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Basement & Garage Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 10 Bargain Organizers for a Tidy Garage
    The garage is one of the most cluttered spaces in the whole house. Too often it becomes a dumping ground for sports equipment, lawn tools, off-season decorations, and workshop tools that somehow never get put back properly. But organization and control is within reach. These affordable storage solutions can be easily integrated into your garage and bring back order—just like that.
  • 10 Shortcuts to a Not-So-Scary Basement
    If you have an unfinished basement, you probably don’t want to spend a ton of time down there. The air is musty, the floors are damp, and it feels just a tiny bit creepy. Luckily, there are some simple ways to get the feel of a finished basement without shelling out thousands of dollars. Here, 10 ways to turn your basement into a space where the entire family will want to hang out.
  • 11 "Neat" Garage Storage Solutions
    Take back your garage and keep your clutter contained with these incredible organizational options.
  • 12 Ideas to Steal from the Most Organized Garages
    An organized garage is every homeowner’s dream, but it’s so hard to achieve! Check out these creative ways to keep clutter at bay by organizing everything from sports equipment to tools.
  • 3 Fixes for a Garage Door That Won't Close
    Garage doors sometimes seem to have a mind of their own, often deciding when—and how far—they want to open or close. ...
  • 3 Steps to a Successful Garage Makeover
    Let’s face it. For most of us, the garage serves as a dumping ground for old paint, broken toys, and boxes of clothes...
  • 7 Steps to Avoid a Flooded Basement
    <p>There are certain signs of spring we all welcome: cheery daffodils, increased daylight, and the chirping of birds returning from their winter vacations. Along with those happy signs of spring, a less welcome sign may be an annual event for you—basement flooding. Spring rains often bring out the worst in flawed grading and foundations, leaving homeowners with a mess. If you’ve never dealt with basement flooding before, there’s a set procedure to getting things back in order.<p> <br/> <p>First, get rid of the water. If you don’t have a sump pump, you can rent one from a home improvement store. If you have more than a few of inches of water, you might want to call a professional. They have more powerful equipment and can get the job done quickly. After the water is removed, you need to dry things out. Provide as much ventilation as possible to decrease the possibility of mold growth. Open all the windows and doors, and use fans to increase air circulation.<p> <br/> <p>Throw out anything wet that’s of a porous nature—like cardboard boxes or newspapers. That’s a breeding ground for mold. If carpets can be dried out quickly, you can keep them. Otherwise, they should go. (You can purchase a mold test kit if you’re unsure.) If a significant amount of drywall has been saturated, you’ll need to cut it out and replace it.<p> <br/> <p>Cleaning up basement flooding is a lot of work, and can get expensive. Instead, do yourself a favor: Before the worst happens, follow these simple guidelines from the National Restoration Network to reduce your risk for basement flooding this season.<p>
  • 7 Steps to Making Your Garage More Livable
    In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations, and hang up a few tools. With a little ingenuity, however, a garage can be transformed into an awesome space that’s as comfortable as any other room in the house—only a whole lot more fun. Check out these quick tips on how to update your garage from a storage space to a fully functional multipurpose area.
  • 7 Things Every Great Garage Needs
    Garages: indispensable for keeping your car out of the elements, doing messy projects without cleaning up after them, and for storing items out of sight and mind. But if you’re dissatisfied with the dark, oil-stained outbuilding on your property, read on for simple additions that can help you get the most out of this utilitarian outpost.
  • 8 Finishing Touches for Your Unfinished Basement
    An unfinished basement, with its concrete floor and exposed joists, may seem dreary and cold. But in reality it is an enormous blank canvas just waiting for your inspired artistic vision. The fact is, you don't really need niceties like drywall and recessed lighting to create an inviting space. Employ a few of these creative tricks—all of them low cost and low effort—to transform your unfinished basement into a comfortable retreat everyone will be drawn to.
  • Add an Entrance to Your Basement
    When building a new home, plan the foundation to include an exterior staircase and entry basement doors. The foundati...
  • Adding a Basement Bathroom
    Adding a basement bathroom adds value to the home, but installing toilets and sinks in a belowgrade environment takes...
  • Basement Flooring 101
    Surprise! It's all right to install virtually any type of flooring in your basement. Although hardwood should be avoi...
  • Basement Remodeling Ideas: Overcoming Obstacles
    If you’re looking for extra space to expand your home and haven’t considered the basement, you’re missing out on the ...
  • Basement Remodels Add More Living Space
    America’s home improvement frontier is going underground with basement remodeling. Basement design has gone way beyon...
  • Basement: To Finish or Not?
    Late in 2010, my husband and I, and our two young children (2 and 9 months old), moved from our teensy New York City ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: An Easy DIY Way to Seal Your Garage Door
    Though garage doors do a pretty good job of keeping bad guys away from your car, they're not so good at keeping out t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Basement Waterproofing
    There’s no such thing as a waterproof basement.  The key is to minimize the water that gets in and get it back out ag...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Be Good to Your Garage Door
    No matter whether you use muscle or a motor to open and shut your garage door, it's going to need TLC every so often ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Button Up Your Crawl Space
    If you have a crawl space in your home that’s not adequately sealed and insulated, you’re probably wasting money on i...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with a Damp Basement
    Though you don't live in the tropics, the most humid days might make you feel like you do. That dampness is not only ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dehumidifiers
    Basements are notorious for being damp, just by virtue of being underground. If you have a damp basement, your first ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Basement
    Finishing your basement is a great way to add space and value to your home. If you have enough ceiling height and you...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Flooded Basement Cleanup Tips
    What a huge job it is to clean up a flooded basement! But the job can be a lot less of a headache if you keep some ke...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Openers
    Your garage door opener controls what is probably the largest moving object in your house. But it’s not actually the ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Replacement
    Garage doors may not seem like great decorating opportunities—most people treat them as functional afterthoughts that...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Garage Storage Options
    Installing a garage storage system can have the same effect as adding a room, and it’s a good way to increase your ho...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Garage Floor a Makeover
    Looking to make your garage a little snazzier? Dressing up the concrete floor with colorful epoxy paint may be just t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Basement Window Leaks
    Basement windows are great for letting natural light into subterranean space, but what if they also let in water? The...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Sump Pumps Need Maintenance, Too
    With melting snow and spring rains just around the corner, now is the most important time of year for sump pump maint...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Your Finished Basement Needs an Egress
    Transforming a dark, dank basement into welcoming living space isn't a small job. But once complete, a finished basem...
  • Buyer's Guide: 7 Best Garage Door Openers
    It’s the little things in life that can make or break your day. Take, for instance, the garage door opener, an appliance most people never give a second thought…until it doesn’t work, that is. But a good garage door opener doesn't simply let your car in and out. It can also protect your home from intruders, let in kids, maintenance personal, or house sitters, and keep you and your family safe—even when you're not paying attention. Garage openers have improved substantially over the past few years, and there are a lot of options to consider when buying yours. Whether you choose a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive model, a high-end model or an affordable mid-range product, you want quality and performance. We've cherry picked some of the best garage door models on the market, according to real consumers. Take a look to help determine your next garage door opener.
  • Convert Your Crawl Space into a Storage Area
    For children and perhaps even many adults, the crawl space is shrouded in mystery. Rarely do we think of the dark, di...
  • Create a Distinctive Driveway
    Photo: stonecoatusa. comYour driveway is your welcome mat, the pathway to your home. It may be a broad expanse, or cu...
  • From Wreck Room to Rec Room: Drying Out the Basement
    One lesson I learned fast when I bought a house is that a homeowner’s number-one enemy is not the mortgage—it's the w...
  • From Wreck Room to Rec Room: Laying a Subfloor
    After 13 years in our house, the basement was finally dry—or as close to dry as it was ever going to get. The walls w...
  • Garage Door Openers 101
    For decades, homeowners interested in automating their garage doors had three choices: chain-, belt- or screw-driven ...
  • Garage Doors 101
    As cars have grown more important to our lives, they have gained equal prominence in residential floor plans. You’d p...
  • Get More from Your Garage: Top Tips for Strategic Storage
    Is it starting to seem like there's no storage space left in your house? Is every closet, cabinet, and drawer totally...
  • Get Your Garage Back in 7 Sanity-Restoring Steps
    Professional organizer Donna Smallin, author of "The One-Minute Organizer: A to Z Storage Solutions", shares hard-earned advice for controlling garage clutter.
  • Guy Stuff: 10 Must-Haves for the Ultimate Garage Makeover
    No man's home within the home should be without these big-boy toys.
  • Home Renovation: The Cellar and the Attic
    When undertaking a renovation project, an examination of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind spaces may be useful. If you'r...
  • How To: Apply Epoxy Floor Paint
    You lavish attention on the bedroom and living room, bathroom and kitchen, but what about the unsung hero of many smo...
  • How To: Clean a Shower Head
    Is your shower head failing to perform as well as it once did? If so, then chances are good that it's time to clean t...
  • How To: Dry a Wet Basement
    A wet basement can be obvious—water trickling across the floor or standing several inches deep at the base of the sta...
  • How To: Groom Your Garage in One Weekend
    The garage is the final frontier of spring cleaning. Part carport, part catchall storage facility, the garage, if well-organized, can be a tremendous asset. If left in a cluttered state, however, the space can be more of a liability, becoming a breeding ground for mold, rust, and pests. So if you value storage space—and who doesn't?—there's every reason to mark this project at the top of your weekend to-do list. Though grooming the garage may seem daunting at first, these manageable steps can help you tame even the most unruly of garages.
  • How To: Install a Sump Pump
    In an ideal world, there'd be no basement flooding. But in reality, despite our best efforts to address the underlyin...
  • How To: Paint a Garage Door
    As long as it goes up and down on command, it’s easy to ignore your garage door. Yet this aspect of your home’s exter...
  • Keep Garage Doors in Top Shape
    The garage door is the single largest moving part in your home, and should be inspected and maintained every year. Wh...
  • Know the Rules for Finished Basements
    Converting your basement is like finding new space, fully equipped with plumbing and heat. Before you begin your remo...
  • Make Room for the Car: 7 Easy DIY Garage Organizers
    The garage is more than a place to park the car. It is a storage space for lawn tools, sports equipment, and off-season supplies, and it often houses the home workshop. More often than not, the garage becomes a catchall catastrophe, inundated with clutter. If your messy garage needs organizational triage, read on to find out how others have reclaimed their spaces. With some basic materials you can DIY storage solutions that will serve you well.
  • Man, Oh Man! 7 Unbelievable Guy Spaces
    So you want a man cave? Check out these over-the-top lairs from around the country and enter to win a $25,000 RAM CAVE of your own.
  • Move Out: 10 Ways to Expand into Your Garage
    Plenty of homeowners wish they had more room. It's possible these cramped-feeling dreamers have overlooked a golden opportunity: garage conversion. Renovating the garage is a wonderful way to add living space, whether you have a practical need—did someone say home office?—or just want to have a little fun with a kids' playroom, fitness gym, or man cave. There's no limit to what's possible, as these ten projects amply show. Click through now for great ideas on how to approach your own dramatic garage conversion!
  • Organize Your Garage to Keep Your Sanity
    Those of us lucky enough to have a garage space in our home tend to take it for granted. This private and secure park...
  • Picking the Right Garage Door
    When selecting a garage door for your home, the list of questions includes basic material, style, and price. There is...
  • Planning Guide: Basement Remodeling
    [bobsays_inset]Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your ...
  • Planning Guide: Garage Conversion
    Remaking your garage into an extra bedroom, den, or kids' playroom can improve not only the resale value of your home...
  • Pro Tips: Basement Waterproofing
    A clean, dry basement—there, doesn’t that sound nice? Yet the fact is, many of us live with basements that are damp, ...
  • Product Showcase: Garage Doors
    Choosing a garage door is an important consideration. It needs to operate with ease, be made to withstand the elements with little to no care, and enhance the curb appeal of your home.
  • Re-Do Your Home Exterior with a New Garage Door
    If you were to look at pictures of all the homes built since the mid 1950s, you would notice one obvious commonality: For decades, the garage door has been the most noticeable aspect of the average home exterior. More than most homeowners appreciate, it's not paint colors or landscaping features that make or break curb appeal—it's the garage door! So if your home needs a facelift and fast, there's no upgrade more direct or cost-effective than replacing the battered old garage door. If it's been years since you last shopped for one, then you're in for a treat. There are more options on the market than ever before. The first manufacturer in the business, Overhead Door offers reliable, secure, and stylish options perfectly suited to any house style. Click through now to see how the right choice could make for a virtually instant transformation that helps your home make a great first impression for years to come.
  • Simple Solutions for a More Livable Garage
    In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations and hang up a...
  • Some Advice About Sump Pumps
    [bobsays_inset]There are a few rules to keep in mind about sump pumps. The first is that you’ll never have to buy one...
  • The Do’s and Dont’s of Basement Storage
    Whether you're packing away seasonal gear, or stockpiling a few extra home essentials, the basement is a natural storage spot. Because the basement is dark, cool, and roomy, it can be a perfect spot for storing certain items, especially those you won't often use. On the other hand, a basement that is prone to flooding, mold, or pests is no place to store heirlooms or valuables. That's why it takes a little planning to make the most of your basement storage and ensure that your belongings last for years to come. Say no to musty old shoeboxes filled with junk, and check out our do's and don'ts for proper basement storage. You don’t need to break the bank to get fabulous basement storage. All you need is a little imagination—and our handy guide!
  • Top Tips for Designing Your Garage Around Your Vehicle
    This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at bein...
  • Upgrade to a Basement System
    Finishing the basement is a smart way to add space to your home. Using a complete basement system package may be the ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Set Up Garage Shelves
    For DIYers, the garage isn’t simply a spot to park the car—it's a place to park everything, including gardening gear,...

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Buying & Selling Homes Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 10 Simple Home Staging Tips Every Seller Should Know
    Putting into action a few simple home staging tips will help your house stand out from the pack in today's improving market.
  • 10 Simple Tricks to Make Buyers Love Your Home
    It is possible to wow and delight potential purchasers without investing crazy amounts of time and money. Read on for 10 minor changes that can inspire real estate seekers to fall in love with your home.
  • 10 Things to Know About Being Your Own Real Estate Agent
    Before you decide to go the "For Sale by Owner" route, it's a good idea to figure out what you're getting yourself into. You might find that the time commitment, marketing costs, and legal processes may be more than you bargained for. If you're getting ready to put your home on the market and think you may want to do the dirty work yourself, make sure you're prepared by perusing these 10 must-know considerations of being your own real estate agent.
  • 10 Things to Know Before Buying a Foreclosed Home
    A foreclosed home may seem like a great way to get a sweet deal on a house—but buyer beware! Foreclosed homes that have been abandoned or neglected for months—or even years—often come with hidden costs that can turn that bargain into a money pit. Check out our top tips for steps to take if you’re in the market for a foreclosed home.
  • 11 Common Problems Home Sellers Try to Hide
    While laws vary from state to state, generally speaking, sellers are responsible for disclosing only information within their personal knowledge that could affect the property value, such as structural defects, mold, and lead paint. Some issues, however, fall into a gray area that a home seller may try to conceal in order to get a top-dollar offer. To protect your investment, hire a certified home inspector before making an offer, and be on the lookout for the following signs that a seller has something to hide.
  • 11 Home Staging Tricks That Don’t Cost a Penny
    To maximize a home’s potential market value, many real estate agents recommend hiring a professional stager or investing in fairly major fix-ups. But what if your budget simply doesn’t allow for such pricey measures? Here are a dozen zero-dollar staging strategies, from glamorizing the bathroom to making the kitchen smell ultra-fresh, that will help seal the deal with picky prospective buyers.
  • 11 Sneaky Ways to Save When Buying a Home
    Good deals on great homes are hard to come by these days. If, however, you’re a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, or you don’t mind living in a new build, or you enjoy thinking outside the box, you can save thousands—maybe even tens of thousands—of dollars when you decide to buy. So, while you're shopping around, try some of these alternative house-hunting methods that can help you find a bargain, save a bundle, and turn your home-buying dream into a reality.
  • 12 Confessions of a First-Time Home Seller
    While buying a first home is always exhilarating, selling it is often bittersweet. When it’s time to move on, it can be hard to let go. As is no doubt the case for most first-time homeowners, my first house harbored so many memories—first baby steps, first holidays, first schools days, and yes, first DIY successes. It was so inconceivable to me that I could sell a house that aroused such strong sentiments that I almost sabotaged the sale. Thank goodness my real estate agent set me straight. The following confessions come from my personal experience as a first-time home seller. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, first-time seller or not, I hope you can learn from my mistakes.
  • 12 Reasons Why Your House Isn't Selling
    Throughout the years you live in a house, you pour your heart and soul into maintaining it and making it comfortable and attractive. When it comes time to sell, you hope that your care and hard work will be evident to potential buyers, and that the offers stream in quickly. But even a much-loved and well-tended home can linger on the market if the sellers make some unfortunate missteps. To avoid any hitches in the sale of your home, beware of making these 12 costly mistakes that can sabotage a sale.
  • 13 Mistakes Not to Make If You Ever Want to Sell Your Home
    If you plan to sell your home someday (and most people do), it's important to always consider the long-term consequences of short-term design decisions. Remember, when it comes to resale value, timeless trumps trendy every time. So, before you install a state-of-the-art sports court, invest in a luxury hot tub, or convert your garage into extra living space, keep in mind the following complaints home buyers often express about certain home enhancements.
  • 3 Steps to an Easy Mortgage Approval
    Risky practices consigned to the past, mortgage lenders are now returning to applying the same standards that your pa...
  • 3 Top Ways to Capture Value in 2013
    While analysts argue whether 2012 was in fact the turnaround year for home sales, it’s clear that home remodeling is ...
  • 3 Ways Your Neighbors Affect Your Home's Value
    Here's some context for the old adage that home values are based on location, location, location: We identify three w...
  • 3 Ways to Polish Your Online Real Estate Listing
    “Curb appeal” is real estate jargon referring to the first impression your home makes on prospective buyers.  With ab...
  • 5 Market Trends to Cash In On This Year
    The unexpected has become the norm for the US real estate market. As evidenced by the annual Profile of Home Buyers a...
  • 5 Pro Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Fixer-Upper
    As founder and president of The Rural Connection, a real estate company based in Upstate New York, Randy Florke has p...
  • 5 Savvy Upgrades That Add Home Value
    Will your project pay off? For a trustworthy estimate, consult Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report to ...
  • 5 Smart Home Improvements? Think Again!
    Built-in aquariums: the amenity that quickly becomes an eyesore. Of all the misfired home improvements that Daniel Fr...
  • 5 Things Your Homeowner's Insurance May Not Cover
    Before disaster strikes, make sure to check for potential potholes in your property insurance policy. Doing so now could save you money—and heartache—later.
  • 5 Tips for Moving: One Veteran's Advice
    Five years ago today, I moved into my condo. It was the first home that I purchased. Not only did I have a new home, ...
  • 6 Tempting Upgrades That Smart Homeowners Avoid
    Not all home improvements are created equal. In fact, some so-called “upgrades” actually can decrease the value of your home, especially if you are planning on selling in the near future. Even if you are not planning to put your house on the market soon, some enticing enhancements simply cost way too much time and money, especially when you figure that you may never be able to recoup on your investment. Read on for a few home renovations you might want put off—forever.
  • 7 Real Estate Deal Breakers to Avoid
    The house is yours—almost. Make sure you don't fall victim to these common pitfalls that might break the deal.
  • 7 Renovation Tips to Boost Resale Value
    Making the right renovation decisions can help you sell your house quicker, and for more money.
  • 8 Home Costs That Take New Buyers by Surprise
    
While renting has the advantage of being affordable and carefree, purchasing your own home can be a great investment opportunity—if you’re prepared. Unlike with a rental, the costs of repairing and maintaining a property fall completely on the homeowner, and too often these additional financial responsibilities catch first-time buyers by surprise. Prime yourself to take on any sudden shakeup with this list of 8 often-overlooked costs of owning a home.
  • 9 Age-Old Real Estate Tips to Ignore Completely
    Not all advice is good advice. When it comes to the real estate market, friends and family may offer their unsolicited opinions based on common beliefs, but it’s always best to consult with a professional. However, even the experts have their agendas. So before you trust what was once “tried and true,” get the inside scoop, on what’s “here and now” when it comes to buying and selling your home.
  • 9 Little Things You Can Do to Help Sell Your House
    <p>Preparing to sell your house? You should have two separate to-do lists. In one, itemize the issues a good home inspector is likely to find. Those are matters you must address. </p><br/> <p>In the second list, put down the minor improvements that are totally optional but can be extremely persuasive to a potential buyer. A buyer needs to be able to envision himself in your home, and there are dozens of modest upgrades you can make to help the buyer feel comfortable following in your footsteps. Once the major tasks have been accomplished, you can get down to home staging.</p><br/> <p>Some of the simplest and easiest ideas are the best tips for selling your house. Repainting in house colors that sell, like neutrals, will broaden the appeal of your home. It’s worth hiring cleaning professionals to come in and get the dust out of every nook and cranny, and to wash carpets and upholstery. Make sure all your cabinets and closets have some unused space, to make them look bigger. From clearing clutter to replacing bathroom fixtures, find out which simple, affordable home staging tips you should move on before you put the place on the market.</p>
  • 9 Mistakes Not to Make When Selling Your Home
    Thinking of selling your home? Chances are, you’ve heard real estate professionals, neighbors, and friends alike wax eloquent about the importance of things like “first impressions,” “curb appeal,” and “home staging.” Indeed, these industry terms peppered in your conversations hold real weight: Real estate industry research indicates that redesiging your home for maximum appeal can reduce the time a house spends on the market by 30 to 50 percent—and even increase the average selling price by 6 to 20 percent. But not all changes will be a instant-hit and sometimes you might forget a detail in the midst of all the planning that could make or break our sale. Skip the stress, and avoid the following 9 common mistakes to move your home off the market quickly.
  • 9 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Fixer-Upper
    So the new house isn't perfect—it needs a little fixing up. A house that needs some TLC might seem like a bargain, especially if it's your first home, but are you the right person to strap on the tool belt and give that house an overhaul? Consider the experience of Mark Brock. A fan of fixer-uppers, he bought his first in the mid-1970s, a circa 1935 house in Columbia, South Carolina, that was rich in history but short on modern conveniences. “Very little had been done to it, but it was in good shape and structurally sound,” he says. It turned out to be a good investment of his time, money, and sweat equity. But it takes a certain mindset—and budget—to see this type of project through. How can you tell if you've got a diamond in the rough worth excavating? Well, first you have to closely examine both the house and yourself. Here are some questions you need to consider when you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper.
  • 9 Things First-Time Homeowners Don't Know to Do
    Congratulations, you’re officially a homeowner! But along with the new address comes a new set of responsibilities, including some you may not even know about. The secret to not only surviving but thriving during the first year—and every year after—is simple: Adopt good habits from the get-go! Here are 9 often-forgotten tasks that will get your homeownership off to the right start.
  • A Good School District Is Worth How Much?
    You don't need children to understand that good public schools support the value of homes in their district. And whil...
  • A Little Income Adds a Lot of Value
    If you’ve inherited or converted even a small slice of space to a standalone living unit that could be rented, you’ve...
  • Behind the Scenes of 5 Celebs' "New" Old Homes
    Stars, they’re just like us! When on the hunt for real estate, celebrities enjoy jaw-droppingly large budgets, sure, ...
  • Beyond Stainless: What Buyers Want This Spring
    House hunters today aren’t necessarily fixated on luxury finishes like stainless steel. They are practical and focuse...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Built-In Mistakes
    One of the joys of homeownership is having the freedom to do exactly what you want with your house or apartment—as lo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Buying Foreclosures
    In the current real estate market, it’s not hard to find foreclosed properties to buy. But a home that looks like a g...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Buying Short Sales
    Lots of home-buyers look for “short sales”, because on the surface, they can seem like a bargain. CM_BVILANOTES-6 Buy...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Home Inspection
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Homeowner's Insurance
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Living Adds Value
    Summer’s here, and it’s a great time to expand your living space—and your home’s value—by making the most of the grea...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Paint and Resale
    Ask any realtor how to maximize your home’s value; they’ll tell you to grab a paintbrush. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Neighborhoods
    Savvy homebuyers these days know that a home is worth more based on its location than on its square footage. Listen t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Return on Investment
    Keeping up with the Joneses can actually be a good rule of thumb if you’re planning to sell your house within the nex...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Sale-Ready Homes
    Spring is a great time to sell your home. Houses tend to look their best this time of year, with fresh green lawns an...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Staging to Sell
    Did you know that making your home look like a stage set can actually add 10 or 15% to the selling price? You can hir...
  • Boost Your Curb Appeal with 4 Doable DIY Projects
    When it comes to putting your house on the market, you spend much of your time considering how to stage your rooms to...
  • Buy for Your Buyer
    The smart way to buy today is with resale in mind. Here are four long-term trends that will likely shape the marketab...
  • Can't Sell It? Rent It Out
    It was an unsuccessful attempt to downsize for a smaller house payment that led Joseph Cortez, a realtor in Corpus Ch...
  • Capture High Marks for Below-Grade Improvements
    Photo: shutterstock. comBasements are a common target for the supposedly easy and fast addition of livable space. Aft...
  • Checklist: A Safe and Insurable House
    Following some simple guidelines can safeguard your property, keep your family protected, and lower your insurance pr...
  • Clean Credit Wins Home Loans
    Mortgage interest rates continue at record lows, but if you're hoping to snag a home equity loan for a planned renova...
  • Consider a Condo for Your Second Home
    Bob Vila’s Home Again opened its fifteenth season with a bay-front condo remodel along the Venetian Island stretch of...
  • Contain the Commission to 3%
    You saw its potential. You designed, bought, plumbed, wired and painted it. Now that you are thinking of selling your...
  • Creating Affordable Housing
    Since World War II, the federal government has had its hand in promoting and supporting affordable housing through GI...
  • Curb Appeal to Steal from 12 Hollywood Homes
    Your home may not be as large or valuable as these celebrity pads, but don’t let that deter you from borrowing a few of these star-caliber ideas for enhancing your home’s exterior.
  • Don't "Fall" Down: Surviving Autumn's New Real Estate Rules
    Well, that didn’t last long. The buoyant housing market of this past spring has already sputtered out, and mounting e...
  • Don't Let Emotions Cloud Your Real Estate Judgment
    Real estate agents like to say that house hunters make offers based not on price, but emotions. Recently, Duke Univer...
  • Don’t Waive That Inspection Contingency!
    With home sales running a solid 12% ahead of last spring, some house hunters are waiving the inspection contingency. ...
  • Estimating Home Value: Whose Price Is Right?
    Hooray! The housing market is bouncing back from the depths! No, wait, prices are going sideways—in some markets. Who...
  • Evaluate the Home Exterior
    Before you buy a home, you should hire a professional inspector to conduct a thorough analysis of the true state of t...
  • Evaluate the Home Interior
    The Floor PlanFind out how many rooms the house has and whether or not the number will meet your family’s needs. In p...
  • Evaluate the Home Systems
    So you like the way the house looks and believe the footprint will accommodate your family’s needs. But how does it f...
  • Every Home's a Stage
    You stripped the woodwork, replaced the windows, and brought the kitchen from the dark ages into the light. You poure...
  • Fee for All: How to Keep More Equity
    Realty agents have clung to their traditional 6% fee structure through boom and bust, insisting that 6% of the home s...
  • Find the Right Realtor: 9 Tips from Happy Homeowners
    It's quite the challenge to find the qualified candidate to lead you into the world of real estate, no matter whether you're looking to sell or looking to buy. Here, we've picked the brains of homeowners who've done it before and have since lived happily ever after to get their best tips on choosing the right real estate agent for the job.
  • Flipping: Remodeling for Resale
    With a glut of distressed properties on the market now, people are eager to make deals. But there’s little room for e...
  • Gen 'Why' Ponders Homeownership
    Though they've seen their parents lose equity, today's 20-somethings have home-buying on their minds. A just-released...
  • Getting a Loan
    Loaning money is at the heart of a bank's business. But to stay in business, the bank must do it carefully, lending i...
  • Hard Sell: 7 Pretty House Colors That Scare Buyers Away
    Getting ready to sell your house often involves a good deal of decluttering and sprucing up so that every room will look its best. But this presale prep shouldn't stop at the front door. The exterior of your house, including its color, is just as crucial as your interiors. "First impressions are important," says Colleen Badagliacco, regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors in San Jose, California. "From the moment buyers get out of their car, you want your home to look welcoming and inviting." So, when choosing exterior paint, it's best to stick with classic colors and light neutrals. While any of the shades pictured here might look wonderful in a certain region or in the context of a particular architectural style, if you're painting your house for sale, you should try to appeal to the broadest possible group of buyers. "Now is not the time to get creative," Badagliacco says. Here are 7 house colors that might do more harm than good when it's time to sell.
  • Has the Recovery Hit Your Block?
    The residential housing market is finally experiencing an upswing across most markets. Even relatively stable regions...
  • Heat Up Kitchen Resale Value
    Kitchens sell houses. That's still true. But if you are remodeling your kitchen with an eye towards recapturing your ...
  • Hire a Photographer If You Want to Sell Your House
    You don't think twice about commissioning professional photos of your children, right? Even if you don't have any imm...
  • Historic Home Buying 101
    Perhaps you have been searching for several months or even years, and now you have found the perfect home. Your dream...
  • Home Appraisal Basics
    You know what you paid for your home and how much the house next door costs. You know what you’ve put into renovation...
  • Home Buyers Seek Low Carrying Costs
    Price is the number one factor for home buyers, according to the annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers recently r...
  • House-Choosing Checklist
    Buying a new home can be exciting, and it’s tempting to grab the first house you fall in love with. But exercising a ...
  • How Stuck Is Your Market? Two Key Metrics to Track
    All real estate is local, but it’s national real estate statistics that dominate headlines. If you wish to identify e...
  • How To: (Really) Win a Bidding War
    It's a realty agent's dream: bidding wars are back! At least, that's the hyperventilation du jour. From Boston to Los...
  • How To: Attract First-Time Home Buyers
    Millennials can’t seem to catch a break. Saddled with student loan debt and facing some tough employment challenges, ...
  • How To: Calculate the True Cost of Homeownership
    Homeownership is widely considered to be a bedrock of family financial stability, but as aftershocks continue to reve...
  • How To: Figure Out What Your House Is Worth
    If you're refinancing or selling your home and wish to find its estimated value, a handful of online tools can help y...
  • How To: Find Affordable Housing
    In most areas of the U. S. , housing costs are rising faster than wages. To meet the federal government’s definition ...
  • How To: Get Your Security Deposit Back
    Oh, wait. . . you WANTED your security deposit back?!Well, buckle your seat belt, responsible former tenant: You are ...
  • How To: Hold a Successful Yard Sale
    Even if you’ve had numerous yard sales in the past, here are a few pointers to make yours more successful. Start Earl...
  • How To: Sleuth an Open House
    Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential ...
  • How To: Stage a Home
    Much like detailing a used car prior to sale, staging a home allows it to put on its best face. Not to be confused wi...
  • Is Housing Really Back?
    Hyperventilation over the housing market recovery is reaching gale force. National news outlets are quoting some expe...
