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!
Starting a home renovation project soon? This is your opportunity to learn from the eye-opening mistakes and personal success stories of others! Here, fellow homeowners share the details of their own DIY home renovations, plus remodeling dos and don'ts they've learned along the way, step-by-step instructions for DIY projects that you might also be considering, and the pros & cons of tackling a home remodeling project on your own.
Trying to decide if you could live in a house without a tub? And if a shower-only bathroom will hurt your home’s resale value? A list of pros & cons. Plus thoughts from someone who’s been in your shoes and currently lives in a house that has a bathroom with shower only.
One of our first to-do projects in our new house was to create a happy laundry room. Yes, a laundry room which inspires one to want to “happily” do laundry. My new laundry room is 5×9.5 feet, has a great washer/dryer configuration, lots of storage for household cleaning items, a place to hang freshly laundered clothes, a big table area to fold clothes, and some music! See before & after photos + the details of how we tackled this DIY laundry room makeover.
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.
Think that exterior home renovations are expensive? They can be — if you’re not careful. But I’ve got some awesome DIY home exterior design ideas to share with you that WON’T break the bank! Pick a weekend and get busy with these exterior home remodel projects: a mailbox makeover, create a natural pathway, spruce up your front door, and other simple ideas that cost next to nothing.
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!
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.
I used to think sunrooms were for rich retired people living in Florida – but I was wrong! A sunroom addition may or may not be right for you. Here’s how to know for sure…
When you think of curb appeal do, you think of a perfectly manicured front yard? I used to. Here are great curb appeal ideas for those of us without a yard!
Building a new home? Renovating an old one? Green homes matter. Improvements that make a home green + How to determine the environmental impact of your home
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unique master bathroom ideas to transform your dream into reality. Reap the rewards of your beautiful remodeled space while increasing your home’s value.
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!
Need ideas for a budget bathroom remodel? These small bathroom makeovers will inspire you. Simple DIY ideas that can make a huge impact on your tiny space!
Surprisingly, with ceramic flooring, if you keep it simple, it’s not that difficult to install ceramic tile yourself. Here’s how I installed ceramic floor tiles myself.
Is a green home improvement project in your future? Looking for ways to do things around the house that are eco-friendly rather than wasteful and harmful to the environment? Here’s where to start to find green products and helpful resources.
So, is a finished basement a good investment? Find out here as we discuss the pros and cons of a basement remodel.
John Gidding, from HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Designed To Sell, spoke at the Atlanta Home Show. See John’s tips for taking a project from conception to reality.
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.
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.
Painting bathroom cabinets can really give a fresh and updated look to your vanity. See how we refinished our existing cabinets from start to finish. So, refinishing bathroom cabinets isn’t as challenging as it may seem. All it took was a few supplies, time, and effort to turn it into a great looking bathroom cabinet.
Learn how to make and install a bathroom mirror frame yourself. This is a fairly easy DIY project that makes a mirror go from “boring” to “cool!” in no time. All materials and instructions are provided to complete the job. Customize it any way you like to make it unique.
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.
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.
DIY’s Paul Ryan gives a great piece of advice on budgeting for kitchen renovations. Tips to save money on kitchen remodeling projects.
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.
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.
I’ve removed a ton of wallpaper in my house over time and have found the easiest way to remove wallpaper (and the best tools). There are some really easy DIY tips to remove the wallpaper glue and I’m sharing those with you. Follow these tips and I guarantee your project will go a little smoother!
Valuable information regarding basement egress window wells. Check your local egress codes if you’re about to convert your basement into living space.
What’s hot and what’s not in what consumers want in homes in 2007? Which list do you think spiral staircases and glass upper doors on kitchen cabinets are on? You might be surprised.
If you want to live comfortably in your own home as you near a traditional retirement age, you might want to remodel your own home to better suit your needs for the coming years. It is advantageous to consider hiring a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). The CAPS is specially trained to build to suit seniors needs more appropriately than your average remodeler. I’ve got a few great links to point you in the right direction.