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  • Rainwater Collection System

    This family in Portland, Oregon decided to take advantage of their abundant rainfall and they began collecting rainwater for household use. They built this system themselves and have a great how-to…

  • Call 811 Before You Dig

    Matt Navitsky of the Common Ground Alliance has informed us of a new nationwide phone number, 811. This number has been established by the FCC to protect underground utilities as well…

  • Selecting Tiles

    Choosing the right tile can be an arduous and painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead visualize how your ideal tile will look in your home before setting foot…

  • Label Your Circuit Breaker

    We all know how important circuit breakers are to keeping your appliances and lighting safe from surges, but with a bit of foresight you can make sure that the next time…

  • Pool to Pond Conversion

    Swimming pools are great fun but if the kids have moved out or you find yourself sunbathing less and less, you may want to consider turning the pool into another type…

  • Closet Designer

    Designing a closet should be a well-thought out process that includes more than just slapping an interior door on a small room. EasyClosets.com has an online layout that helps you visualize…

  • Room Color and Your Mood

    Are you feeling blue? It may be the color of your room that is contributing to your sour attitude or conversely the reason why you can’t relax or sleep. Room color…

  • Copper Trellis

    With some straight copper pipe, copper connectors, and two part epoxy, you can build your own trellis that will take nicely to roses or vines. The copper will age nicely and…

  • Invisible Bookshelf

    Give your living space a sci-fi look and build an invisible bookshelf. You’re books will look as if they are floating against the wall.…

  • Loft Living

    In the shadow of the Staples center in downtown Los Angeles there has been an infusion of residential buildings that are reshaping the atmosphere of downtown. Many of these new buildings…

  • Monolithic Dome Homes

    As opposed to yurts, these dome homes are super-insulated, steel reinforced concrete structures. They do share a similar shape to yurts but these buildings can be used as homes, schools, gymnasiums,…

  • House Restoration Tips

    Check out the Country Living 2007 House of the Year. It’s an 1890’s farmhouse in the Dutch country of southeastern Pennsylvania. During the restoration they incorporated many different techniques that you…

  • Green Building 101 from Inhabitat

    Time for a lesson in Green Building from Inhabitat. Read on for one of the best online tutorials of green building from a site that is “devoted to the future of…

  • Create Floorplans

    No drafting or architectural experience? No worries… There are now a multitude of DIY floorplan designers available online. All you need is a vision and some time. SketchUp – A free…

  • Compact Driver

    No we’re not talking about Danny Devito behind the wheel. This compact driver comes from Black and Decker and will save your wrists when you’ve got the mundane task of building…

  • Nail Gun Safety

    Pneumatic nail guns are expert level tools even though any Joe Schmo can buy them off the rack at the hardware store. Hence the uptick in nail gun accidents. As with…

  • Indoor Air Quality

    We spend most of our lives indoors so we should give more thought to the air quality in our sheltered environment. There are gases and fumes that we can’t see or…

  • Garage Sales

    Finish off your spring cleaning and hold a garage sale. Here are some tips for setting up a garage sale and maximizing your earning potential.…

  • Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

    Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals.…

  • Pocket Table

    If you are short on space in the kitchen but still need a full-size dining area that can seat at least six, then maybe a pocket table is the answer. These…

  • Kitchen Cleaning Tips

    Here are more kitchen cleaning tips than you can shake a sponge at (sorry that was bad). From clogged drains, grease build-up, dishwasher cleaning, and dirty oven windows.…

  • Firepit / Coffee Table

    Outdoor furniture functionality takes a new spin. This outdoor cast aluminum table from Restoration Hardware doubles as a firepit and coffee table. You can truly have a multi-season centerpiece for your…