  • Kitchen & Bath Show: Day 1 Top Picks
    Today was opening day at the annual Kitchen &amp; Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago's McCormick Place. The show is...
  • Kitchen & Bath Show: Day 2 Top Picks
    Today was another day of discovery at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, and while I covered a lot of ground and saw...
  • Kitchen & Bath Show: Day 3 Top Picks
    Today, my last day at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago, continued to reveal more innovative products, de...
  • Kitchen Trends to Bank On
    Baked-in obsolescence is the last thing you want in your kitchen remodel. Classic  layouts, finishes, and styles are ...
  • Leap Over the Top 3 Market Obstacles
    Whether you are selling or buying a house, your plans are likely to be derailed by one of three factors that are trip...
  • Maximize Your Remodeling Dollar
    The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to thin...
  • Moving? 5 Ways to Minimize Surprise Costs
    In the weeks before you close on a new house, it's tempting to think you've overcome the most challenging financial h...
  • No Vacation: Tax Rules Tighten on Getaway Homes
    Ah, a secluded, peaceful vacation home, far from the madding crowd. . . But not far enough to be away from the IRS. T...
  • One Warranty for Everything
    If your furnace dies on a blustery winter morning, you’ll need a few hundred dollars to get it fixed or, worse yet, a...
  • Put an Appraiser on Your Remodeling Team
    Home values continue to vacillate in most markets, which means that it's difficult to estimate exactly how much equit...
  • Quick Flip: Is Now the Moment to Buy, Improve, and Sell?
    All of a sudden there are not enough houses for sale to meet homebuyers' rising level of demand.  Could you pull off ...
  • Quick Tip: Hire a Home Inspector Before You Buy
    Search for Hidden Problems Now, more than ever, buyer beware. Most sellers just aren’t motivated to do expensive repa...
  • Quick Tip: House Hunting
    If you're house hunting, here are some things to keep in mind on your walk-through. Check for structural integrity. E...
  • Quick Tip: Why Home Staging Pays
    Inviting Spaces Sell Staging your home or creating a clean, well-presented space that draws positive attention can ad...
  • Ready to Sell? 17 Things to Do First
    To increase your chances of a quick sale, there's a long list of tasks you should complete before you post a "For Sale" sign in your front yard. If you're getting ready to put your house on the market, check off these 17 to-dos to ensure that every potential buyer feels at home.
  • Rehabbing a Foreclosure? Spend This Much
    Quality home renovation got a shout-out from Wall St. recently with Morgan Stanley analyst Oliver Chang recommending ...
  • Remodeling Heats Up
    Brace for a remodeling revival in 2013.  The Harvard Joint Center on Housing is predicting double-digit growth for ho...
  • Remodeling for Resale: 3 Tarnished Trends to Avoid
    At times it's necessary to walk a fine line when remodeling. On the one hand, you want to give your house distinct ap...
  • Scrapbooking for Fun and Profit
    Documenting your project makes for great before-and-after photos to impress friends. A scrapbook can also validate yo...
  • See Your House Through Appraisal Goggles
    Good news! Real estate prices are firming up, and sales are on an upswing. You may soon be able to cash in on your ho...
  • Sell High: Top 7 Value-Boosting Home Renovations
    <p>Your home isn't just a house—it's where you unwind, work, play, and spend time with those you love. So, every remodel or renovation you tackle should take into account how you live in and use your space. There is, however, another side to home renovation—and one you might not think much about until it's time to pack up and move: resale value. If you're trying to decide between competing ideas like, say, adding a new deck or renovating the attic, one factor you should consider is which improvement will most help you sell your house when the time comes. </p><br/> <p>The home renovation ideas that add the most value to your house can be separated into three categories: basic repairs and maintenance, improvements in curb appeal, and value-added space and functionality. For instance, if your roof leaks, fixing or replacing it is paramount to the value of your home. Planting a shade tree in the right place will boost both your curb appeal and the energy efficiency of your home in years down the road. Adding wainscoting or replacing your stock trim with something custom may look great and appeal to a designer. But finishing your basement or adding an attic bedroom will bring you a bigger return on your investment when it comes time to sell.</p><br/> <p>Read on to get an idea of which home renovation projects will give you the most bang for your buck.</p>
  • Selling This Fall? Court Millennials and Empty-Nesters
    If you're planning on putting your house on the market this fall, be aware that folks at different stages of life ent...
  • Selling Your House? Help Your Neighbors Help You
    We've all heard the real estate maxim, "location, location, location," but not everyone fully appreciates how neighbo...
  • Selling to Seniors: How to Win Over Older Home Buyers
    In the past, retirees have fled south, eschewing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest in favor of sunnier, more b...
  • Senior Moment: Boost Home Value by Enabling Independent Living
    Not much has been guaranteed in the housing industry in the past seven years, but there's one trend that is sure to r...
  • Should Your First Home Be a Fixer-Upper?
    Mark Brock is a fan of fixer-uppers. He bought his first in the midseventies, a circa-1935 house in Columbia, SC, tha...
  • Suddenly, a Seller’s Market?
    That choking sound you hear is the echo of real estate deals not getting done, because suddenly, buyers can’t find ho...
  • Tax Tips for Home Sellers
    Selling a house can yield some unexpected tax benefits. Few of us buy or sell often enough to stay abreast of the lat...
  • Taylor Swift Sells Her Cape Cod Abode
    What do Bob Vila and Taylor Swift have in common, you ask? Apparently, a love for Cape Cod-style architecture! Taylor...
  • The Case for Flood Insurance
    Nothing underlines the importance of flood insurance like a Major Weather Event. The damage inflicted by Sandy—the hu...
  • The Cheapest Ways to Boost Your Home's Value
    Let's face it: For homeowners in most cities, the real estate boom is far, far behind us. Most folks need to squeeze every last penny out of their investment when it comes time to sell. While remodeling the kitchen or gutting the bathroom may indeed increase your home's value, these renovations are expensive and may not yield the best return for the money. And in fact, some so-called improvements, such as swimming pools or hot tubs, can actually detract from your home’s value! However, there are some easy and inexpensive ways to help improve your home’s resale value—as well as decrease the time it takes to attract a buyer.
  • The New Homeowner's Survival Guide
    So you’ve bought your first house—congratulations! You’ve searched for and found a place that you love. You've secure...
  • The Right 5 Questions to Ask a Prospective Selling Agent
    Groomed and energetic, the real estate agent seated on your sofa seems like a perfect fit for the job of helping you ...
  • The Top 10 Costly Mistakes Home Buyers Make
    Homeownership is on the rise again. With mortgage applications surging and homeownership experiencing its first uptick since 2013, now seems like a good time to buy. But purchasing a house is a complicated process that's affected by emotions as well as finances—especially if you’ve never done it before. So, if you’re planning to take the plunge, check out these common missteps first-time buyers often make. Learn to recognize and avoid them to keep your dream of homeownership from turning into a nightmare.
  • Today's Rents for Yesterday's Houses
    Renting is suddenly cool: these days, renting is about lifestyle and flexibility, says Jane Hodges, author of the new...
  • Top Terms to Employ in Your Listing for a Faster Sale
    Talk isn't cheap, not when it comes to picking the right words to describe the house you are selling. Paul Anglin, an...
  • Two Regulatory Trends That Could Trim Your Cash Flow
    That sacred cow, the home mortgage deduction, is likely headed for the slaughterhouse. As Congress explores ways to r...
  • Walkable Locations Step Up Value
    Common sense dictates that homes in walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to public transit, would pull higher val...
  • Want to Build Wealth? Pick the Right Mortgage
    Owning a home is the best way to build family wealth—that's been the prevailing wisdom, at least, for the last severa...
  • What "By Owner" Services Won't Tell You
    For the DIY-minded, it makes perfect sense. If you've fixed up the house on your own, why shouldn't you sell it on yo...
  • What to Consider Before You Buy a Foreclosed Home
    With almost a third of the home sales in this country consisting of properties in some stage of foreclosure last quar...
  • What’s My House Worth?
    Housing used to be a fairly safe investment — you put your money in and, in a few years when it was time to sell, you...
  • What’s Up with Down Payments?
    For the past several years, 20% has been the minimum down payment for standard loans, but as the market recovers and ...
  • Why Is The Home Depot So Crowded?
    If you're tackling a home improvement project this spring, you're not the only one reinvesting sweat equity in your h...
  • Will 2013 Values Support Improvements?
    2013 is likely to see home values stabilizing—but not because of sale prices. A strengthening labor market is the ris...
  • Words to Sell By: Perfect the Language in Your Listing
    You're proud of your work. But the ultimate validation comes from househunters and real estate agents. In today's unf...
  • Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back
    Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than others. Contrary to what you might imagine, some of the most worthwhile projects also are the most economical. Start charting your home improvement course now by considering some of the projects with the biggest payoffs.
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  • 10 Fall Door DIYs for the Best House on the Block
    In fall we celebrate the beauty and bounty of nature. This is a time of harvesting and hosting, of rejoicing in the changing season. This autumn, before your visitors arrive—whether they be trick-or-treaters or holiday guests—be sure to make a festive first impression, beginning with what greets them first: the front door. Warm up your welcome with a door that reflects the the bright, earthy hues of the season, like maple leaf red, pumpkin orange, and corn yellow. Let these 10 crafty entranceways inspire you to hang a cheerful wreath of your own this weekend.
  • 10 New Uses for Old Doors
    With imagination and elbow grease, you can transform that old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful.
  • 10 Stained Glass Windows We Love
    From cabinets to ceilings, bright colors to abstract shapes, stained glass is making a comeback, and it's not just for cathedrals anymore.
  • 10 Welcoming Front Door Paint Colors
    Whether you're trying to sell a home or just make one look uniquely yours, an attractive exterior can seriously boost curb appeal. While the overall color of a house may need to be neutral to fit in with the neighborhood, the front door is a focal point that’s prime for self-expression. Here are 11 great front door paint colors, from classic to courageous, sure to give a house more street cred.
  • 13 DIY Window Treatments to Dress Up Your Space
    Just as clothes make the man, the right dressings can make all the difference for your windows too. Whether your window overlooks a dramatic vista or merely your own backyard, the view will seem just a little bit sunnier framed by a beautifully designed window treatment. DIY window treatments run the gamut from fun to sophisticated, and you can find a style to suit any decor and budget. Don't worry if you aren't handy with a needle and thread—there are plenty of no-sew options. Depending on the size and location of your windows, some styles will work better than others, so click through our gallery to find the best idea for your own home.
  • 15 Eye-Catching Options for Your Front Door
    With all the emphasis on paint color and siding, a front door could easily get lost in the shuffle of exterior updates. But as the first and last part of your house a visitor sees, it’s the perfect place to make a design statement. Replacing an old or dated looking front door is actually one of the most popular curb appeal ideas, making the choice of your a front door for a new home hugely important. It's more than a decorative feature—it's an important investment. Both the security and style your front door provides impact your home’s worth. So, there are several practical matters to consider when selecting a new front door: namely material, cost, and style. Style-wise, your front door should fit in architecturally with the rest of your home, but don't let that hold you back and miss the opportunity to express your personality. A six-panel door is very traditional, while an arched door with stained glass has more whimsy and a single French door adds elegance (not to mention a great source of natural light). Even a nontraditional steel door has gained popularity in modern architecture, boasting in strength and affordability; the metal, however, does conduct temperature, so it’s always not the most efficient option in extreme climates. A solid wood front door will always endure as a classic, despite being a bit pricier and requiring a bit more TLC and repair as necessary due to its sensitivity to moisture and sun. Fiberglass doors hold a middle ground as both affordable and durable—not to mention available in many styles, including those that mimic wood. Finally, no matter the material underneath, color is key to evoking the exact emotions you want from guests who enter your home. Whether you're looking for the vibrancy of red or the cheeriness of yellow, let whatever color you choose be an expression of you. Not sure where to get started? Click through these great front door ideas we've scouted from around the web.
  • 3 Fixes for Dusty Blinds
    Blinds often go ignored during our day-to-day cleaning routines. But when we don't give them proper care or cleaning,...
  • 7 Myths About Skylights Debunked
    There are plenty of horror stories out there. You may have heard one or two, if not from friends and family members, then perhaps from a stranger you met at the hardware store. Though homeowners have been adding skylights to their homes for nearly 50 years now, many are still wary of their performance and potential benefits. It’s undoubtedly true that the earliest skylights suffered from design flaws and poor installation. But over the course of decades, like so many other technologies, skylights have advanced by leaps and bounds. In fact, some of today’s options barely resemble the roof windows of yesterday. Take, for instance, the daylighting systems offered by industry innovator Solatube International, Inc. Combining the best of modern materials with leading-edge product engineering, Solatube offers a suite of daylighting options that challenge virtually every preconceived notion you might have about skylights and their role in the home. Click through now to find out just how much things have changed—for the better.
  • A Contractor's Tips for Open-and-Shut Door Installation
    Real estate agents call it curb appeal. It's how a house looks to visitors as they arrive by car. Curb appeal was, is...
  • A Contractor's Tips for a Long-Lasting Front Door
    If there were one rule in home exterior maintenance, it might be this: Don't skip the door. With their frequent daily...
  • Affordable Indoor Window Inserts Promote Energy Efficiency
    Homeowners seeking ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs now have an interesting alt...
  • Art Glass for Beauty and Privacy
    Glass is more than functional—it is architectural. It gives the illusion of more space, increases natural lighting, a...
  • Beyond the Farm: 10 New Ideas for Barn Doors
    From trendy bathrooms to hidden home offices, barn doors provide an ultra-stylish solution for cramped spaces.
  • Beyond the Farm: Using Barn Doors at Home
    Barn doors are notable for their distinctive use of space. Rather than hang on vertical hinges and swing open, they g...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Are You Making a Big Mistake with Your Storm Windows?
    This winter, before you shut your storm windows, make sure that at the bottom of each one, the weep hole is clear.  A...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Awnings
    If you’re looking for a little more shade this summer, maybe an awning is the way to go. Let’s review the basics and ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Bay and Bow Windows
    If you’re looking to bring more light and air into a room, consider a bay or bow window. Both are angled to project o...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Casement Windows
    The most common window in American homes is the double-hung, with upper and lower sashes that slide up and down. But ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cool Windows
    There are lots of ways to shade your windows from the sun, and if they seem a little old-fashioned, it’s because they...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fast Fixes for Sticky Double-Hung Windows
    Sure, you love your old wooden double-hung windows. But sometimes—after raising and lowering them—do you feel like yo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fixing a Broken Window Pane
    Has a pint-sized baseball player in your neighborhood recently hit a home run through your bedroom window? Here are s...
  • Bob Vila Radio: For Brighter Interiors, Clean Your Storm Windows
    These days, a lot of folks are feeling the chill in the air and are beginning to button up their homes for the winter...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Impact-Resistant Windows
    While shutters are the traditional line of defense against storms, break-ins, and the hot sun, unfortunately you have...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Interior Doors
    Interior doors have important jobs. They provide sound insulation, privacy and character to your home. Listen to BOB ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Interior Lockset
    Replacing an interior lockset is a pretty simple job. If you’re thinking about upgrading your doors with new doorknob...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Locksets
    Whether you choose a handle set, lever, or knob for your entry door, you also need a deadbolt for greatest security. ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pet Doors
    Today’s pet doors are a far cry from the heat-stealing, wildlife-welcoming, burglary risks of yesteryear. If your yar...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pivot Doors
    With the season of outdoor living upon us, homeowners may be looking for new solutions to patio or backyard access. T...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Doors
    It takes about nine square feet of floor space to swing open a typical 3-foot-wide door. That’s a big chunk of real e...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Quick Fixes for Drafty Windows
    Here’s a cold-weather tidbit: Did you know that in many old homes, as much as a quarter of the heat generated by the ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Redoing the Front Door
    Your front door is the face your home presents to the world. It sets your house’s style and tone. So if your entry is...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Replace a Worn-Out Window Screen
    Replacing a screen on a wooden window frame? It's a straightforward job. To get it done right, and with a minimum of ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Old Windows
    If your home has old-style double-hung windows with heavy sash weights on pulleys, you probably know that they’re not...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Screen Repair Made Simple
    Ever notice how pesky bugs manage to find their way through even the tiniest holes in your screens?Listen to BOB VILA...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Shush Your Slamming Doors
    Is a slamming door driving you nuts? Have you had noise complaints from neighbors? Here are a few simple and inexpens...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Storm Doors
    Storm doors are the unsung heroes of our entryways. They protect our exterior doors from the weather and add a layer ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: The Clear Benefits of Insulated Windows
    In an insulated window, the panes are comprised of multiple layers, each separated by an inert gas. Not only do they ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: This Winter, Remove Your Screen Door to Enjoy More Light
    Maybe your cat has been using your sliding screen door for climbing practice. Or maybe, as we approach winter, you're...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Window Drafts
    If your house has drafty windows, your heating and cooling systems may be working harder than they need to. Taking a ...
  • Building a Smarter, More Efficient Window
    Homeowners love windows — the light they bring, the views they frame, the feel they give to homes. Energy experts hat...
  • Buyer's Guide: Replacement Windows
    It's difficult to overstate the importance of windows in home design, not least because they have an impact on both t...
  • Choosing Custom Windows
    There is more to replacing windows than choosing the glass and the frame. Existing openings may need to be changed to...
  • Discover How This Innovative Skylight Even Shines at Night
    It doesn't take 20/20 vision to see the vast difference between artificial light and bright, beautiful, mood-lifting ...
  • Doorknobs of Distinction: 12 Stunning Styles for Interior Doors
    While the doorknob may not be the first thing visitors notice about a house, it is often the first thing they touch—so make sure yours is memorable. A doorknob that makes an impact, whether through sight or touch, demonstrates that you’ve paid attention to every last detail in your home—inside and out. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, from the unexpected to the timeless to the left of center. One of these just might be perfect for your door.
  • Drafty Windows? Solutions for Every Budget
    Drafts got you down? As outside temperatures plummet, leaky windows can make the inside of your home feel downright frosty—to say nothing of costing you money as your hard-earned heating dollars fly right out the window. Obviously, the permanent solution to drafts is to replace old and leaky windows with new, energy-efficient versions. Not everyone, however, can afford the substantial cost of replacement windows, and for those who are renting a home, expensive projects simply don't make sense. But there are some quick and easy DIY fixes for drafty windows that can make a big difference in both your comfort level and your heating bills. Indeed, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing drafts in a home can result in energy savings that range between 5 and 30 percent per year, while keeping your family snug and cozy. Here are a few easy projects to help dispel those drafts.
  • Easy, Breezy Tips on Replacing a Patio Door Screen
    I don’t mind the squirrels taking their turn at the bird feeder, but our dog seems to have developed a personal vende...
  • Enhance Your Entryway with Storm Doors
    Interested in adding another layer of insulation and security to your home? Look no further than the storm door, an o...
  • Entryway Blues? 5 Ways to Dress Up Your Front Door
    Ostensibly, a home’s front door is there for one reason and one reason only: to let people come and go while keeping ...
  • French Doors Everywhere
    French doors have been around for centuries. Since the 17th century to be exact. The beauty of their design was certa...
  • Genius! A Sunnier Alternative to Window Blinds
    In old homes, it’s the details that draw us in. While the intricate trim and sculpted ceiling medallions certainly cr...
  • Green Homes—Windows
    Today’s advanced materials, better science, and new manufacturing processes make for high-performance window units. T...
  • Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows
    It's spring, the season for cleaning. Washing windows is at the top of our list. Many commercial window-cleaning prod...
  • Hinge Styles: 10 Designs You Need to Know
    When it comes time to upgrade a front door, build new kitchen cabinets, or even fix a toy box, homeowners have a wide range of hinge styles to choose from.
  • How Do Innovative Skylights Lead to Lower Bills?
    There's been a lot of talk about light bulbs over the past few years. In 2012, after the new federal light bulb stand...
  • How To: Avoid Frost on Windows
    I remember waking up as a kid on wintry mornings to find frost on my bedroom window obscuring the trees and yard. Tho...
  • How To: Choose a Skylight
    Picture the average lightbulb. Now picture sunlight streaming into a room in your home. There's no comparison, right?...
  • How To: Clean Window Screens
    Window screens really take a beating. They're constantly exposed to the sun, wind, rain and snow, and pollen and inse...
  • How To: DIY a Space-Saving Sliding Door
    When you have a doorway but not enough room for a door to swing open, oftentimes the frame goes without any sort of c...
  • How To: Hang Exterior Shutters
    When putting up shutters, the key is to have good, sturdy hardware.  Look for pressure-treated wood shutters for exte...
  • How To: Install Door Hardware
    As a person who has recently upgraded from living in a garage to living in a half-constructed house, the novelty of h...
  • How To: Install Vinyl Windows
    It can be easy to install vinyl windows. First, make sure the window frame is plumb and level. Wrap the window frame ...
  • How To: Install a Deadbolt
    Automated security systems are nice to have, but the easiest and least expensive way to improve the security of home ...
  • How To: Install a New Door
    Most homeowners are installing a new door to replace a old door that’s been damaged or cut short to fit existing floo...
  • How To: Install a Pre-Hung Door
    Here's a tip on how to install a pre-hung door. First, lift the door into place, then be sure it's plumb. Always use ...
  • How To: Install a Prehung Door
    Doors come in countless different sizes and styles—from modern, flush interior doors with standard dimensions to mass...
  • How To: Make Your Own Window Cleaner
    Windows get dirty, in part because we put off cleaning them, mistakenly thinking of the chore as a somehow complicate...
  • How To: Paint a Door
    Considering the low cost of the project and the relative ease with which it can be completed, painting a door is a te...
  • How To: Re-Glaze a Single-Pane Window
    Here's how to re-glaze those old, broken window panes. First, remove the old glazing compound with a propane torch an...
  • How To: Replace Storm Windows
    It's easy to replace old storm windows. Here's how. Loosen all screws and pull the old storm window away from the win...
  • How To: Replace a Door Closer
    The door closer on my front porch—that mechanical cylindrical device that keeps the door from flying open too far and...
  • How To: Replace a Window Screen
    The screens on your windows are there for a purpose. If they get a snag, a tear or a hole, they lose their effectiven...
  • How To: Restore Brass Hardware
    Here's how to restore the missing brass hardware from an antique door.  The "ghost" image of original brass hardware ...
  • How To: Select Storm Shutters
    There are growing number of businesses in coastal areas selling and installing storm shutters. As all shutters are no...
  • How To: Shim a Door
    When installing a new door, use shim shingles as extra support between the jack studs and the door jamb. Use two ceda...
  • Hurricane-Proof Your House with Impact-Resistant Windows
    Impact-resistant windows consist of impact-resistant glass surrounded by a heavy-duty frame that is securely fastened...
  • Impact-Resistant Windows Installation
    Hurricane winds deliver force to building exteriors and elements. It is by far the debris these winds carry that most...
  • Is Now the Time to Replace Your Front Door?
    Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. Yes, that's advice for first dates and job interview...
  • Is Now the Time to Replace Your Windows?
    If you're too chilly to feel truly comfortable at home, your windows—not the weather—may be to blame. Drafts are chie...
  • It's All in the Details—Stained Glass
    Stained glass is not just for churches. If you walk through any of America’s older neighborhoods, anywhere Victorian ...
  • Know Your Door Styles: 10 Popular Designs
    Homeowners have no shortage of choice in selecting doors, which range from solid, flush styles to decorative, glass-paneled designs.
  • Know Your Window Styles: 10 Popular Designs
    There's more to windows than glazing. Learn about the design, history, and practical uses for ten of the most popular styles used in homes today.
  • Make One Minor Change to Get Major Curb Appeal
    When Remodeling magazine last published its annual Cost vs. Value Report, many were surprised to learn that, of all t...
  • New Front Doors Change Everything in 4 Entryway Before-and-Afters
    It's almost shocking that a home upgrade as minor as replacing the front door can boost your home's curb appeal in such a major way! Courtesy of Masonite, these before-and-after sequences prove, once and for all, what a difference a new entry door can make!
  • Open Sesame: 12 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Door
    Does your house suffer from drab door syndrome? It’s a common diagnosis. We tend to view doors as necessities—all function and no frill—so we don't see them as the decorative elements they are, or could be. But a door is a room's introduction and finale, both the first and last thing we see as we pass through. And there are doors everywhere! If we take closets into consideration, an average-size home could easily have 20 or more doors. Giving at least a few of them a little attention can go a long way. There are lots of ways to give your doors a little pick-me-up. Simple embellishments will give you almost instant gratification, but if you’re up for a bigger design challenge, you can give a door a head-to-toe makeover by stenciling an intricate design or by stripping it down and applying a distressed finish. Here are 12 decorative touches, from easy to expert, that can give your door the distinction it deserves.
  • Open Up Your Closets with Bi-Fold Doors
    Sliding closet doors are a common installation in American homes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best ...
  • Quick Tip: Clean Windows with Coffee Filters
    Everyone dreads at least one household chore. Many people's least favorite is cleaning the windows. Too important to ...
  • Quick Tip: Door Hanging
    Here's some tips for easier door hanging. For this type of door, measure five inches from the top of the door to the ...
  • Quick Tip: Hanging Double Doors
    The tricky part of hanging double doors is that they have to meet in the middle. After hanging each door, check to se...
  • Quick Tip: Pocket Door Solutions
    Unlike left- and right-handed doors that can take up to 10 square feet of space, pocket doors slide into the wall, le...
  • Quick Tip: Windows Can Beat the Summer Heat
    Weather Stripping: Not Just for Winter Before you add to your electric bill trying to keep cool this summer, add some...
  • Quick Tips: Tubular Skylights
    Tubular skylights are a great way to bring sunlight into underlit rooms. The adjustable design of these skylights all...
  • Quick and Easy Storm Door Installation
    Installing a storm door may seem like a daunting, time-consuming task, but advances in manufacturing and design have ...
  • Replacement Windows 101
    Windows come in all styles, types, shapes and sizes, but unless you’re building a new house, all of the above are lar...
  • Seeing the Light: New (and Improved) Skylights
    There once was a saying among contractors that went, "It’s not if your skylight will leak, it’s when it will leak. " ...
  • Selecting the Right Front Door
    Almost no other part of your home gets as much exposure as the front door. It’s where you greet friends and family, s...
  • Shopping for Energy-Efficient Windows
    Is your blood pressure rising on the same schedule as your month-to-month heating and cooling bills? Relax—you can st...
  • Shutter Style: 10 Designs Everyone Should Know
    Today’s wide variety of fun and functional shutters may make it difficult to choose just one style!
  • Skylight Innovation Rescues 6 Sunless Spaces
    In the past, if you wanted to illuminate an interior room, there was little you could do, other than resort to artificial light. Now, thanks to advanced daylighting systems, you can introduce natural light virtually anywhere. See how these devices worked to bring a bright and airy feeling to a set of six spaces that were once closed-off and claustrophobic.
  • Smart Windows for Improved Security and Energy Efficiency
    Technological advancements have resulted in a new breed of 'smart windows' offering consumers enhanced security and m...
  • So, You Want to... Install Tubular Skylights
    It's amazing that with the growing focus on solar power, tubular skylights are relatively unknown, especially among D...
  • So, You Want to... Install a Pocket Door
    What’s true about fashion is true also about doors: If you wait long enough, the old styles come back in vogue. Pocke...
  • Storm Windows 101
    If your windows let in anything other than a view, you may be thinking it's time for replacement windows. But not so ...
  • The 6 Best Reasons to Install New Windows
    It's difficult to overstate the importance of windows in home design. Windows are unique among building components in that they affect not only the performance of a home, but also its appearance both inside and out. Though it may be tempting to install new windows for aesthetics alone, the considerable cost of such a project is enough to dissuade most homeowners from a hasty decision. People more commonly pursue window replacement for a host of compelling, wholly practical reasons—particularly now, as in recent years window technology has advanced by stunning leaps and bounds. Though the motivation for replacing windows varies from person to person, most consumers are seeking at least one from among a handful of common goals. To find out what drives most homeowners toward window replacement, we spoke with Jim Eldredge, a product manager with Sears Home Services, a nationwide company that routinely guides homeowners through the entire process, from initial consultation all the way to completed installation. Click through now for our recap!
  • The Economical, Environmental, and Emotional Benefits of Tubular Skylights
    There’s no substitute for natural light. In comparison with the artificial variety, it's better for your health, the ...
  • The Hidden Costs of Windows
    One benefit of moving to suburbia from New York City and building a new home was getting to customize our space. At t...
  • The Right Time and Place for Pocket Doors
    One of the reasons we chose the house plan we built was because there was a “flex” room off the breakfast nook. We th...
  • The Right Way to Weatherstrip a Door
    Door drafts can be a cause of real discomfort. Besides the immediate unpleasantness of a chilly gust invading the war...
  • The Window, Reinvented: 6 Features That Changed Everything
    In recent years, technology has transformed virtually all avenues of life, including home building and remodeling. Today, formerly unremarkable, utilitarian components are stunningly complex, boasting an unprecedented degree of sophistication. For proof of the phenomenon, look no further than windows: Once single-paned and wood-framed, the best modern windows are now laced with advanced features designed to contribute a wide range of compelling benefits. From impact resistance and sound insulation to reduced maintenance and heightened efficiency, the current crop of high-quality windows works like never before to serve the home and reward its owner. Click now for details from the experts at Sears Home Services on what makes new windows well worth a second look.
  • Tight Quarters? 10 Smart Space-Saving Door Solutions
    Are you struggling to find a space-saving interior or exterior door for your home? Whether you're building a tiny house or just trying to renovate a small or tricky room, don’t limit yourself to traditional doors and the standard sizes offered by your local building supply store. Think outside the box—or in this case, the door frame. Look at the area surrounding the door opening. Is there room for pocket doors that could slide into the wall? What about overhead? If there's space there, a horizontal retractable door could work. Or, if sound and insulation aren’t issues, accordion doors or PVC vinyl doors that fold back toward the frame may be the answer. Pivot doors that rotate around a central point are yet another option. These cleverly solve the problem of a door that swings too widely into (or out of) a room by splitting the door swing clearance between the spaces they separate. Take a look at our gallery for more ideas!
  • Toss Your Keys: 9 High-Tech Door Locks
    Now that our phones talk and our cars start with the push of a button, it's no surprise that the front door is going digital too. We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best new high-tech door locks.
  • Tubular Skylights 101
    Bringing natural light into a home is a relatively easy prospect, provided the room is adjacent to at least one exter...
  • Tubular Skylights: Natural Daylight Where You Least Expect It
    Every room benefits from natural daylight.  The living room becomes more inviting and comfortable, the kitchen more s...
  • Use Awnings to Reduce Energy Costs in Summer
    Homeowners looking to reduce air conditioning costs and shield interior furnishings from the sun’s harsh glare may wa...
  • Use Windows to Beat the Heat
    Windows bring views, comfort, ventilation, and energy efficiency to a home. Windows also bring large solar heat gains...
  • Weatherstripping 101
    Weatherstripping is a time-honored method of minimizing window and door drafts. In the winter, weatherstripping preve...
  • What Type of Door Is Best for Your Entryway?
    You put a great deal of trust in your front door, counting on it to form a good first impression of your home for any...
  • What Would Bob Do? Installing a Screen Door
    I'm going to install a new screen door. Any advice or time-saving suggestions on how to go about it?It's relatively e...
