterns or colors that compliment the rest of your house. It also makes […]

Selecting Crown, Chair, and Base Molding

Selecting Crown, Chair, and Base Molding

One of the smartest ways to add warmth and comfort to a plain looking room is by adding molding. Crown molding runs along the top of the top of the wall and intersects with your ceiling. There are many different styles to choose from depending on your desired effect. You […]

Cooling an Attic with Soffit Vents

An attic that isn’t ventilated can act like a sauna and get extremely hot. An easy way to resolve this is by adding soffit vents. These vents should be installed underneath the eaves of your house and will cross-circulate the air in your attic by bringing in fresh air and […]

Draw Your Own 3D Models

Draw Your Own 3D Models

Lifehacker has turned us onto yet another amazing application from Google called SketchUp. No longer is home 3D modeling reserved for the architects and CAD experts of the world. SketchUp allows you to easily put your 3D ideas onscreen and work with the elements of texture, color, and shadowing to […]

Building and Installing a Screen or Storm Door

Let the spring air flow through your house and listen to the birds sing, while keeping out the bugs and pollen. That’s what a screen door will do for you. Here are some sources for building and installing your own. If you are looking for a pre-made door we suggest […]

Strengthen Your Floor By Joist Sistering

Strengthen Your Floor By Joist Sistering

Floors in old homes can tend to sag or bounce as they get older. The only way to fix this is through “sistering” the joists located below the floor panels. This involves attaching joists of a similar size alongside the existing joists. This technique can also be used to make […]

Easy Mirror Upgrade

Easy Mirror Upgrade

Mirrormate embellishes a plain flat mirror and adds details and framing that will brighten any room. Thanks Alix.

Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertops

Here’s a nice photo set of a concrete countertop installation.

Lighting Sets the Tone

Plan your lighting layout with this helpful tool from Merillat. It outlines four different types of room lighting and how to achieve the perfect glow. Lighting a Room [Merillat]