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!
The process of homebuilding or remodeling can be a trying one! We're here to help with some really great homebuilding basics that you might not have thought of. From the type of foundation material you use to making sure your remodeling project goes well (and you don't knock down a load-bearing wall!) we know you're going to find these homebuilding basics super helpful.
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?
I’m a roofer and I’m here to tell you that roof colors matter. It depends on where you live. See when you’d want to choose reflective roof shingles and when you’d want to choose dark asphalt shingles for your house. And see how your energy bills will be different, based on the roof shingle colors you choose.
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!
Don’t act impulsively when remodeling! If you start demolishing a load bearing wall, you’ll pay dearly to replace it. Here’s how to identify load bearing walls inside your home.
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.
I searched high and low at the 2011 Fall Atlanta Home Show for cool homebuilding products and I found a few that I think you’re going to like. Solar thermal water heaters, attic access insulation covers and tubular sun skylights were among my favorites.
Now you can easily connect your TV to your broadband connection via power-line networking. The technology to make a solid connection between your computer and television is much easier now thanks to the HomePlug 1.0 Standard that was agreed upon by the worldwide companies that matter.
Here is all the best info and tips to build safe rooms for your home, including FEMA criteria and more.
Give the do-it-yourself homeowner cool tools for Christmas or a birthday. Buying that special something for that special someone that does special DIY work around their home can be fun. It can also be very taxing and confusing with all of the different choices out there. I’ve picked a few of my favorites.
There are so many options when it comes to the type of material and style of fireplace surrounds that are available. You can stick with a standard kit or go for broke with a custom made fireplace surround that makes a statement in your home.
If you are about to embark on a renovation, repair or paint project on your pre-1978 home, stop what you’re doing and read this post. You’ll need to do your homework on federal guidelines for the EPA’s Lead-Safety RRP Rule whether you’re hiring a contractor or doing the work yourself.
Can you believe that someone has invented a table saw with a safety system that senses skin and stops the blade in no time flat! It’s called SawStop and if you’re into woodworking, you owe it to yourself to check out this cool invention.
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.