  • What Would Bob Do? Repairing a Door That Sticks
    In my house, several of our wood doors keep sticking. I've tried candle wax and have made sure all the screws in the ...
  • What Would Bob Do? Unsticking a Double-Hung Window
    My wife and I recently moved into a rental house, and we cannot seem to open the double-hung windows in the bedroom. ...
  • What to Do When Your Doorbell Stops Working
    Ding, dong! Your guests have arrived for dinner and drinks. But if your doorbell stops working, you could leave your ...
  • Window Films 101
    Window films are like sunglasses for your house, inexpensively improving the energy efficiency of your home, even as ...
  • Wow-Worthy Window Films: 11 Top Picks
    Drop the drapes, bump the blinds, and shirk the shutters. Instead, check out these wow-worthy adhesive window films that bring style, comfort, and privacy to your home.

Doors & Windows Videos

  • Installing Insulated Windows in the Baby's Nursery
    The new windows in the baby’s nursery are highly insulated for cold and sound and have health and safety features for young children. They can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.
  • Installing a Marvin Palladian Window
    Michael Roche from Marvin Windows joins Bob in examining the house's existing windows and determining which to keep or replace. A new Palladian window will create a great look for the family room.
  • Placing Windows on a Home's Facade
    A double window is installed in the kitchen, which will let in a lot of sunlight and give a view of the back yard.
  • Hanging Old Doors, Installing New Door Trim, and Outfitting the Windows
    On the third floor, the stripped old doors are re-hung, new trim is installed, and the windows are carefully outfitted with 100-year-old carpentry work that has been saved.
  • Looking Behind the Walls and Installing a Pocket Door
    Before putting on the blue board, Bob looks at what goes behind the walls: wiring, light fixtures, heat ducts, water lines, and a pocket door frame.
  • Restoring Old Double-Hung Windows using Spring-Loaded Balances
    Bob meets with architect Gregory Rochlin and expert carpenter Danny Ruffini to restore old double-hung windows and replace lead sash weights with new spring-loaded balances.
  • Installing Restored Brass Door Hardware and Faux Finishing the Mantelpiece
    Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install the restored door hardware, and artist Kim Sweet faux finishes the mantle in the den, taking as inspiration a piece of Bob’s furniture.
  • Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement
    An old basement window is replaced, and experts explain the costs of the Owens Corning finishing system.
  • Replacing an Exterior Door and Windows
    A new, lower-maintenance front door is installed, as well as new bay windows.
  • Replacing Sill, Repelling Insects and Rot, and Installing Sliding Doors With Custom Trim Molding
    Damaged sill is replaced, the house is protected against insects and rot, and sliding doors with custom trim molding are installed.
  • Installing New, Strong Shutters With an Old-Style Look
    Carpenters install new prepainted shutters made from synthetic materials, with old-fashioned hinges and hardware.
  • Installing Blinds and Window Shades
    Blinds for the new patio door are installed, as well as a variety of blinds and shades in other rooms throughout the house.
  • Impact-Resistant Windows and PGT Factory Tour
    Bob visits PGT Industries to learn what it takes to make impact-resistant windows.
  • Finishing the Impact-Resistant Windows
    Bob works with Dave Olmstead on final stages of creating an impact-resistant window.
  • Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
    Cindy O'Reilly is on site with Bob to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades.
  • Pella Window Installation
    Bob meets with Brian Kaley and Tim McFadden from Pella Windows to go over the design approach and installation method for this project's fenestration.
  • Installing a Mahogany Windowsill
    Bob puts in a Mahogany windowsill that's been precut with a cleat and bevel to make the installation easier. He also helps install Poplar floor molding and observes as closet doors are added.
  • Pocket Door Installation
    Bob and Gilson Novaes discuss the construction of pocket doors, screens that will divide the bedroom from the outer living area. Bob takes note of the advantages prefab pocket doorframes provide, and sees the versatitlity of steel studs.
  • Window Placement and Installation
    Bob looks at the order and placement of the windows on the facade of the modern Colonial. Upon closer inspection, the classically inspired fenestration, size, type, and placement of the windows, differs slightly from floor to floor.
  • Hanging an Engineered Wood Six-Panel Door
    Carpenter Bob Ryley and Jim Daniels (of Woodport Interior Doors) join Bob to hang a new door in the master bathroom.
  • Shimming, Centering, and Hanging a Door
    Carpenter Bob Ryley hangs a engineered wood door.
  • Installing Interior Window Casings and Sill
    Bob Ryley tackles window trim in the master bedroom of the new Colonial.
  • Working With Pre-Finished Windows
    Gary Prevedini (from Andersen) is on-site talking about the pre-finished windows being installed in the great room.
  • Door Lock Installation
    Bob Ryley is installing the new lockset from Baldwin Brass on the front door.
  • Choosing a Historically Appropriate Door and Creating the Jambs and Hanging a Door
    Bob shows the Woodport medium-density fiberboard doors selected for the Manhattan Brownstone then works with the crew from Thorough Construction as they prepare the Woodport door for hanging on site.
  • Trimming Out Double-Hung Windows
    Bob Ryley and carpenter Pat Cloutier trim out two banks of four double-hung windows in the sunny dining area of the Vermont farmhouse.
  • Trimming Out Bathroom Windows
    Bob checks in with Ryley, who is trimming out the two windows over the vanity in the first floor master bath.
  • Relocating the Front Door
    Bob works with the general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski to move the Medford project home's original front door, so they will be able to frame up a new foyer.
  • Installing French Doors
    Bob talks with Ray Adam (from Pella Windows) about the new French doors to be installed in the library. It's an active/inactive door with all hardware. The most important part of the installation is ensuring the door is plumb.
  • Skylight and Gable Window Installation
    Bob goes up to the attic of the Victorian project house, where an ODL tubular skylight is being installed. Also, Bob looks back at the installation of windows on the gable end.
  • Garage Door Installation
    Bob helps install the new six-panel garage door at the Victorian restoration project house.
  • Replacing the Barn Door
    Workers replace the old barn doors with an oversized Ponderosa Pine door (from KML Industries in Canada).
  • Hanging a Wood Door in the Basement
    Carpenter Bob Ryley works with door hanger Steve Parks to install a wood door in the basement of the Habitat project.
  • Installing a Hurricane-Resistant Door
    Bob talks with, observes, and lends a helping hand to Kevin Calman (from Andersen), who is installing a hurricane-resistant Frenchwood door.
  • Installing Custom Garage Doors
    Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have been installed.
  • Installing Andersen Skylights
    Bob and Kent Forsland (from Andersen) review the process behind installing Anderson skylights.
  • Work on the Window Casing
    Carpenter Bob Ryley confers with finish carpenter Dennis DeVore about casing a window at the Mt. Pleasant house in South Carolina, near Charleston.
  • Restoring the Guest Cottage
    Bob checks progress in the basement and attic of the governor's mansion, then visits the guest cottage to see how the restoration is progressing.
  • Window Sash Restoration
    Carpenter Bob Ryley works alongside preservationist Fred Ecker to restore an old window sash.
  • Hanging Double Doors
    Carpenters Bob Ryley and Mike Smith hang double doors at the entrance to the private family living quarters of the Virginia governor's mansion.
  • Aluminum Replacement Window Installation
    Carpenter Bob Ryley and Bob George (from New England Window) install a bronze aluminum replacement window in an arched-top masonry wall.
  • Mounting Plantation Shutters
    Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
  • Covering Doors with Plastic Laminate
    Bob meets with architect Greg Rochlin to review the techniques used for covering a series of doors with plastic laminate.
  • Installing Handicapped-Accessible Door Hardware
    Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install a Schlage interior-lever lockset.
  • Replicating Brass Door Hardware
    Steve Moore (from Architectural Brass) demonstrates how to replicate a brass escutcheon plate based on a faded outline found on the door.
  • Installing Glass Blocks
    Bob helps replace a traditional sliding glass window with glass blocks.
  • Laminate Installation in the Kitchen
    Bob joins contractor Ed Weller, who is working on the kitchen addition. Architect Laurinda Spear has designed a banana leaf partition that Ed's crew will be making out of a hardened laminate material called Ligna.
  • Stained-Glass Window Construction
    Bob meets with Roxana Patino to see how she constructs a stained-glass window, which has a tropical fruit slice design.
  • Fixing Old Double-Hung Windows
    Bob meets with carpenter Cortney Lofton, who is rehabilitating some old double-hung windows with new nylon-braided sash cords and kerf-in thermoplastic weather stripping.
  • Custom Door Installation
    Bob meets with Curt Weiss (from J.W. Door), who has custom-made a door unit for the bungalow remodel, with glass lights designed in an Arts and Crafts style, and wooden stops that resemble old putty stops. Cortney Lofton performs the installation.
  • Making Stained Glass Windows
    Bob learns the process of creating stained glass windows. Designs begin on paper before they are traced onto glass using a light table. A variety of glass types are used to create the "skylights" in the Studio City home.
  • Removing and Relocating Windows
    Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley look at the corner of the house, where the sidewall has been removed to reveal the plywood and Douglas fir sheathing. Next, Bob helps Ryley move a window into the space that's been left open in the framing to receive it.
  • Wall Demolition to Create a Doorway
    Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley demolish a wall on the second floor in order to connect the framed-in addition to the existing house.
  • Installing a Mulled Window
    Bob meets with Bob Ryley and Al Worth to install a pair of Andersen mulled windows with a transom, as well as an interior window seat. Bob discusses the window itself, specifically the innovative features that allow for easier cleaning.
  • Trimming French Patio Doors
    Bob joins finish carpenter Mark McCullough, who, as he works, explains the process of applying trim to French patio doors and adjacent windows.
  • Greenhouse Glass Installation
    Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install sloped glazing on a greenhouse with the help of Mark Santos.
  • Installing the Greenhouse Windows
    Contractor Bob Ryley shows off the greenhouse's motorized windows. At the touch of a button, or via a thermostat, the windows open and close. Bob helps Ryley assemble and install the fiberglass-framed windows.
  • Skylight Installation
    Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley, who is installing a Velux skylight on a curb mount. Ryley describes the screws and mounting hardware used, and Bob demonstrates the flexible window design.
  • Installing a Large Window
    Bob assists Michael Roach (from Marvin Windows) with installing a large setup of three windows on the gable end of the home.
  • Building a Door
    Bob meets with contractor Bob Ryley, who outlines the door construction process and builds the first of seven doors.
  • Installing the Custom Windows
    A large custom-made Palladian window is installed, then Bob helps contractor Joe Fitzgerald install a custom-made casement window in the back bedroom.
  • Installing a Salvaged Door
    Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
  • Vinyl Window Installation
    Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a vinyl-clad Pella window awning with pre-assembled exterior trim.
  • Installing Velux Skylights
    Bob oversees the installation of a Velux skylight in a standing-seam metal-shingled roof.
  • Hanging Drywall Inside the Skylight
    Bob interviews drywall contractor Mark Richardson, as he hangs drywall inside a skylight and attaches the corner bead.
  • Installing the Garage Door Opener
    The garage door openers are installed on the automotive end of the garage. Bob reviews the brackets and beams used to mount the opener's drive, as well as the chain material used to actually move the door.
  • Installing Pella Doors and Windows
    Bob and Tom Moran (from Pella) discuss the anatomy of the doors chosen for the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates the process of installing the windows.
  • Adding a Door to a Wood-Paneled Wall
    Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, which includes the installation of a pantry, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to build a door into a wood-paneled wall.
  • Window Trim and Scalloped Shingles
    Bob and contractor Bob Ryley confer about adding trim to the curvilinear top edge of an arched window. After sheet lead is installed as flashing, Ryley attaches scalloped shingles.
  • Picture Window Installation
    A window is recycled during the remodeling process and placed back into the frame of the new addition. Bob explains the reason for recycling and assists with the installation.
  • Combining Two Double-Hung Windows
    Two recycled windows are used to create one large window. Once carpenter Bob Ryley demolishes the old frame, supports are installed to hold up the new combined window. When the two windows are put together, it's called a mullioned window.
  • Exterior Door Installation
    Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the exterior kitchen door.
  • Constructing a Custom-Recessed Bulkhead Door
    Contractor Larry Landers builds a trapdoor to enable access to the old bulkhead from outside. Sheet lead flashing and an ice-and-water barrier are used to waterproof the trapdoor. To give the door stability, four pressure-treated cleats are used.
  • Replacing the Storm Windows
    Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley replace the storm windows on the Plymouth project house, and the newly designed bathroom needs tiles.
  • Installing a Box Bay Window
    Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
  • Building and Hanging the Country-Style Door
    A country-style door, built by carpenter Bob Ryley in the workshop, is hung in the new entry of the Plymouth project house.
  • Installing a Pocket Door
    Bob helps contractor Al Stiles change a swinging door into a relocated pocket door.
  • Replacing Windows with French Doors
    Bob helps contractor Al Stiles install a pair of French doors, but first they remove the old pair of jalousie windows.
  • Installing New French Doors
    Bob helps the contractors work on building and installing new French doors.
  • Replacing Windows at Low-Cost
    Contractors Al and Steve Stiles set a new window on the back porch. Using a combination of stock and one custom windows, they demonstrate how to save money on materials and time on installation.
  • Repairing a Broken Window Pane
    Bob helps general contractor Ron Gan demonstrate how to repair a broken window pane the old-fashioned way.
  • Bricking In a Window
    General contractor Ron Gan talks through the process of bricking in a window in the new kitchen. Ron also addresses the installation of a smaller bathroom window.
  • Continuing Work on the Bulkhead Entrance
    Bob and carpentry contractor Bob Ryley continue working on the bulkhead entrance into the basement.
  • Installing a Pre-Hung Front Door
    Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley install the pre-hung front door, then visits Shepley Wood Products to see how the door was made.
  • Finishing the Basement Family Room
    The circle-head window, and its accompanying window seat, are now finished in the family room basement.
  • Installation of Window
    Bob reviews progress on the renovation, both upstairs and down. Carpenter John Sheehan installs a new vinyl window, which is a challenge in a brick house where no opening is completely square.
  • Installing Impact-Resistant Windows
    Window installation is underway. Bob talks with Stephen Hugh of Clearwater Window to learn more about the installation process, and Dave Olmstead of PGT Industries tells Bob about the wind- and impact-resistance of the PGT WinGuard.
  • Installing a Solid-Core Cherry-Veneer Door
    Bob helps general contractor Tim Berky put a solid-core cherry-veneer door on its bronze butt hinges, and install matching door hardware.
  • Restoring Old Windows
    Ryan Pirro (from RestorationWindows.com) discusses refurbishing old windows with solid-bronze sash chains, new parting beads, and spring-bronze weather stripping for energy-efficient, easy-operation windows at one-fourth the cost of replacements.
  • Installing High-Performance French Doors
    Cordell Burton (from Pella Windows) joins Bob to show off the in-swinging French doors to be installed. It's constructed of solid wood and double-pane, low-e glass. General contractor Tim Berky executes the installation.

Flooring & Stairs Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 7 Unusual Tricks for Your Cleanest Floors Ever
    There’s no way around it. Whether you’ve got hardwood, tile, or carpet, all floors must be cleaned of dirt and debris tracked in from outside. But this traditional chore doesn't need to be so...boring. Check out our favorite unconventional tricks that will help you get them cleaner than ever.
  • 10 Reasons to Love Bamboo Floors
    Bamboo flooring has won fans both for its look and performance, not to mention its environmental sustainability.
  • 11 Tried-and-True Ways to Care for Hardwood Floors
    <p>By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, life happens. Wood floors in particular require extra special attention to keep them looking nice. So, it’s important to learn how to clean and care for them the right way. Harsh cleansers can damage the boards and pet stains can mar your finish. Don’t even mention moving day—improperly moved furniture accounts for plenty of the damage hardwood floors can sustain. </p><br/> <p>Having a regular maintenance routine is key. Keep your wood floors clean by vacuuming them regularly with the hardwood attachments of your vacuum. Eliminating excess dust and dirt will keep you one step ahead. Then, use the mildest cleaning solution recommended for your floor type with a mop or rag that is just barely damp. Remember, water is a wood floor’s worst enemy. Make sure any moisture you apply is dried immediately and completely. </p><br/> <p>But there’s so much more to caring for wood floors than just cleaning. From what you wear on your feet, to your pet care routine. No matter how you live, you can take some simple precautions to protect your wood floors so they will stay in great shape for years to come.</p>
  • 3 Easy Fixes for Carpet Dents
    In preparation for an evening of fun, food, and merriment with family and friends, you’ve planned and cooked and clea...
  • 5 Reasons to Love Subway Tile
    We picked all the finishing materials for our new-construction home in one day at an eight-hour appointment set up wi...
  • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wood Floor
    Homeowners evaluating new flooring owe it to themselves to consider the benefits and beauty of wood. Wood floors are ...
  • 6 Fall Flooring Trends to Look Forward To
    Most interior designers agree that in any space, flooring sets the tone. This means that decorating decisions about such things as furniture and lighting should be made with due consideration for a room's existing flooring. Installing a new floor, on the other hand, leaves you free to pursue any look you happen to love, and that includes the most current styles. Given the variety of wood flooring available these days, whether you’re after a sleek and modern aesthetic or a rustic, antique feel, you're sure to find an option so spectacularly well-suited that it will make your home look like it belongs in the pages of a magazine.
  • 7 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Wood Floors
    One of the most important (and overlooked) elements of any home? The floors. Hardwood floors add warmth and character to any space, whether modern or rustic. And as long as you care for them properly, they'll continue to beautify your home for a long time. A few mistakes, though, can shorten the life of your floors. Make sure you’re not making these common mistakes that can ruin a lovely wood floor.
  • 8 Easy and Affordable Garage Floor Options
    When you think of flooring options for your home, your mind may turn to images of polished hardwood in the dining room, evocative Spanish tile in the kitchen, or classic white hexagonal tile in the bathroom. But there's another room of your house that could also use a stylish floor: your garage. Because of the unique demands placed on this space, you don't want to put any flooring material in your garage that could break or stain, but that still leaves plenty of options for jazzing up this unsung workhorse quickly and inexpensively with an underfoot reboot.
  • 8 Ways to Stop Hating Your Floor—Without Replacing It
    As the base of any room, the flooring lays the foundation of a space's style. So what happens if you're feeling uninspired by your concrete or vinyl floor? Installing a brand-new floor is a major investment in so many ways. You have to take into account the cost of materials, the size of the project, and the time commitment to prep and install—whether you do it yourself or call in the professionals. But take a deep breath—you can fix your flooring without replacing it altogether if you're up for crafty techniques, such as painting, staining, and mosaics. Use one of these DIY methods to make over a boring floor with far less effort, time, and money than it would have taken to install a brand-new one.
  • 9 Pro Tips for Installing Ceramic Tile
    There are many ways to invite problems when you lay ceramic tile. Avoid such problems and a tile floor can last for d...
  • A Little Goes a Long Way: Using Decorative Tiles
    Many people say their ultimate fantasy as a child was the idea of being allowed to run amuck in the toy store. Once y...
  • A Step-by-Step Solution: Pre-Cut Treads and Risers
    In the world of DIY, it is the step-by-steps that detail a solution to a problem or project. In my case, it was the s...
  • All You Need to Know About Paper Bag Flooring
    Is your old flooring carpeted in style, or dirt, grime, and other relics of time? Modernize it by ripping out any fra...
  • Bamboo Flooring 101
    If you’re looking to install new hardwood floors, why not consider today’s eco-friendly alternative, bamboo?Considere...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Bamboo Flooring
    A couple decades ago, no one would have considered it, but one of today’s most popular flooring products is bamboo. A...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Tile
    Choosing your tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking a color or pattern. You have to consider how...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Grout
    There’s nothing like a freshly tiled floor or backsplash—but there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing those beaut...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cork Flooring
    Cork flooring has been in the news recently, but cork is anything but new. It’s been marketed as a flooring material ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Drilling Through Tile
    Planning to install a new towel rack or grab bar in your bathroom? That may mean drilling through ceramic tile.  It's...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Handrails
    Unless your home is at exactly ground level, you probably have a step or two up to your door. High ranches and coloni...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fire Escape Ladders
    Here’s a dismal statistic: According to the Home Safety Council, just 6 percent of U. S. homes have a fire escape lad...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Is Softwood Flooring Right for Your Remodel?
    Think wood flooring has to strain your remodeling budget? Think again! Though hardwood flooring typically costs a pre...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Keeping Concrete Floors Clean
    Concrete floors are no longer found only in garages and basements. With elegant finishes now available—like stencilin...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Laminate Floors
    You can't beat the low cost and easy installation of a laminate floor. It's a great do-it-yourself project that can r...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Laying Tile
    While you might consider laying tile yourself for moneysaving reasons, remember that the substrate, or what the tile ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Floors
    Home improvement projects are messy business: Whether you’re painting, re-tiling, or just moving furniture, you want ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Removing Banisters
    If you're putting off giving your front hall a facelift because re-finishing or re-painting the banister and baluster...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Removing Tile
    Tile is one of the most durable installations around, so when it’s finally time to remove it, you might be tempted to...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Grout
    Long before your tiles wear out, the grout between them can start to look tired, dirty, or stained. A good scrubbing ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Safer Basement Stairs Prevent Mishaps
    If you're aiming to reduce the risk of accidents in your home, one good place to start is your basement stairs. Here ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Squeaky Floors
    A squeaky floor is easier to fix if it’s a floor that you can access from below. Listen to BOB VILA ON SQUEAKY FLOORS...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Stenciled Floors
    If you don’t want to spend another holiday season with your worn-out kitchen floor, but the timing’s not right for a ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Tile Mosaics
    Mosaic tile has been around for a couple of millennia, but it never seems to lose its popularity. Thanks to advances ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Use a Hairdryer to Fix Torn Vinyl Flooring
    If your vinyl flooring (or linoleum) has developed a tear, don't despair! There's an easy—and yes, rather unexpected ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Vinyl vs. Linoleum
    Homeowners often refer to vinyl and linoleum interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. These resilient floor ...
  • Carpeting
    When considering putting carpets on your floors, there are some things you should know: How they're made. &#160;Carpe...
  • Choosing the Right Floor
    Floors must withstand your lifestyle. They get nicked by high heels, crusted by muddy boots and crushed by furniture ...
  • Cork Flooring 101
    Cork has been used for flooring for over a century. Finished cork floor can have the look of textured hardwood, the s...
  • Cork Flooring Steps Up
    Something’s stirring underfoot—a growing interest in cork floors. Crafted from sustainable materials and available in...
  • Creative Ceramics: Top Trends in Tile
    Italian home furnishings designers are always at the cutting edge. For evidence, look no further than the ceramic til...
  • Easy-Care Entryway: Replacing Carpet with Tile
    You never know why a previous homeowner made the decorating decisions they did, but sometimes you just have to scratc...
  • Eco-Friendly Flooring: 5 Ways to Go Green from the Bottom Up
    60% to 70% of the homes in the U. S. contain carpeting made from nylon, polyester, or vinyl—materials dependent on no...
  • Encaustic Tile Makes a Comeback
    While popular following their development in the mid-1800s, encaustic cement tiles fell out of favor in the mid 1930s...
  • Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring
    There are a lot of decisions to make when constructing a new home. Having a large production builder as our contracto...
  • Enhanced Plywood and Subfloor Products
    Plywood vs. OSBWhen plywood was developed to replace solid-board sheathing for subfloors and decking, builders were g...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Engineered Wood Floors
    Engineered flooring might sound like something that's made in a lab from plastics and other chemicals but, in fact, i...
  • Family-Friendly Floors: 5 Top Options for Busy Households
    Pets and children put homes to the test. Which types of floors are up to the challenge?
  • Fireclay Tile: An Inventive Company Flush with Green Ideas
    For Paul Burns, Founder and Chief Ceramicist at Fireclay Tile, the deafening sound of crushing porcelain toilets is s...
  • Genius! Speed-Sweep with a Remote Control Car
    Who says you can't still be a kid if you're paying down a mortgage? Whether you're just starting out on your own, or ...
  • Get the Job Done Quicker with Prefinished Flooring
    Anyone shopping for a new hardwood floor quickly discovers that there's no shortage of options on the market. Homeown...
  • Get the Look of Wood Floors for Much Less: 7 Laminate Picks
    Though it's always been a cost-effective alternative to traditional hardwood, today's laminate flooring proves just how far the product has come. Thanks to new imaging and finishing technologies, laminate now looks and feels so much like the genuine article, it's often hard to tell the difference. Its durability has improved, too, making laminate a total package well worth serious consideration the next time you're shopping for a new floor.
  • Green Home—Flooring
    The interest in environmentally friendly floors is growing as people learn about deforestation, air quality, growing ...
  • Grouting Tile Trouble Free
    Last week in our forum, a user asked an interesting question: "I haven’t grouted yet, what trouble will I have when I...
  • Hardwood or Laminate: Which Is the Right Flooring for You?
    Whatever your home's style may be, flooring is quite literally its foundation—and often the first design element visi...
  • Helpful Hints for Refinishing Hardwood Floors
    Floor sanding and refinishing is unforgiving work. Make a mistake and it will show. However, a refinished floor can b...
  • How To: Build Stairs
    Want to know how to build stairs? In many ways, the task of laying out a staircase resembles that of rafter layout. T...
  • How To: Build a Winding Staircase
    If space is a consideration in your remodeling project, you might want to consider building a winding staircase.  You...
  • How To: Clean Concrete
    When it comes time to clean concrete, you don't need to be delicate; after all, it's a very hard material. In order t...
  • How To: Clean Laminate Floors
    Laminate floors are so beautiful when first installed, but over time they can start to look a little worse for wear. ...
  • How To: Clean Linoleum Floors
    Linoleum has been a practical flooring option for more than 100 years. While it fell out of fashion in the late 1940s...
  • How To: Clean Porcelain Tile
    Porcelain tile consistently ranks as a preferred flooring choice among homeowners, partly due to its beauty—the mater...
  • How To: Clean Slate
    I have a slate fireplace surround that makes my living room feel really warm and earthy, even if the fire is not lit....
  • How To: Clean Vinyl Flooring
    Vinyl tile and laminate flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting, even under a home's highest-traffic condit...
  • How To: Clean a Wool Rug
    Wool rugs in a home appeal to several senses: Their vibrant colors and patterns improve the look of any space, while ...
  • How To: Cut Tile
    A little patience, along with a little practice and a score and a snap, and you're a tile cutter. While the task can ...
  • How To: Cut Vinyl Flooring
    It's easier to cut vinyl flooring to the exact shape and size of your room when you make a template first. Staple she...
  • How To: Drill Through Tile
    Here's how to avoid cracking a tile surface when you need to drill a hole. Mark your point, then gently score the til...
  • How To: Dye Concrete Floors
    Dyeing floors is different from staining them. With dye, there is no chemical reaction with the concrete—it simply dy...
  • How To: Grout Tile
    Maybe I'm the only person (at least over the age of three) who gets a kick out of making a mess, but I would still ar...
  • How To: Inlay Sheet Vinyl Flooring
    Here's how to inlay sheet vinyl flooring for a designer look.  Measure your design on the floor with chalk lines. Sec...
  • How To: Install Ceramic Tile
    Installing ceramic tile can be tricky. Successful tiling jobs are a direct result of good planning and a methodical a...
  • How To: Install Click Flooring
    Over the last decade, engineered wood flooring has developed by leaps and bounds, making it more affordable than ever...
  • How To: Install Laminate Flooring
    Laminate flooring enables homeowners to get the look of wood for less, and it's easy to install. In fact, tongue-and-...
  • How To: Install a Wood Block Floor
    For a very unusual floor finish, you might want to try wood blocks.  Lay out your floor the way you would any ceramic...
  • How To: Lay a Subfloor
    Here's how to lay a no-squeak subfloor. Apply a generous bead of panel adhesive to the tops of your floor joists. Lay...
  • How To: Make Your Own Carpet Cleaner
    The more you entertain, the more likely it is that you'll have to deal with stains. A spilled glass of wine, a smudge...
  • How To: Reclaim Wood Flooring
    When you're renovating, save and recycle old hardwood floorboards for patching and repairing. Using a pry bar at each...
  • How To: Remove Linoleum
    Linoleum is a classic and resilient material, often found in high-traffic spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallwa...
  • How To: Remove Tile
    Though it's not easy, removing tile is an early and necessary step in some of the most common, albeit ambitious, home...
  • How To: Remove Vinyl Flooring
    Let's be clear: It's no fun to remove vinyl flooring. Peeling up the material itself is no picnic, but the real trial...
  • How To: Remove and Replace Grout
    Several years after you complete a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it inevitably starts to show some wear. One culpri...
  • How To: Replace Damaged Tile
    Here's a way to replace damaged ceramic tile.  Remove the grout with a grout saw. Crack the tile with a hammer and co...
  • How To: Scribe Tile
    Here's how to scribe a floor tile to fit around an uneven edge. Set the closest full tile in place, then use another ...
  • How To: Stain Concrete
    Homeowners used to think of concrete as being strictly utilitarian stuff, resorted to only when a better-looking mate...
  • How To: Stain Hardwood Floors
    Hardwood flooring offers rich, warm, timeless beauty, and can even favorably affect the resale value of your home. Wi...
  • In Step with the Times: A Case for Updating Your Stairs
    It's easy to take the staircase for granted, at least until a problem arises. But as one of a home's finest architect...
  • Is Cork Flooring Right for You?
    In our ongoing quest to make our homes beautiful reflections of who we are, the question of what to install underfoot...
  • Just Floored! 15 Totally Unexpected DIY Flooring Alternatives
    Bottle caps, leather belts, and pennies are just a few of the unusual flooring materials that creative do-it-yourselfers have decided to use to add beauty and interest underfoot.
  • Linoleum Flooring: It's Green & Gorgeous!
    Think linoleum and vinyl flooring are the same thing? Wrong. While many people mistakenly call vinyl tile 'linoleum',...
  • Looks Like Luxury: Imitate Any Material with... Tile
    When you’re in the market for new flooring, you weigh a lot of considerations before deciding on a material. You may end up eliminating marble because of its cost, or hardwood because of maintenance. But did you know you can get the look of both marble and hardwood in tile? And that's not all. The natural looks of brick, stone, and reclaimed wood can now be had at a more affordable price—from tile manufacturers. New technologies are making faux finishes on tile more realistic-looking than ever. And tile is a very attainable DIY project for most homeowners, furthering its cost savings. Before you choose your next floor, take a look at the great tile options that are hitting showrooms—and living rooms—near you.
  • New Product: Tyroc Sub-Flooring
    The basic requirement of any floor surfacing material—from ceramic to wood—is that the subfloor remain free of moistu...
  • Old Wood Flooring: Replace or Refinish?
    Recently my wife and I moved into a co-op. It’s kind of like a condo but with a few additional restrictions about wha...
  • Parquet, You Say? 10 Stunning Wood Floor Patterns
    Wood has proven a popular and durable flooring choice in homes for hundreds of years. Whether you're considering recycling an old wood floor, upcycling wooden objects into flooring, or creating a high-end luxury look with detailed and intricate patterns, you’ll find something to tickle your flooring fancy in this showcase of unusual wood floors.
  • Prefinished vs. Unfinished Wood Flooring
    I’ve looked at flooring from both sides now. . . and it’s the horrors of applying polyurethane I recall. Apologies to...
