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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.”

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 […]

Buying a Fixer-Upper

Buying a Fixer-Upper

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 […]

Front Porch Progress

Front Porch Progress

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 […]

Is Your Remodel Worth It?

Is Your Remodel Worth It?

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.

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 […]

Preparing for Renovations

Preparing for Renovations

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.

Remodel vs. Tear down

Remodel vs. Tear down

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 […]

Build Your Dream Home

Build Your Dream Home

According to this article by CNNMoney, now is a great time to build your dream home. Cost of materials, land, and skilled labor is at it’s lowest in years. For example, Framing lumber is now 18% cheaper than it was 18 months ago, while drywall is selling for 40% less. […]

Al Gore Goes Green(er)

Al Gore Goes Green(er)

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. […]

Seven Deadly Sins of DIY

Seven Deadly Sins of DIY

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 […]

Big Easy Rebuild

Big Easy Rebuild

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 […]

Home Remodeling Suffers Setbacks from Subprime Fiasco Fallout

Home Remodeling Suffers Setbacks from
Subprime Fiasco Fallout

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 […]

Bannister Recovery and More…

Bannister Recovery and More…

While this bannister may be reminiscent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version), it’s time to restore it to it’s glorious natural finish. Check out this project among many others in Brownstoner’s renovation forums.

Study Up on Your Home’s History

Study Up on Your Home’s History

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 […]

The Top 10 Home Improvement Movies

The Top 10 Home Improvement Movies

***UPDATE*** ServiceMagic has challenged this list with a Top 10 list of their own. We’ve matched up these lists and proven ours is still the best! Check out our reviews and vote for the winner. **************** After watching the Money Pit for the first time in about 10 years time […]