Remodeling

Oval Office Has A New Look

Oval Office Has A New Look

Who knew our President was such a designophile? The Oval Office has undergone an extreme makeover. Some of the updates include new carpeting, wallpaper and sofas. However, the resolute desk and painting of Washington over the fireplace stayed put. Changes include: * New and reupholstered furniture, new paint and wallpaper. […]

Architectural Details Add Punch To Projects

Architectural Details Add Punch To Projects

As you plan your next DIY or renovation project, consider enhancing your space with an architectural detail that adds maximum visual impact without breaking your DIY budget. Better Homes & Gardens has a great round-up of architectural additions, complete with tips for various space or materials considerations. Our favorites?

Giveaway: Tools and More from Crestview Doors

Giveaway: Tools and More from Crestview Doors

This is our biggest Giveaway to date and we’re running it through labor day so you’ve got plenty of time to enter as well as tell all your friends and family (we’ll tell you why later). Crestview Doors is an amazing family-owned and operated business located in Austin, TX. They […]

Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall Panels from USG

Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall Panels from USG

USG’s Ultralight Drywall promises to be a revolutionary product for the remodeling/building industry. At 30% lighter than standard 1/2″ drywall, their Sheetrock Ultralight Drywall panels have overnight lessened the burden for contractors and installers around the world. What’s amazing is they haven’t sacrificed strength with the Ultralight panels which they […]

Boost Your Home’s Value With These DIY Projects

Boost Your Home’s Value With These DIY Projects

Boosting your homes value is important to us all and we all know that DIY projects require a fair amount of planning: budget, specifics, tools, decor, etc. Yet it’s also worthwhile to plan farther out and decide when–or if–you may be selling your home. If you’ll be moving in a […]

Fifty for Five in New Orleans

Fifty for Five in New Orleans

We’ve been invited to participate in Fifty for Five in New Orleans this year and we literally can’t wait to tie-on our tool belt and start working. Rebuilding Together made a pledge to rehabilitate 1,000 homes in the Gulf and in conjunction with the 5th year anniversary of the Hurricane […]

Tips on DIYing A Hardwood Floor (From First-Time Floor-Layers)

Tips on DIYing A Hardwood Floor (From First-Time Floor-Layers)

Recently, my husband and I embarked on an epic adventure in our home renovation. We — actually he and a friend, because I’m nine months pregnant and can barely bend at the waist — completely DIY’ed a hardwood floor for our impending daughter’s nursery. In light of this post detailing […]

Dwelling:3918 Chronicles A Complete Renovation

Dwelling:3918 Chronicles A Complete Renovation

Thanks to a tip from one of my favorite local blogs, I found myself with a new must-read site. Dwelling:3918 tells the story of one Kansas City family’s quest to completely renovate a 122-year-old stone home in their scenic Hyde Park neighborhood. As is the case with many older homes, […]

Giveaway: Design in a Bag

Giveaway: Design in a Bag

We’ll be celebrating kitchen remodels all this month and we’re excited to kick-off this week with a Giveaway from recently profiled, Design in a Bag. Regardless of your design experience or style preference, Design in a Bag offers a wide selection of kits that provide you with a color palette […]

This New House Premieres Tonight on the DIY Network

This New House Premieres Tonight on the DIY Network

Tonight is the premiere of This New House on the DIY Network with Kevin O’Connor (current host of This Old House) and Amy Matthews. It’s on at 8pm EST and produced by Bruce Irving who was the longtime executive producer of This Old House. From the trailer it looks like […]

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

Apartment Renovation Inspiration

I can’t stop looking at the pictures of a full apartment renovation that recently appeared in a guest post on one of my favorite blogs, A Brooklyn Limestone In Progress. The contributor, Nicole Cohen, just launched her own blog but stopped over at BL to share a wealth of pictures […]

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

Contain DIY Waste With The Bagster

My inspiration for C&H blog posts knows no bounds–magazines, newspapers, HGTV, friends and family–and now, television commercials. Last night, I found myself intrigued by an ad for The Bagster, a dumpster in a bag that can be purchased at local home improvement stores and, post-project, hauled away by scheduling a […]

How Do You Live Through a Remodel?

How Do You Live Through a Remodel?

Could you go two weeks without a toilet? That’s what many New Yorkers face when renovating their apartments and I’m sure you can feel their pain when your kitchen is wrapped or your hallways are torn up. We noticed a new reality show on the DIY Network that focuses on […]

The Ultimate Remodeling Cost Guide

The Ultimate Remodeling Cost Guide

Our friends at Fixr have been busy building this very comprehensive remodeling cost guide. We can’t vouch for its accuracy and any cost guide is always just a ballpark figure as all projects are different mainly due to materials used and geographic location of the job. Regardless of these issues […]

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

3D Virtual Room Planning Tools

As technology and software keeps advancing the sophistication in 3D virtual room planning tools continues to grow. This list will help you find an online design tool that works best for you. All of these are free with so you can start designing your own room immediately and in 3D! […]

Remodeling Rules Have Changed

Remodeling Rules Have Changed

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard has announced that in 2010 remodeling will increase 5% over 2009. This would mark the first increase since 2006. Great news for all of us in the home improvement business. But the key factor to note from this study was not the […]

Mistakes To Avoid for First-Time DIY’ers

Mistakes To Avoid for First-Time DIY’ers

When my husband and I bought our house, we did so with every intention of getting all HGTV on the place. Despite neither of us having any home renovation experience, we naively looked around and assumed that small repairs and some paint would fix up our new home and make […]

Dwell on Design Los Angeles Home Tours

Dwell on Design Los Angeles Home Tours

The Dwell on Design tradeshow was fun but what we were really looking forward to was the Dwell Home Tours. Dwell sets up an Eastside and Westside tour of 6 homes each that are all built in a Modern style. The interiors are also designed and decorated in the Modern […]