  • Pro Tips: Decorative Floor Painting
    You can't deny the decorative appeal of painted floors, whether they're patterned in checkerboard, stripes, or some o...
  • Project Guide: Refinishing Hardwood Floors
    Few do-it-yourself projects deliver the "wow" factor as potently as refinishing hardwood floors.
  • Quick Tip: Laying Tile
    When laying tile, here's an easy way to save some time before applying any mortar. Dry-fit the tiles on the surface y...
  • Quick Tip: Reclaimed Wood Floors
    Reclaimed wood floors give new life to old timbers. Made from lumber recycled from demolished buildings, heart pine, ...
  • Quick Tip: Sawdust Grout
    It can be easy to patch cracks in an old wood floor or grout a new wood block floor. Here's how. First, make a mixtur...
  • Quick Tip: The Best Way to Remove Gum from Carpet
    Even if you’re not a gum chewer, you can still fall victim to the sticky substance if a wad on the concrete sneaks it...
  • Quick Tips: Laying a Basement Subfloor
    Here's how to get a warm, dry basement floor over a concrete slab when converting your basement into living space. La...
  • Quick Tips: Repairing Floorboards
    Here's a way to save time and energy when repairing floorboards. Instead of drilling and chiseling damaged floorboard...
  • Quick and Easy Vinyl Flooring
    My son recently asked for help installing vinyl flooring in his bathroom. So we took a trip to the local home center ...
  • Regain Your Footing: Top Tips for Common Wood Floor Repairs
    Few things can add as much warmth, character, and charm to a room as hardwood floors. From the amber glow of heart pi...
  • Rx for Hardwood Floors
    Special problems need special solutions—and that's particularly true of wood flooring.  When accidents happen, first ...
  • So, You Want to... Level a Concrete Floor
    There's no disagreement here: Concrete ranks among the most durable, longest-lasting of all building materials. That ...
  • Stairs with a Twist: 11 Spiral Designs You'll Love
    If you've always admired the the fun-loving spirit of a spiral staircase but lacked the proper space—or perhaps the courage—to install one yourself, draw inspiration from these imaginative interpretations.
  • Stenciled Floors: The Best of Today's Designs
    You can transform a room, revive a tired floor, or bring a totally new dimension to your floors with a can of paint, a stencil pattern, and a bit of imagination. Here are ten examples of today's best painted floor fashions.
  • The 7 Best Low-Cost Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring
    Are your floors scratched, worn, or out of style? In the past, there weren’t many affordable alternative to pricy hardwood floors. Today, though, budget options abound. Read on for our favorites.
  • The Appeal of Bamboo Flooring
    Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching...
  • The Beauty of Bamboo: 9 Exotic Looks in Flooring
    Bamboo is one of the hottest trends in flooring. This extremely hard material can take stain just like wood, so it's a natural choice for floors. Bamboo is also sustainable. It's a fast-growing grass that can completely regenerate itself in four years. So, when you choose a bamboo floor, you can rest well knowing that your selection is eco-friendly as well as beautiful.
  • The Best Floor Sander for Beginning DIYers
    Unless you plan to sand many floors in your lifetime, the best choice for do-it-yourself floor refinishing is the ran...
  • The Many Faces of Engineered Wood Flooring
    Engineered wood flooring has made great strides in the last two decades, providing homeowners with options in affordable, stylish, and easy-install wood flooring that simply couldn't be found in years past. Manufactured with a wood veneer atop a laminate core, engineered wood floors shrink, swell, and cup far less than traditional solid hardwood. That means it's safe to install in high-moisture areas like basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Once installed, it looks exactly like the genuine article, and it comes at a fraction of the price. Click through to discover the wide variety of looks it's possible, even easy, to achieve with engineered wood floors.
  • The Next Level: 14 Stair Railings to Elevate Your Home Design
    A stair railing is not just a safety feature. The newels, balusters, and railings of a staircase can make a real design statement and bring a sense of style to a space. Whatever your decor—contemporary, traditional, or ultramodern—there is a stair railing combination to match any aesthetic. Whether you opt for rustic wood, glass, or custom-made metal, you can find a style of stair rail that will elevate this architectural element from something practical to a work of art. Don't focus on just one material—combine materials like glass and wood or wood and metal to add depth and texture to your design scheme. Here’s just a sampling of what’s out there to give you ideas for your next staircase design.
  • The Pros and Cons of Softwood Flooring
    Trees are classified as either hardwood or softwood according to the structure of their seeds. And while almost all h...
  • The Smarter Way to Mop Your Floors
    You've just grabbed the mop to clear up a spill or wipe away the day-to-day dirt, but will you actually make your flo...
  • Tiling Tools
    For many years, ceramic tiling was regarded as arcane. It was a specialized vocation best left to the gifted few who,...
  • Top Tips for Cleaning Grout Lines
    Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That's a different story. Because of its...
  • Trending Now: Ceramic Tiles
    For durability and ease of maintenance, few materials compare with ceramic tile. Here are some of the hot new looks for 2013.
  • Trending Now: Cork Flooring
    Sustainable, versatile cork floor options abound for today's eco- and design-conscious homeowner.
  • Vinyl Renaissance: 10 Flooring Looks You Won't Believe
    Though it’s gotten a bad rap in past years, vinyl flooring is making a comeback. Although relative ease of installation has long been one of the material's selling points, it's now the range of design options that is putting vinyl once again underfoot. Innovative and creative patterns let homeowners customize their floors and mimic looks that might be far out of their budget, allowing them to achieve, say, the rustic warmth of reclaimed wood flooring without the hefty price tag that accompanies the real deal. And did we mention vinyl's low maintenance? Wiping a vinyl floor clean is a simple task that doesn’t require special cleaners and polishes. To help get you reacquainted with vinyl, here are some of our favorite new patterns. We think they'll really catch your eye—and they just might get you to reconsider this forgotten player in the world of flooring.
  • Walk This Way: Expert Advice on 3 Top Options in Flooring
    Floors are the unsung heroes of our homes, at once establishing the look of a space even while taking a beating under...
  • Walk on the Wild Side: 14 Amazing Painted Floors
    Does your floor need a new look? Instead of replacing it with costly broadloom or hardwood, consider painting it. Today’s homeowner has a lot options for painted floors. Painting is no longer restricted just to wood floors—concrete and linoleum are also good candidates for a paint makeover, which works well in kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, and front halls. If you’re thinking of painting the floor of one or more rooms in your home, keep a few things in mind before you start. First, consider color: While a light color on a floor may brighten up a dark space, if it’s in a high traffic area, it will show dirt more easily. Pattern is another important decision. It's faster and easier to apply one allover floor color, but a repeating pattern or central painted design can be striking and dynamic. Do you want to do it yourself, or hire a professional? If your budget makes this a DIY job, there are many online tutorials as well as special tools and stencil kits to help your project look fabulous.
  • Walking on Glass
    Glass block floors add a unique accent to wood, tile, stone, and concrete floors. Consider them a dual purpose floor:...
  • What Would Bob Do? Filling Nail Holes
    I’ve removed some carpet and want to refinish the hardwood floors below. What should I use to fill the holes left by ...
  • What Would Bob Do? Fixing Scratches on Wood Floors
    I have various scratches on my wood floors. Some add character, but some are just too big and need to go away. What i...
  • What Would Bob Do? Leveling a Concrete Floor
    I’d like some advice on how to level a concrete floor. We plan to finish the basement in my house, and there are goin...
  • What Would Bob Do? Polishing a Concrete Floor
    I am living in Spain and redoing an old house in the country. I'd like some of the floors to be polished concrete.  C...
  • What a Difference a Floor Finish Makes!
    There are so many beautiful finishes available in today’s solid-wood flooring. With so many options, from distressed finishes to finishes that mimic oil-rubbing, you'll certainly find the perfect match for your style, budget, and lifestyle needs.
  • When in Doubt, Revive Your Grout!
    Tile has always been a popular choice for floors, walls, and other surfaces due to its durability and long life. In f...
  • Wood Flooring 101
    Wood remains the most used flooring material. Its warm feel and appearance, affordability, and sheer variety probably...
  • Wood Floors Go Gray
    Weathered wood floors grayed from years of wear go so well with the ubiquitous reclaimed wood and industrial furnitur...

Flooring & Stairs Videos

Foundation & Framing Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 3 Fixes for Cracked Concrete
    Despite its reputation as one of the most rugged building materials ever conceived, even concrete has a sensitive sid...
  • 5 Home Repairs That Can Break the Bank (and How to Avoid Them)
    A home is like a relationship—it requires a little bit of money and attention to keep it going strong. Neglect some e...
  • Advanced Framing Techniques
    With the increased emphasis on saving the environment and costs, there is renewed interest in “advanced framing” cons...
  • Bob Vila Radio: The Best Screws for a Strong Hold
    If you need to securely fasten boards together—for framing or other heavy-duty applications—you might want to check o...
  • Concrete, Block, and Slab Foundations
    When building a house, two main types of foundations are used: slab-on-grade or below-grade foundations with a baseme...
  • Factory-Made Flooring and Roofing Systems
    Most of the wood-frame houses built in the last hundred years have been assembled of dimensional lumber, the standard...
  • Get Down in Your Dirt
    Foundations rest on soil, soil pushes against their sides, and wet soil pushes water and humidity against them, so it...
  • How To: Install a Sill Plate
    Here's how to properly install a sill plate on top of a foundation wall. Sink anchor bolts into your foundation every...
  • How To: Measure Concrete
    If you're pouring a concrete foundation, how do you figure out how much concrete you'll need? There's a pretty simple...
  • How To: Toenail Lumber
    When framing a house, there are many applications in which you have to join two pieces of wood at a right angle, such...
  • Know Your Building Lot
    In your mind you’ve got a dream house, but in reality you have a building lot. Before you get locked into a building ...
  • Pre-Cast Foundation System
    In Season Five of “Bob Vila's Home Again,” the popular “Cabin in the Woods” project showcased a unique array of innov...
  • Quick Tip: Engineered I-Beams
    To save time and money on your next building project, one option is to use engineered I-beams.  Made from engineered ...
  • Quick Tip: Framing with Engineered Wood
    Framing a house using engineered wood has many advantages.  Glue-laminated beams are stronger than their conventional...
  • Quick Tip: Joist Hangers
    When hanging floor joists, use joist hangers to make building a floor deck simpler.  Place hangers every 16 inches on...
  • Quick Tip: Structural Insulated Panels
    Building with structural insulated panels is becoming a popular way to save construction time and energy dollars. Com...
  • Quick Tip: Using Metal Studs
    If your home improvement project calls for new walls, you might want to consider metal studs.  They fit together like...
  • Rough Construction
    If you are simply reshaping existing space, you don't have to worry about a big hole in your yard. You also won't hav...
  • Strengthen Your Roof with Trusses
    After hurricanes ravaged Florida in recent years, building codes were strengthened to keep future damage to a minimum...
  • The Easy Way to Waterproof Masonry Surfaces
    For the last 50 years or so, new home foundations have almost always been made of concrete. Ranking among the toughes...
  • The Excavation and the Foundation
    Before the building of an addition can begin, site preparation may be necessary. Are there any garden plants, shrubs,...
  • What Makes the Ultimate Wall?
    Homebuilding has only grown more sophisticated in recent years, with a far greater emphasis placed on energy efficiency. Though many elements of wall assembly have gone more or less unchanged, there are a host of new methods and technologies to know, especially if you have plans to build a new home or addition. Click through to see what goes into a state-of-the-art exterior wall.
  • When a Chimney Tilts (A Foundation Problem Lurks Below)
    It’s not something you really want to acknowledge. You tell yourself it’s an optical illusion, or clutch to the conso...

Foundation & Framing Videos

  • Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
    Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building techniques are used to waterproof and set the foundation.
  • Preparing the Foundation
    Todd LaBarge describes the ReddiForm block system used to create a one-step monolithic pour.
  • Pouring the Foundation and Starting the Walls
    Bob and Howard discuss the concrete mesh used in the foundation that saved time and materials. Bob reviews the upcoming episode during which first floor walls are built.
  • Building with Polystyrene Forms and Concrete
    Bob explores innovative construction technologies – Insul-Tarp and ReddiForm polystyrene blocks – as the structure is reinforced and the first-floor walls start to go up.
  • Installing a New Structural Support Beam
    It’s time to start restoring the structure, marking an important moment in the house’s history.
  • Installing Stud Lumber Partitioning for the Bathroom
    Bob reviews plans for the kitchen remodeling and visits the second floor, where one of the bedrooms has been removed to accommodate his and her bathrooms. He helps set up partitioning for the bathroom.
  • Pre-cast Concrete Foundation Installation
    Bob meets with Jim Costello from Superior Walls of America to discuss the difference between a pre-cast and a traditional poured-concrete foundation.
  • Advantages of a Pre-cast Foundation System
    Chris Vila discusses the benefits of a factory-built foundation system with Mel Zimmerman of Superior Walls.
  • Pouring the Slab
    Bob watches as contractors pour and finish the slab for the addition.
  • Foundation Excavation and Formwork
    Bob and contractor Paul Morse review the excavations and formwork for the foundation.
  • Home Foundation Inspection
    Bob meets with the contractor to inspect the poured footings and discuss the pouring process. Next, Bob helps install the sill plate and explains the various types of lumber used.
  • Foundation Layout
    The foundation has been hand-dug and the forms laid for the footings. Bob and contractor Bob Ryley discuss the layout of the greenhouse foundation and framing.
  • Attaching Steel Support Beams to the Foundation
    The structural steel supports are delivered and while Bob discusses the supports' unique construction, contractor Bob Ryley drills the necessary holes for the supports to be fastened to the foundation.
  • Insulating the Foundation
    Bob and contractor Bob Ryley insulate the foundation of an attached solar greenhouse.
  • Precast Foundation System
    Bob discusses a new foundation system that doesn't require a concrete truck being on site.
  • Installing the Precast Foundation
    The basement walls are lifted into place and secured. This system is ideal for cold weather installation as the concrete is already cured before delivery. The prebuilt walls have R5 insulation and steel reinforced concrete studs.
  • Pouring the Cement Caissons
    To provide structural support in the new Malibu beach house, holes are dug in the beach and the new cement caissons are poured.
  • Excavating and Building the Foundation
    Bob pays a visit to the site as work on the foundation gets underway. Once the excavation is complete, the forms (for the poured concrete) are assembled and put into place.
  • Discussing the Poured-In Concrete Insulated Form System
    Bob meets with Lars Anderson (from Owens Corning) to discuss the Lite-Form Insulating System used in the garage's foundation. The forms are pre-assembled and tied together on site, making them very easy to work with.
  • Pouring Concrete for the Foundation
    Bob and contractor Bob Ryley discuss the pouring of concrete into Styrofoam forms for the foundation. The mix is slightly more liquid than most. While the increased flowability does not compromise strength, it helps eliminate cavities in the pour.
  • Discussing the Concrete Block Foundation
    Bob meets with contractor John Clancy to discuss building the concrete block foundation.
  • Gable Addition Framing
    Bob reviews the turret structure that's been added to the project house. Then Bob and contractor Bob Ryley and the rest of the workmen raise a gable wall in accord with the crew's modified approach to Western balloon framing.
  • Designs and Pouring the Foundation
    Bob meets with the architect to go over plans for the Cape-style house, before heading to the site to observe the pouring of the foundation.
  • Demolition and Reconstruction of Victorian Foundation
    General contractor Tim Berky updates Bob on progress since the footing for the new foundation was poured and repairs to the original foundation were made.
  • Excavation and Foundation Work
    Bob joins general contractor Tim Berky to hear how the foundation and footing will be handled for the Victorian kitchen remodel and deck addition.

Green Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 1 Surprising Key to a Bug-Free Backyard
    For many homeowners, summer means one thing: spending time outdoors. Whether we're lounging on the porch or entertain...
  • 10 "Sober" Alternative Uses for Alcohol at Home
    It's the perfect accompaniment for an exquisite meal and close friends, but drink too much of it, and you may find yourself slipping and stumbling into a heap of trouble—literally. Make no mistake, alcohol is one potent substance. In fact, its solvent properties give this versatile potable dozens of uses besides consumption. You can find alcohol in cleaning products, polishes, and even fuels, so it's not surprising that it has a bunch of practical uses around the home. Pop open your cabinet to see what you've got, then try out some of these 10 household tasks that can be tackled with drinkable alcohol.
  • 10 Astonishing Feats You Can Accomplish with Kitty Litter
    The cat's out of the bag! Even households without furry feline friends should add kitty litter to the weekly shopping list. This inexpensive and readily available product is perfect for everything from deodorizing to traction control. Read on to discover how you can use this multifunctional marvel to improve your own home.
  • 10 Classic Cleaners That've Stood the Test of Time
    Though they lost visibility to other heavily marketed cleaners in the last several decades, most of the classic cleaning products your mom and grandma used are still available today. Many of these staples predate the chemical and detergent revolution in the cleaning product industry. They are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as consumers look for more natural and eco-friendly options for maintaining their homes. Take a look under your mom’s kitchen sink. She most likely still has many of these tried-and-true products, because she knows better than to fix it if it ain’t broke.
  • 10 Cleaning Habits to Blame for Your Messy Home
    Everybody seems to have a different recommendation for how to clean each surface in the house… but not all of these cleaning habits do what their proponents claim. Many materials require specific cleansers, and using the wrong one may render your efforts useless, or worse yet damage the surface that you’re trying to clean. Keep reading to find out which bad cleaning habits you should ditch and learn about some better alternatives you should adopt.
  • 10 Clever Household Uses for Lemons
    Nature’s supreme source of sour is capable of far more than making tea tangy and pies tart. Slice up a few lemons and give these practical household solutions a go.
  • 10 Essential Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling
    <p>Everyone looks forward to summer vacation, but unwary travelers may get more than they bargain for when checking into a hotel: bed bugs. Though small in size and often hard to spot, these troublesome insects make their presence felt with the itchy welts they leave on people's skin. Bed bugs can easily hitch a ride from hotel to home in luggage or clothing, so it's important for travelers to be on guard. </p> </br> <p>Once bed bugs have infiltrated your home, they're extremely difficult to exterminate. They can hide in small cracks and crevices, and even live for months without biting a human. That's why the best defense against bed bugs is prevention. Fortunately, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has a number of helpful hints to help prevent summer travel from turning creepy. </p><br/> <p><i>This post has been brought to you by <a href="http://www.pestworld.org/" title="http://www.pestworld.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Pest Management Association</a>. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.</i></p>
  • 10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar
    If you think vinegar is just for salads, think again. Here are ten household uses for vinegar— from cleaning tile to repelling insects.
  • 10 Handy Things You Can Do with a Hose Wand
    If you think your hose is the ultimate outdoor cleaning tool… think again! Some areas are just too tricky, too high or too grungy for your hose to tackle all by itself. Luckily, a practical, versatile and all-around ingenious tool—the multipurpose hose wand—can simplify many of your cleaning chores, making your outdoor efforts much more effective, to say nothing of more fun. Think of it as a way to “extreme clean” your exterior surfaces…or to put it another way, your hose on steroids. Here are just a few of the tough cleaning jobs you can tackle quickly and easily with a hose wand.
  • 10 Home Cleaners to Borrow from the Pantry
    No matter the size of the chore—whether it's spot cleaning or wiping down all the kitchen countertops—the solution you need may very well be something you have on hand...in your kitchen. That's right: The makings of an all-natural clean home start with ingredients you may have picked up for family mealtime. So, open up your cupboard doors and take stock: How many of these cleaners are hiding in your pantry?
  • 10 Household Headaches You Can Solve with Aspirin
    From patching holes in drywall to removing bathtub rust spots, aspirin has some surprising household uses beyond the medicine cabinet. Next time you're looking to clean, soothe, or sow, consider harnessing the power of your generic headache helper to get the job done.
  • 10 Indoor Pollutants
    We spend a large part of our lives indoors yet the idea of indoor air pollution can be easy to dismiss, especially if...
  • 10 Low-Cost Ways to Improve Your Home Security
    If the cost of a high-tech security system is beyond your means, consider these low-cost options to keep your home safe.
  • 10 Money-Saving Gadgets That Pay for Themselves
    It may seem like a paradox, but sometimes you have to spend a little money to save a lot of green. Investing in just a few little upgrades like energy-efficient lighting, energy usage monitors, and handy kitchen helpers can help shave dollars off your energy and grocery bills. Take a look through this list of smart buys and consider picking one up for your home. Your wallet just may end up thanking you.
  • 10 Reasons to Love Architectural Salvage
    Architectural salvage is a timeless way to bring quality and character into your home.
  • 10 Safety Essentials That Most Homes Are Missing
    Although it's tempting to brush off the possibility that a fire, break-in, or other emergency could strike your home, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that you're prepared for anything by outfitting your home with these 10 safety essentials that you may not have–or even realize that you need.
  • 10 Surprising Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags
    Few things are more relaxing than curling up with a nice cup of steaming hot tea. In fact, next to water, tea is the world’s most popular beverage. But all those mugs of enjoyment generate one unfortunate side effect: an awful lot of waste in the form of used tea bags. Instead of pitching the leftovers, ease your eco-guilt with one of these surprising and efficient ways to recycle used tea bags around the house.
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know Windex Can Do
    You know that familiar blue window cleanser that we all grew up using? Well, it can do lot more than just clean windows. Whether you're looking to bust stains or zap bugs, Windex might just be the go-to tool for your household chore. So roll up your sleeves, pull on your plastic gloves—so the combination of ammonia and alcohol in the cleaning solution doesn't irritate or burn sensitive skin—and make your blue bottle earn its keep in the cleaning closet.
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Can Do
    Your microwave is amazing for many reasons: It speeds up cooking, it reheats your favorite leftovers—and let’s not forget about all that instant popcorn! But this magnificent machine can be used for much more than making a quick dinner. Read on to learn about the surprising capabilities your microwave has to offer.
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know a Paintbrush Can Do
    Paintbrushes aren’t just for painting anymore! In fact, even if you don’t have a painting project in your future, you may want to stock up on paintbrushes the next time they're on sale. Did you know that you can use various types of paintbrushes in the kitchen and around the house as well as in the craft room? Here are just a few unusual uses for a new, clean paintbrush.
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know Dish Soap Can Do
    It may seem like all that dish soap's good for is getting your plates and cups sparkling again, but this soapy solution can do so much more. Here are 10 ways you should be using dish soap outside the sink.
  • 10 Weirdly Awesome New Uses for Old Appliances
    Let’s face it, appliances don’t last forever. And when they bite the dust, we’re left wondering how to dispose of them. Here’s an idea: don’t! Instead, try one of these 10 genius ideas for transforming old or outdated appliances into beautiful, functional, and funky decor for your home.
  • 11 Home Hazards to Know and Avoid
    If you ask most people where they feel the safest, chances are the answer will be in their own home. But home safety depends on a variety of factors, and potential dangers run the gamut from structural hazards like termites and faulty wiring to problems related to a home's location and siting, such as drainage and flooding. Here are 11 of the most common hazards that homeowners are likely to encounter. To keep your home truly safe, be aware of these hazards and consider how they can be remedied.
  • 11 Seriously Surprising Uses for a Ziplock Bag
    Soggy sandwiches, messy leftovers, and dried-out cheeses have been a thing of the past since the 1960s, thanks to the invention of a ubiquitous kitchen staple: the ziplock bag. But these sturdy plastic containers with press-and-seal tops are more than just a convenient way to transport your lunch; they come in a variety of sizes that make them useful for myriad tasks in the kitchen, office, garage, and more. Here are just a few of the innovative and alternative applications for these handy baggies.
  • 11 Surprising Alternative Uses for Elmer's Glue
    Elmer’s glue is much more than a back-to-school staple. It has applications that range far beyond the classroom. Whether you’re crafting, gardening, or crossing off some to-dos from your home improvement checklist, there are a plethora of creative and functional ways to put glue to good use.
  • 11 Surprising Uses for Aluminum Foil
    Flexible, durable, moisture-proof, and grease-proof, aluminum foil is most often used in the kitchen. But foil can do so much more! Keep this multitasking treasure on hand, and you'll always have a quick fix for ironing, crafting, or even heavy lifting. Keep reading to discover more interesting and unusual ways to use aluminum foil for more than storing leftovers.
  • 11 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Clean in Your Washing Machine
    Your handiest helper in cleaning up life's greatest messes is located right in the laundry room. But did you know it can handle so much more than just clothes? Read on to find out how to get the most work out of your washing machine.
  • 11 Ways to Flu-Proof Your Home
    Is there anything worse than the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and overall misery of the flu? Well, get ready, because the beginning of winter marks the official start of the flu season, putting you at risk for all that and more. Fortunately, there are some smart steps you can take now to prevent nasty viruses from settling into your home. Read on to discover how to stop germs at your doorstep.
  • 12 Clever Uses for a Hair Dryer That Will Blow You Away
    We bet you didn't know that you have an incredibly versatile tool—cleverly disguised as a common hair-styling essential—hiding just under the bathroom sink. Learn how to move beyond the blowout with these little-known ways to use a hair dryer to simplify tasks in your home.
  • 12 Genius Tips for Everyday Speed-Cleaning
    Time is a precious commodity that you can’t buy, rent, borrow, store, or save. So it makes sense that most homeowners would prefer to spend less time on everyday tasks like cleaning, so they can spend more time on the things that really matter. These tips for everyday speed-cleaning will help you keep your house tidy all week long, so you don’t have to devote an entire weekend to cleaning up.
  • 12 Surprising Ways Spring Cleaning Can Backfire
    Are you ready to shake the cold-weather blues and spruce up your home for the warmer months ahead? Before you overhaul your living space with cleaning projects galore, remember that spring cleaning isn't as simple as it seems. With today's powerful cleaning products, and high-tech appliances, there's a lot of room for error. One simple mistake could damage your home, costing you a world of effort and a stack of cash. Keep these tips in mind before you clean and you'll dodge disaster and be left with a no-mess, no-stress home.
  • 12 Things You Didn't Know Duct Tape Can Do
    Duct tape is an extremely durable and versatile product that can be used to mend, patch, hem, and more. Here are 12 ways that you can put a roll of this ubiquitous silver multitasker to good use in your home.
  • 12 Unexpected Uses for a Regular Bar of Soap
    Rub-a-dub-dub, soap is great for a scrub! But bar soap is handy to have around for many reasons that go far beyond the bathtub. It can serve as a lubricant, freshener, and even a pest-repellent. Here are just a few unusual and clever uses that make the most of a single bar of soap.
  • 12 Ways Your Home Can Save You Money This Year
    A new year offers new opportunities to save money. Look around your home and you will see a huge variety of ways to save money, from increasing energy efficiency to growing your own herbs. Here are some more clever money-saving ideas to try.
  • 12 Ways to Clean House with Citrus
    Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits are already staples of the fruit bin, but this juicy produce can also be pressed into service for myriad cleaning chores around the house. You probably already associate citrus scents with a well-scrubbed kitchen! Click through for more than a dozen interesting—even unexpected—ways citrus can freshen around the home.
  • 12 Ways to Put Your Home on an Energy Diet
    Adopt one of these 12 home energy saving ideas and save money on utilities in 2013.
  • 13 Better-Than-Gift-Wrap Ideas for Packaging Presents
    It's happened to the best of us: In our efforts to enhance the presentation of our thoughtfully picked out gifts, we're so busy cutting, taping, and decorating that we fail to notice we're running low on wrapping paper. Luckily, there are plenty of items around the house that can be repurposed to wrap gifts. What's more, those presents end up even more personal and beautiful than they would have been if they'd been swathed in store-bought paper. When you're in a pinch (or just feeling creative), try one of these out-of-the-gift-box ideas for wrapping presents.
  • 13 Clever Alternative Ways to Use Coffee Filters
    Think a coffee filter is only good for brewing your morning cup of joe? Think again! Disposable paper coffee filters are great multitaskers around the house, used for everything from cleaning and polishing to storage and craft projects. Plus coffee filters are inexpensive and readily available. Here are just a few reasons to stock up on these handy helpers.
  • 13 Lazy Cleaning Tricks for a Spotless Home
    <p>Struggling to find the time—nay, the motivation—to get all your chores done? Well, you might want to sit down for this news: You can get it all done hardly using any energy at all, and without sacrificing any of your home's cleanliness. We've searched high and low for time-tested tricks to help you half your cleaning time. But these basic tips will go as far as any hack.</p><br/> <p>First of all, get organized. Dedicate a bucket or carry-all to house your cleaning supplies. Once you fill it with everything you need to accomplish your cleaning tasks, give it a home under the sink, or in the broom closet. After every cleaning, return it to its place so everything is ready to go next time. You'll be amazed at how much time you'll save when you don't have to waste time gathering your tools and cleansers before you begin.</p><br/> <p>It's just as important to establish a schedule for house cleaning. Though a whole house cleaning may seem daunting, a room by room cleaning or single chore, cleaning the bathroom, or dusting the living room, probably only takes 10 minutes. Assign a small chore like that to a specific time and day each week, right after breakfast, for instance, or while the kids are doing their homework. You’re less likely to get overwhelmed and procrastinate if you don’t have to do everything at once. Make sure to employ a regular system for each task. For instance, start at the farthest corner of the room and work your way to the door, going from top to bottom. Do it the same way every time, and before you know it, you’ll be able to clean on autopilot. </p><br/> <p>Cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a drudgery. So, put on some music and enjoy. Click through for 13 effortless house cleaning tips to keep your space clean.</p>
  • 14 Home Essentials You Never Need to Buy Again
    Household staples like detergents and cleaners are always on the grocery list. But they don’t have to be. You can make those essentials at home—and effectively, never run out.
  • 14 New Uses for Old Candles
    Aah, candles—whether you enjoy them for their soothing scents or simply for their ambience, these small luxuries have a place in almost every home. But after the wick disappears, you're left with a lump of wax that too often goes unused. Don't let this extra stash go to waste! Instead, try one of these 14 ideas for making good use of old candles.
  • 15 Remarkably Easy Ways to Create a Dust-Free Home
    No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. It's a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an annoyance, however. For individuals who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems, learning how to get rid of dust is of vital importance because it can otherwise compromise their health and quality of life. All those particles that make up dust add up: dirt, pollen, mold spores, dead skin cells, hair, and fabric fibers, as well as airborne pollutants such as wood ash, chemicals, and vehicle exhaust. Minimize the amount of dust in your home and beyond making a huge difference in air quality, you can help prolong the life of furniture, appliances, and household electronics. Keeping your home as dust-free as possible requires vigilance and consistency. It all starts with a regular weekly cleaning: washing and dry-cleaning pillows to rid them of dust mites, vacuuming furniture and drapes regularly, and changing in fresh filters in your HVAC system monthly can go a long way to helping you win the war on dust. Click through for some simple suggestions on how to maintain your home so the air is as clean, comfortable, and as dust-free as it can be.
  • 15 Ways to Fake a Clean House
    Don’t let lingering dust, dirt, and clutter set your last minute entertaining plans awash. Use these 15 cleaning shortcuts to turn the grimiest estate into a prime estate in minutes.
  • 18 New Uses for Old Shoeboxes
    Whether or not you have a slight shoe obsession, it seems that everyone has an abundance of old shoeboxes taking up space in the closet. Put those sturdy cardboard containers to good use with these 18 ideas for recycling shoeboxes into fun and functional objects for your home.
