A list of Universal Design new home features you should consider BEFORE building or remodeling your house. Plus reasons to consider “aging in place” in the home of your dreams! I encourage you to give these Universal Design principles a lot of thought before building or remodeling your house!
Remodeling your kitchen? Looking for clever kitchen renovation ideas? Our home experts are sharing simple ways to do a kitchen remodel on a budget! We've got it all covered -- from countertops and sinks, to stoves and ranges, to ceilings and appliances. Plus... see how to incorporate eco-friendly building materials into your kitchen remodel. These are DIY kitchen design & decorating tips you probably haven't seen before!
Wondering if you should use a granite sealer on your countertops? The short answer is: Yes! I’ll help you determine if your countertops need sealed right now or if you can wait awhile, whether to use a topical sealer or an impregnator sealer, how to seal granite countertops yourself, and how to remove stains from granite.
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!
Buying a new kitchen sink? If you have a little bit of flexibility in the dimensions, capacity, and cost, then you might want to consider a farmhouse sink (aka an apron front sink). But before you do, here are the 5 most important things to think about when choosing a farmhouse kitchen sink.
Converting a 220V hardwired connection into a 110V standard plug when you install a gas stove is best left to a trained professional, but you can see here how it’s done first. Here’s my gas stove installation story — including 3 setbacks that I encountered while installing a gas range in my kitchen.
What you put on the ceiling is just as important as what you put on the walls. Used in the right room with the right accents, things like vinyl, aluminum, Styrofoam, and tin ceiling tiles can add a stunning punch that’s different from the other rooms in your home! Here’s what real ceiling tiles and faux ceiling tiles are like, how much tin ceiling tiles cost, and the steps for installing tin ceiling tiles yourself.
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!
Before installing a pocket door, read these helpful tips. Pocket doors are great, but they have their limitations too. We’re putting some in our home, but we were unable to use a pocket door in the bathroom like we wanted to.
You can use stainless steel paint to update an old appliance and make it look like a brand new (stainless steel) model! We tried it. Here’s our review of the process and how it turned out. It was actually fun and easy to do and I’ve shared a ton of pics, tips, and tricks to make your experience even easier.
Got screeching faucet problems? Here are the 5 main causes of faucet problems, plus photos and the steps I used to do my own kitchen faucet repair. You can too – It’s DIY time! Still think you need a plumber? I’ve got tips before you hire a plumber for more serious issues as well.
I needed to install a gas range myself. I’ve provided a detailed step-by-step account of how I did it — so that you can install a gas range yourself too!
Here is a preventative maintenance checklist (for inside your home AND outside your home) for the Fall season. Tips for saving money on your home heating bills, too!
Do this and don’t do that! Before you start any home remodeling project, be sure to consider what adds value and what doesn’t if you plan to sell your home.
Don’t get caught remodeling your home without a building permit… it can be a costly mistake! Here’s when you need a building permit, and when you don’t.
I asked family & friends for their cost-cutting home remodeling ideas. I combined those with my own tips to create this list of 7 money-saving remodeling tips.
Don’t start your kitchen remodeling project until you’ve answered these questions! Plus some reasons to include an expert to help you plan your remodeling project.
Increase the value of your home without spending much money. From curb appeal to minor repairs – these 9 home improvement ideas will make a huge impact.
I completed my own kitchen remodel on a tight budget using these easy,typically unknown, tips — and so can you. A $2,000 DIY kitchen remodel made easy!
Update your old appliances with liquid stainless steel paint! It’s an excellent way to stretch your budget while giving your appliances a facelift.
PaperStone is one of a handful of brands of eco-friendly, post-consumer recycled paper countertops. It’s durable, hard as nails, versatile and much more. Get the scoop to make an better decision on your next home building project in the kitchen or bathroom.
Thinking about picking out a new countertop in the near future? Add paper countertops to your list of types of materials to consider. Paper composite countertops are rock solid and do not harbor bacteria. It’s a serious contender amongst other green materials used and it’s green in many different ways.
Looking for a great, classic choice for your kitchen backsplash? Subway tile could be what you’ve been looking for. It’s easy to clean, durable, inexpensive and beautiful. That adds up to a great value in the world of home building materials.
Aluminum tile as a green homebuilding material? Yes, it’s true. But only because they are made from retired aircraft cladding. Recycled and reclaimed = green.
Adding wainscoting paneling to your home is an excellent way to increase the value of your home. You can buy kits online or at your local home improvement centers that will make this a doable project for the average homeowner.
