Remodeling

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

While in Maui we had the pleasure of visiting designer Xorin Balbes latest project he’s named, Ke-Ao Lanihuli which translates to “The light from the heavens to overturn old conditions bringing enlightenment.” The name is certainly fitting for this place which we will touch on later. You may know Xorin […]

Disney Builds Luxury Homes

Disney Builds Luxury Homes

For the most part anything that Disney touches turns to gold so we won’t bet against their plan to build luxury homes. According to the Wall Street Journal: Walt Disney Co. plans to unveil Wednesday its first foray into residential real estate in more than a decade with a pricey […]

New Home Construction Slowing

New Home Construction Slowing

According to a recent report from CNN Money – home building is taking a break. They report that housing starts fell 10% last month. Forecasts may have originally been too optimistic. April was the last month in which first-time home buyers could qualify for a federal tax credit of up […]

Majority Of Homeowners Prioritize Home Improvements

Majority Of Homeowners Prioritize Home Improvements

A survey taken by American Express (and reported by MarketWatch of The Wall Street Journal digital network) indicates that a majority of homeowners will continue to invest in home improvements throughout the remainder of the year. According to survey results, 62 percent of homeowners plan to spend an average of […]

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Tigressa SoftStyle Carpet from Shaw Floors

Yesterday we had an opportunity to visit the Shaw Floors campus in Dalton, GA. We were given a behind the scenes tour of the facilities and shown the process it takes to bring a carpet line from conception to market. Shaw also introduced us to their latest product, Tigressa SoftStyle. […]

This Old House in Los Angeles

This Old House in Los Angeles

If you’ve got a beach bungalow that needs work or a craftsman addition planned, now’s your chance to have the crew from This Old House take on your project. Hard to believe but for the first time This Old House will be featuring a House Project in the Los Angeles […]

Bags are the New Dumpsters

Bags are the New Dumpsters

When it’s time for a renovation, renting dumpsters can be a pain. Plus they take up space in your driveway or lawn and can take far too long to get hauled away. Waste Management’s Bagster system – an 8x4x2.6 bag- is a super easy way to haul away waste from […]

Home Building News: Faked Asbestos Tests, Home Sales Jump, Remodeling is Back

Home Building News: Faked Asbestos Tests, Home Sales Jump, Remodeling is Back

Inspector Says He Faked Results in Building Tests A safety inspector’s admission that he submitted clean asbestos or lead results for buildings in New York that he never inspected raises many troubling questions. New-Homes Sales Jump 27% Some Economists Think Rise Is Overstated and That Sales Are Simply Being Shifted […]

Create Accurate 2D Layouts with AutoCAD Freestyle

Create Accurate 2D Layouts with AutoCAD Freestyle

We’re all looking for easy to use room design tools that will help us layout a design before lifting one piece of furniture. Today, AutoCAD Freestyle launched and it promises to be the design tool that is as easy to use as pen and paper, but has the accuracy of […]

Living in a 250-sqft Remodeled Garage

Living in a 250-sqft Remodeled Garage

Homeowner Michelle de la Vega rented out her main house for extra income and began a remodel on a 250-square foot garage for herself. With the help of her dad she transformed the space in a beautiful living area and kept costs down by serving as her own contractor and […]

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

SnapStone Interlocking Tile System: Tiling Made Easier

We were recently introduced to SnapStone which is a floating porcelain tile system. What’s unique about SnapStone is that along the edge of each piece of tile are a set of over/under teeth that when set against another piece of tile will lock each in place. This inter-locking system creates […]

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to the ceiling and saw … gridlines. There was a drop ceiling. I remember saying to my then-fiance that the […]

Extreme House Foreclosures

Extreme House Foreclosures

The ABC television show ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ rode the wave of real estate high times and keeping people in big homes that they probably never should have been approved for. Instead of helping makeover a modest home or move people to a home they could afford, this show renovated […]

Spankin’ New Shower Enclosures

Spankin’ New Shower Enclosures

Have you ever gutted, dry walled, renovated and had to install a shower and tub in a bathroom? Well, I haven’t. But I have had to lay down new flooring, repaint, rip out cabinets, install new cabinets in a bathroom in my last home. But guess what had to stay? […]

Exploring Romper Rooms

Exploring Romper Rooms

We’re launching a new regular series called Romper Rooms. Living, dining and bedrooms are all necessary areas of a typical home but many of us covet an extra room to “romp” around in. Whether it’s for your yoga practice, pool table or workout room, we want to share the necessary […]

Shine a Light: Illuminating a Home with Vintage Fixtures

Shine a Light: Illuminating a Home with Vintage Fixtures

When my friends Bob and Anne Marie were sourcing lighting for their new house in Hermosa Beach, California, they bypassed home improvement superstores and specialty shops. Instead they rose at the crack of dawn and headed straight to the Long Beach Antique Market to scour the wares of hundreds of […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

A Note about Home Buying Vision: Buying a Ruin in Italy

A Note about Home Buying Vision: Buying a Ruin in Italy

I thought my sister Michelle was crazy when she forked over her hard-earned savings for a pile of rubble in southern Italy. No, she wasn’t purchasing the property for its potential value as an archaeological dig site. This was going to be her vacation home, the place she spends summers […]