Indoor Projects

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Installing a Bathroom Ventilation Fan

Mold and mildew were becoming a real concern with our upstairs bathroom. The humidity build-up after showering was clearly damaging the bathroom … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects


Building a Removable Wood Fence Section and Gate

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 … [Read More...]

Recent Projects

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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...]


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...]


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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Troubleshooting and Repairing a Broken Doorbell

In just a few days, hundreds of kids will be coming to my house in costumes, and they'll all be ringing my doorbell. It's the week before Halloween. During the ten years I've lived at this house, my doorbell has died on me twice already - and now it's dead again. Replacing a doorbell isn't terribly complicated, but given the … [Read More...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Floor Plan Design Trends in New Modern Homes

This guest post was written by George Hale, owner of H. Hudson Homes Modern home builders design functional floor plans that perform efficiently and maximize space. While new modern homes use similar design concepts, not all the floor plans are the same. By knowing which type of floor plan suits you and your family the best, … [Read More...]