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Dining Room Design Accents: Wallpaper within Shadow Boxes

Moving now into the final phases of the dining room trim work design, the original vision for the room is becoming a full-blown reality. What started … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects

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Summer Lawn Fungus Disease

This has been driving me crazy for a few years now, as I've really been trying to cultivate the most beautiful lawn possible. You can call it pride, … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

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Phantom Dinnertime Doorbell Ringing

Every few days, right around dinnertime - my doorbell was ringing. And nobody was there. It wasn’t a repetitive ring, or a ring followed by the sound of laughter and kids running away; it was a very sensible single ring – beckoning for an answer. But nobody. While I wasn’t really sure what the cause of the problem might … [Read More...]

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Hall and Stairway Trim Work – Low Maintenance Shadow Boxes

Updated -- Originally Published December 26, 2011 One of the things I think really makes a home look beautiful is trim work. It's all about personal taste, of course - but I find the classic looks (rosettes, fluted casings, shadow boxes) always seem to carry a certain elegance, and when you have kids running around the … [Read More...]

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Paving an Asphalt Driveway

Surface tree roots and water drainage problems had been slowly killing my asphalt driveway for a number of years, but it was a convoy of construction trucks en route to the backyard that really finished it off. We tried to get creative and save the driveway with some beautiful (and strategically placed) Belgian block borders and … [Read More...]

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Summer Lawn Fungus Disease

This has been driving me crazy for a few years now, as I've really been trying to cultivate the most beautiful lawn possible. You can call it pride, or maybe you'll want to say it's a "guy thing," but when I come home from work at the end of the day - I love turning the corner and pulling up to a pristine, meticulous and … [Read More...]

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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...]

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Carpet Tiles for a Quick Rehab

I never really considered the use of carpet tiles before. If I need to carpet a room, it’s usually something I contract-out because it's clearly a talent  - with wisdom acquired from experience. Best to have a professional carpet installer handle this. On the other hand, area rugs can be absolutely beautiful as well, adding … [Read More...]

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5 Telltale Pest Infestation Signs to Look for When Apartment Hunting

This guest post was written by Derek Whitney. I moved into my first apartment when I was a junior in college, blissfully unaware of what was lurking in the walls. On the initial walk-through, the two bedroom apartment seemed spacious and clean. However, on my first night in my new place, it quickly became apparent that … [Read More...]

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My Collapsing Paver Walkway

With each passing week, my paver walkway continued to cave in - and I was frankly getting more than a little frustrated. I was definitely worried about someone tripping and getting hurt because the walkway was becoming less and less stable, and even worse: I had no idea how to make the burrowing stop! Can you see the … [Read More...]

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5 Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips from Professional Landscaping Contractors

This guest post was written by Steve Stewart, owner of Landscape East & West Home feel too small? Need extra space to relax? Consider adding an outdoor kitchen. The backyard is a popular “room” to renovate these days, as many homeowners can’t afford to buy a larger home or add on a full addition. An outdoor kitchen … [Read More...]