My backyard deck is simple, but beautiful. And though it may seem deceiving, a huge amount of design consideration went into it.
But how can I call it perfect, though? Well, as I see it, if you start out with some extremely careful thinking and develop a crisp/clear … [Read More...]
What I needed was a waterproof doorbell. All along.
Repairing the classic mechanical door chime worked for me – carefully troubleshooting with each of the components: the transformer, the door chime unit and the doorbell push button. But after the repair, it was only … [Read More...]
A few days back, we noticed a small sliver of stone was missing from our front paver walkway.
As I took a closer look at it, I realized there was a hole underneath where the stone had been - and it looked kind of deep. I didn’t want to reach down to see if the stone … [Read More...]
My house has been called "lived-in."
And what that phrase seems to really mean is that we're always breaking stuff. The kids, the dog, the ferret -- but probably the biggest breaker-of-things? That would be me. (And my wife will surely attest to this!)
Certain … [Read More...]
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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read More...]