  • 20 Ways to Go Green Today
    You don't need to drastically alter your lifestyle to go green. Here are twenty simple, do-it-today ideas for saving the planet—and a little money, too.
  • 20 Ways to Support Earth Day This Year
    Today of all days, take one step toward protecting the planet, and your monthly utility costs will benefit as well.
  • 2011 Trends in Eco-Friendly Kitchen & Bath Products
    Most new models of toilets, showers, and kitchen appliances reflect eco-friendly manufacturing and design principles ...
  • 21 Clever Little Things to Do with Scrap Wood
    Don't toss all that scrap wood left over from your last DIY adventure! Instead, put it to good use building one of these fun and functional projects for your home.
  • 21 Money-Saving Tricks That Every Homeowner Needs to Know
    Putting a dent in your home improvement to-do list can often put an even bigger dent in your wallet. But these 21 humble DIY projects reduce, reuse, and reimagine what’s already under your roof to yield big results—and even bigger savings.
  • 21 Timesaving Tricks That May Change the Way You Clean
    Spring cleaning is upon us. If you’re not ready to commit several days to the task of sprucing up, take a few of these shortcuts to make quick work of some chores.
  • 21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House—Naturally
    There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now that the snow has melted, it's a good time to give your siding a thorough scrub. But before you fill your cabinets with expensive heavy-duty cleansers, check out our guide to cleaning naturally with products you probably have on hand. These cleaning solutions are safer for kids, pets, and the environment, and they'll leave your home sparkling and beautiful.
  • 3 Fixes For Coffee Stains
    There’s nothing better than a nice cup of coffee to kickstart your morning. What’s not quite as energizing? An accomp...
  • 5 Keys to Understanding Geothermal Heat Pumps
    There's been a lot of chatter about the energy-saving potential of geothermal heat pumps over the long term. Also kno...
  • 5 Simple Ways to Save H2O at Home
    Although roughly 75 percent of the Earth is covered with water, the reality is that less than 1 percent of that water...
  • 5 Smart Energy-Saving Investments for Your Next Home
    If you live in an older home, the prospect of retrofitting it to be more energy efficient might send cold shivers dow...
  • 7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces
    Whether you're lucky enough to have once-weekly curbside service, or you have to transport your paper, glass, metal a...
  • 7 Extraordinary Household Uses for Beer
    According to the Beer Institute, a group that represents 2,800 U.S. brewers and suppliers, the making and selling of Americans’ favorite alcoholic drink is a $264.5 billion industry—so it’s probably safe to say that most of us usually have a bottle or six on hand. Yes, you can drink it, but the value of this golden elixir goes far beyond basic imbibing. Read on for 7 other, ingenious ways to put beer to good use.
  • 7 Facts About Cockroaches You Won't Want to Believe
    With ancestors tracing back more than 280 million years, cockroaches have been around for an incomprehensibly long time, and they're here to stay. Because no other household pest provokes such fervent anxiety, disgust, and downright terror, we teamed up with the National Pest Management Association to learn more about the world's most infamous insect.
  • 7 Herbs That Clean House
    If you’re a cook—or just a person who likes to eat—you already know how herbs can make any dish taste better. But you may not know that herbs can also work outside the kitchen and all around the house as cleaners. Click through for 7 multitasking herbs, and get ready to marvel at the unexpected ways they can keep your home sparkling and fresh smelling.
  • 7 Reasons Not to Chuck Your Tree After X-Mas
    Don’t junk your tree after the holidays are over. There are lots of ways to salvage part, or all, of a Christmas tree to give it a second life. Bestow an end-of-season gift on the Earth, birds, fish, or even your landscaping with one of these great Christmas tree recycling ideas.
  • 7 Secrets to Keep Your Carpet Looking New
    Carpets get dirty—it's a fact of life. But if you just let the problems pile up, those snags, spills, and everyday accidents can make your carpets look old and dingy. Follow these proper maintenance tips and damage-control strategies to keep your carpeted floors cozy, clean, and looking like new for years to come.
  • 7 Super Simple Ways to Make Your House Smell Fresh
    Right up there with other factors like style and cleanliness, your home's scent makes a huge first impression to guests. While the smell of freshly baked bread or fresh laundry is heavenly, sometimes we just want the place to smell nice without going through all of that effort. Before you resort to spraying store-bought air fresheners or lighting a scented candle, try these just-as-easy DIY tricks to freshen your home.
  • 7 Surprising Alternative Uses for Clorox Bleach
    Chlorine bleach isn’t just for washing your whites. This laundry room staple has a multitude of potential uses in and around your home. Best of all, it costs just pennies per project! When used correctly, bleach is a safe way to remove stains, kill weeds and even extend the life of cut flowers. For safety’s sake, be sure to keep bleach in a childproof cabinet, away from other household chemicals, particularly ammonia, since the combination can be toxic. Here are just a few of the surprising uses for bleach around the house:
  • 7 Surprising Household Uses for Mayonnaise
    You may not know this, but mayonnaise isn’t just for sandwiches and salad dressings. There are a host of household uses for this tasty spread. From cleaning gunky gum, to salvaging wood from water, this condiment just might save the day. Consider it one more weapon in your chemical-free cleaning arsenal.
  • 7 Surprising Pantry Items Naturally Clean and Freshen Your Home
    Household cleaning is a never-ending chore. And while it may not be our favorite pastime, it's absolutely necessary. With cleaning being such a large part of home maintenance, the cleaners we use are worth serious consideration. More and more people are turning away from traditional chemicals and buying more eco-friendly, non-toxic alternatives. But did you know that you can keep green by making your own homemade cleaners—for a fraction of what you pay in a store or online? And you can do so with things you may very well already have in your pantry. Most household cleaning requires a combination of things: grease cutters, abrasives, surfactants, disinfectants, and deodorizers. A grease cutter is just what it sounds like: anything that will clear grease. Acidic ingredients in homemade cleaners like lemon juice, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and even ketchup can cut grease, whether it’s on your windows or in your oven. Abrasives are what give most cleaning agents their edge. Baking soda, salt, and even coffee grounds are common household abrasives used in homemade cleaners, ready to scour away crud at the bottom of your pots or along the bathtub. Surfactants reduce the surface tension between liquids or liquids and solids; in other words, they attach to dirt molecules and make them slippery, so they slide off of you or your kitchen counters. Coconut oil would be just one example of such a surfactant in a homemade cleaner. And then there's the staples you probably already know from grandma's cleaning methods: Hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil are commonly used in homemade cleaners for disinfectant purposes, and both vinegar and baking soda are natural deodorizers. Missing the scent that comes along with the commercial cleaner? You can customize the smell of your homemade cleaners with natural and essential oils, too. A few drops of peppermint, lavender, or rosemary will leave your home smelling naturally great after your cleaning chores—consider it motivation to keep going back. It really is as simple as a trip to the pantry! So check out these recipes for homemade cleaners from Karyn Siegel-Maier’s "The Naturally Clean Home.” They’ll empower you to freshen, clean, and disinfect without the chemicals. It’s never been so easy to be green.
  • 7 Ways You're Vacuuming Wrong
    While your vacuum cleaner is designed to do most of the work for you, understanding how to use it properly can make a huge difference in the cleanliness of your floors. Learn what you may be doing wrong when you're performing this common household chore so that you can be on your way to fresher, better-looking carpets and other flooring.
  • 8 High-Tech Bug Zappers for Your Backyard
    Summertime, and the livin' is easy—until stinging winged arthropods crash your backyard BBQ. Standard protocol calls for lighting a few citronella candles and rubbing on some repellent. Unfortunately, these classic solutions are not foolproof and can sometimes be toxic. What's someone in this bug-bitten bind to do? Get your hands on a bug zapper! Modern innovations in bug-zapping tech make quick work of pests that invade your property's airspace. Browse through these 8 great bug-zapping devices to find yourself a temporary refuge from the swarm.
  • 8 Things You Didn't Know a Clothes Iron Can Do
    Irons aren’t just for the laundry room anymore. There are plenty of unusual ways to put this wrinkle remover to good use, whether it's for candles, crafts, or cleaning. Discover 9 alternative ways an iron can make your everyday tasks easier.
  • 8 Tried-and-True Tricks to Stamp Out Ants
    Usually found marching along a kitchen sink, the tile near a baseboard, or outside on the porch by your welcome mat (some welcome!), ants are tiny and persistent home invaders. Sure, you can wipe away a trail of ants with a paper towel, or hose them down if they're outside, but if you don't pursue a more "perman-ant" solution, you're sure to endure subsequent infestations. Luckily, getting rid of ants for good doesn't have to be a big deal, and it doesn't have to involve exterminators and harsh chemicals. Your cupboard is very likely already stocked with a number of environmentally safe, pet- and child-friendly products that you can use to get rid of these pesky visitors.
  • 8 Ways to Make It Look Like You’re Home When You’re Not
    The holidays are a time for visiting family and friends near and far, but it can also be a prime time for break-ins since it’s easy for burglars to recognize the all-too-familiar signs you’re out of town. Good news: A handful of easy tactics can keep your house safe by fooling any passers-by into believing you’re home. They range in cost from a little to a lot, but any expense is a small price to pay for peace of mind when you’re tens to hundreds to thousands of miles away.
  • 8 Wise Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home for Practically Nothing
    Winter is coming! Is your house ready to deal with harsh winter winds, blowing snow, and frosty windows? A well winterized home has what it takes to stand up to winter temps, keeping warm air in and cold air—well—out in the cold. Luckily, winterizing your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. These wise ways to winter-proof your home are inexpensive, easily to do yourself, and should help reduce your winter energy costs.
  • 9 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks Everyone Should Know
    Whether we're maintaining our most-used appliances or performing crisis control after an everyday accident, when it comes to cleaning we can all agree: the faster, the better. Here are 9 hacks all homeowners should have in their repertoire to quickly—and successfully—whip their place into tip-top shape.
  • 9 Clever Things You Can Do with a Wire Hanger
    Wire clothes hangers are inescapable. They seem to multiply overnight, and they pile up every time you go to the cleaners. Instead of throwing them out, try one of these clever ideas for repurposing this common closet necessity.
  • 9 Cutting-Edge Energy-Efficient Appliances
    Energy-smart appliances are not only better for the environment, they're better for you—and your monthly utility bills.
  • 9 Little Tricks to Make Trash Day Less of a Chore
    Taking out the trash is a routine we’re all too well acquainted with. But believe it or not, you can actually make trash day easier—perhaps even pleasurable —with these brilliant hacks. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?
  • 9 Potent Cleaners You Didn't Know You Had
    More and more people are steering away from commercial cleaners with their harsh chemicals and opting for more natural choices to get their homes spotless. While it may seem excessive to make a whole pantry's worth of cleaners from scratch, using cleaning solutions made from common ingredients you probably already own can be both safer and more cost-effective. Bring out the shine in every corner of your house with these 9 tried-and-true cleaning recipes that have been used for generations.
  • 9 Savvy Tactics for Wintertime Pest-Proofing
    You may not like to think so, but homeowners and household pests share at least one similarity—namely, the need for shelter. In the temperate months, you probably spend as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying nature and open-air activities. Insects and rodents aren't so different; in spring and summer, they, too, tend to roam free. When the weather turns cold, however, you wisely seek refuge in the warmth and comfort of your home. The catch? Pests want to get in there with you. To protect your home from this winter invasion, you need to shore up your defenses. Act now to protect your property by following these recommendations from the National Pest Management Association.
  • 9 Sneaky Ways to Cut Your Home Heating Bills
    Home heating bills can be daunting, especially for those who live in colder climates. But there are ways to keep costs down without resorting to wearing jackets indoors. Here are 9 easy hacks that will help keep your home toasty at a budget-friendly price.
  • 9 Solar Gadgets That Have Us Aglow
    Backyards and sunshine go together like hot dogs and mustard. So do these cool new solar gadgets designed to provide light, sound and added convenience to outdoor living.
  • 9 Surprising Uses for Alka-Seltzer
    That familiar refrain, “plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is,” can be applied to many problems that go beyond heartburn or indigestion. Alka-Seltzer, sold in those familiar effervescent tablets, can help you handle a host of issues around the house—and can also provide some fun and entertaining activities for families. The secret lies in Alka-Seltzer’s patented blend of citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and aspirin, which can exert some powerful cleaning power on tough household grime and stains. Here are just a few unexpected ways Alka-Seltzer can come in handy.
  • 9 Things You Didn't Know Coca-Cola Can Do
    Sugary drinks aren't allowed in some households these days, but even the most health-conscious of folks can find a few reasons to keep a can of Coke around the house. Did you know Coke can help you do the dishes? How about cleaning your laundry with cola? Would you try Coke to clean your car battery? These are only a few alternative uses for Coca-Cola. If you need more excuses to stock this classic soda in your home, read on!
  • 9 Things You Didn't Know Dryer Sheets Can Do
    You probably have a sizable stack of folded dryer sheets stored in your laundry room for the next afternoon of chores, but you might not realize the potential these disposables have to help out all around the house. Nearly a half-century since its creation, these fabric-softening sheets—both unused and reused—have proven handy in <i>many</i> more ways than one. Click through for nine reasons to hold onto your stash even after laundry day.
  • 9 Things You're Doing to Make Your Home Dustier
    When you think about what dust really is—a conglomeration of dead skin particles, insect parts, mold spores, ash, pollen, and more—you become more determined than ever to make sure your home is attracting as little of it as possible. The good news is, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep the fine, floaty debris from settling down in your space. Bust dust by sidestepping these 9 common mistakes that can make your home less hygienic.
  • 9 Ways to Boost Your Fire Preparedness
    October is Fire Safety Month, and we've rounded up our top tips to keep your home—and your family—safe and protected.
  • 9 Ways to Safeguard Your House Before a Vacation
    August is a great time for a family vacation—one last fling before school starts. But before you take a plane, train, or automobile out of town, make sure to protect your home against threats, ranging from burglars to basement floods. These simple tips can help you feel certain that whether you're gone for a few days or a few weeks, your home is going to be there waiting safely for you upon return.
  • A Dozen 10-Minute DIYs for a Pest-Free Home
    Nothing spoils a backyard barbecue faster than a swarm of bugs moving in on the food and beverage stations. For that matter, you probably don’t want creepy-crawlies or furry friends invading your indoor dinner soiree, either. And after all of that hard work in the garden, who wants to see pesky pests destroy the fruits of your labor? But a bug-free home doesn't need to cost you a lot of money or time shopping for repellents, pesticides, or traps. The ingredients for many pest control products are already right there in your pantry or laundry room. Check out a few of our favorite DIY solutions to common home and garden pests.
  • A GREEN User's Guide
    Discovering the differences and similarities among green certification seals.
  • A New Generation of Fabric Storm Shutters
    Lightweight, strong, and easy-to-install, today's fabric storm “shutters” are manufactured to withstand the force of ...
  • After the Storm: Bob Vila's 12 Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Tips
    Hurricane Sandy may have passed, but the cleanup has only just begun. If your home saw flooding, here are a dozen ways to manage storm damage.
  • Aggressive Energy Savings of Passive House Design
    More and more renovators, house hunters, architects and construction companies are paying attention to energy-saving ...
  • Architectural Salvage 101
    Architects, designers, and homeowners are increasingly on the hunt for salvage materials whose superior grade and cha...
  • Are You Safe from Bedbugs?
    Bedbugs haunt homeowners' nightmares like the bogeyman. These nasty little critters that feast on your blood while yo...
  • Attract Owls for Rodent Control
    Every creature has its place in nature—I firmly believe that. But if that creature is a rodent, I want its place to b...
  • Aviation Aesthetics: Second Flights for Salvaged Aircraft
    Designers are putting salvaged aircraft to fun and innovative home use.
  • BYOBag: 6 Smart Reusable Shopping Bags
    Take the first step in reducing paper and plastic waste, by bringing one of these smart re-usable totes the next time you go shopping.
  • Be Nice to Mice: How to Build a Humane Mousetrap
    None of us loves the idea of little Mickeys and Minnies scurrying around our homes. Some people insist they're cute, ...
  • Be Prepared for Natural Disasters
    If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? Here’s how to prepare and respond to most natural emergencies. "Emergencies...
  • Beep, Beep, Beep: Silence Your Malfunctioning Smoke Detector
    If there have been nationwide polls conducted to determine what drives homeowners the most crazy, I would bet that be...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Are There Plants That Repel Mosquitos?
    Modern mosquito repellents generally do a pretty good job of keeping the bugs away, but toxic chemicals often top the...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Bee & Wasp Control
    Late summer’s when you see ‘em, but now’s not  actually the best time to mess with a bee or wasp nest. The queen esta...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic
    When I talk to homeowners about safety, the discussion often centers around using tools and ladders and so forth. But...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Block Out Blazes with a Fire Door
    All too often, it seems tragic house fires lead the evening newscast. If you’re looking for better ways to protect yo...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Burglaries
    Here’s something you probably don’t want to think about this summer: Most burglaries happen in warm weather, during b...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Candle Safety
    Fires injure 2,600 people in the US and cause nearly a billion dollars in damage each holiday season. A lot of those ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Saves
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Conserve Water
    The demand for fresh water continues to grow, and the easiest way to meet that demand is simply to waste less of it. ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Controlling Carpenter Bees
    Given enough time, carpenter bees can bring down an entire house. The good news: These bees prefer to nest in untreat...
  • Bob Vila Radio: DIY Waste Removal
    One of the biggest challenges of any remodeling project or basement clean-out is figuring out how to get rid of const...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction
    Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole shebang to a landfill, more ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Deconstruction, Not Demolition
    Deconstruction is the new demolition.  CM_BVNOTES-1235-6 Recycled Bldg ProductsListen to BOB VILA ON DECONSTRUCTION, ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Deep Energy Retrofits
    The next generations will face fuel costs so high, they’ll make the standard twentieth-century under-insulated stick-...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Do's and Don'ts of Mold Removal
    No doubt the best way to manage mold is to prevent it. But if your basement floods and mold gets a head start, there'...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Dodge Disaster with a Wi-Fi Flood Alarm
    Flood alarms have been around in one form or another for decades. At its most basic, the technology isn't new. But of...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Emergency Kit
    Natural disasters can occur anywhere, any time. No matter where you live, you should keep a stash of emergency suppli...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Energy-Saving Light Switches
    Wherever lights are accidentally left on a lot, your home is leaking money. Sometimes just changing the switch can so...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fall Safety Check
    Fall’s a good time to do a top-to-bottom safety check of your home to protect your family and save big bucks on major...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fire Drill
    You’ve got the smoke alarms and the carbon monoxide detectors, and you change their batteries regularly. But does you...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguisher Inspection
    You know you should test your smoke alarm twice a year, but what about your fire extinguisher? If yours is at the bac...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Fire Extinguishers
    Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, at least one fire extinguisher should be standard equiment in you...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Gas Leak
    Natural gas is a safe, clean source of home energy, but in the unlikely event of a gas leak, it’s important to know w...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Go Local
    It’s a great idea to shop for green products, but don’t forget to factor transport into the true cost of what you’re ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Fire Safety
    Did you know that each holiday season in the US, fires cause nearly a billion dollars in damage? Keep your family saf...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Season Fire Safety
    House fires take a devastating toll during the holidays. This year, be a cautious and make fire safety an integral pa...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Home Energy Audit
    Which projects will do the most good to lower your utility bills? A professional home energy audit can help you decid...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Home Inventory
    It's heartbreaking enough to lose your home or possessions in a natural disaster. Then there’s the stress of having t...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Home Recycling Centers
    By now we all know that recycling’s the way to go, but to get your whole family on board, you need a system that’s ea...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Hosting Seniors for the Holidays
    If you're lucky enough to be part of a large, multi-generational family, your holiday gatherings are likely to includ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: House Pests
    We’re all drawn to the warmth and shelter of a cozy house, so it’s not surprising that critters like squirrels, oposs...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Humidifiers
    We love the toasty warmth that our radiators and heating vents give off—but the dry indoor air that comes with all th...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Humidity Gauges
    An exhaust fan is a must in a bathroom, because it whisks away the humidity that can allow mold and mildew to grow. N...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Indoor Air Quality
    The EPA ranks poor indoor air quality as our fourth largest environmental threat. Some of the worst polluters of the ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: LEED Explained
    According to the US Green Building Council, more than twenty thousand homes have been LEED certified, and there are e...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lead Paint Removal
    Before you tear down a wall, rip off old woodwork, or strip old paint, ask yourself when it was installed. If it was ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lightning Protection
    You’ve heard it said that you’ve got a better chance of being struck by lighting than winning the lottery, and that’s...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lights on Timers
    You may think that putting a timer on your lights is a waste of time—what burglar worth his salt would be fooled by a...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Long Life Smoke Alarms
    It’s not news that every home needs multiple smoke detectors—one for every sleeping area and one for every floor of y...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Low-VOC Paints
    There’s more to that “new paint smell” than you might think. What you’re smelling are volatile organic compounds, or ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Lumens vs. Watts
    During our long experience with incandescent light bulbs, we got used to thinking about light in terms of wattage. Bu...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Mold Problems
    It’s estimated that 40 percent of American homes have a mold problem. LISTENListen  to BOB VILA ON MOLD PROBLEMS, or ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Mold Removal
    Four out of ten American homes have a mold problem. If you’ve got an area less than 10 square feet and your household...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Party Cleanup
    Entertaining at home has become one of our favorite pastimes: houses are increasingly designed around our passion for...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Prevent Scalding Injuries
    Scalding injuries are one of the top reasons people show up at emergency rooms with burns. Listen to BOB VILA ON PREV...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Brick
    Brick is an extremely sturdy construction material. It’s attractive, fire resistant, and low maintenance—and it stand...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Wood
    Imagine bringing the quality and charm of eighteenth-century wood planks into your home today. With reclaimed wood, y...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Carpet
    Did you know that wall-to-wall carpet from just one standard 12 x 15 ft room takes 8 gallons of oil and 900,000 BTUs ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Holiday Lights
    The holiday season is rolling to an end, and you’ll soon be taking down your indoor and outdoor lights. Why not take ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Reducing Dust
    For most people, dust is a housecleaning nuisance. But for those with respiratory ailments or allergies, dust can be ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Repelling Raccoons
    Different people have different opinions about raccoons. Some think they're terrible pests, while others consider the...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Salvaged Treasure
    Now that folks are more conscious about not sending everything to the landfill, and there are even tax incentives for...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Smart Power Strips
    You’ve probably heard about vampire electricity, the electrical power that can suck the life out of your home power u...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Solar Decathlon 2013
    For anyone interested in the developing field of solar power, today’s a big day. Starting today, the U. S. Department...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Solar Hot Water
    If you have a south-facing roof without solar panels on it, you’re probably paying too much for hot water. LISTENList...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Spring Cleaning
    Even if you’re diligent about cleaning year-round, when winter’s over there’s always some spring cleaning in order. T...
  • Bob Vila Radio: The Solar Decathlon
    Today, September 14th, is the kickoff of the 2012 Solar Decathlon, and this year it’s being held in sunny Spain. List...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Thinking Green Year-Round
    It’s easy to think green on Saint Patrick’s Day—in fact, it would be hard NOT to think green today! But with each pas...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Troubleshooting Tips for Motion Sensor Lights
    Motion sensor lights are a must for any home security system, but sometimes they get out of whack, turning on and off...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Ultimate Protection Against the Most Severe Storms
    Hurricane Sandy served as a stark reminder that in every part of the country, severe storms pose a grave threat. To g...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Upcycled Designs
    It’s always better to find a way to recycle or reuse an item than to send it to a landfill. Some creative designers o...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Using Fire Extinguishers
    You probably wouldn’t think of living in a home without smoke detectors—they are proven lifesavers. But what about fi...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Vacuum Roundup
    One of the wonders of the modern age, vacuum cleaners range in price from $60 to almost $2,000. What’s different abou...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Vampire Appliances
    That faint sucking sound you hear may be vampire appliances draining electricity from your walls. Vampires are electr...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Vent Pollutants
    Today’s weather-tight homes are great for energy efficiency, but they’re not so good for indoor air quality. The grea...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Water Filtration
    Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Why Is the Smoke Alarm Chirping?
    Why do you do when there's a smoke alarm chirping in your home, seemingly without provocation? How can you keep that ...
  • Bob Vila Radio: Wood-Eating Bugs
    There are more than 2,000 species of termites, and chances are some of them live in your neighborhood. The most commo...
  • Bob Vila's 50 Shades of Green
    Standing in her kitchen, she knew the handsome stranger wasn't like the other men in her life, when he pulled her cl...
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Home Security
    It wasn't so long ago that when an intruder broke into a house, the home security system would sound an alarm and, if...
  • Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Eco-Smart
    From recycled, canvas mail sack iPad cases to an at-home mini aqua farm, we've gathered 11 green gift ideas for the earth-minded person on your holiday shopping list.
  • Bracing for Irene—Hurricane Preparedness
    The ending days of summer mean our outdoor lives are still in full swing so a weather event like Irene—at the time of...
  • Building Community: A Scene from Delray Beach
    According to the City of Delray Beach, community service has no age requirement. At this weekend’s “Curb Appeal by th...
  • CANstruction: A Can-Do Design Competition
    A nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1993, Canstruction currently sponsors competitions in more than 100 cities across America and abroad. Some highlights from the 19th-annual Canstruction competition in New York City can be seen here.
  • Calm in the Swarm: Reclaiming the Yard When Wasps Attack
    Under normal circumstances, I would have hated to give up on something I’d so eagerly anticipated. But I have to admi...
  • Check the Label: A Guide to Green Designations for the Home
    What is a green home? While “green” has yet to be given a universally accepted definition, a green home would be defi...
  • Choosing the Right Bulb (and Dimmer)
    Up until recently, buying a light bulb was probably as routine for most people as buying a carton of milk. But new li...
  • Choosing the Right Energy-Saving Bulb and Fixture
    The Power of BulbsLamp or bulb power is measured in watts. One thousand watts equals one kilowatt, and a kilowatt-hou...
  • Clean Faster with 8 Secrets from the Pros
    You know the feeling: At the first sign of warm weather, the desire to clean house is at an all time high. However, for today's time-starved homeowners, sometimes this traditional spring task seems too daunting to tackle. Chances are you could be cleaning smarter—and faster! Take a tip or two from Debra Johnson of Merry Maids and you'll be well on your way to a cleaner, happier home.
  • Cleaning Green: Eco-Friendly Products for Your Home
    Cleaning green is becoming more important to many people, especially those with allergies, sensitive pets, or childre...
  • Clear the Air: 10 Natural Ways to Cure Household Odors
    Ditch the clothespin from your nose and use these 10 common household items to deodorize every nook and cranny of your abode.
  • Combat Dry Winter Air with 7 Tips and Tricks
    With temperatures low across the country, heating systems on full blast, and houses buttoned up against the cold, the air in your home can pretty dry this time of year. To improve indoor air quality, promoting health and comfort in the bargain, follow with these simple and easy tips and tricks.
  • Coming Soon to a Rooftop Near You—Solar Shingles
    Solar electric systems are appearing on more and more rooftops across America, but their pace of adoption has not bee...
  • Coping with Water Problems
    While ensuring quality drinking water in the home is a good start, that’s only the beginning. Water quality also affe...
  • Curb Appeal by the Block
    A community building event brought together nearly 200 volunteers for a day-long spruce-up of a neighborhood street in Delray Beach, FL.
  • DIY Deals: Earth Day
    In honor of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, we're encouraging everyone to give back to Mother Nature. Make your corn...
  • Deconstructing Engineered Wood
    Amid growing concerns about preserving older forests and increasing demand for wood products and applications, new, b...
  • Did You Know? Bulb Matters
    We hear a lot about lighting and energy efficiency, but can the right light bulb really be effective in reducing mont...
  • DuPont's Drive to Zero
    In a major push to green its global operations, DuPont Building Innovations, the makers of Corian and Tyvek building ...
  • Earth Day 2012: Our Year in Green
    Each year on Earth Day we pause to acknowledge and appreciate the majesty of nature and the gravity of the problems t...
  • Easy Ways to Green Your Home
    Every green-minded homeowner dreams of solar panels, high-efficiency windows and low-flush toilets. The reality check...
  • Editors' Picks: Today's Top 7 Vacuum Cleaners
    Decisions, decisions: Buying a new vacuum cleaner used to be a fairly straightforward and simple process, but today’s proliferation of purchasing options may leave many consumers scratching their heads. Should one choose a bagged or bag-less unit, an upright or canister model…or maybe even a robotic version? And then there are myriad options, including on-board tools, telescoping wands, HEPA filtration, variable power settings, retractable cords, variable height adjustment for cleaning different types of floors, and rotating or turbo-charged brushes. Since a good vacuum cleaner is an essential weapon in any home’s cleaning arsenal, we’ve identified a few of the vacuum cleaners that have garnered top ratings from reviewers and consumers, to aid in the selection process.
  • Energy Star Homes
    The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its Energy Star program, enables consumers to easily identify home...
  • Fighting Hunger—Can by Can
    At the 19th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition—an art show and food drive benefiting City Harvest—some of N...
  • Fire Safety Month: Kidde Wireless Interconnected Alarm System
    October is Fire Safety Month—so we’re taking a look at some advances in fire preparedness. Since a homeowner only has...
  • Fresh Pastry Stand: New Business from Old Housewares
    Whether making cake stands or candles, Fresh Pastry Stand's Deva Mirel finds inspiration in the vintage kitchen and i...
  • From Construction Site to Runway: The Loop Jacket
    Final countdown to spring! Time to park the parka and whip out the windbreaker. Don’t have one or looking to buy some...
  • Genius! The DIY Cure for a Crowded Table
    Unplanned guests can throw off even the most seasoned holiday host or hostess. Between checking on the turkey, wiping...
  • Going Green and Keeping Clean: Indoor Edition
    Searching for a cleaning product nowadays can be a complicated matter. All sorts of different specialized cleaners li...
  • Going Green and Keeping Clean: Outdoor Edition
    A walk down any big-box store’s cleaning products aisle will tell the story: It’s evident by the noticeable increase ...
  • Got Pests? Expert Advice to Deter Unwanted Houseguests
    The blooming flowers, sunny skies, and much-anticipated return of warmer weather across the country are not the only ...
  • Great Places to Buy Architectural Salvage
    Here are just a few listings of the antique fairs, flea markets, reclaimed lumber businesses, nonprofits, and archite...
  • Green Home Innovations
    Only a few years ago, environmentally sensitive home products were hard to find and even harder to afford. But as ene...
  • Green Homes—Creating a Project Plan
    Before you plunge into a green home or remodeling project, take a minute to consider why upfront planning can be so i...
  • Green Homes—Online Planning Tools
    “What ifs” can be a great way to get the ball rolling on home energy-efficiency projects: What if you added more insu...
  • Green Machines: Eco-Friendly Electronics
    The green movement is in full swing: from organic foods to energy-efficient appliances to greener cleaning products, ...
  • Green Occupations: Educating Builders and Brokers
    Defining Green Despite all the progress that has been made to educate consumers and home industry professionals on al...
  • Green Redesign
    Great home style isn’t about having the newest, most expensive furnishings and accessories. Interior re-designers, or...
  • Habitat Builders Blitz: Newburgh, NY
    Two grateful and happy families are living in new homes this week thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Gr...
