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Dream Cave House

Dream Cave House

If you have an extra $300,000 sitting around or are simply after a change of scenery, then the Sleeper family of Festus, Missouri (suburban St. Louis) have a deal for you. In response to the housing crisis, they’ve put their cave home up for sale. It’s an ironic twist, as […]

Can You Really Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Can You Really Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Fire safety is never a laughing matter, especially during the winter months when a prevalence of candles, space heaters and other warming devices contribute to an increase in residential fires. Test your fire extinguisher savvy with the help of a guide that provides directions on usage (complete with an easy-to-remember […]

New Shelter Magazine to Debut, Fresh Home

New Shelter Magazine to Debut, Fresh Home

Reader’s Digest is seemingly unconcerned about a vicious economy that’s claimed a number of shelter titles in recent months. The company’s newest title, Fresh Home, is set to hit newsstands on Feb. 27 and “will adopt and adapt much of its editorial content from a sibling title in Australia,” according […]

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind a pungent odor that pollutes even the cleanest of kitchens. To ensure your small yet mighty garbage grinder runs […]

Create a Home Project and Renovation Binder

Create a Home Project and Renovation Binder

Once you’ve finished reveling in the cleverness of this blog’s tagline, proceed onward for tips on creating your own home bible–a collection of projects, ideas, inspiration and anything else related to your home. The idea originated with a column in one of our favorite magazines, but can easily be adapted […]

Decorate on a Dime with Sharpie Markers

Decorate on a Dime with Sharpie Markers

Photo: Courtesy of Blog, I Am Your Father Take a page out of Charlie Kratzer’s book–or, better yet, a picture of a wall of Kratzer’s basement, decorated entirely by line drawings sketched with Sharpie markers. Reporter Cheryl Truman lists the inclusion of several well-known cartoon characters, literary figures, notable people […]

Small Space, Big Fun

Small Space, Big Fun

With all the talk of rising costs and a new found emphasis on green living, small spaces are the new penthouses. Don’t be put off by what may seem like a cramped interior–instead, check out these floorplans for some decorative inspiration and clever placement that makes a modest interior seem […]

Itemize Your Possessions and Secure the List

Itemize Your Possessions and Secure the List

One of the most important parts of a home renovation process–and a practice that is sometimes overlooked–is the organizing and safekeeping of relevant financial documents that create a detailed file of your house, big-ticket purchases, etc.

Research Your Home’s History

Research Your Home’s History

You’ve likely spent a good deal of time and money on renovating your older home. While you’re working to restore newness and increased functionality to your residence, consider devoting time to tracing your home’s roots–much like you would when searching for family genealogy. Writer Kimberly Powell suggests several tips for […]

Refinishing hardwood floors

Refinishing hardwood floors

In addition to hiring pet-sitters, arranging for mail pick-up and suspending newspaper subscriptions, consider scheduling home maintenance projects like refinishing hardwood floors when you’re on vacation.

National Home Ownership Month

National Home Ownership Month

If you own a home, raise a glass to yourself (and your mortgage!) during National Home Ownership Month. This is a great time to treat your humble abode, whether you pick up some new furnishings, try a new decorative technique or finally dedicate the time to start that intensive home […]

How to Hang a Window Box

How to Hang a Window Box

If you like the idea of fresh flowers, plants and herbs, yet the idea of maintaining a large garden makes your green thumb cower in fright, try maintaining a smaller plot within a window box. The experts at This Old House have come to the rescue with step-by-step instructions, complete […]

Interior inspiration

Interior inspiration

Photo courtesy of Behr Paints After you’ve finished constructing an interior wall, you have the luxury of a sturdy blank canvas on which to apply a vast array of painting, papering and other decorative techniques.

Common Roof Repairs

Common Roof Repairs

To avoid prohibitively expensive roof replacements, maintain a working roof by examining it regularly and follow up with this list of common repair projects, including repairing slipped roof tiles, removing birds’ nests in chimney pots and cleaning or repairing clogged or damaged guttering.

Off-the-grid a popular choice for secondary homes

Off-the-grid a popular choice for secondary homes

By now, you know the drill. Fuel and food and energy costs have skyrocketed. Bikes are hot. SUVs are not. Green is, most definitely, the new black. And as you grow more aware of managing energy and other expenses, don’t discount what is likely your biggest expense—your home. Sure, we […]

Recycled Glass Countertops

Recycled Glass Countertops

Considering a kitchen facelift? Swapping out countertops and cabinetry can have a more dramatic (and instantaneous) aesthetic effect, provided your budget isn’t on life support. If you haven’t yet found inspiration do a search on our website for countertops where you’ll find all of our recycled glass countertop articles.

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Photo: courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! As seen in the latest […]

Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

Nevada, California, and Arizona…Oh My!

In a grim sign of continuing economic troubles, a report released today indicates a 112 percent increase in foreclosures—in other words, one out of every 194 U.S. households has received a foreclosure filing. Hardest hit states include Nevada, California and Arizona.