Installing beadboard paneling adds a timeless look and feel and it’s a project that can be completed in one weekend. I’ll show you how installing wainscoting really is a DIY project and have shared my step-by-step instructions. I’ve also included tons of before and after pictures to document the process.
There are lots of opinions about liquid stainless steel and this list is the only Pros & Cons list you’ll need. Updating your major kitchen appliances to stainless steel for a more modern look can drain your bank account… until now. Save thousands of dollars and paint your (working) old appliances with liquid stainless steel for $150 total on average. Maybe you can finally take that vacation to Tahiti with the money you’ll save.
Painting countertops might seem a little weird but if you want the look of granite without the cost of granite, take a look at this. This is a great solution to a dull and dated countertop. It’s durable and will last as long as the countertop you paint it onto. It’s a DIY money-saver, too.
Thinking about going all out and buying a magnetic induction cooktop. Things you should know before taking the plunge by buying the most innovative cooking appliance on the market (and the most expensive).
Glass tile mosaic backsplashes are a spectacular way of adding color to your kitchen. Here are ideas, a How-To video and some eco-friendly makers of recycled glass tile.
Recycled glass tile is versatile, has unique properties, is recycled and recyclable and it is absolutely beautiful when it’s installed as a kitchen backsplash, as flooring in a foyer or bathroom and as an accent in and around a pool. See..I told you it was versatile.
Nervous about kitchen sink repairs? Don’t be! If you have an issue with your kitchen sink sprayer you’re gonna love the step-by-step instructions provided in this article. Fixing a kitchen sink hose sprayer is an easy DIY repair job for any homeowner and will help you gain confidence to tackle other DIY projects in your home.
Refrigerated wall ovens, by Connect IO, are one of the most intelligent kitchen appliances ever engineered. Operates via standard touchtone phone or internet browser from anywhere on planet Earth. it also has a user-friendly touch screen interface to get the ball rolling.
Looking to renovate your kitchen on a tight budget? One cost effective method is to employ the many benefits of laminate countertops. You’ll be surprised with the assets of today’s laminate choices.
Recommendations for pot filler faucets plus a few photos of the ones we’ve seen installed in newly constructed gourmet kitchens. Also included is a DIY video on how to install a pot filler above your cooktop.
Get rid of the clutter! Lots of kitchen organization and storage solutions to organize your kitchen for maximum efficiency.
DIY’s Paul Ryan gives a great piece of advice on budgeting for kitchen renovations. Tips to save money on kitchen remodeling projects.
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.
This handy little automatic door switch lighting feature in a kitchen pantry is a welcome idea that has been a long time coming. The simplest ideas are sometimes the best.
Eating out while eating in is made possible when you have your very own 50’s-era reproduction diner in your home. Authentic materials and ideas make it fun.
Here are 7 quick, budget-minded remodeling tips to get the look of your dream kitchen while on a less-than-dreamy budget.
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.
Walk-in hidden kitchen pantries are a nice feature to incorporate into a kitchen design. Here are a few photos to give you some ideas.
This segment of my interview with Paul Ryan reveals some good advice for homeowners tackling a kitchen renovation project that want to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Paul Ryan, from the DIY Network, shares some of his insight on green building ideas and materials that you can use for your kitchen renovation project.
DIY Network’s Paul Ryan tells us about some hot kitchen trends in an exclusive, one-on-one interview on The Fun Times Guide To Homebuilding.
My one-on-one interview with Paul Ryan of the DIY Network. His expert tips on things you can do to your kitchen to increase the value of your home.
This is the final series of my photo posts of the English tudor-style cottage located in Marietta, GA. The home has an abundance of over-the-top quality features rarely seen in homebuilding today.
Why buy a natural gas stove versus electric? I have a few different reasons why we went with natural gas and my reasons just may surprise you. I’ve provided Iinks to some great sites to help you make your decision. Gas or Electric? Which brand to choose? You may have many questions to be answered before you decide.
This post covers a recently renovated 3 BR/1 BA brick ranch style home, circa 1966, in Aiken, SC. My parents have owned it as a rental property and have decided to put it up for sale after a lengthy list of renovation upgrades were completed. They spent about a year (here and there) renovating the home to maximize their appraisal value. It seems to have worked! Check it out!
The kitchen in this home consists of all stainless steel JennAir appliances. The overall design is great as it includes a walk-in pantry, an island and a kitchen desk. It is also open to a keeping room with a fireplace and it looks onto the backyard. If you aren’t much of a cook, this kitchen may entice you to spend a little more time honing your culinary skills.