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The main entrance of your house can set the stage for your home’s presence on your street. It is the ultimate “best face forward” and a small entry renovation can be just the facelift your home may be looking for. The entryway itself can be more than just a pretty face on your home. It can provide shelter from the , a spot to welcome guests out of the rain, a space to get the dog on the leash, grab the bags and go.  Entryway additions can be a more extensive project by become a small mini addition with three walls, a door, roof and windows. This provides your home with a truly separate...
Traditionally, built-in bookcases are made with solid wood boards, carefully routed to make tight grooves that accept each shelf. But sawn lumber is expensive — enough oak for a 8-foot bookcase, for example, could run into thousands of dollars. Plywood that has a hardwood veneer is not only less expensive but in many cases stronger than solid softwoods like pine. Most lumberyards stock the basics: birch, maple, and oak veneer plywoods. Birch is the best wood to use if you plan to paint your bookcase, and maple lends itself to a variety of stains. But there are also special-order lumberyards...
Have you spotted this trend? Like all things popular there is a life cycle, beginning, middle, and end. Chalkboard paint is having its popular moment now. Some of us are saturated with this one already and some of us still can’t get enough. Wherever you may fall on this popular trend, chalkboard paint is worth looking at. So many uses, all for a quite small investment.Not all of us are artistically inclined but don't let this stop you from thinking about chalkboard paint. Everyone can write out a grocery list or note to a loved one. Chalkboard paint has so many applications and locations for...
It's one of the highest-traffic spots in your house. It's no wonder you cringe each time you open your pantry to reach for an ingredient. Make cleaning and organizing this kitchen workhorse a priority. The good news is that it can be a fast, relatively painless job if you take small, manageable steps. Clean First and Organize Second Here's how to clear the way. Begin by throwing things out. It feels great and alleviates a big part of the task. Start by grouping items in one of two piles. The first pile? Items to throw out - including products that are past their expiration dates, stale...
Are dog leashes, sports equipment, rain boots, and backpacks overtaking more than their fair share of space in your home? As many of us look to spring as a time to clean up and organize, the gear that comes with this wonderful season can pose a problem. A mudroom may be the answer for greater seasonal storage and organizational improvement in your life.  This space, no matter how large or small, can add value to your home by making it a warm invitation and improved first impression through expanded space and organization.  With a little bit of work, we can create a mudroom that can...
Pergolas can be an attractive way to add interest to your landscape as well as add some important shade in the warmer months. A pergola can be a free standing structure placed in the yard, maybe a reward at the end of a stroll down a garden path. This can be a lovely spot for a few chairs under a canopy of climbing plants or flowers. Other pergolas can be built to attach to the existing facade of your home, creating an architectural feature as well as shading a sun-filled room or covering an existing patio. Pergolas are fairly easy to build, quick to assemble and generally not too tough on...
In and out. In and out. Do you feel like a doorman for your pet? Install a pet door, and relieve yourself from being on door duty. This intermediate-level project can be completed using the most standard tools. The most important step is cutting the right size hole in the door. Just to be safe, we recommend taking the following measurements twice. Cats and dogs vary greatly in size. Make sure you purchase the proper door size for your pet. Pet doors come in sizes ranging from 5 inches by 8 inches to 13 inches by 23 inches. The opening width should be 2 inches wider than the widest part of...
We all can become victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to home maintenance or repair. The health of an older shower pan can certainly fall under this category. If your shower pan becomes faulty, it’s time to take action. The shower pan is one of the insulating materials used in the proper construction of all showers. It keeps the moisture inside the shower and away from the materials that could rot as a result of excessive moisture. Ceramic and marble tile showers are not waterproof: they are water-repellent. Under the tiled floor surface about two inches of...
To embark on a large scale kitchen renovation is something many of us hope to do but may not have it in the budget. Many of us would love a new kitchen but know this house will only be home for a few more years and we don’t want to invest too much time or money. Home values are on the rise but people are still conscious of not over building or investing beyond the resale value of our homes. A small scale renovation or facelift might be just the thing to make the space you are in now work harder and look better. Here are some tips and design ideas for that smaller scoped renovation.  ...
As far as stovetops and ranges go, a commercial style appliance is the first choice for many serious home cooks.  In addition to keeping it looking sleek, proper cleaning is key to maintaining its functionality. The more you put off cleaning an appliance, like the dreaded oven, the more the grime builds up. But keeping it clean is critical from an aesthetic and a practical standpoint. Without proper maintenance, fuel ports and hood vents can clog and ovens can smoke. Remove the grates and any griddles, as well as the burner heads and caps. Using a non-abrasive sponge, wash them well...

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