Building a Removable Wood Fence Section and Gate

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, […]

Preparing to Install Hardwood Flooring

So, what does it take to install a hardwood floor? Is it easy? Hard? Expensive?? How much time will it take, and can I do it myself? Will I need special tools that I might not already have? These may be some of the questions you’re considering if you’ve never done something like this yourself, […]

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 […]

Hall and Stairway Trim Work – Low Maintenance Shadow Boxes

Updated — Originally Published December 26, 2011 One of the things I think always makes a home look beautiful is trim work. It’s all about personal taste, of course – but I find the classic look of decorative carpentry design with rosettes, fluted casings and shadow boxes/wall frames always seem to carry a certain elegance, […]

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 as a nice (but somewhat stark) dining area is now taking on a completely different overall personality. To me, this is the power of architectural trim work – and […]

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, crown molding, shadow boxes. Maybe some textured faux finish or wallpaper accents? Possibly a hardwood floor as well?? A project like this can be a very significant undertaking. But before […]

Drywall Repair for My Dining Room Ceiling

My dining room is about to undergo a massive renovation, but before I get started with my grand plans – I have to make a drywall repair to the ceiling. Damaged sheetrock is going to have to be patched, primed and repainted. Ceiling Drywall Repair: Completely My Fault… Drywall (also known as gypsum board, wallboard […]

How to Fix a Bedroom Door that Won’t Latch

My bedroom door had been getting more and more difficult to close. It reached the point where in order to get the thing to latch – I had to pull up on it by the door knob really hard every single time. How hard? So hard that I became the only person in the house capable […]