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Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Family Advice for Surviving a Remodel

Theresa and Mark Clement of the popular Do-It-Yourself radio show and website, MyFixItUpLife, see a lot of each other. Partners as a married couple and in business they work with each other on many more levels and with many more projects than most couples do. They’ve also been through numerous […]

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

So you’re ready to start that big renovation project — a new kitchen, an updated bathroom, or maybe even an entire house! Before you install the new, you’ve got to take care of the old. In the past, the most common practice was demolition, whether performed by sledgehammer-wielding homeowners or […]

How To Prepare Your Home & Household for a Remodel

How To Prepare Your Home & Household for a Remodel

Even if you aren’t doing the job yourself, you should take steps to prepare your home and household before a major renovation begins. Once contractors start running around your home and the demo starts, it’s often too late to lay the groundwork for an efficient remodel. Here are some steps […]

Survive A Reno With A Temporary Kitchen

Survive A Reno With A Temporary Kitchen

For most of us, one of the hardest parts of a large-scale renovation is dealing with the mess, confusion and chaos created by the project. Take the kitchen, for example, which is often the center of the home. If you’re in the process of redoing your kitchen, it can be […]

Save Big During A Renovation

Save Big During A Renovation

We wall want to save big during a renovation and because we feature reader tips, tricks, projects and inspiration as often as possible, it’s no surprise that I love taking a voyeuristic peek into someone else’s home to follow along with a renovation experience that can save save me money. […]

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 […]

Thoughtful Changes Enhance Small Kitchen

Thoughtful Changes Enhance Small Kitchen

Sometimes a renovated kitchen doesn’t have to mean breaking down walls and relocating to a different spot in the house. When I spotted this kitchen reno on CasaSugar I thought it was a great example of smart, small changes on a tight budget. The homeowners chose custom panels for our […]

Things are Looking Up in the Remodeling Industry

Things are Looking Up in the Remodeling Industry

Local home renovating and remodeling on the rise The sound of hammers could be a sign of a local economic turnaround. Certain home construction projects are on the rise in the Chippewa Valley. Remodeling projects are making a comeback With the economy improving and retailers and contractors still offering good […]

The Renovation Chain of Command

The Renovation Chain of Command

We’ve been following this great home renovation series from the Wall Street Journal as a tech editor, Julia Angwin, continues to renovate her Harlem Brownstone. This week she shares a humbling experience regarding the chain of command when it comes to a renovation. It’s a lesson learned and fortunately Julia’s […]

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers that it’s only a matter of time until it’s a seller’s market once again. Until that happens, it’s important […]

Converting an Old Barn Into a Printing Studio

Converting an Old Barn Into a Printing Studio

Wedding stationers Rebecca and Dade moved from Florida to New Hampshire in 2007 with the intent of finding a property with a barn to renovate for their online business, The White Aisle. (Which has TOTALLY AWESOME wedding stationary, if I do say so myself … my wedding invites were from […]

Follow a Brownstone Renovation in the Wall Street Journal

Follow a Brownstone Renovation in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is one of my favorite papers and this goes beyond their outstanding business news. If you dig a little deeper you’ll find some of the greatest coverage of art, science, fashion and home related stories that you would read anywhere and with newspapers and original reporting […]

New Yorkers are Flocking to Fixer-Uppers

New Yorkers are Flocking to Fixer-Uppers

The demand for fixer-uppers in NYC has never been that high but as inventory has grown and the competitive prices for move-in ready apartments continues to swell, more city dwellers are considering renovating old dwellings. If the buyer is in a comfortable living situation and doesn’t mind waiting to renovate […]

Ask Deren Your Biggest Remodel and Renovation Needs

My passion is helping people remodel and renovate their homes and businesses. Not only is it how I make my living, it is how I spend much of my “free” time. (OK, as much “free” time as a parent of two kids under 4 has…) I love the excited look […]

The Handyguys Podcast

The Handyguys Podcast

There are many ways to find home improvement advice. The most popular have always been books, magazines, tv and now blogs. Well these guys saw an opportunity to share their knowledge and opinions on home improvement via a podcast which is an audio episode you can download and listen to […]

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

We want to share one of our favorite new houseblogs, San Fran Vic. The homeowners have chronicled the ongoing restoration of their 1890’s Victorian home in San Francisco. They’ve done amazing work so far and we are particularly stricken by their staircase renovation which they’ve laid out in 7 blog […]

Keeping the Kids in Mind while Remodeling

Keeping the Kids in Mind while Remodeling

Remodeling is not only an adjustment for adults but can also be exciting and stressful for kids in the house. Instead of just telling your children you’re adding a room or changing the kitchen, take this opportunity to go into a bit more detail about the process of remodeling and […]

Quick Hits from Bruce Irving

Quick Hits from Bruce Irving

We received a welcome email recently from home renovation specialist, Bruce Irving. Typically he meets clients in-person or advises over the phone in regards to their renovation or remodeling project and in many instances he stays in for the duration of the project or at least until all of the […]

The Design Vote and More

The Design Vote and More

Late night spent watching white bentley car chase/standoff unfold on FOX and Twitter. It’s fascinating what keeps you entertained in LA. Some links to take you through the morning. + San Francisco Victorian renovation from Thomas Leach + How-to Make a Headboard with Electrical tape + In Praise of Patina […]

Time to Do-It-Yourself

Time to Do-It-Yourself

As news about the economy worsens we try to stay positive and focused on the expenses we can control. The outlook at big box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes have not been good but that should translate into savings for homeowners looking to buy materials at a better […]

Old Home Renovation Specialist

Old Home Renovation Specialist

We like general contractors who focus on renovating period homes. Charlie Allen is a renovator who fits this description and he answers some questions. Our favorite quotes: Peeling back the aluminum siding from a home to see what treasures lie beneath. “That,” he says, “is really fun.”