  • Hanging with Kinetic Sculptor Elayna Toby Singer
    When artist Elayna Toby Singer contemplates a new mixed media assemblage, she pieces together objects from both natur...
  • Happy Birthday Bon Ami!
    For 125 years, this hardworking household cleanser has been keeping America’s kitchens and baths sparkly clean—withou...
  • Hold Down the Fort: Home Security Tips for Holiday Vacations
    Marty Hoffmann of Kwikset, a leading manufacturer of home security products, says that in the weeks surrounding Chris...
  • Home Security 101
    It wasn’t so long ago that when an intruder broke into a home, the home security system would sound an alarm. If it w...
  • House Tour: 1885 NYC Townhouse Goes Green
    This renovated Manhattan townhouse proves once and for all that beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
  • How Green Is Your Town?
    The question—How Green is Your Town?—is not a competition but rather a rally call to help build more sustainable comm...
  • How To: Clean Brass
    Brass brings a warm, burnished glow to household items, ranging from switch plates, door knockers, and lamps to bathr...
  • How To: Clean Cast Iron
    A durable material if there ever was one, cast iron occasionally requires cleaning, particularly where food preparati...
  • How To: Clean Chrome
    When it's clean, chrome glimmers—there's no other word for it. The downside? Chrome succumbs fairly easily to surface...
  • How To: Clean Pewter
    Used in everything from caskets to kitchen utensils, pewter remains popular with artisans and crafters in part becaus...
  • How To: Clean a Washing Machine
    When you throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, your clothes emerge stain- and sweat-free, and that's a wo...
  • How To: Create a Pet-Friendly Home
    If you're a pet lover, odds are that you care enough to add the few touches necessary to make your home your pet's ca...
  • How To: Detect Termite Damage
    Here's how you can tell if your house has termite damage. First, examine obvious areas of wood rot for termites. Some...
  • How To: Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
    Recycling is more than sorting out plastic bottles and composting leftovers. Proper disposal of household objects is ...
  • How To: Eliminate Fruit Flies
    A terrific way to maintain good health is to stick to a diet chock-full of fruits and vegetables. But few things spoi...
  • How To: Fight Off Termites
    Preventing and treating termite infestations is a top priority for many homeowners. Termite control is not a do-it-yo...
  • How To: Get Rid of ANYTHING
    A new year is a great time to get rid all the junk that is cluttering your home. But some things are easier to dispose of than others. Many charitable organizations eagerly accept old clothes and shoes, for instance, but may balk at cumbersome mattresses. And while common clutter can easily be thrown out with the trash, certain things should never be disposed of in the garbage. This guide will help you learn how to properly discard many household items, so you can face the new year with a “squeaky clean” domicile while protecting the environment and keeping your family safe.
  • How To: Get Rid of Cockroaches
    You're not alone in wanting to get rid of cockroaches. These creepy-crawly insects are a major problem around the cou...
  • How To: Get Rid of Crickets
    The chirping of crickets in the yard: It's a familiar hallmark of summer, and for plenty of homeowners it's a pleasan...
  • How To: Get Rid of Every Carpet Stain
    When holiday guests gather in your home to enjoy festive food and drink, there are bound to be a few accidental slops and splatters that could make your carpets a casualty of the celebration. Any number of foodstuffs and beverages can stain, distracting you from the party and straining your composure as host. Don't lose your cool! Let us teach you how to treat all manner of stains so you can save your furnishings (and your friendships) from ruin.
  • How To: Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
    Fleas are irritating—not only for pets but also for people. If you have fleas in the house, you can usually expect so...
  • How To: Get Rid of Moles
    There's no mistaking when a mole or two have invaded your lawn and garden. Though you're not likely to see one above ...
  • How To: Get Rid of Pantry Moths
    Like their closet-lurking cousins, pantry moths are destructive pests. Act fast before they eat through (and lay eggs...
  • How To: Get Rid of Raccoons
    Sure, raccoons are sort of cute, but know this: If it feels threatened, a raccoon can be dangerous, particularly if i...
  • How To: Get Rid of Silverfish
    Don't let the name fool you: Silverfish are nothing like the goldfish you nurtured as pets in your childhood bedroom....
  • How To: Get Rid of Stink Bugs
    Stop! If you encounter an unfamiliar pest in your home, think twice before swatting it with a magazine. If you do any...
  • How To: Get Rid of Wasps
    Springtime and summer are lovely times of year, but they do usher in a host of seasonal hazards, perhaps none more fe...
  • How To: Kill Mold
    For those who live in a damp climate—or in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern, not only because...
  • How To: Make Kids Eco-Aware
    The way to a young person’s conservation-conscious heart is through active learning—and maybe some candy. Kids love t...
  • How To: Make Your Home Storm-Resistant
    No matter where you live, chances are there is some kind of weather or geologic condition, such as hurricanes and hig...
  • How To: Make Your Own Insect Repellent
    There's great satisfaction in making something you could just as easily purchase ready-made. Besides that special fee...
  • How To: Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent
    Mention DEET in a crowded room, and you're likely to hear a chorus of different opinions regarding its toxicity and h...
  • How To: Prevent Bugs from Ruining Your Backyard BBQ
    With the official start of summer just days away, we can’t help but think about the coming days of relaxing by the po...
  • How To: Prevent Mold and Mildew
    Mold is more prevalent today because the focus on improving energy efficiency resulted in more airtight homes that do...
  • How To: Prevent or Eliminate Closet Moths
    Tineola bisselliella, the common clothes moth, wreaks havoc on wardrobes, destroying shirts and socks, pants and swea...
  • How To: Protect Your Home from Carpenter Ants
    Carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. Unlike termites, wood damaged by carpenter ants does not ...
  • How To: Remove Mold from Wood
    Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew. To remove mold from...
  • How To: Remove Paint from Carpeting
    It’s the stuff of nightmares for any do-it-yourselfer who takes on a weekend painting project. Even though you carefu...
  • How To: Remove Permanent Marker
    You may think that permanent marker is, well, permanent. But we'll let you in on a special secret: With a little elbo...
  • How To: Rodent-Proof Your Home
    While Ratatouille might have been a runaway blockbuster film, no one wants rats in the house — or mice or squirrels o...
  • How To: Save Energy at Home
    Let’s list some good bets for greening your routine: Switch to Fluorescent Lighting:&#160; Energy-saving fluorescent ...
  • How To: Save Water at Home
    Test Your Shower UsageShowers account for more than one-fifth of the water Americans use every day. We can conserve m...
  • Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Preparedness
    If you are among the estimated 50 million people in the path of Hurricane Sandy, you are hopefully heeding the warnin...
  • INFOGRAPHIC: DIY Pest Prevention
    Fighting pests at home? The best offense is a clean, dry, and air-tight defense. The importance of sanitation cannot ...
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Sober Uses for Beer & Booze Around the House
    An outstanding perk of hosting friends and family for a potluck affair can be the copious volume of alcohol left over...
  • INFOGRAPHIC: The Terrifying Truth About Termites
    What's keeping you up at night? Basement flooding? Bathroom mold? What about termites?It's possible that among the ma...
  • Icicles: Charming or Chancy?
    I remember that as I child I loved to wake up on wintry mornings to find icicles hanging off the house. I’d check eve...
  • Is Your House Ruining Your Health?
    Home has traditionally been viewed as a sanctuary, a place of refuge from the dangers and uncertainties lurking in the outside world. As safe and secure as we try to make our homes, hidden perils can sometimes still find their way inside. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are actually hazardous to human health. Consider also that, according to the Greenguard Environmental Institute, most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, where air pollution levels are typically two to five times higher than they are outdoors. The primary contributors to poor indoor air quality are furnishings and building materials, which release hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Because prevention is the first step toward a cure, here we highlight some of the most common sources of indoor health hazards and offer a few practical alternatives that can lessen your family's exposure to household toxins.
  • LEED Green Building Certification for Homes
    LEED, the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program, has lon...
  • Learning to Love Recycling
    Thanks to a new crop of thoughtfully designed Rubbermaid recycling products, corralling kitchen recyclables has never...
  • Let It Go: 14 Things to Trash Without Thinking Twice
    It’s a new year, which means it's time to get started on your home resolutions for 2016. The best place to start? Out with the old! While it can be difficult to let go of prized possessions, the relief that comes along with decluttering can be well worth the brief pangs of sentiment. Start lightening your load with these 14 items that you can—and should—toss right now.
  • Let the Sun Shine In: DIY Solar Projects for the Average Homeowner
    Interested in solar power but not sure where to start? Solar panels are becoming increasingly available to the averag...
  • Light Bulbs: The Shape of Things to Come
    Despite what you may have heard—the incandescent light bulb is not going the way of the dinosaur.   "It will, however...
  • MERV Ratings: What Do They Mean?
    When we set out to build a new construction home, we had a lot of research to do. Having lived in NYC apartments for ...
  • Make Your Own Shower Cleaner
    There's no such thing as a truly refreshing bathing experience in a shower that looks—or even feels—dirty. To keep th...
  • My House Contains Asbestos: Now What?
    Many older houses incorporate construction materials that contain asbestos. Usually its presence is uncovered during ...
  • Nature Inspires Sustainable Solutions for the Home
    Rather than trying to dominate or overrun nature, some companies are being inspired by it, and with good reason. Over...
  • Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-Free
    No need to use chemicals—instead, use these herbal, fruity, or soap-laden solutions to problems with pests like ants, mice, and mosquitos.
  • Pet Hair Everywhere? Finally, a Versatile Solution
    Does it only take strangers a quick glance to know there's a Fluffy or Fido in your life? Indeed, the loose strands o...
  • Planning for the Next Flood
    Late on October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy pushed seawater across the 800 yards that separate Long Island Sound from...
  • Plugging Up Leaks with a Home Energy Audit
    Homeowners are looking for ways to conserve energy and still make a positive impact on the environment. Here are some...
  • Power Up Your Cleaning Routine with... Caffeine?
    Many people enjoy a hot caffeinated beverage in the morning or a cold, bubbly cola in the afternoon, not just for the taste, but for the caffeine pick-me-up. But those caffeinated drinks can do more than just put perk in your step. They can clean everything from your windows to your floors. Check out these simple and—perhaps—unexpected ways to clean with caffeine.
  • Preventing Home Accidents
    It’s easy to overlook the obvious, especially when you’re busy, distracted or anxious to get something done. But over...
  • Pro Tips: Is Solar Right for You?
    Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U. S. home—about 54 percent of your ut...
  • Pro Tips: Saving on Remodeling Costs With Deconstruction and Salvage
    Renovations, regardless of whether they are large or small, can be costly endeavors. You may, however, be able to rec...
  • Protect Yourself and Your Family with a CO Detector
    Carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the U. S.  A colorless and odorless gas, CO is a ...
  • Quick Tip: Cleaning Up a Battery Leak
    All batteries—particularly the alkaline variety—leak over time, whether drawing a current or not. So even if you heed...
  • Quick Tip: Creating a Recycling Center at Home
    Set Up an Easy Recycling SystemOn average, Americans recycle less than a third of our waste. If we doubled our effort...
  • Quick Tip: DIY Mold Removal
    Can You Tackle Mold Removal on Your Own?Mold problems are present in about 4 out of 10 American homes. With the often...
  • Quick Tip: Drain Water Heat Recovery
    Here's a great device for keeping your home energy dollars from going down the drain. A drain water heat recovery dev...
  • Quick Tip: Fire Extinguishers
    Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, you gotta have a fire extinguisher. While they come types A, B, o...
  • Quick Tip: Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
    These days, more new homes are being built with sprinkler systems. Here's how they work.  Sprinkler pipes are hooked ...
  • Quick Tip: Home Lightning Protection Systems
    Installing a lightning protection system is not a do-it-yourself project, but it's very important in protecting your ...
  • Quick Tip: Improve Your Home's Air Quality
    Poor Air Quality Threatens Health The American Lung Association reports that the death rate from lung disease has ris...
  • Quick Tip: Keeping Ants Out of Your Sandbox
    Ants are one of those annoying pests that seem to pop up everywhere they're unwanted during the summer—picnics, kitch...
  • Quick Tip: Mold Prevention
    Because today's new houses are built to allow less air infiltration than older homes, mold growth has become a concer...
  • Quick Tip: Power Your Home with Solar Energy
    Solar Energy: Demand GrowsWhen photovoltaics (PV) or the conversion of solar energy to electric power came on the sce...
  • Quick Tip: Recycle Building Materials
    Think Before You Toss Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole sheban...
  • Quick Tip: Shopping for Green Products
    Factor in Transportation It’s a great idea to shop for green products. Fortunately, they’re becoming easier to find. ...
  • Quick Tip: Solar Hot Water Systems Save Money
    Reduce Fuel, Save Money If you have a south-facing roof, you're probably paying too much for hot water. Over a millio...
  • Quick Tip: Stormproofing Your Roof
    Loss of the roofing causes the greatest amount of damage from hurricanes. Construction techniques have been developed...
  • Quick Tips: Improving Indoor Air Quality
    The Environmental Protection Agency has warned that indoor air pollution is often much higher than outdoors. Here are...
  • Quick Tips: Treating Termites and Preventing Rodents
    Termites and other pests can cause expensive damage. Here's what to look for.  The sawdust-like accumulations of fras...
  • Radon in the Home: It's a Gas, Gas, Gas!
    Did you know that radon gas, a byproduct of decaying uranium in the soil, is the second leading cause of lung cancer ...
  • Reduce Allergies and Asthma with Home Improvements
    One in four Americans suffer from allergies or asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immun...
  • Reinventing the Wheel: 10 Smart New Uses for Old Tires
    Wheels have come a long way since their Stone Age introduction. No longer just for transporting objects from place to place, wheels have become a starting point for many an ingenious do-it-yourselfer, as you can see for yourself from this collection of 10 of our favorite wheel-repurposing projects. From a nifty seesaw to a clever mobile to a colorful inner tube pouf, these projects really get our DIY cogs turning. So go ahead—indulge that freewheelin' side of you, and see what you might make out of a wheel!
  • Residential Sprinkler Systems
    Eighty percent of fire deaths occur in residences, with over 3,000 people dying per year in U. S. house fires. Despit...
  • Retrofit Your Home for Accessibility
    Here is a room-by-room checklist of steps you can take if someone in your family is impacted by a lasting injury, dis...
  • Riding Out the Storm
    If you are riding out the storm in a single-family home, make sure you have a plan for the worst-case scenario. A blo...
  • Safe Indoor Air for Children
    According to the American Lung Association, lung disease and breathing problems are the number one cause of death in ...
  • Salvaging Starbucks for the Holidays
    Turn your empty Starbucks cups into holiday ornaments full of cheer.
  • San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown
    In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metro...
  • Save the Bees, Save Yourself: The Anti-Allergy Virtues of Local Honey
    Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? A natural remedy waits in your backyard: locally produced honey. To date, scie...
  • Scout: A Next-Generation Home Security System
    Joining the ranks of smart-home gadgets and gizmos is Scout, a completely wireless, internet-connected home security ...
  • Seattle Bans Plastic Bags at the Checkout Counter
    In a bid to reduce waste and keep plastics out of the nation’s waterways and oceans, Seattle joins a growing number o...
  • Seeking Clean Drinking Water
    We can live for weeks without food but only days without water. Since water is such an essential part of our health a...
  • Selecting a Child Safety Gate
    When a family brings a child into the world, they begin to look at the home through a different set of lenses. Grand ...
  • Should You Convert from Propane to Natural Gas?
    As energy prices continue to rise, we've become even more conscious of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our f...
  • Sick House Syndrome: 7 Things You Need to Know Now
    Could your house be making you sick? According to the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air quality is a huge contributing factor to health—and when 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are afflicted with sick building syndrome, there's a good chance you could "catch" something from your home. But if you know what you're looking for, you can alleviate the problems that come with a "sick" building. We’ve identified some key information you'll need when assessing your house—and clearing up the situation.
  • Smart Grid in Your Home
    Imagine a home where your heat pump, water heater, pool pump, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, washer, and dryer all w...
  • Smart Water: Faucets, Heaters, and Systems
    Consumers who are thinking about conservation, convenience, and green issues alike will find an enormous range of “sm...
  • Smoke Detectors for the Design Set
    The long arm of design reaches new territory with the advent of designer smoke alarms. Why shouldn’t this safety prod...
  • Solar Power Incentives
    Solar or photovoltaic systems are an increasingly popular way to offset rising utility bills — just place them in the...
  • Solar Power Systems 101
    Solar energy can be used to do all sorts of work around the house, from providing electricity for lights and applianc...
  • Solar Thermal Collection and Delivery
    Unlike photovoltaic systems, which convert the sun’s energy into electricity, active solar thermal systems transform ...
  • Sorting Waste After Remodeling
    Homeowners who plan to undertake a do-it-yourself job should know the difference between waste and salvageable buildi...
  • Spring Cleaning? 8 Helpful Tips from Merry Maids to Ease You Through
    Second only to a new mother’s instinct to nest is the desire to clean house at the first signs of winter thaw. Debra ...
  • Stinky Situations: What to Do If You’ve Been Skunked
    The stench of a skunk attack—it's unmistakable, even when you're in the passenger seat of a car, with the windows clo...
  • Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
    As April 15 bears down, you might be able to save a little "scratch" if your 2011 home improvements fell within the n...
  • Termites! Now What?
    The advent of spring is generally welcome, but warmer temperatures also bring out unwanted pests, namely termites. Of...
  • The 12 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks You Can't Ignore
    The dog days of summer are long gone, and fall is finally here. Although the season's crisp temperatures and colorful leaves are enjoyable, they are also a signal that winter is fast approaching. Get your home in gear by completing these essential fall tasks that will not only guard your home against cold-weather threats, but also make maintenance much easier come spring.
  • The 2-Ingredient Powerhouse That Cleans Almost Anything
    It’s almost hard to believe: By combining two seemingly mild pantry staples, you can handle most of the tougher messe...
  • The Basics of Wind Power Systems for Homes
    If you're looking for a green energy alternative to supplement your home's supply of electricity, heed the immortal w...
  • The Beauty of Reclaimed Lumber
    Reclaimed LumberGorgeous rediscovered and recovered woods are being offered by fine mills and merchants throughout th...
  • The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier
    As the days are getting colder, the air is getting drier. While lotion coupons are in the forefront of the Sunday pap...
  • The Black-and-White Benefits of Gray Water
    It takes a whopping amount of water to sustain what many would regard as modest household usage. Imagine a family rou...
  • The Complete Natural Guide to Apartment Pest Control and Prevention
    Living in the city has its perks. But it also has its pests. From mice to roaches to bed bugs, dreaded pests can and ...
  • The Dark, Dirty Truth About Household Mold (And How to Rid Yourself of It)
    <p>There are few homeowner problems more terrifying than mold. While thousands of molds are part of the natural environment, ghastly examples of it can be lurking in the nooks and crannies of even the cleanest house. They are not just unsightly. They can be harmful to your health. So, it’s important for every homeowner to know how to prevent mold, and how to get rid of it, should mold rear its ugly head.</p><br/> <p>Mold thrives in damp, dusty, and stagnant conditions. So, it’s important to keep your home well ventilated, and at a relative humidity below 50%. Homeowners most often encounter mold in the basement, but it can occur in other areas as well, including around leaky pipes and windows. The key to getting rid of mold is moisture control. </p><br/> <p>Should you find mold in your home, clean it up promptly, and fix any water problems that have caused it. If you do experience water damage to your home, dry those areas within 24–48 hours to prevent mold growth. Whether you find mold on the ceiling, in the shower, or in your carpet, quick action is paramount. </p><br/> <p>If you find the dreaded black mold (Stachybotrys), call a professional—you'll need an expert to clean mold of this nature. Other common household molds, you can handle yourself with either conventional or natural mold remover. Protect yourself by wearing gloves, goggles, and a respirator before starting work. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Porous materials like ceiling tiles and carpet that have been exposed to mold, will probably need to be discarded. Let’s take a good look at molds—what they need to grow, where they thrive, and how to keep our homes from becoming their playground.</p>
  • The Dirty Dozen: 12 Places You Probably Never Clean But Definitely Should
    So, you think your house is clean? Well… you might have to think again! If you’re like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unlikely places where dirt, dust, and germs may be lurking. Even if your home has its share of “dirty little secrets,” you’re not alone: A 2012 survey sponsored by Kenmore found that nearly half of Americans—49 percent—say they cut corners when vacuuming by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture, and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor. Because identifying the problem is the first step toward a cure, here are some commonly overlooked areas of the home that should be added to your housekeeping regimen—and some tips on how to maximize your cleaning efforts.
  • The Gross, Scary, and Entirely Truthful House Pest Quiz
    Are you an amateur exterminator? Test your knowledge of these common house pests to find out!
  • The Meaning Behind GREEN
    Our childhood pal, Kermit the Frog, had the right idea when he sang, “It’s not that easy bein’ green. ” While Kermit ...
  • The Morning After: 13 Lifesaving Party Cleanup Tips
    Don't fear the cleanup! Once the last guest has left, make the most of your time with these helpful tips and cleaning tricks, all of which involve common household items you likely have on hand.
  • The Pros and Cons of Cleaning with TSP
    It wasn't so long ago that trisodium phosphate (TSP) was a go-to choice for tough cleaning jobs. In recent years, how...
  • The Right Way to Dispose of Batteries
    Just think about how many different types of batteries exist. From non-mercury alkalines to lithium-ion rechargeables...
  • The Secret Ingredient Your Cleaning Routine Needs Right Now
    While there are plenty of products on the market that promise a fresher-smelling home, just looking at the long list ...
  • This Tiny Emergency Flashlight Runs on... Water?
    Hurricane season is here, so we've been digging through our emergency kits to double-check our preparedness. Water bo...
  • Three Home Improvement Innovations
    Cooktops that use magnets to generate heat. Lawn trimmers without wheels. Dishwashers for outdoors. Innovation is hap...
  • Timers and Sensors for Home Security
    Light is one of the key elements to a safe home. Entryways must be lighted to welcome visitors and reassure homeowner...
  • To Breathe Easy at Home, Install an Air Cleaner
    The air in your home may not be as fresh as you think it is. If you're not careful, indoor air can harbor not only be...
  • Top 10 Ways to Deal with Bees
    Bob Vila recently contacted me because he had a bee infestation in his attic. I've made several visits to his house s...
  • Treecycling
    With the fun and excitement of the holidays behind us, it's time to do what seemed unthinkable only a couple weeks ag...
  • Un-Invite Bugs to Your Summer Soiree
    There’s no time like summertime. It’s a season of pool parties with the pattering of chlorine-soaked feet trailing in...
  • Using Wood for Responsible, Renewable Building
    More than 90 percent of the homes in North America are constructed of wood — and for good reason. Wood is plentiful, ...
  • Waiting for Hurricane Sandy
    [Editor's Note: At time of posting, Hurricane Sandy is still hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast and has yet to ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Set Up a Home Recycling Station
    If you live in one of the many municipalities encouraging—or even mandating—an effort to recycle, your day-to-day now...
  • What Is Greenwashing?
    What Is Greenwashing?Greenwashing is the practice of falsely advertising one’s product, company or practice as “green...
  • What Would Bob Do? Eliminating Cigarette Odor
    How do I get rid of a cigarette smoke smell in my house?The smell of cigarette smoke can affect virtually every part ...
  • What's Your Cleaning IQ?
    True or false: Everyone loves to clean. False! But like so many other pursuits, practice makes perfect when it comes to cleaning. Test your knowledge of 12 lesser-known cleaning tips and tricks, and learn secrets to help you make this inevitable chore less of a time-consuming bore.
  • Your Complete Guide to Pest-Proofing This Fall
    From the return of football on the weekends to the arrival of pumpkin coffee at the local donut shop, there are so ma...
  • Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home's Exterior
    While we're all comfortably accustomed to the concept of spring cleaning, most of us view the effort as taking place solely indoors. It's time to reevaluate. After all, there are several good reasons to extend spring cleaning to the exterior of your home. It's not just about curb appeal—although it's well worth thinking about the first impression your house makes on arriving visitors. It's also about getting maximum enjoyment from your outdoor living areas. And, finally, don't forget that maintenance plays a major role in protecting the overall integrity of your home and prolonging the life of its myriad components. Ready to get started? Begin by incorporating the following tasks into your outdoor upkeep regimen.

Green Videos

  • Learning How to Set Up a Healthy and Safe Room for Baby
    Bob continues to talk with Bernadette Upton of EcoDecor about the materials used in an ideal room for baby and safety procedures to put in place when the baby becomes a toddler.
  • Remodeling Before Baby and Insulating the House
    Bob talks with homeowners Nick and Maggie Beasley, who are remodeling, babyproofing, and insulating their home before the baby is born.
  • Energy Efficient Windows
    The Beasleys selected Pella Architect Series windows for their 1895 home. The windows are Energy Star rated for high efficiency and feature replica-style hardware.
  • Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
    Bob visits the South Bronx, NY, where Habitat for Humanity has partnered with private developer Les Bluestone to create a green oasis for low-income families that focuses on energy-efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability.
  • Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
    Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and preserve the spirit of the house while incorporating the latest building green technologies.
  • Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York
    Bob visits with architect Alan Shope who has built a unique earth-bermed house at his farm in Upstate New York.
  • Building an Energy-Efficient Florida Home
    Bob meets with Bill Zoeller to discuss the ways this property will be 50% more energy efficient that a typical Florida Home.
  • Reviewing Energy Efficient Products in the Home
    At the Cobb Hill co-housing community, Bob and general contractor Mark Albee look at some of the energy efficient and eco-friendly products in use.
  • Encapsulating Lead Paint
    Cole Stanton (from Fiberlock) joins Bob to talk about Child Guard, an encapsulating coating for lead-based paint.
  • Photovoltaic Roofing Shingles Installed
    Bob talks with Deane Evans (from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) and Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Engergy Laboratory) about photovoltaic roof shingles and how to install them.
  • Helicopter Tour of Reforestation Efforts on Mount St. Helens
    Bob takes a helicopter tour of the major reforestation efforts underway on Mount St. Helens.
  • Green Construction in Tuscon, AZ
    Bob tours Civano, a housing development in which a variety of earth-friendly construction approaches have been utilized.
  • Civano Development Model Home
    Bob tours a model home in the Civano development, keeping his eye out for special features and decorating ideas.
  • Blower Door Test
    Janet MacIlvaine and George James (from the Department of Energy) show Bob how they conduct a blower door test.
  • A Special Housewarming Gift
    A new puppy is presented as a special house warming gift to homeowner Michelle Hayes and her daughters.
  • Building for Hurricane Safety
    Bob and contractor Ed Weller tour of another work in progress, a home being built using construction techniques unique to tropical climates.
  • Rebuilding the Deck With Salvaged Lumber
    Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley rebuild the deck in the rear of the addition using salvaged lumber from the demolition.
  • Visiting the Yestermorrow Design Build School
    Bob visits the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren, VT, which espouses a unique philosophy on architecture. Bob meets with students and discusses their projects, examples of innovative building.
  • Environmentally Friendly House
    Bob reviews the framing before heading inside to meet environmental specialist John Picard, who explains some of the features that make the Malibu beach house environmentally friendly.
  • Converting Steel Shipping Containers to Housing
    Bob meets with David Cross of Tampa Armature Works (TAW), a company that converts shipping containers into intermodal steel building units (ISBUs).
  • Finishing the Steel Building Container
    Once stripped down, an ISBU's exterior is finished with heavy-gauge steel, then faced in sheet-metal wrap and covered with SuperTherm insulating ceramic coating. Back at the site, Bob joins project manager Ray Price to go over the floorplans.
  • Adding a Steel Partition and Creating a Stucco Surface
    Bob talks to Derek Mercer and Delwin Carter of Tampa Armature Works about how to treat the steel exterior to make it look more like a conventional house. Bob then talks to the painter, who applies metal primer, then stucco finish, and finally ceramic insulating paint.
  • Layout for a Container-Built Home
    Bob joins Steve Armstrong, the project architect and engineer, to discuss the project. The challenge of building a home like this is marrying new methods of construction with traditional methods to create a conventional-looking family home.
  • The Future of Building with Steel Shipping Containers
    Bob talks with David Cross (formerly of Tampa Armature Works) about the future of home construction with steel shipping containers.

Historic Homes & More Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 10 "See Worthy" Boathouses Around the World
    Boathouses exist to keep pleasure craft safely out of the elements, but they also can also be beautiful, architecturally arresting structures, havens for boats and people alike. We've rounded up 10 of the finest.
  • 10 A-Frame Homes That Deserve A+
    First popularized for their simple design and affordable cost, today's A-Frames are finding renewed interest with design modifications that expand them out—and up.
  • 10 Cliffhanging Houses to Fall For
    For centuries, home builders have been drawn to sites on mountaintops, craggy coastlines, and rock islands to take advantage of the climate, natural resources, and dramatic scenery. Although houses built on cliffs might appear to be precariously perched, a good architect will ensure that sound engineering practices keep the structure firmly planted on solid ground. Here are our favorite cliffside dwellings with the most enjoyable views!
  • 10 Cool Shipping Container Homes
    Innovative shipping container homes show just how good sustainable architecture can look.
  • 10 Iconic Baseball Stadiums Worth a Roadtrip to See
    There's nothing quite like a trip to the ballpark: the uniform-clad crowds, the salty peanuts, the 7th-inning stretch—and the all-important game, of course. Yet as much as die-hard fans care about the home team's record, they can be almost as passionate about their stadium. Today, although only two Major League Baseball stadiums remain from the early days of the game, a number of newer ballparks have resurrected the classic pavilion style of their venerable forebears. This pairing of old and new, along with stand-out structures from bygone eras, makes for a robust list of iconic stadium architecture. So, grab a beer and a hot dog, and take a seat to enjoy the best of baseball stadium architecture.
  • 10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Architecture Lovers
    If you love architecture as much as we do, check out the 10 Instagram accounts that have been distracting us recently.
  • 10 National Trust Properties to Visit This Summer
    Gain some architectural insight—and a renewed sense of American pride—by visiting one of these 10 National Trust Historic Sites.
  • 11 "Real" Haunted Houses to Visit—If You Dare!
    Creaking doors, cold spots, moving objects—be afraid, be very afraid of these famed ghostly retreats.
  • 11 Floating Homes That Really Deliver On Best Water Views
    Forget lakeside—these adventurous houses sit right on the water for maximum views and serene living.
  • 12 Amazing Ice Castles & Igloos from Around the World
    For some, a day full of flurries means a day spent outdoors making snowballs, snow angels, and snowmen. For others, however, frosty weather inspires the construction of castles, igloos, and sundry structures that rival those made of more traditional building materials.
  • 12 Hobbit Houses to Make You Consider Moving Underground
    Cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and protected from the elements, earthen shelters—or hobbit houses—aren't only for Bilbo in the Shire.
  • 12 Unconventional Homes Inspired by Nature
    In recent years, architecture has seen a flurry of offbeat yet beautiful abodes with designs based on the world around us.
  • 13 Terror-ific Yards All Decked Out for Halloween
    With a little inspiration from these eerie exteriors, you'll strike terror into any who dare to venture up your walk this Halloween—all in good fun, of course!
  • 15 Old House Features We Were Wrong to Abandon
    We were probably right to leave behind many hallmarks of yesterday's home, but it's time to reconsider these 10 once-popular details, not for their novelty, but for their practicality.
