Indoor Projects

Trim Work Design Tips: From Casing to Crown Molding

So I'm finally ready to begin a long-overdue dining room architectural trim work design, and I want it to include all the classics: fluted casings, … [Read More...]

Outdoor Projects

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

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...]

Spider Mite Arborvitae Decimation

Updated — Originally Published June 8, 2011 Last spring and summer were brutal for landscaping in New Jersey... almost zero rain and non-stop heat in the mid-to-upper nineties. I had a line of emerald green arborvitaes that had been growing beautifully for about 8-9 years. These got hit really hard, and I frankly never saw it … [Read More...]

6 Easy Steps to Install an Outdoor Antenna

Debbie Davison is a technology enthusiast and she loves watching movies and TV. By writing for Australian Antennas, she gets the opportunity to talk about her interests. In this article, Debbie provides some insight on how to install antenna outside your house. Back in the day, simple yet free antennas were provided when … [Read More...]

Lawn Repair: Patching a Large Area with Kentucky Bluegrass

Lush green grass… we all love it. And maintaining a beautiful lawn is an ongoing effort, of course. There are the rules of watering, seeding, fertilizing, lime application as well as both pest and fungus control. So many facets to consider, and if you’re reading this – you’re probably quite well-aware. But there’s one … [Read More...]

7 Tips for Maintaining a Redwood Swing Set

Updated -- Originally Published April 19, 2011 It’s 1999. My wife and I just moved into our new home with our 3-year-old daughter and infant son – and we pretty much plan to stay here forever. So naturally, we want to do everything right. And setting the kids up with a killer play area is near the top of the list. We had seen … [Read More...]

Creating a Natural Stone Landscape Border

This is a one-day project that’s simple in concept, but really added a lot of character to an Arborvitae line in the front of my house and also set us up to add softer flower bed plantings as well. What I love about landscaping projects is that they’re hard work, they’re outside - and they allow one to balance precision with … [Read More...]

Refreshing a Swimming Pool Landscape

Updated — Originally Published May 3, 2011 Last spring, my wife and I came up with a beautiful landscape design to complement our inground swimming pool, and we worked with a number of local contractors to help bring those ideas to life. But if you live anywhere near the Jersey Shore, you know that we then had one of the most … [Read More...]

My Battle with Surface Water Runoff

Surface water runoff from rain, downspouts, roofs and gutters can really make your life miserable if your landscape grading hasn’t been properly engineered. The equation isn’t terribly complicated: water needs to flow away from things it can damage. But this can sometimes be overlooked or frankly creep up on you if you’re making … [Read More...]