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Building A Bridge Between Two Homes

Building A Bridge Between Two Homes

Some people are incredibly invested in their private space. Maybe it’s a cozy nook for reading, a sumptuous bathroom made for spa-like relaxing or a well-lit office that’s conducive to long bursts of productivity. Of course, some people need a little more space. And if you’re one of them, you’ll […]

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Tiling 101: Start With The Basics

Whether you’re needing a new backsplash, wall or floor, tiling is often consider a DIY project. And with some experience, tiling can be relatively easy to get the hang of. But if you’re just starting out, there are some tips to keep in mind to help ensure your project’s success–and […]

Must-Have Tools For Home Repair Success

Must-Have Tools For Home Repair Success

A DIYer without tools is like an artist without a paintbrush; a writer without a pencil; a blogger without a computer — well, you get my drift. The importance of tools to home improvement projects is undeniable, but the bigger question is: what are the must-have tools for home repair? […]

Rhett Butler Knows His Hardware

Rhett Butler Knows His Hardware

Everyone has a passion. For New Yorker Edward Rhett Butler, who opts to go by his middle name, his love of hardware has fueled not only a long-running personal hobby, but also a successful 20-year company. In a New York Times profile, Butler discusses his fascination with hardware: keys from […]

Best Low and Non VOC Paints

Best Low and Non VOC Paints

New York Times writer Stephen Treffinger has the patience to do what few of us would find time for: road-testing non-toxic paints to determine which brand reigns supreme. Although non-toxic interior paints (defined as such because they have little to no Volatile Organic Compounds that contain toxic chemicals) are celebrated […]

Baby, It’s Cold Inside! – Going Heatless

Baby, It’s Cold Inside! – Going Heatless

During the winter, a natural reaction is to turn up the heat–crank it, in some cases–to get warm air flooding through your home’s interior. But thanks to a tip from this New York Times story, I’ve been introduced to an opposite species–those who prefer to live without heat (or a […]

Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

Home Repair Books: An Overlooked Resource

If you were seeking information for a home improvement project pre-internet (which wasn’t that long ago), your options were: A. Ask a friend, family member or your local hardware store for advice. B. Refer to your back issues of your Family Handyman or This Old House. C. Crack open your […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Beyond the plethora of magazines and websites that extol the virtues of living a greener lifestyle and one which not only is minimally invasive to the environment but also saves you energy which in turn saves you money, there are “experts” who will do home visits and review your energy […]

DIY Blunders can be Avoided by Calling in the Pros

DIY Blunders can be Avoided by Calling in the Pros

We’ve mentioned this before but some house projects should be left to professionals. Be honest with yourself and what you are capable of. Sometimes its great to get in over your head and learn as you go, especially if time and money aren’t necessarily an issue, but some house projects […]

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

In our ongoing quest to consider “greener” solutions to cleaning products that don’t leave a toxic residue or acidic odor, the New York Times has conducted a field test of numerous window cleaners. It turns out the water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol based cleaners was very effective and they also highly […]

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 […]

Don’t Ditch the Work Truck

Don’t Ditch the Work Truck

. While you may view your pickup truck or SUV as a gas-guzzler, it’s probably not wise to trade-in or downsize to a smaller vehicle right now. Consider the current trade-in value of your truck as well as the absolute value of needing a vehicle to haul equipment and materials. […]

Dudley Do-Rights on the DIY Network

Dudley Do-Rights on the DIY Network

This article from the New York Times seems like an advertorial for the DIY Network. But it’s neither complimentary or negative on the programming. The writer simply sits down to 24 hours of the DIY Network and makes a few observations. The key one being:

Green Building Materials from Transmaterial

Green Building Materials from Transmaterial

The New York Times turned us onto Transmaterial, which is a green building website that focuses on innovative materials and green alternatives to traditional materials.

Do-It-Yourself without Debt

Do-It-Yourself without Debt

This homeowner and his family have renovated their 1913 tudor house (which they bought for $65,000 twelve years ago) with pure sweat equity and have managed to completely transform a home that was on the brink of being condemned all without going into debt and living and spending within their […]

Notes from a Dream House Diary

Notes from a Dream House Diary

The Kitchen Designer has been an avid reader of the New York Time’s blog the Dream House Diary which chronicles a couples experiences while building their dream house on Anna Maria Island in Florida.