Remodeling

Why We’ll Be Watching HGTV’d

Why We’ll Be Watching HGTV’d

In a couple of weeks, HGTV will premiere a new series: “HGTV’d.” And we love the premise. HGTV hosts will travel around the country (accompanied by a massive HGTV’d 18-wheeler) to surprise unsuspecting viewers with home makeovers! Home makeover shows are certainly not new to the programming line-up, but we […]

Hometalk for Home Improvement Advice

Hometalk for Home Improvement Advice

We’d like to give a big shout-out to Hometalk! They’ve been a great partner of Charles & Hudson this year and we wanted to share with you a bit more about what they offer . Hometalk is a place where people can ask home and garden questions, share advice, get […]

On Location at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show KBIS 2011

On Location at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show KBIS 2011

We’re headed to Las Vegas for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) which is the largest kitchen and bath trade show in the country. There are enough sinks, cabinets and appliances to make your head spin. You can follow our experiences at K/BIS on Twitter and Facebook as we’ll […]

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

DIY As Couples’ Therapy

Anyone out there watching “Parenthood?” It’s one of our favorites right now, but we especially love that one of the characters, Crosby (played by Dax Shepard) is currently renovating a newly purchased home as a way to win back his ex-fiancee, Jasmine (played by Joy Bryant). His family members are […]

Planning For An Outdoor Space

Planning For An Outdoor Space

We’re seeing some amazing photos around the Internet of newly renovated outdoor spaces. ‘Tis the season to break out the patio furniture and barbecue grill and spend as many hours outside as possible! But perhaps your outdoor area is in need of a makeover. Regardless of what you want to […]

Do You Clean During A Remodel?

Do You Clean During A Remodel?

We’ve talked several times here at C&H about living through a large-scale renovation. Whether you flee to a short-term residence or set up temporary rooms, there’s no doubt that remodeling disrupts your lifestyle throughout the duration of the project. (But the results? So worth it!) We came across an interesting […]

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Theresa and Mark Clement of the popular Do-It-Yourself radio show and website, MyFixItUpLife, see a lot of each other. Partners as a married couple and in business they work with each other on many more levels and with many more projects than most couples do. They’ve also been through numerous […]

Do You Recognize the 5 Warning Signs of Bad Home Design?

Do You Recognize the 5 Warning Signs of Bad Home Design?

In your search for the perfect home you’ll undoubtedly come across many that are complete junk, from both an aesthetic and construction point of view. Bad home design comes in many different flavors but here are some warning signs that can help you steer clear from the mayhem. Don’t get […]

Would You Move Into An Apartment During A Renovation?

Would You Move Into An Apartment During A Renovation?

If you’ve made it through a large-scale renovation, you know that it can be a life-altering experience. The result–a shiny new space that you designed (and probably even built)–usually outweighs the drama, high costs and stress associated with such a massive undertaking. For whole house renovations, it can be difficult […]

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Lessons Learned: Check Your City’s Codes And Regulations Before DIY-ing

Applying a coat of fresh paint, refinishing hardwood floors, installing built-in shelves–these sorts of DIY projects can be completed within the privacy of your own home. But what happens when a project moves outside, whether to your home’s exterior or your surrounding property? Take a cue from a Los Angeles […]

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

How To Install Crown Molding In A Weekend

Watching home improvement or real estate shows with my boyfriend really irks me. He laughs when couples get excited over crown molding in a house. I finally had to ask him why it annoyed him so much – and he said that anyone can install crown molding in their home. […]

How Do You Tackle Your DIY To-Do List?

How Do You Tackle Your DIY To-Do List?

Now that warmer weather is (possibly) on the way (sorry – we’re a little snow-weary here in Kansas CIty!), you may find your DIY list getting even longer with the temptation of warm, sunny days–and more daylight hours–beckoning your inner productivity. There’s no doubt that a little planning and research […]

How To Navigate A Home Show

How To Navigate A Home Show

Spring will soon be here, and that means it’s prime home show time for much of the country. Whether your city hosts a home show or a combined home and garden event, these expos can be valuable resources of information, products and tips. Yet they can also be overwhelming, thanks […]

Tile Removal Tips

Tile Removal Tips

Removing tile is right up there with removing wallpaper as one of the more challenging DIY jobs. If you’ve decided it’s time for new tile, you’ll have to remove the old. This process becomes a lot trickier if you want to salvage the existing tile for use in another project. […]

3 Priorities When Considering Universal Design

3 Priorities When Considering Universal Design

The U.S. is in the middle of a boom–or, should we say, a boomer. The nation’s baby boomer generation is now turning 65 in record numbers; nearly 7,000 a day. This generational milestone not only has repercussions on the healthcare, homebuilding and other industries, but has also promoted a number […]

Best Home Improvement Apps

Best Home Improvement Apps

We’ve been sharing our favorite home improvement apps for a few years so we decided to compile them into a helpful guide that is categorized according to your home improvement needs. Many of these apps are available for your iPhone, Blackberry or Droid device and some are even tablet ready […]

This Old House: Sneak Peek Los Angeles House Project

This Old House: Sneak Peek Los Angeles House Project

Today we had a unique opportunity to tour the This Old House Los Angeles House Project. It’s the first house project that This Old House has taken on in LA. Hard to believe since they’ve been at it for more than 30 years and have done two homes just up […]

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

So you’re ready to start that big renovation project — a new kitchen, an updated bathroom, or maybe even an entire house! Before you install the new, you’ve got to take care of the old. In the past, the most common practice was demolition, whether performed by sledgehammer-wielding homeowners or […]