  • 18 Big Storage Ideas to Steal from Tiny Homes
    The tiny-house movement has much to teach us about living simply and with minimal environmental impact—and about how to stow stuff when space is extremely tight. If you’re perennially short on storage, borrow these 18 ingenious strategies from homeowners who’ve learned to live well without living large.
  • 2020 Alton Road: Anatomy of a LEED Home
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  • 2020 Alton Road: Prime "Green" in Colorful Miami Beach
    At 2020 Alton Road, a home on track to be Miami Beach's first LEED Platinum residence is steadfastly taking shape. Mu...
  • 2020 Alton Road: Setting Sights on Greenest Home in America
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  • 22 Tiny Houses We Love
    Eschewing excess space and making the most of every inch, these functional but tiny homes prove that bigger is not always better.
  • 5 Historic Homes Open for Christmastime Tours
    Everything’s sparkly and bright at five of America’s historic landmarks—all open for touring this holiday season. &nb...
  • 5 Old House Features Worthy of Resurrection
    Popcorn ceilings. Shag carpets. Avocado green. Yes, we were probably right to leave behind many hallmarks of yesterda...
  • 5 Vintage Travel Trailers Transformed
    The picture-perfect 4-bedroom house with the white picket fence is not everyone's ideal. If you’ve got a hankering to cut loose and see the country from the comfort of a mobile abode, get some inspiration from these super-successful travel-trailer makeovers.
  • 5 Ways to Give a New House Architectural Charm
    Most homes built in the U. S. these days are done by developers. Which can be great: contractor-built homes are energ...
  • 7 Creative Guest Houses You Can Actually Afford
    Having guests home to visit is often a reason to celebrate. But after a day or two, we might wish for a little more—well—personal space. It turns out that the answer just might be in your own backyard. An additional "tiny home" situated on your property (but separate from your house), creates a warm welcome for those just passing through, or perhaps a special getaway you can keep to yourself. If you thought you'd never be able to afford your own guest house, think again. These seven unique ideas bring guest accommodations within reach for many of us.
  • 7 Features That Define the New American Home
    Indoor plumbing. Electric lights. We take these things for granted today, but there was a time when such basic conveniences were novel and sought after. Of course, with the forward gallop of technological advancement, homes have become only more comfortable and accommodating of our day-to-day wants and needs. And far from static, our cultural priorities and lifestyle preferences have evolved, even compared with what they were just 10 or 15 years ago. For example, increasing numbers of homeowners are eschewing formality and embracing practicality. With continual, sometimes dramatic, change at play, there’s no such thing as a fixed ideal. But survey data and anecdotal evidence certainly suggest that in the 21st-century real estate market, some features are more highly prized than others. Click through to get a picture of what home buyers want today.
  • 7 Great Places to Bunk at America's National Parks
    Besides being one the most beautiful spots on the planet, the nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness at Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana and Idaho) are home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of free-ranging bison and elk.
  • 7 Ways to Make Your New House Look Old
    You’ve just purchased a home built in the past 10 to 15 years, and it has everything you need: the perfect location, a good-size lot, big closets, top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, a two-car garage—even a fireplace. It’s missing just one thing: character. Your house looks an awful lot like all the other cookie-cutter houses in the neighborhood. While new homes don't develop personality overnight, a few easy updates can instill in your new place the charm of an older one. Ranging from simple fixes like changing the paint colors to more ambitious projects like adding trim and beadboard, these 7 upgrades will transform your builder's-grade home into something special.
  • 7 Ways to Start Fresh in an Old Home
    Did you recently move into a fixer-upper? Or have you lived in your house so long that it’s become outdated? No matter your circumstances, there are plenty of ways to start fresh. By renewing the most age-weary components, small and large, you can prevent major problems before they occur and safeguard a safe, stylish, and energy-efficient future for your home.
  • 7 Ways to Trace Your Home's History
    Most owners of older homes eventually come to terms with the fact that they will never know everything about their property. If the last set of homeowners didn't share much about the origin of your house, who else is there to ask? Details like the year it was built, its initial layout, and the original occupants can always feel just out of reach. Fortunately for the curious homeowner, answers are easier to come by than you may think. Check out these seven sources for the extra insight to help you uncover the story behind your own home.
  • 8 Low-Cost Kits for a 21st-Century Log Cabin
    Early American homes were rugged and rustic—the ultimate DIY project. Today, modern homesteaders can build a new house with the same frontier appeal by starting from a log home kit. No need to cut down your own trees—these log home kits come ready to assemble with all the parts you'll need to construct a woodsy retreat, be it traditional, contemporary, or cape, or the tiny cabin of your dreams. Log house kits' precut components make them ideal for first-time home builders, but check your local building codes, as some municipalities require oversight by a licensed contractor. Read on—your dream home could be a mere click away.
  • 8 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On
    Even the most experienced homeowners can get sucked into spending a lot of money on maintenance costs or home improvements that just don’t deliver. For those who take pride in their homes, it's important to make improvements that enhance functionality, save time, or make a big design statement. Unfortunately, some of the most common renovations and additions are just a waste of money. Here are some of the major items that can fritter away your funds.
  • 8 Tiny Homes You Can Buy for the Price of a Luxury Car
    If you know someone who's been especially good this year—and you're feeling very generous—you need to check out our roundup of prefab and DIY housing structures that you could gift this holiday. (And if you give one of these, you'll probably walk away with the best gift-giver award too.) Unlike other very generous gifts (car, anyone?), a house or fun dwelling can last forever and will, in many cases, appreciate in value. So while we doubt that many people put "tiny house" on their wish list, we're sure no one would mind receiving one of these.
  • 9 Kits for an Instant Kids' Clubhouse
    It's pretty much every kid's dream to have a secret hideout right in the backyard. Building even a simple treehouse, however, takes design and construction skills, time, and more than a few splinters. If you don't think you've got what it takes to build something from scratch, you can still give the little ones their very own playhouse. As long as you're pretty good at reading instructions—just draw on your previous IKEA furniture assembly experiences—these kits give you everything you need to construct an awesome place to play.
  • 9 Warm and Cozy Ski Chalets for the 21st Century
    While they still afford glorious mountain views and a toasty respite by the fire, these contemporary ski chalets bring winter getaways into the modern age.
  • A Brief History of Cobblestones
    A walk through the historic districts of many older American cities will reveal a rustic and romantic street standard...
  • A Farm Grows in Brooklyn: Visiting the Weeksville Heritage Center
    Weeksville’s OriginsBefore the city grid was imposed, a Dutch and Indian trade route called Hunterfly Road meandered ...
  • A Green Dream Townhouse
    Back in 2005, when Paul Gleicher and his wife Lisa Sharkey began to gut-renovate their 1885 Manhattan townhouse, the ...
  • A Man Who Remakes Vintage Relics into Modern Marvels
    Jason Aleksa is no stranger to the shop. His grandfather founded a machine shop in the 1960s, which his father then t...
  • A Suburban House Like You've Never Seen
    You wouldn't necessarily expect to find experimental architecture in McAllen, a small city on the southern tip of Tex...
  • All Aboard: 9 Railroad Cars Converted into Homes
    In today’s culture of downsizing to reduce carbon footprints, tiny houses and recycled homes are getting increasingly desirable—in both conventional and unconventional ways. You may have already seen converted buses, storage containers, and even make-it-yourself tiny-home kits, but have you ever seen a train converted into permanent living space? The high ceilings and multiple windows typical of old train cars are a great starting point for a new small home chock-full of character. If you’re in search of an unusual home, you may need to look no further than these 9 railroad cars that have gone off the rails and become cozy and comfortable living spaces.
  • An 18th-Century Stone Farmhouse Reborn
    Over the past 20 years, Jeffery Wyant and Maria Keares Wyant of Wyant Architecture in Philadelphia have become known ...
  • An Army of Artisans Descends on a California Craftsman
    In La Verne, California, a small, sunny city roughly 30 miles east of Los Angeles, renovation expert Ray Adamyk recen...
  • Architect Stefano Boeri's Vertical Forest in Milan
    In Milan, Italian apartment dwellers will soon have the chance to live in the middle of a forest, 20 floors up. After...
  • Architectural Royalty: 9 Victorian Homes We Love
    The Victorian era, named for the English Queen, extends throughout the period of the monarch's long reign, from 1837 to 1901. Victorian architecture encompasses the many styles that came into fashion during those six decades, and the American interpretation of those styles often reflected the adventuresome American spirit. From the ornate Greek and Gothic Revival styles to the whimsical gingerbread-cottage look, Victorian architecture, although novel, had its roots in history. It owed its popularity and rapid spread, however, to modern technology. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries came mass-produced building materials that could now be delivered over long distances. Victorian home builders who might have previously eschewed handcrafted architectural detailing now had affordable alternatives, and their clients embraced the opportunity to embellish their simple farmhouses and grand manor homes with romantic decoration. Here are some quintessential examples of American Victorian homes.
  • Architectural Styles of Classical Columns
    The Greeks borrowed the column from the Egyptians and synthesized it into an architectural style that was characteris...
  • Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
    For those who've always wanted to build their own home, the prospect may now be more realistic than ever, thanks to a new wave of kit homes.
  • Bark If You Love Architecture!
    Man’s best friend gets the royal treatment at Barkitecture Houston.  Being in the doghouse isn’t such a bad thing whe...
  • Barn Again: Breathing New Life into 11 Old Barns
    Converting an old barn into a home makes great use of the original structure's open space and guarantees a new house dripping with vintage country charm. Often, barn enthusiasts transport antique structures from their original sites and have them reassembled on new foundations. While some take on the remodeling projects themselves, many hire barn restoration specialists who are skilled in documenting, disassembling, and rebuilding the barns. Take a peek at our top 11 converted barns.
  • Before & After: Simple Upgrades Wake Up 5 Tired Sheds
    Backyard sheds may be a storage boon, but nobody ever said they were loaded with style. They can be, though. Check out these amazing shed makeovers that will inspire you to give your shed the star treatment.
  • Before and After: 9 Totally Amazing Mobile Home Makeovers
    Manufactured housing has always been an affordable alternative to site-built homes. Older models especially can be scooped up at a reasonable price, providing prospective buyers a relatively low-stress pathway to homeownership. Some lucky, resourceful owners of modestly priced manufactured homes opt for remodeling their new-to-them residences on their own. They rebuild and restyle their factory-assembled interiors from the chassis up, often chronicling their remodeling recipes—a blend of aesthetics, power tool prowess, ingenuity, and secondhand shopping savvy—on their blogs, while loyal readers eagerly await each new reveal. Crystal Adkins, editor at Mobile Home Living, covers lots of DIY mobile home remodeling projects on her site. She often concludes that had she not told her readers that these are manufactured homes, they never would have known. Is she right? Take a look at a few choice mobile home makeovers and judge for yourself.
  • Before and After: DIY Facelifts for 8 Home Exteriors
    As warm weather arrives and you emerge into the light of spring, you may become suddenly aware of all the unsightly or dreary areas that mar your home's exterior. Don’t get overwhelmed! Before the outdoor season gets into full swing, try one of these quick and easy fixes that can make a huge improvement in the face your home presents to the world.
  • Big Box Furniture Has Nothing on This One-of-a-Kind Company
    When Darren Green founded Old Wood Co. , in 2007, he had social and environmental consciousness top of mind. After wo...
  • Bill Clinton’s Birthplace Achieves Historic Status
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Kit Houses
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Modular Construction
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Old Woodwork
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Universal Design
    You may not be one of the rising wave of aging baby boomers, but if you’re building or renovating your house, the pri...
  • Bob Vila's 10 Must Do's for December
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  • Bob Vila's 10 November "Must Do" Projects
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  • Bob Vila's All-Star Celebrity House Quiz
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  • Bob Vila's Architecture Bucket List: 10 Must-See Wonders
    Take an architectural tour to see some of the incredible buildings that have inspired Bob Vila. Ranging from classical to modern, these landmark structures will probably shoot to the top of your "must visit" list too.
  • Bob Vila's Guide to Historic House Styles
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  • Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Mom
    The DIY mom in your life takes care of everyone—so now it's time to take care of her with one of our great holiday gift ideas!
  • Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gadget-Loving DIYer
    We hear Santa's got some pretty sophisticated workshops up north, so if you're unsure what to get the tech-loving, tool-obsessed DIYer in your family, our guide to the season’s best DIY gear should be right up your chimney!
  • Brad Pitt's MAKE IT RIGHT Homes
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  • Build Your Home in Advance
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  • Cabin of the Week: The Floating Farmhouse
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  • Cabin of the Week: The Shack at Hinkle Farm
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  • California Design: Living in a Modern Way
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  • Check In: 10 Offbeat Hotels Worth a Special Trip
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  • Chicago’s First Prefab Modular House
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  • Combining the Old with the New
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  • Contemporary Cachet: Exhibition Celebrates Michael Graves
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  • Deconstruction and Smart Planning Brings New Light (and Life) to a Raleigh, N.C., Home
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  • Downsizing Your Home
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  • Downsizing with Style
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  • Dream House for IKEA Lovers
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  • Earthbound: 5 "All Natural" House Styles
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  • FDR's "Real" Springwood on the Hudson
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  • Finca Vigia: Exploring the Hemingway House in Cuba
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  • Find Out Which Renowned Homes Were Practically Uninhabitable
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  • Free Pattern Books for Home Restorers
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  • Frosty Feats: 12 Incredible Snow Sculptures
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  • General Colin L. Powell Apartments, South Bronx
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  • Get Away! 10 Breathtaking Homes You Can Rent for a Weekend
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  • Get Jet: The 747 Wing House
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  • Green and Gorgeous: Presenting the 2014 New American Home
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  • Harbor Homes: 6 Lighthouses You Can Live In
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  • Historic House Style Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of American Architecture
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  • Historic St. Petersburg Neighborhoods
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  • Historical Sleuthing: Reclaiming the Past at Washington’s Headquarters
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  • Home Alone: 10 Beautiful Homes in the Middle of Nowhere
    A home is a retreat—a place to escape the outside world, to be alone, to recharge, to relax with friends. For some, one apartment among many in a building wedged into a sea of other buildings provides all the sanctuary they need. But for others, true escape means getting as far away as possible from the rest of the world, to a beautiful and remote residence in a stunning location—with nobody around for miles. Such retreats try very hard not to be found, but we've hunted down a few of them for your voyeuristic pleasure, searching high, low, and far to find a collection of lovely, unusual, and isolated homes that truly stand alone. (Just don’t go knocking on their doors.)
  • Home from Havana: Finca Vigía & Caritas
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  • Home, Home on the Road: 10 Houses on Wheels
    Do you dream about simplifying your life by downsizing to a house on wheels? You’re not alone. Mobile living is gaining popularity, attracting everyone from young couples trying to save money to adventure-seeking retirees. Some people drive a refurbished bus or tow a tiny house because it reduces their cost of living, letting them live mortgage-free. Others choose the lifestyle for its promise of adventure—they can enjoy the freedom and joys of cross-country travel without giving up the comforts of home. Whether you dream of driving or pulling your own home, you'll find inspiration in these 10 residences on wheels.
  • House Arc: Stylish and Flat-Packed for Shipping
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  • House Envy: A Cantilevering Creekside Retreat
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  • House Envy: A Glimpse of the Spencertown Residence
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  • House Envy: Brick Beauty in TX
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  • House Envy: Endearing Bungalow in CA
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  • House Envy: Historic Federal in TN
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  • House Envy: Modern Colonial in MA
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  • House Envy: Outpost in the Idaho Desert
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  • House Envy: Victorian-Era Home in GA
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  • House Style: Foursquare
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  • House Style: Georgian Colonial
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  • House Tour: 1969 California A-Frame Updated for Today
    As a fully trained and credentialed architect, Curtis Popp could have easily gut-renovated the 1969 A-frame where he and his family spend vacations. But he didn't. Admiring the original despite—or precisely because of—its eccentricities, Popp intervened only where necessary to make the place comfortable. The result? A thoughtful remodel at home in the casual rusticity of Lake Tahoe, California.
  • House Tour: A French Castle Rises from Its Ruins
    In 2013, Karina and Craig Waters undertook the project of a lifetime: restoring a centuries-old, long-neglected chateau in the south of France.
  • House Tour: A Prototypical Suburban House, Reinvented
    In southwestern Texas, a Chicago-trained architect challenged himself to create something new and exciting from an intensely familiar building type—the suburban ranch home. Dubbed Casa Westway, the project does away with many of the distinctions that, in traditional architecture, are taken for granted—the separation of one room and the next, for instance, or the boundary between indoors and out. Here, blurred lines make for an utterly unique residence that looks very like the original ranch—or for that matter, any other ranch in America.
  • House Tour: Chicago's C3 Modular House
    Jeffrey Sommers's C3 Prefab modular house is a landmark of new urban architecture—and the first of its kind in Chicago. Although the structure was quick to construct, its genesis was less straightforward, involving (among other challenges) some accommodations to comply with city building codes and a little tweaking of the 2039-square-foot interior to better suit the homeowners' needs and fit the 25' x 125' lot. Compact, light-filled, and loaded with energy-saving features such as solar thermal panels, ductless heating and air conditioning, and water-conserving appliances, the house has a HERS rating of 46 and LEED Platinum certification. To learn more, come join us on a tour of the house.
  • House Tour: ESCAPE Cabin-on-Wheels
    Entrepreneur and hotelier Dan Dobrowolski has brought to market a tiny, movable cabin that feels as spacious as its natural habitat, the wide-open outdoors. The structure's dimensions (not counting a porch or deck) are a mere 400 square feet, the maximum allowable for a standard park model recreational vehicle, but it feels much bigger. That seeming airiness comes from a cathedral ceiling and an interior that focuses on the basics without sacrificing scale, style, or quality of materials. Beautiful, efficiently designed, and carefully crafted, the ESCAPE could make your dream of a cabin in the woods an affordable reality.
  • House Tour: Go Inside a 100-Year-Old Craftsman, Recently Restored
    In La Verne, CA, architectural preservation and restoration expert Ray Adamyk recently dispatched a half-dozen workers from his "artisan army" of 150 to restore a Craftsman home to its former glory. See how skilled 21st-century artisans brought this early 20th-century home back to life.
  • House Tour: Hudson Passive Project
    With its exterior stonework, timber frame, and pitched roof, the Hudson Passive Project in the Hudson River Valley, is New York State's first "net-zero" passive solar house.
  • House Tour: Mountain Re-Shack
    Rather than tear down a derelict mountain shack, the owners solicited the help of North Carolina architect Chad Everhart to re-imagine it for modern-day living.
  • House Tour: Old Hill House
    See how architect Ann Sellars Lathrop transformed a simple Cape into an extraordinary home filled with an abundance of light, space and comfort.
  • House Tour: Redondo Beach Container House
    In DeMaria’s hybrid design for the Redondo Beach House, conventional stick-frame construction combines with eight repurposed steel shipping containers to form the two-story home.
  • House Tour: Spring Residence Rebuild
    Rather than abandon the house or raze the building, a Raleigh, N.C., couple followed the advice of their architects, BuildSense, to reconstruct. After living in their house for 10 years, a Raleigh, N.C., couple stepped back to take stock of the poorly built home and decided to hire BuildSense to give it new light and life. Deconstruction and smart planning brings new light (and life) to a Raleigh, N.C., home. A heavily wooded lot and a poorly built house steered a North Carolina couple toward deconstructing the existing dwelling to erect in its place a new, light-filled gem of a home.
  • House Tour: Stone Farmhouse Addition
    While striving to honor the provenance of the original stone farmhouse, Wyant Architecture created a spacious and contemporary new family home.
  • House Tour: The 2014 New American Home
    The National Association of Home Builders’ 2014 New American Home, in Henderson, Nevada, is a showcase for the most innovative trends in architecture, interior design, and building science. The project's architect, Jeff Berkus, and designer, Marc Thee, set out to create a modern home that would be energy efficient, luxurious, warm, and inviting. Keeping that tall order in mind, the team considered how families will be using their homes in the future, which led them to integrate flexible and multigenerational-use spaces into the plan. With a nod to the spectacular views afforded by the home's hillside site, they sought ways to blur the line between indoors and out. To help make the ambitious design a reality, builder Josh Anderson, of Element Building Company, looked to industry suppliers that could provide the latest technology and products to help his crew meet the criteria for LEED and Energy Star certifications. The result of all their efforts is a home that's everything the team hoped it would be. Here are a few examples of what makes this show house outstanding.
  • House Tour: The Art and Science of a Desert-Ready Home
    The climate of Monument Valley—a famed desert region of the West—informed virtually all the design decisions leading up to the new Skow Residence, perhaps the most architecturally daring home in the Navajo Nation.
  • House Tour: The New American Home
    The New American Home, showcased at the 2012 International Builders' Show, is a modern classic in its own right.
  • House Tour: Trailer Living, Reinvented
    Architect Andrew Hinman builds a striking contemporary shelter around his client's prized possession—a 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion. You've never seen trailer living quite like this before.
  • How Old Is My House?
    Nothing satisfies like solving a good mystery, especially when the mystery to be unraveled is the history of your hou...
  • How To: Speak the Language of Design
    Let’s consider a handful of architectural terms that are especially useful when talking about the forms of buildings....
  • How Well Do You Know the Presidents' Homes?
    From log cabins to grand mansions, Northern cottages to Southern plantations, test your trivia knowledge of presidential hometowns and homesteads.
  • Hudson Passive Project
    For Dennis Wedlick, the conservation-minded architect who masterminded the Hudson Passive Project—New York State’s fi...
  • Iconic Architecture Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Modern Marvels?
    Though it draws on the styles that preceded it, modern architecture is nothing if not unique, and many of its innovations changed the built landscape forever. These are just some of the homes that helped turned the tide, ushering modernism into the mainstream. You'll probably recognize them all, but how well do you really know them? Test your knowledge today!
  • In Lake Tahoe, a 1969 A-Frame Gets a Thoughtful Update
    Curtis Popp believes in the power of editing. As partner in Sacramento-based Popp Littrell Architects &amp; Interiors...
  • In Texas, A Million-Dollar Home with a Trailer at Its Heart
    Flash floods are a reality in Texas, at least near the Nueces River, which runs through the 10,000-acre ranch owned b...
  • Know Your House Styles
    Today, we choose from house plans that have the same basic house forms. Preservation specialist Mary O’Neil has outli...
  • Living Like Shakespeare: A Tudor Tutorial
    Tudor architecture is a style of building that originated in England more than 500 years ago. This style's popularity coincided with the reign of the Tudors, an era when homes were entirely timber framed. Today, Tudor Revivals, also known as mock Tudors, can be found throughout the United Kingdom as well as in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The distinctive features of a Tudor-style home include a half-timber exterior (or its modern-day replacement, stucco with faux-timber trim), steep rooflines, gables, leaded-glass casement windows, ornate chimneys, and jetties (portions of an upper story that project beyond the floor below). Thatched roofs, commonplace early in the Tudor era, were eventually replaced by hardier slate or tile. Many mock Tudors feature brick or stone exteriors, or infilling between timbers. Modern-day homeowners are often drawn to the old-world charm of these historic structures but sensibly choose to update their Tudor-style homes with low-maintenance replacement materials. Others find that blending some Tudor details with architectural styles of different eras can result in an eclectic yet classic look.
  • Living Like The Flintstones: 10 Modern "Stone Age" Dwellings
    People have lived in caves since time began, but today's rock dwellings are anything but a hole in the wall.
  • Loft Living
    Who wants to live in one, big room? You might be surprised. The market for loft apartments remains steady and strong,...
  • Make It Right: Six Years After Katrina
    Since its inception, Make It Right has functioned as a huge laboratory for sustainable, eco-friendly building innovations.
  • Manhattan Remodel and Cape Cod Affordable
    Profiling New York City and Cape Cod, Bob Vila’s Home Again will show two very different housing projects in the seco...
  • Meet the World's First Luxury Tiny House
    Over the past several years, the tiny house movement has only gained momentum, with increasing numbers of homeowners ...
  • Memory Lane: 15 Household Items From Your Childhood That New Houses Will Never See
    As technology continues to evolve all around us, household items that were once commonplace have slowly fallen out of favor to be replaced by the latest and greatest. Whatever happened to the electric bun warmers that Mom and Grandma had? Would a rotary phone even work on the digital infrastructure we have now? (The answer is, “It depends.”) While many of yesteryear's biggest hits have disappeared for good, a few are still holding on. For example, wood paneling is actually coming back into fashion in some applications, and vinyl record and Polaroid enthusiasts can still feed their passions with vintage equipment. If you’ve ever said, “Well, back when I was a kid...,” come take a trip down memory lane with us as we visit some of our favorite household blasts from the past.
  • Miami Beach's Newest Green Home Goes For Platinum
    Almost everyone by now should be familiar with the phrase LEED-certified—a program developed by the U. S. Green Build...
  • Mobile Homes Timeline: Manufactured Housing Through the Years
    The factory-built home has come a long way, from its humble trailer origins to its growing popularity today.
  • Mobile Homes: Then and Now
    In Elkhart, IN, at the Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing (RV/MH) Hall of Fame, resident historian Al Hesselba...
  • Modern House Styles
    After World War II, other new house styles evolved that were adapted to the desires of people moving from the streets...
  • Modular Homes Go Greener
    Modular homes are built to the same local and state codes as traditional stick-built homes. The way they differ is ho...
  • Modular Homes: A Rising Industry
    Whether it’s called a modular home, a systems-built home, or a factory-built home, the modular home is a misunderstoo...
  • Mountain Re-Shack: An Abandoned Outbuilding Becomes Home
    “Brutal” is the word architect Chad Everhart uses to describe his first encounter with a home he now calls the Mounta...
  • New Look (and Life) for a 1950s Cape
    It’s a classic challenge in an older neighborhood: How can a growing family increase their living space without expan...
  • Nuts & Bolts: Designing America
    Beloved for its impeccably researched and beautifully designed architectural history books, Acanthus Press recently i...
  • Ode to Architectural Cornices
    Architectural details fascinate me. Looking up at various historical buildings in and around the Hudson Valley, I alw...
  • On the Waterfront: 10 Tiny Lake Houses
    If you’ve set up home on a lake, chances are you're there because you love to be outside. Your days are most likely spent outdoors, so you don't need much as far as a house goes: a place to lay your head, cook dinner, and seek refuge when the weather takes a turn. Amenities are nice, but when you already have so much at your doorstep, they take a backseat. It’s no wonder, then, that there are so many incredible lake houses with small footprints. We wouldn't mind heading off to any one of these tiny lake houses for a long weekend (or full summer) of fishing, boating, and relaxation. 
  • On the Waterfront: Decommissioned Lighthouse Auctions
    With the advances in marine navigation systems—radio, satellite, and radar—the need for lighthouses to guide mariners...
  • One Man's Journey from Wall Street to the Workshop
    When Jeremy Medow left behind life on Wall Street for a new start in Connecticut, he didn't know that he would end up...
  • Paper Thin: Incredible Inhabitable Spaces Made From Paper
    We've all heard of construction paper—it's a staple of kids' crafts—but what about constructing actual livable houses from paper? The idea sounds unbelievable and presents a lot of questions, but some architects and builders are using paper as an economical and environmentally friendly building material. While paper might not be your first choice when building a new home, you may find some incredible inspiration from these unlikely structures.
  • Quick Tip: LEED-Certified Means Green Building
    What is LEED Certification? As green building hits the mainstream, you’ll continue to hear many new terms. One of the...
  • Ready-Made Residences: 14 Ultra Cool Prefab Homes
    Prefabricated homes are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, among them the relatively quick build time, the ecological advantages, and the flexibility they can provide across a range of budgets. As more and more people turn to this means of building a home, the results become more elaborate and unusual. Architects and designers work within this method’s constraints and make the most of its freedoms to create dwelling solutions suited for many different settings and functions: vacation homes in warm environments, primary residences in suburban areas, and cabin retreats in the woods. The following examples all make use of prefab construction either through modules, components, or whole structures—and they’re all places we wouldn’t mind calling home.
  • Remembering Vizcaya
    While visitors to Miami primarily come for sun and fun, the city offers a wealth of artistic, cultural and architectu...
  • Remodeling an Old House: What Should You Keep?
    How do you, as a homeowner, translate these various approaches into action? I recommend you begin by establishing wha...
  • Repro Style: Bringing the Past into the Present
    For many, living in a historic home—perhaps like the Lightfoot House (pictured above) in Colonial Williamsburg, VA—wo...
  • Resurrecting Tara, the Starring House in Gone with the Wind
    Nearly every Saturday morning, Peter Bonner walks out to the dairy barn behind the Crawford-Talmadge House in Georgia...
  • Revitalizing the Hemingway Home in Cuba
    In 1939, after selling the film rights to his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway purchased Finca Vigía, ...
  • See 10 Public Buildings That Became Private Homes
    With the ever-growing trend towards sustainability and conservation, it’s no wonder homeowners are transforming formerly public buildings into unique, private abodes.
  • Selecting Modular Home Builders and Manufacturers
    Modular homes are constructed in a factory and assembled on site. Since modular homes are factory-built to exacting s...
  • Shipping Container Homes
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  • Should You Consider a Concrete House?
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  • Solid as a Rock: 11 Unbelievable Concrete Homes
    The versatility of concrete allows architects and engineers to be innovative in their home designs. While concrete has been around as a building material since the Romans built the Colosseum, technology has improved its durability and applications, making concrete a popular option for building 21st-century homes. Concrete construction provides a number of advantages over wood-frame, including energy efficiency, noise reduction, and fire and wind resistance. Concrete building materials range from traditional blocks and precast panels to concrete that is cast on-site. Although the initial cost of building a concrete house is marginally higher than wood-frame construction, the long-term energy savings can make building with concrete a prudent choice.
  • Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
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  • Surf's Up: 8 Beach Houses to Cure Your Polar Vortex Funk
    There's no place like home, and there's no home like a beach house, where you can wake up with the sun, stroll along the sand, and relax by the water on a hot summer's day. Or paddle out—whether alone, on a board, or in a kayak—and spend the day unwinding in Mother Nature's bathtub! Just imagine building a bonfire as you watch the sunset over the water, then wandering back home to lay your head to rest in one of these eight gorgeous beachside properties recently listed for sale on Zillow.
  • TV House Quiz: Test Your Memory of 12 Famous Shows
    Over the course of watching a television series, you get to know the characters pretty well—and you also learn to love (or loathe) the where they live. Test your memory by tuning in to our TV house quiz now!
  • Taking Modular Homes to a Higher Level
    If you are looking for a good quality, super-insulated and super-strong house, a  modular home using structural insul...
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    The generic, early American house is known by many names, among them the English Medieval House, the Cape Cod, the sa...
  • The Biltmore Estate: A Brief Architectural Tour
    I recently toured The Biltmore in Asheville, NC—a 250-room estate on 8,000 acres, the largest private home built in A...
  • The Bungalow
    The name is Indian, adapted by the British in India to describe a one-story house with a porch. The Bungalow may have...
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  • The Container House
    Drive past any port in America today and you’re bound to see row upon row of empty shipping containers stacked, like ...
  • The Dutch Colonial House
    Most houses that survive from the Colonial era—such as early Capes, Saltboxes, and Georgians—are descendants of Engli...
  • The Dutch Revival House
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  • The E.D.G.E.
