1912 Bungalow is one of our favorite houseblogs and we just found this great list they pulled together that may be welcome advice for first-time fixer-upper house owners. If I could do it all over again. 1. I would spend more money upfront and purchase a house in the best […]
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Curb appeal can be enhanced in many ways. We first like to consider what can be done with the existing landscape. Many times an afternoon spent pruning and trimming back overgrown trees and bushes can make the most difference. But sometimes a dramatic entrance such as a covered front porch […]
The choice to remodel is more than just style and function but also re-sale value. Simply put there are many upgrades and home projects that unless they are vital to the enjoyment of your home just aren’t worth it in the short or long run.
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 […]
A new renovation project takes a lot of planning, whether you’re doing it yourself or not. You have to coordinate the schedules of the contractors, gather the materials, and prepare your home. But don’t forget one last important preparation: bracing the family for the disruptions that will ensue.
If you’re new to a fixer-upper, or even if you’re just considering remodeling your old house, you’ve probably addressed the renovate vs. tear down question. If not, now’s the time to do it. Of course it’s a personal decision, but there are pros and cons to each one but it’s […]
Regardless of what you think of Al Gore’s environmental initiatives, he has gone to great lengths to walk the walk while talking the talk. He was widely criticized for living in a large home (mansion to us) that left a huge carbon and waste footprint. Now according to the U.S. […]
HGTV of Canada has listed Six Deadly Sins of DIY Projects that we should all be wary of. We would add a seventh called “Expectations” as the honeymoon of a project will quickly wear off when expectations of time, money, and finished results are not met. We aren’t suggesting you […]
Since hurricane Katrina a new architectural style has emerged in New Orleans that can only be described as Defensive (houses on pillars), Defiant (pristine homes surrounded by devastation), and Do Good (affordable housing built by non-profits) as opposed to Greek Revival, Italianate, and Creole. Many are concerned that the lack […]
We are bombarded with droll real estate news ad nauseam. Now its reported that folks are not only not able to sell or refinance their homes but they are also not investing in their homes by remodeling at the rate they have been. This is understandable considering the financial situation […]
All home’s have a history, albeit some more interesting than others. There are a few ways to research your home’s past starting with your neighbors (preferably the older residents) who may have known the previous homeowners or have photos of neighborhood landmarks or changes. You can then check out your […]
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