When it comes to choosing screened in porch windows for screen porch enclosures, there are many options. My parents proved that Eze Breeze windows are a smart alternative to plastic sheeting for screened porches — theirs even survived a tornado! Here are some reasons to choose vinyl glazing over glass windows — plus photos.
Money Saving Tips
There's more than one way to tackle a DIY home project: the expensive, top-of-the-line way... and the low-budget, affordable way. In each of these DIY articles, we're showing you how to do some things yourself to save money.
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.
Have a broken garage door? Should you try DIY garage door repair or call a professional? Here are the 10 most common reasons your garage door isn’t working, which ones you can tackle yourself, and when it’s time to call for professional garage door repair. Find out here if you have the right tools, the time, or the knowledge to take on this repair project yourself.
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!
Ready for some DIY drywall repair? Drywall spackle and sanding tools are important to get the job done and I’ve included my best tips to do it yourself!
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.
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!
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.
I used to give my guest bath very little thought. Sound familiar? Give your guests a spa-like experience with these clever guest bathroom decorating ideas.
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!
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.
DIY curb appeal ideas & exterior home improvement projects. See how much it costs to stain a deck, seal a driveway, add a gravel path, paint vinyl siding, etc
Dreaming of decor like you’d find inside celebrity homes? 5 savvy decorating tips to spruce up your home like a celebrity… minus the expense.
8 simple fixes to dramatically enlarge your small bathroom. These small bathroom ideas are definitely budget-friendly… some can be accomplished for free!
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 wish I knew then what I know now about DIY home remodeling! Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes and save some time… and money.
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!
Radiant barriers are an effective way to reduce your home energy consumption. Here’s how to choose the right type of radiant barrier for your home.
A home energy audit can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs. Here’s the difference between a home energy audit and a home energy review.
Wondering about the best insulation material for your home? See which residential insulating products can be added to your attic. Attic insulation 101!
One of the best ways to save money is to look into home energy savings. Here are 4 things you can do to save money month in and month out.
The EZflow French drain system is an innovative product consisting of 90% recycled content. It counts toward LEED credits, is easy to install, saves time & money.
Swapping out your old showerheads with new EPA WaterSense labeled showerheads would conserve at least 20% of your water usage. I’ve got the scoop on what you need to know before buying.
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.
I have found the best granite countertop paint. Your friends won’t believe it isn’t actually stone. If you’ve been looking for an awesome kitchen countertop paint to transform your hum-drum counters, you need to follow these tips. Here’s how to paint countertops with a granite paint kit to update old, ugly counters to look like granite. It’s the next best thing to granite but at a mere fraction of the cost of granite countertops.
This water heater efficiency guide is key to saving you money and reducing energy usage in our homes. Replace your old, tired energy-gobbling water heater and save yourself some money.
Choosing a water heater for your home can be a daunting task. This is a series of posts that will guide you through the process of selecting the best water heater for your home. Choosing an Energy Star water heater is a great start so dig in and come away with the best choice for you.
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.
A simple way to conserve water and save money at the same time is to install a dual flush kit on your old toilets in your home. They’re pretty cheap and they work as advertised. My comparisons will help you decide which brand to choose. A look into high-efficiency toilets (HETs), too.
Building built-in DIY bookshelves at home is made easier than ever with stock materials that you can purchase at your local home improvement center. If you’re a little more adventurous and have the carpentry skills to back it up, you could build them from scratch. This easy to follow video shows you step-by-step how to DIY.
Line drying your clothes on a clothesline may seem old fashioned but you must admit that it has lots of benefits that a dryer doesn’t offer. Don’t know what those benefits are?? Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Line Dry Your Clothes.
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.
Buying a home that is ENERGY STAR labeled is a wise choice. It’s a win-win-win situation for homeowners, builders and the environment. Here is what it takes to qualify a home for the Energy Star label.
Now’s the time to tackle that long overdue remodeling project. Why? Take a look around. The housing inventory is bloated and might take a while to recover. So make the most of it by making your family happy with a much needed renovation while at the same time making it a wise investment with this very informative Cost vs. Value report.
Solar powered attic vent fans can be a great way to save some money on cooling costs as well as support solar technology. Included is a great video featuring Tom Silva of This Old House that shows you how to install it yourself.
Spend a little time giving your hot water tank some TLC by replacing the old, corroded anode rod yourself. It’s not as difficult as you may have thought. These simple instructions guide you through the process.
Where’s that cool draft coming from in your house? Could it be the electrical outlets? Eliminate that possibility by learning how to install inexpensive foam gaskets on all of your home electrical outlets. It’s a quick and easy DIY project.
All of the constantly updated regional, state and federal incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency links are right here. Look no further.
Here are 7 quick, budget-minded remodeling tips to get the look of your dream kitchen while on a less-than-dreamy budget.
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.
Wise up and have a whole-house surge protector professionally installed to protect all of your major electrical appliances and electronics. Here’s why.
Painting and caulking are easier than you may think. Advice for the do-it-yourselfer looking for professional results.
The New American Home for 2007 is all about cutting-edge energy efficient home building ideas, techniques, materials, design and technologies. Here are a few of the highlights.
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.
Are you looking for information on the most energy efficient water heater? I’ve compiled some of the latest information to help you make an informed decision on methods, makes and models.
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.
If you’ve ever considered having a well drilling service drill a water well for you, or drilling your own water well on your property, then you have some research ahead of you. I’ve offered a few links to help you along in the process.