Indoor Projects

Hardwood Floor Installation and Trim Work

Now that the dining room hardwood flooring preparation efforts are completed, it's time to get this floor in - and really bring the room, overall, to … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects

Tree Planting 101

Spring is upon us in New Jersey (the Garden State), and signs of life are already beginning to stir outside. I've planted many trees over the years, … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

Salt Water Pool Chlorinator Questions & Answers

We installed our swimming pool a little over two years ago, and going through the research alone was a tremendous effort. There are so many items to consider regarding the design and construction; it's frankly a little overwhelming. And if you're going through the same research right now  (for above ground pools or an in ground … [Read More...]

5 Easy Ways to Bring Your Landscape Back to Life

This guest post is by Landscape Designer, Joe Ciaglia. It’s your turn this season for hosting the annual family reunion! You’ve decided on planning your party as a “start of the summer kick off” barbecue. Your preparation checklist includes who will be invited, a list of foods and drinks that you will provide to your guests, … [Read More...]

Hardwood Floor Installation and Trim Work

Now that the dining room hardwood flooring preparation efforts are completed, it's time to get this floor in - and really bring the room, overall, to a whole new aesthetic plateau. For those of you who read the article or who watched some of the videos in the Part 1 portion of this hardwood flooring effort, you know that this is … [Read More...]

Installing a Marble Threshold

Marble thresholds (sometimes called marble saddles) are very common in many homes, often found at bathroom entries. They look really nice, they're cool and smooth to the touch - and they're not terribly expensive. Having recently installed a marble threshold as part of a more comprehensive home rehab project, this summary … [Read More...]

Building a Removable Wood Fence Section and Gate

Updated — Originally Published October 6, 2012 When we enclosed my yard with a cedar fence 11 years ago, it seemed like a good idea to create a removable section so we could get a truck inside. You never know when you might need to get back there, right? So I built one. And as it turned out, this came in handy time-and-time … [Read More...]

Preparing to Install Hardwood Flooring

So, what does it take to install a hardwood floor? Is it easy? Hard? Expensive?? How much time will it take, and can I do it myself? Will I need special tools that I may not already have? These may be some of the questions you're considering if you've never done something like this yourself, and they're all good questions. A … [Read More...]

Replacing a Bathroom Toilet

When you own a home, toilet maintenance is something that comes with the territory. You can always call a plumber, of course, but even if you do - it's still always best to know what it takes to get something done yourself. What follows is a little chronicle of one Saturday afternoon at my house, and my toilet replacement … [Read More...]

How to Install a WiFi Range Extender for Better Home Internet Coverage

We’ve all become increasingly dependent on WiFi within our homes for our iPads, smart phones, game systems and laptops. And as great as this all has been (I love watching South Park from wherever I want), there are those occasionally-frustrating “dead spots.” Well, not any more! Below, I’ll summarize my use of a WiFi Range … [Read More...]

Belgian Block and Pavers – Dressing Up an Asphalt Driveway

My asphalt driveway was assaulted. I was hoping for the best, but we had construction trucks in and out several times during a pretty significant renovation project, and at some point the asphalt started to crack a bit on some edge areas -- and then just continued to crumble. It wasn't pretty. Arguably the driveway wasn't of … [Read More...]