Share Your Project with Built by Kids – Win Some Stuff

This has been an amazing summer for us. We’ve been putting in the miles with media trips across the country and mixing in a jaunt to Paris…for a babymoon. Yes, Laura and I are expecting a boy in September! We’re super excited and thought, why not make this extra fun (crazy) by starting a new website!

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Built by Kids is a lifestyle website dedicated to expanding the imagination, creativity and hands-on skills of children everywhere. As technology continues to infiltrate the lives of our children, we are nostalgic for a time when kids built forts and played in sandboxes.
Our tagline, The ABC’s of DIY, pretty much sums up our mission to become the premiere destination for dynamic, kid friendly projects that engage families, educators and caregivers on an emotional and practical level while providing an online community where they can share their own projects.
If this sounds like you and your family then keep reading as we need your help to get this project off the ground.
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We’re curating our favorite BUILT by YOU projects to feature on the site, and we know that you have some super sweet projects you’ve either stored in your attic or have planned for this weekend. Why not bring them to life online?!
Here’s how it works:
+ Your projects will be organized into three categories: built BY your child, built WITH your child, built FOR your child.
+ We’ll select our favorite projects and then turn the voting over to our readers.
+ The winner will receive not only our undying respect and admiration, but a glossy photo feature on the site, a prize of game show proportions, and well deserved bragging rights.
Simply send an email with your project description and photos to thedahls@builtbykids.com. Deadline for entry is August 22, 2011.
We look forward to seeing you online soon and in the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on projects, collaborations and events
Cheers! Timothy and Laura Dahl

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Allison

    You should know what you’re doing before working as your own general contractor. I’ve done it for 10 years, but there are times when I have our carpenter supervise certain aspects that are either too technical or require more time than I can devote to it.

    Here’s an interesting article about when to turn over the reigns to a contractor.

    http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/15019.shtml

    In terms of what contractors charge, it really is up to the contractor, but home owners should make sure they are getting a reasonable deal. Ask the contractor what his mark up is — if he doesn’t mind telling you, then it’s probably a fair percentage. We had one guy try to charge us an extra $400 to “tip” the garbage man for taking construction debris, only to find out the garbage man wouldn’t take tips. Guess where that $400 would have gone?

    • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

      You’re right Allison. Working as your own contractor is no day in the park. Best to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can in regards to what to expect from the job. It’s also important to be honest with yourself and evaluate your skill set and how well you manage people.