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remodeling, contractors

7 Steps to Save Money Next Time You Hire a Contractor

By John on Apr 10, 2014

Everybody loves saving money, right? I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that didn’t. If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that the best way to save money on any home... Continue reading


DIY Tales: When DIY Fails

By John on Sep 30, 2013

I had high hopes for today’s post. I thought I had learned from my mistakes enough to get this one right. You were supposed to stop by today and see a black, concrete planter on... Continue reading


Top Tips for Cleaner Trash Cans

By John on Sep 12, 2013

This post stinks... Well, our trash cans do anyway. Before we wrap up our garage improvement series, I felt I needed to go where no home blogger has gone before and talk about the trash.... Continue reading

diy, repair

Easy Home Fixes with Petroleum Jelly

By John on Sep 04, 2013

In our home, there’s always something that needs fixing. If it’s a big enough problem, I usually get right on it since there are some problems that are just not worth avoiding, like a leaking... Continue reading

diy, storage

DIY Stroller Storage

By John on Jul 30, 2013

Lately, we’ve been posting quite a bit on web design and development. If it’s not something you’re really into, I apologize. We’ll be switching back to home projects full-time very shortly. If you have been... Continue reading

garages, windows

Bug-Proofing Your Garage Windows

By John on Jul 01, 2013

This past weekend, between family reunions and thunderstorms, I was able to validate a new idea for keeping bugs out of my garage windows. As I mentioned in my last post on this topic, we... Continue reading

woodworking, trim & molding

How To: Add Trim to Cabinets

By John on May 05, 2013

Last week, we wrapped up our sitting room built-in. I also promised a quick post on how to add trim to cabinets to make them look more “built-in” and less free standing cabinet. The process... Continue reading

doors, repair

How To: Fix a Sagging Door

By John on Apr 25, 2013

Do you have something around your home that’s been sorta broken but not quite broken enough to fix it yet? For us, that forever broken item has been the closet door in our master bedroom.... Continue reading

diy, decor

How To: Hang and Level Odd-Shaped Decor

By John on Apr 21, 2013

It’s nice to be back in the swing of things. Lisa and I are adjusting nicely to life with two kids. So far so good. The real challenge will be when they both can walk... Continue reading

decor, diy

DIY Reclaimed Wood Picture Frame

By John on Feb 26, 2013

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by our Pinterest Challenge post! We’re very excited to be sharing with you a project that was a lot of fun for Lisa and I to work on together. If... Continue reading