Where does granite come from? How is granite made? The process of bringing Mother Nature’s art to market is complex — and I’ve seen it firsthand. Here’s what I’ve learned about the process of mining granite slabs and preparing granite slabs for sale in stores. You’ll never look at granite kitchen countertops the same way again!
Building a new home? (Or buying one?) Start here! Homeowners are sharing their personal tips for building a home from scratch and making sure your new house has everything you need. We want to make sure that you've crossed your t's and dotted your i's, covering all the basics for your new home before it's too late -- from choosing the right foundation material to picking the best roofing material. This is where we're talking about every single item that is required to be in (or on) the home before you can move in.
Roll roofing is the perfect material choice for the DIYer interested in tackling small roofing projects — like a shed or porch roof that has a slight sloped roof or a flat roof. I’m a true DIYer when it comes to house projects and I’ve learned a thing or two that could help with your DIY project. Here are my easy to follow step-by-step instructions for DIY rolled roofing installation.
As an interior designer, one of my favorite materials to use inside a home is cork. Cork flooring has many advantages over other popular materials — including hardwood, tile, and concrete. Two of the biggest reasons I encourage clients to choose cork flooring are: its durability and eco-friendliness. Here are some good things to know before installing cork flooring.
Toilet flush ratings are no laughing matter. They really are important when choosing the best toilet that is energy-efficient and flushes (your business) like nobody’s business! Here’s what to look for in Maximum Performance (MaP) toilet flush ratings. I’ll explain how a MaP rating is verified and how they put toilets to the test.
Impact resistant windows are a coastal homeowner’s best friend — especially during hurricane season! If you’re thinking of retrofitting your home with hurricane windows, here’s what you need to know before you begin the process of replacing your regular windows with impact resistant glass.
What’s better? Hardwood or laminate wood flooring? The flooring debate continues between laminate wood flooring and real hardwood. You’ll want to things like budget, durability, and resale value when weighing the pros & cons of both. I’ll help you decide what’s best for you!
Finding out if a new appliance has a rebate from a government source is easier than ever. An Energy Star rating doesn’t mean it’s eligible for a rebate, but there is no sense in leaving money on the table, now is there?
Wondering how to get your hands on cheap building materials for your home remodel or new home? Construction materials are expensive, but I’ve got a few ways for you to save big bucks when remodeling or building a house on a budget. Hint: You don’t have to be a contractor to get the contractor discount!
I’m trying to decide between carpet and hardwood floors right now. Here are some pros & cons to consider before choosing hardwood flooring or carpeting for your home.
Want to know how much it costs to drill a water well? You’re not alone. I’m sharing all the best tips from a custom homebuilder – to help you dig own well.
Here’s a list of what homeowners insurance covers and what homeowners insurance doesn’t cover. Plus, what you can do about it to protect yourself!
Trying to decide between concrete vs cement? They have very specific uses. Cement is rarely used by itself. Concrete is used in most building projects.
Traditional air conditioners are the norm in most homes today. However, evaporative air conditioning is better. See why evaporative cooling is the best cooling mechanism for your home.
Wondering about the best insulation material for your home? See which residential insulating products can be added to your attic. Attic insulation 101!
Window labels make it easier to comparison shop for new home windows. Before you go window shopping, here’s what you need to know about replacement windows.
If you are interested in learning the house auction sale process, take a few minutes to read this post and then you’ll need to do your homework on your prospective home targets. This post also has information on an earth sheltered house that is up for auction.
Choosing a clay tile roof presents a challenge because there are so many different styles, colors, types and grades. This guide should help you decide how to choose the best clay tile for your roof.
Want to spend less on your home insurance? Aside from raising your deductible, there are a number of other things you can do to lower your home insurance rates.
Selling your home is a complicated affair and requires you to be on your toes. You’ll need to know what the dos and don’t of selling your home are. HGTV’s FrontDoor.com asked some of their TV experts to put to paper their best tips for selling your home.
Installing a slate roof on this newly constructed Victorian home was no small feat. They used 100 square of roofing tile to complete this project including hand-cutting all of the slate at angles for the turret.
Layering asphalt shingles over existing roof shingles will save you a little money up front but there are a few cons to be aware of before going this route. You have a roofing warranty to concern yourself with first and foremost, and, secondly, structural integrity to consider.
If you are replacing your garage doors you’ve got some homework to cover first. There are many varieties and material choices that need to be decided prior to making your way decision.
While fiberglass insulation remains popular, homeowners should consider cellulose insulation for their next home improvement project. Not only is cellulose insulation a sustainable material, but it can save up to one fifth of the energy costs when compared to fiberglass.
Paul Ryan of the DIY Network suggests using flexible track lighting to meet the high standards in today’s kitchen lighting requirements and for ease of installation.
Paul Ryan of DIY’s Kitchen Renovations offers some advice to homeowners regarding getting the biggest bang for the buck when deciding what to do for a kitchen renovation.
Watch this video showing a new spray-in custom home insulation system called Spider. You won’t think insulation is boring anymore after watching this. Technical data available and more.
If you’re thinking of having a custom shower system installed, make sure you know how much hot water volume and storage is required to do the job. Lots more info than just water volume and storage here.
Having trouble choosing between a new, natural wood entry door and a fiberglass entry door? Here are some helpful tips to help you decide.
Here are the instructions, rules and regulations regarding claiming a deduction for expenses related to the business use of your home. Different scenarios are cited and tests to see if you qualify. Form 8829 is available to print and publication 587 for your reading pleasure, as well. A plethora of small business tax information awaits.
Valuable information regarding basement egress window wells. Check your local egress codes if you’re about to convert your basement into living space.
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A gold mine of luxurious features awaits within this Charleston Row House-style designed home located in historic downtown Aiken, South Carolina. I feature the travertine tile inlay fireplaces in this first-of-a-series posts. As of this posting date, it is still available for sale.
You’ll find information on the effects of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on humans but this post is mainly about how dumb it is to build a house right next to a HUGE powerline tower. It’s just my personal opinion, but that’s all that matters here.
I’ve compiled some homebuilding checklists. Your job is to pick the best ideas that suit your needs and put them to work for you!