Some of the best money I've ever spent has been on our backyard trampoline - the kids love it, they get exercise, fresh air and sunshine, and we've all had a lot of laughs with it.
I won't even pretend I don't jump on it myself, though I do try to make sure none of the neighbors can see when I do. There are always concerns … [Read More...]
Updated -- Originally Published August 26, 2012
Last year, I wrote about maintenance tips for redwood swing sets - and in that article I mentioned I would soon be rebuilding a good part of my set with fresh manufacturer's redwood along with some new replacement swings and accessories. I wanted to take my 11-year-old set and … [Read More...]
Both central air conditioning return vent covers were smashed. Oddly smashed. I could almost picture a toddler on a Fisher Price trike having a blast slamming into them repeatedly… because nothing else really seemed to fit the damage I was seeing.
But no matter what really happened, we were preparing the home for rental in a … [Read More...]
I love the look of black mulch and I've used it for years to enhance all of my landscaping beds, but it's frankly becoming a bit too much maintenance. And a bit too expensive. I've come to realize, I now have to try to find the perfect ground cover that can slowly take over certain well-contained large landscape areas on my … [Read More...]
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, and then all the potential pool accessories as well; it's frankly a little overwhelming. And if you're going through the same … [Read More...]
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...]
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 … [Read More...]
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...]
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 using a single (but sturdy) post sleeve 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 … [Read More...]