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Top 10 Ways to Build Green

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

The Central Plains chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is at the Greater Kansas City Home Show this weekend, offering tips and resources for homeowners interested in going green, especially when building a home. According to a tip sheet compiled by the Central Plains chapter, the top 10 ways […]

Smart Shopper: Tips For Buying On Craigslist

Smart Shopper: Tips For Buying On Craigslist

I’m a big fan of Craigslist. I’ve found lots of goodies like a vintage Formica kitchen table to a fabulous pine dresser that I’m hoping to pick up today. If you’re looking to score on a great find, follow these tips before you buy. Early Bird Catches The Worm If […]

Safe To Paint A Radiator?

Safe To Paint A Radiator?

After seeing this post over at Apartment Therapy, I got to wondering….how safe is it to paint those out-dated heaters? I doubt this guy decorated his apartment around his brick red radiator, but painting heating equipment sounds, well, dangerous to me. After a bit of researching, the best response I […]

Safely Living Next To a Vacant Home

Safely Living Next To a Vacant Home

With the housing crisis still rippling through the country, many homeowners may find themselves living in more of a graveyard instead of a neighborhood. Homes are becoming (and remaining) vacant at an alarming rate, and while these vacancies bring down property values and become eyesores, remaining homeowners need to take […]

5 Quick Bathroom Furniture Ideas

5 Quick Bathroom Furniture Ideas

Many people underestimate the humble bathroom, but it is as important as any other room. To make the most out of your bathroom, here are some furniture ideas. 1. While a pedestal sink can look chic, a full vanity gives extra storage space, with room both below the sink as […]

10 DIY Tips for the Kids

10 DIY Tips for the Kids

In the latest issue of ReadyMade magazine which has been redesigned for Feb/March 2010, they share 5 ways to DIY with the kids. 1. Need to straighten art? Take out the level and let your kid eye the bubble. 2. Allow your child to use a hammer to remove nails […]

Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

You need more than just duct tape to fix a hole in the ceiling. To properly repair ceiling holes: + No matter how big the whole, be careful and look out for wires for ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. + For drywall holes that are very small, use a spackling […]

Bathroom Decorating Tips – Focus

Bathroom Decorating Tips – Focus

While it may not be the most talked about room in the house, it should be one of the most functional. Here are some easy tips to consider when decorating the bathroom. While matching isn’t strictly necessary in all areas of a home, in a bathroom it can be the […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

Over time a door placed in a wood frame will begin to sag causing air leaks around the door and space between the weatherstripping and door frame. Checking the hinge attachments is the first thing you should look at but if everything looks tight give these two tips a try […]

Tips to Childproof Your Home

Tips to Childproof Your Home

Childproofing your home may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be the most important step you take to keep your child safe during the important early formative years. The basic concept of childproofing is to make sure that your child can’t leave the home and can’t get into any […]

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

A strong indicator of a good paint job will be the quality of brush or roller used. You may have everything else in place (high quality paint, clean surface) but if your brushes are cheap the finished product will not have the desired result. When shopping for brushes do these […]

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

In most situations a sharp nail tip is required but when driving larger nails (8d and higher) into 2×4′s or other wood panels, the force and size of nail can cause the board to split. Quick solution is to turn the nail upside down, place the head on a hard […]

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

Our interview with Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care was eye-opening and he left us with 3 invaluable lawn care tips that we wanted to highlight again. His primary mantra sounds like common sense but is more difficult to achieve than you realize and that is to, fight weeds […]

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

Fall Cleaning Tips: Vacuums and Paint Disposal

Check out these fall cleaning tips from Consumer Reports. Our favorites include: Clean drapes, upholstery, carpeting, and floors. A canister vacuum is better equipped to clean drapes and upholstery, while an upright is better for deep-cleaning carpets. For your carpeting, use a carpet cleaner or schedule a professional cleaning. Dispose […]

Share Your Favorite Houseblogs

Share Your Favorite Houseblogs

We’ve always thought the best home improvement how-to’s and advice come from home improvement enthusiasts who are doing it themselves and passing along the knowledge and mistakes they’ve made that can help you fine tune your own project. Share your favorite houseblogs that contain a little or a lot of […]

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

You’ve just spent time and energy refinishing your floors or installing new hardwood and the last thing you want to do is carefully drag that heavy armoire or cabinet back in place for danger of scratching your beautiful new floors. Most people resort to stick-on felt guides which might work […]