    For many city apartment dwellers, living in a small, confined space is hardly cause for celebration. But this year, t...
  • The Federal House
    After the Revolution, Americans wanted cultural as well as political indepen­dence, and they began to change the styl...
  • The Georgian House
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    Some Georgian Revival Houses can, at least from afar, be confused with eighteenth-century precedents; others resemble...
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    Meticulous is the word that comes immediately to mind when you first see ESCAPE, the cabin-on-wheels designed by SALA...
  • The Greek Revival House
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  • The Handmade House
    In architectural history, there is one major dividing line that separates the hand­made house from all those that cam...
  • The Italianate House
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  • The Second Empire House
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  • The Shingle Style House
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    Homes from early Spanish settlements are found in St. Augustine, Florida; San Anto­nio, Texas; Sante Fe, New Mexico; ...
  • The Stick Style House
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  • The Tudor-Style Home
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  • The Twentieth-Century House
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  • The Victorian House
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    As agriculture has morphed into big business and populations have shifted from the countryside to urban centers, timb...
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Historic Homes & More Videos

  • Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
    In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s bathroom.
  • Taking an Architectural Tour of Harvard Square
    Bob explores Harvard Square with architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer, who highlights three centuries of architecture in Cambridge, MA.
  • Touring Historic Homes in Cambridge, MA
    Bob and architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer tour the neighborhood's historic homes.
  • Touring the Waldun Forest Products Shingle Factory
    Bob travels to British Columbia and tours the Waldun Forest Products Company shingle manufacturing plant.
  • Touring a Georgia-Pacific Lumber Mill
    Bob tours a Georgia-Pacific lumber mill with Randi Bonanni, who outlines the harvesting and mill processes.
  • Touring the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow Historic House
    Bob visits the historic mid-Georgian Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House with National Parks Service representative Jim Shea.
  • Touring a Historic Home in Avon Hill
    Bob and architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer tour an 1887 historic home in the Avon Hill neighborhood of Cambridge, MA.
  • Installing Electrical Wiring in an Old Home
    Bob meets up with electrician Barry Driscoll, who is wiring a third-floor subpanel. An electrical inspector reviews it for adequate size and proper location.
  • Touring the Shingle Style Naumkeag Historic House
    Bob takes us to Stockbridge, MA, to tour Naumkeag, a wonderful example of the grand Shingle Style by architect Stanford White.
  • Touring the Naumkeag Historic House Gardens
    Bob takes a break from putting his own landscape in order to tour the elaborate gardens at the Naumkeag historic house in Stockbridge, MA.
  • Touring the Isaac Bell Historic House
    Bob takes a tour of the Isaac Bell historic house in Newport, RI, exploring one of the finest examples of the Shingle Style to be found anywhere.
  • Discussing Water Purification and Touring the Kinetico Plant near Cleveland, OH
    Bob asks about the benefits of water purification and tours the Kinetico plant just outside of Cleveland to find out how the quality of the water is improved.
  • Touring a Custom Cabinetry Factory and Reviewing Plans for the Kitchen
    Bob visits a Lancaster, PA, custom cabinetry factory where his kitchen cabinets are being made, then reviews plans for his kitchen layout.
  • Touring the Kohler Showroom and Factory in Kohler, WI
    Bob tours the showroom with the founder’s great-granddaughter, and then visits the factory to see how the vitreous china is manufactured.
  • Touring the Country Floors Ceramic Tile Showroom
    Bob tours the Country Floors tile showroom in New York City. Beth Kaufman highlights varied styles, explains the tile design process, and reviews the selections for Bob’s home.
  • Touring Fairsted, Frederick Law Olmsted's Home
    Bob visits Fairsted, home of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect responsible for most of this country's great public parks, pointing out its color scheme, similar to that of his own house.
  • Touring the Burpee Trial Gardens
    Bob visits the Burpee trial gardens in Ambler, PA, to review the current and future catalog of plants and flowers.
  • Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
    Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s house.
  • Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
    Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
  • Brooklyn Warehouse Architectural History
    Bob meets with Bill Higgins, of Higgins and Quasebarth Restoration, to discuss the project building's history. Higgins utilizes archival information and on-site physical evidence to piece together a portrait of the building's history.
  • New York Harbor Water Taxi Tour
    Tom Fox, founder and former president of New York Water Taxi, takes Bob on a tour of the Brooklyn waterfront, highlighting various points of interest.
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour
    Eric Deutsch, former president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, gives Bob a tour of the nation's first federal boat-building facility.
  • Tour of Luxury Loft Space and Brick Facade History and Restoration
    Bob tours the multi-story luxury loft space of developer and artist Jane Walentas. Next, Bob and his son, Chris, consult with Cas Stachelberg about the history, and restoration, of the warehouse building's façade.
  • Restoration of the Brooklyn Academy of Music
    Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), gives Bob a peek at the restoration of the main building.
  • Touring Coney Island
    Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz talks to Bob about the storied past, and promising future, of Coney Island, one of the first amusement park complexes in America.
  • History of Miami Beach & Tour of Fountainbleau
    Bob briefly goes over the history of Miami Beach, describing the role a few key individuals played in the area's development. Later, Bob takes a water taxi tour, the perfect vantage point from which to notice how the skyline tells the story of the city's history. Visiting the Fountainbleau, Bob introduces the decadent, even flamboyant, architectural design of Morris Lapidus.
  • Touring Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
    Bob visits Lincoln Road guided by architectural historian Allan Shulman, who chronicles the Lincoln Road saga from its beginning with Carl Fisher, "Mr. Miami Beach," to its period of revitalization under architect Morris Lapidus, to its current status as a popular shopping, dining, and people-watching strip.
  • Touring a Pierce Allen-Designed Apartment
    Bob and interior decorator DD Allen visit a Miami apartment designed by Pierce Allen.
  • A Visit to the Berkshires
    Bob meets with Bill Wilson of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau to discuss the beautiful region and the many famous turn-of-the-century mansions dotting the lovely Berkshire hills.
  • Modular Home Construction Basics
    Bob tours the Simplex Industries modular home plant and learns how the different pre-fab parts are made.
  • Tour of the Simplex Modular Home Factory
    Bob tours the Simplex Industries manufacturing facility where workers are precutting the plywood as they construct the interior and exterior walls.
  • Tour of Edith Wharton's Mansion Retreat, The Mount
    Bob visits The Mount, the Lenox, MA retreat of Edith Wharton in the heart of the Berkshires. Wharton's most famous tome is from 1897-- The Decoration of Houses was the inspiration for the field of modern interior design.
  • Tour of the Gilded Age Cottages of the Berkshire Hills
    Bob tours the Gilded Age cottages in the Berkshire Hills around Lenox, MA.
  • Touring Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA
    Tina Packer, President of Shakespeare & Company, gives Bob a tour of the grounds of the Spring Lawn Mansion in Lenox, MA.
  • Shingle Style Architecture at Elm Court
    Bob tours the Elm Court mansion, which was built in 1886 by William Douglas Sloane and Emily Vanderbilt Sloane.
  • Elm Court Foyer and Fireplace
    Sonya Berle shows off the large foyer and explains how she and her husband did small restorations in New Orleans before turning to Elm Court.
  • Adapting New Technology to Historic Properties
    Bob Berle shows Bob Vila the bowels of the home, including the decay that was prevalent but currently under repair. The 35,000 square foot basement was open to the elements prior to the Berles' arrival.
  • Elm Court's Library and Architectural Detailing
    Bob meets with Sonya and Bob Berle in the library of Elm Court to discuss the interior design and preservation of this magnificent home.
  • Elm Court's Grand Parlor
    Bob joins Sonya and Bob Berle, owners of Elm Court, for a tour of the ornate grand parlor.
  • Elm Court's Dining Room
    Bob tours one of the Vanderbilt family's most elegant dining rooms. The Berles have restored the ornate plasterwork ceilings and cornices, which were the inspiration for New York's Grand Central Station's ceiling.
  • The Kitchen and Butler's Pantry at Elm Court
    The butler's pantry of Elm Court has a larger footprint than some US homes.
  • Elm Court Stair Hall
    Bob meets with Bob and Sonya Berle on one of the many staircases at Elm Court.
  • Elm Court's Unfinished Restoration
    Bob goes on a behind-the-scenes tour of Elm Court.
  • Elm Court's Guest Suites
    Bob tours the guest suites at the Elm Court mansion.
  • The Bachelor's Den at Elm Court
    Bob checks out one of the recently refinished rooms at the Elm Court.
  • Cape Cod-Style Architecture and Royal Barry Wills
    Bob visits Cape Cod with Dick Wills, who is carrying on the work of his father, architect Royal Barry Wills. Beginning in the 1920s, the senior Wills popularized traditional New England-style architecture.
  • Architectural Possibilties in a Modern Cape
    Dick Wills takes Bob on a tour of the interior of his Cape-style home.
  • Tour of the Julia Wood House in Falmouth, MA
    Bob visits the Julia Wood House, home of the Falmouth, Massachusetts Historical Society, and takes a tour with Carolyn Power, the society's executive director.
  • Tour of the Jackson Homestead in Newton, MA
    Bob takes a tour of the Jackson Homestead in Newton, MA.
  • Touring the Tremont Nail Mill
    Bob and crew travel to Wareham, MA, to visit the Tremont Nail Mill. Tremont Nail, manufacturer of cut nails.
  • Custom Home Design Using Computer Software
    Ben Larochelle demonstrates the computer design software that was used to modify the house plans.
  • Lyman Estate Tour
    Interior Designer Leslie Curtis takes Bob on a tour of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA.
  • Tour of the Port Royal Parlor at Winterthur
    Bob returns to Winterthur, industrialist Henry Francis du Pont's country estate, which is now a museum in Delaware's Brandywine Valley
  • Touring the Hancock Land Company Sustainable Forestry Operation
    Bob takes a visit to Casco, ME to learn more about the Hancock Land Company's sustainable forestry operation.
  • Tour the Tappahannock Room at Winterthur
    Bob returns to Winterthur, the historic du Pont estate, to tour the Tappahannock Room.
  • Touring the Blackwell Parlor at Winterthur
    Bob tours one of Winterthur's most ornate rooms, the Blackwell Parlor.
  • Tour of the McLellan House in Portland, ME
    Bob visits the McLellan House in Portland, ME, part of the Portland Museum of Art.
  • Tour of the Chinese Parlor at Winterthur
    Bob revisits The Winterthur Garden and Museum, this time touring the Chinese Parlor with curator Pauline Eversmann.
  • New York Brownstone Development & Design
    Bob introduces an 1890s Brownstone on New York City's Upper West Side.
  • Touring Central Park in New York City
    Bob meets with Doug Blonsky of the Central Park Conservancy, who shares the history of the park, as well as information about his organization's restoration efforts.
  • Discussing the Plot Plan for Affordable Housing on Cape Cod
    Bob meets with Joe Valle, the developer and general contractor for the River Hill development in Mashpee, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
  • Touring NASA's Johnson Space Center
    Bob tours NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where he explores the mock-up of an international space station.
  • Crown Point Cabinet Factory Tour
    Bob visits with Brian Stowell at the Crown Point Cabinet factory in Claremont, NH.
  • Touring Covered Bridges in New England
    Bob tours several of the lovingly preserved covered bridges in Vermont and New England, in general. He explains the origins of these bridges, as well as the most popular approaches to building them.
  • Touring the Calvin Coolidge House and the Burtch-Udall House
    Bob meets University of Vermont professor Tom Visser in Plymouth Notch to visit the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. They then go to see the Burtch-Udall House, a classic Federal-period house from 1785.
  • Antique Brick Work at the Burtch-Udall House and Sumner Mansion
    Bob and Professor Tom Visser (UVM) visit the Burtch-Udall house in Quechee, VT, and the nearby Sumner Mansion-- suitable locales for a running discussion on property restoration and preservation procedures.
  • Tour of Medford, MA
    Bob introduces Medford, MA, a city five miles north of Boston. Settled in 1630, Medford once flourished with industry, including the shipbuilding building. Today, it is a bedroom community.
  • Touring the Isaac Royall House in Medford, MA
    Bob visits the historic site of the Royall House, which was the home of wealthy trader Isaac Royall. Buit in the 1600s and remodeled in the 1730s, the house is a fine example of Georgian architecture.
  • Tour of the Premier Building Systems Factory
    Bob tours the Premier Building Systems plant with general manager Steve Thompson.
  • Manufacturing the Engineered Wood Floor Joists
    Bob visits the Willamette I-Joist Mill in Woodburn, OR, before returning to Yonkers where the crew is assembling the second floor walls with structural insulated panels.
  • Manufacturing MDO Plywood
    Bob visits the Simpson Plywood plant in Shelton, WA, where Jim Langenberg shows Bob how plywood, especially MDO, is made.
  • Manufacturing Photovoltaic Devices at the Global Solar Factory
    Bob visits the Global Solar factory in Tucson, AZ to see how they company manufactures its unique solar-electric (photovoltaic) devices.
  • Touring the LP Engineered Wood Siding Plant
    Bob visits Two Harbors, MN and tours the plant where Louisiana Pacific manufactures a line of exterior trim products.
  • Tour of the Simpson Door Factory
    Bob visits McCleary, WA, where Jim Fielder (from Simpson Door) takes him on a tour of the company's manufacturing plant.
  • Tour of the Perstop Flooring Factory
    Bob visits the Perstop Flooring Factory to see how Pergo, wood laminate flooring, is made.
  • Tour of Low Country Architecture in South Carolina
    Located in Mt. Pleasant, the neighborhood of I'On values community living to puts an emphasis on nurturing a traditional small-town feeling.
  • Tour of I'On Architecture
    The neighborhood of I'On is built around myriad architectural styles and designs. Bob takes a look at, and remarks upon, some of these variations throughout the neighborhood, before returning to the project site, where roof framing is underway.
  • Tour of Middleburgh Plantation
    Bob takes a tour of the historic Middleburgh Plantation, the oldest surviving wooden house in South Carolina.
  • Tour of Middleton Place
    Bob visits Middleton Place, a plantation located outside Charleston, SC, renowned for its exquisite landscaped gardens.
  • Home Expansion Principles
    Architect and town planner Andres Duany explains how the project house in Mount Pleasant, SC may be expanded if necessary.
  • Tour of Richmond, VA
    Before heading to the governor's mansion in Richmond, VA, Bob tours some of the sights and sounds of the city.
  • Governor's Mansion Tour
    Bob and Roxane Gilmore, the erstwhile first lady of Virginia, tour the governor's mansion, and meet preservationist Fred Ecker, who is removing a mantel for restoration.
  • Tour of the Mansion's Ballroom and Living Quarters
    Bob and Roxane Gilmore tour the ballroom and the living quarters. Roxane details the plan to restore, and improve on, the upstairs floor plan and some of the household systems.
  • Tour of the Mansion's Dining Room and Kitchen
    Bob and Roxane Gilmore continue touring the governor's mansion in Richmond, VA. After enjoying the highlights of the dining room, the discussion turns to the kitchen, which is no longer adequate.
  • Tour of Virginia House
    Bob tours Virginia House, which was once an English abbey. In the 1920s, it was shipped to Richmond stone by stone.
  • Tour of Agecroft Hall
    Bob tours Agecroft Hall and its luxurious gardens. The property overlooks the James River.
  • Tour of Wickham House
    Bob takes a tour of Wickham House, a high-style museum designed by Alexander Parris, the architect of the Virginia governor's mansion.
  • Tour of the Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House
    Bob tours the unique Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House.
  • Tour of Shirley Plantation
    Bob takes a tour of Shirley Plantation, the oldest operating family farm in America, located right on the James River.
  • Tour of the Royal Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg
    Bob tours colonial Williamsburg, VA, stopping at the Royal Governor's Palace, where facilities manager Mark Winger gives a tour.
  • Tour of the Virginia Capitol Building
    Bob takes a tour of the original Virginia Capitol Building, designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785.
  • Tour of Colonial Williamsburg
    In Colonial Williamsburg, Bob visits a cabinetmakers' shop, where traditional methods of building furniture are still in practice.
  • Tour of Historic Virginia Governor's Office
    Bob tours the old governor's office in the Richmond, VA executive mansion.
  • Tour of Boston's Leather District
    Bob takes a walking tour of some of Boston's best-preserved antique commercial buildings in the Leather District with architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer.
  • Converting an Industrial Building to Housing and Office Space
    Bob tours the home and office of world-renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz.
  • Loft Living Discussed
    Realtor Lynn Zekis leads Bob on a tour of her own loft conversion in the Boston Leather District.
  • Review of Neighboring Loft's Layout
    Bob peeks into another loft conversion, one that's just been plastered, to see how other loft residents are using all of their space.
  • Overview of the Elmwood Neighborhood Project
    Bob offers some history of Providence, RI, particularly of the city's Elmwood neighborhood.
  • Tour of Roxbury, Massachusetts
    In touring the neighborhood, Bob introduces the nine-unit Roxbury affordable housing project.
  • Neighborhood Redevelopment
    Thomas Menino, then mayor of Boston, summarizes the redevelopment efforts focused on Roxbury. Also, Menino helps Bob and the contractors install the front door.
  • Tour of Historic Roxbury Architecture
    Bob tours some of the grand old houses that remain from Roxbury's heyday at the turn of the century.
  • Tour of the Lightolier Manufacturing Plant
    Bob visits the Lightolier manufacturing plant, which covers 6 acres, and receives a tour from the director of design, Bob Wetikin.
  • Tour of the Buderus Boiler Factory
    Bob tours the Buderus factory in Wetzlar, Germany with Herr Schulte, vice president of research and development.
  • Tour of the Completed Handicapped-Accessible Home
    Kim Beasley (from the Paralyzed Veterans of America) joins Bob on a tour of the house to look closely at the special accessible features that have been incorporated.
  • A Retrospective of Restoration Projects in the Elmwood Neighborhood
    Bob recaps the entire Elmwood project. It was a community effort involving an array of houses, though great pains were made to adhere to the historic look of the area. Bob commends the contractors and owners alike for jobs well done.
  • Shoreline House Tour of Miami
    Bob takes a shoreline tour of Miami, his hometown, to introduce the new project.
  • Tour of The Barnacle
    Bob tours of The Barnacle, one of the first homes built in Dade County, FL, to see how early settlers built in order to deal with the heat.
  • Tour of the Biltmore Hotel
    Bob tours a remarkable concrete building that's survived some of Miami's worst hurricanes: the majestic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
  • Tour of William Randolph Hearst's Spanish Monestary
    Bob takes a tour of a William Randolph Hearst treasure: the ancient Spanish monastery that he Hearst had transported stone-by-stone from Spain to Miami.
  • Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
    Bob takes a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House.
  • CBS Studio Center Tour
    Bob takes a tour of the CBS Studio Center, the first of the big movie lots, which eventually gave Studio City, CA its name.
  • TV Set Tour
    Bob takes a private tour of the set of the television series Grace Under Fire, and meets some interesting characters along the way.
  • Touring a Japanese Garden
    Bob tours the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to get some ideas for the Zen garden the homeowners will be installing in the side yard.
  • Tour of the Home's Remodeled Exterior
    Bob tours the home's exterior, noting that the crowned gates are complete and that a locking latch has been added to secure the pool. Bob also remarks on the landscaping work.
  • Neighborhood Tour of Newton, MA
    Bob takes a tour of Newton, MA. "The Garden City" boasts a wide variety of American architectural styles and is one of the most desirable communities in the Boston area.
  • Tour of Boston Sand and Gravel
    Bob takes a tour of the Boston Sand and Gravel concrete plant, located on the Charles River in Boston.
  • Tour of the Georgia Pacific Pressure-Treated Lumber Plant
    Bob visits the Georgia Pacific pressure-treated lumber plant in Sterling, GA to discover how pressure treated lumber is made to resist weather and rot.
  • Tour of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Manufacturing Plant
    Bob tours the Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing plant in Winter Haven, FL to see how paint is made.
  • Tour of Charleston, SC
    Bob sets out on a carriage tour of historic Charleston, SC to get a feel for the elegant and well-preserved architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in the South.
  • Tour of a Restored Federal-Style Carriage House
    Bob meets Betsy Johnson, owner of an 1805 Federal-style home in Charleston, the carriage house of which he now tours.
  • Nathaniel Russell House Tour
    Bob takes a tour of the historic, spectacular home of Nathaniel Russell, one of Charleston's wealthiest Colonial merchants. Bob discusses the architecture and decor. One highlight is the home's famous cantilevered staircase.
  • William Gibbes House Tour
    Bob tours the William Gibbes House, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America.
  • William Gibbes House Garden Tour
    Bob returns to the William Gibbes House in Charleston, SC for a tour of the one-acre garden of this grand Georgian mansion, one of the nation's best examples of Georgian architecture.
  • Tour of Millford Plantation
    Bob takes a field trip to Millford Plantation, a spectacular Greek Revival governor's mansion with echoes of the Civil War still ringing through its halls.
  • Robert Barnwell Rhett House Tour
    Bob tours a Georgian architectural beauty with twin octagonal parlors a few blocks away from the project house in Charleston, SC.
  • Tour of the Withers Industries Factory
    Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to review the reproduction shutters that will be placed on the project house. They also visit the Withers Industries plant where the shutters were made.
  • Guillard-Bennet House Tour
    Bob takes a tour of the elegantly appointed Guillard-Bennet House, one of the jewels in Charleston's crown.
  • Mantelpiece Work
    Bob joins restoration contractor Richard Marks in the library of the Federal-Style home to review the restoration of the mantel.
  • Final Tour of the Federal-Style Home
    Bob takes a grand tour of the elegantly restored Federal-style project house, focusing on the portico and back façade.
  • Tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Bob begins the new state-of-the-art greenhouse project with a look at Boston's most famous solarium, part of the quirky and romantic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tour
    Bob takes a trip to New York City to tour the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a spectacular, world-class museum greenhouse.
  • Burrage House Tour
    Bob takes a walk down Boston's Commonwealth Avenue for a look at an upscale solariums from the last century, that of the Burrage House.
  • Tour of Indiana University Greenhouses
    Bob interviews Don Burton from Indiana University as they tour a 1955 greenhouse. Bob then tours a modern state-of-the-art greenhouse under construction at the University.
  • Indiana Limestone Factory Tour
    Bob tours the Indiana Limestone factory with Dave Kern, who explains the fabrication process for the limestone columns being used in the greenhouse.
  • Tour of the Completed Greenhouse
    Bob and contractor Bob Ryley tour the spectacular finished greenhouse and, in addition to the greenhouse, a vestibule to the house has been created, solving the homeowners' issue with cold winter air coming in the front entrance.
  • Tour of the Greenhouse With Martha Stewart
    Bob, Martha, and the homeowner look at the plants in the new greenhouse. Martha explains why she selected certain plants and put thought into their placement.
  • Henry David Thoreau Tour
    Bob visits Walden Pond and tours a recreation of the cabin that Henry David Thoreau famously built.
  • Brick Plant Tour
    Bob takes a field trip to East Windsor Hill, CT, where the bricks for the cabin project were made. Along the way, he learns about the manufacturing process bricks go through and the various machines that are involved.
  • Tour of the Vanderbilts' Great Camp Sagamore
    Bob tours the mother of all cabins in the woods of upstate New York's Adirondack mountains, a camp once owned by the Vanderbilt family.
  • Adamson Estate Museum Tour
    Bob tours the Adamson Estate Museum, just down the beach from the project house, where he gets a look at authentic California-Spanish architecture.
  • The Unusual Home of TV Star Max Gail
    Bob visits the unusual home of TV star Max Gail in hopes of gathering design ideas.
  • Tour of the Weather Shield Window Factory
    Bob meets Lee Shield of Weather Shield Windows in Medford, WI to find out how the company makes its special custom windows.
  • Bob Visits Tim Allen at Home
    Bob visit's "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen at home, for a tongue-in-cheek look at some of Tim's very own home improvement projects.
  • Touring the Courtyard and Meeting Pamela Anderson
    Bob tours the tiled courtyard, with its Queen Palms and fountain. And there is a surprise visit from Pamela Anderson, a cast member of "Home Improvement".
  • Tour of the Media Room, Kitchen, and Living Room
    Bob and interior designer Robyn Peterson tour the finished, furnished California-Spanish beach house in Malibu. The media room has an Old West theme. The kitchen is elegant yet informal. And accents from South America can be found in the living room.
  • Osterville, MA & Nauticus Marina
    Bob tours the town of Osterville, MA, which has a deep background in fishing and maritime activity. And he meets with Bill Koch, one-time America's Cup champion, to view Koch's award-winning house and yachting command center.
  • Tour of the Automobile Collection at the Heritage Plantation
    Bob joins Bob Rogers of the Heritage Plantation, located in Sandwich, MA, for a tour of the post-and-beam Shaker round barn that houses the Josiah K. Lilly, III automobile collection.
  • Historic Windmill Tour
    Bob tours the Old East Mill, a restored post-and-beam windmill, at Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, MA. In its day, the mill produced rye, corn, salt, and barley. Now it serves as an educational tool for schoolchildren and plantation visitors.
  • Lumber Mill Tour
    Bob tours the Ralph A. Esty & Sons Lumber Corporation in Groveland, MA. Operations Manager Ken Monaco explains the process of aquiring and milling the lumber. The logs are scanned for metal, debarked, filtered, cut, sorted, and air-dried.
  • Discussing the Manufacture of Glulams
    Bob visits the Willamette Industries glued laminated timber facilities in Eugene, OR to learn first-hand how glulams are manufactured.
  • Tour of an Ainsworth Lumber Mill
    Bob travels to Canada for a tour of the Ainsworth oriented strand board (OSB) mill, one of the most modern OSB factories in the world.
  • Plywood Testing Facilities Tour
    Bob tours the American Plywood Association testing facilities with Tom Williamson, the Executive Vice President of Engineered Wood Systems. Tom explains the different tests that exist for different types of plywood.
  • Bob Visits Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard
    Bob takes the ferry to the island of Martha's Vineyard, MA, where he tours Oak Bluffs and soaks in the town's Victorian history.
  • Touring Homes on Martha's Vineyard
    Bob and realtor Alan Schwikert visit a 1930s Shingle-style home just outside of Vineyard Haven and then a smaller 'in-town' Victorian. Neither project fits Bob's criteria for the project. He intends to remodel a modest home on the island.
  • Touring the Exterior of Chateau-sur-Mer
    To prepare for the Victorian remodel, Bob takes an inspirational tour of the striking Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport, RI.
  • Touring the Interior of Chateau-sur-Mer
    Bob tours the lavish interior of Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport, RI. The entrance walls are painted canvas and the ceiling is adorned by a fresco. Hand-carved walnut trim and paneling is consisent throughout.
  • Tour of Cape May, NJ
    Bob tours Cape May, one of the oldest beach resort areas in New Jersey, a town with many Victorian-era homes and hotels.
  • Lyndhurst Mansion Tour
    Bob tours Lyndhurst mansion, a testament to high living during the Victoria era in New York's Hudson River Valley. The 40-odd rooms include a Gothic dining room with a marble fireplace and a picture gallery with a Tiffany stained glass window.
  • Tour of Vermont Castings
    Bob tours the Vermont Castings factory in Randolph, VT in order to learn about the manufacturing process for the type of wood-burning stove being used in the Martha's Vineyard remodel.
  • Victorian Architectural Style
    Bob meets with an expert in Victorian design to look at homes with scalloped, diamond, and straight shingles. Gingerbread-style brackets and railings are also reviewed. Plus, Bob visits a Victorian garden "folly" on the Jersey Shore.
  • Wallpaper Factory Tour
    Bob visits a wallpaper factory, where the design, paper-milling, and printing aspects of the wallpaper fabrication process all take place.
  • Tour of Olana
    Bob takes a tour of Olana, a Victorian artist's mansion in Upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson River. Named after a Persian fortress/treasure house, Olana has been dutifully preserved since the artist's death in 1900.
  • Touring the Courtyard
    Bob and landscape designer Ruth Foster tour the new formal courtyard and discuss how the plants will grow over time, granting privacy to guests and the homeowners.
  • Tour of Historic Boston
    Bob tours the Boston Public Gardens and Boston harbor, then points out a few of his favorites buildings, including those in Beacon Hill. Next, Bob describes how the trolley car allowed people to move out to the suburbs.
  • Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Tour
    Bob meets with Lynn from the Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Association. Together they tour the Federal-style home, noting an Irish crystal chandelier, wood columns and moldings, plaster cornices, and other unique features of the home.
  • Touring "Old Ironsides"
    Bob meets with a project manager for the restoration of the U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides", dry-docked in Boston Harbor. They review the 21-inch-thick hull walls, the timbers in the keel, and the copper plating on the outside of the hull.
  • Tour of Drayton Hall in South Carolina
    Bob visits Drayton Hall, in South Carolina, for a tour of one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States.
  • Touring the Bonnet House
    Bob travels to Fort Lauderdale, FL for a tour of the Bonnet House. The house, which was built for the Bartlett family in the 1920s and now operates as a museum.
  • Thomas Edison Home Tours
    Bob tours homes that were designed by Thomas Edison. Built in Maine before being shipped to Florida, the homes are surrounded by indiginous plantings, and the decor has remained untouched since Edison's time.
  • Touring Art Deco Architecture in Miami Beach
    Bob tours the Art Deco section of Miami Beach. His guide points out many notable sites, including the Bow Hotel, believed to be the oldest building in Miami Beach. Also, the French influence on the architecture of the city is noted.
  • Tour of the Georgia Pacific Plywood Plant
    Bob takes a tour of the Georgia Pacific plywood plant near Savannah, GA to see how birch veneer plywood is made.
  • Touring Vizcaya
    Bob visits Vizcaya, a remarkable Italian Renaissance-style palazzo. Head curator Doris Littlefield shows Bob around the 70-room mansion and 12-acre estate gardens.
  • Touring Plymouth, MA
    Bob gets to know the community by going on a landmark tour of Plymouth, which includes visits to the Mayflower Museum, Plymouth Rock, and the Jenney Grist Mill.
  • Tour of the Tile Factory
    As tiling begins on the bathroom floor and in the shower, Bob takes a field trip to the factory where the tiles being used in the project house were made.
  • Touring the John Quincy Adams House
    For inspiration, Bob tours the John Quincy Adams House in Quincy, MA.
  • Visiting Plimoth Plantation
    Bob takes a field trip to Plimoth Plantation, a replica village where visitors can experience early Colonial life.
  • Reviewing the Home Exterior
    Bob and carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley review the exterior of the home, pointing out the new trellis and the new entryway. Next, they move inside to have a look at the new family room and its adjoining bathroom.
  • Neighboring Cracker Cottage Tour
    Hoping to find inspiring remodeling ideas, Bob tours a recently revamped cracker cottage nearby.
  • Florida Architecture
    Bob and Andrea, a Florida architect, look over some building models and visit examples.
  • Meeting Jim Ross in NYC
    Bob travels to meet retired developer Jim Ross in New York City, where the two discuss the revitalization of the South Street Seaport and not-for-profit undertakings.
  • Tour of a Keewaydin Island House
    Bob takes a field trip to Keewaydin Island, where he tours an island cottage that was created by a colorful artist.
  • Final Tour of the Porch, Swimming Pool, and Interior
    Bob tours the finished porch and pool area, and exchanges comments on the beautiful completed project with the architect.
  • Touring a Converted Two-Flat in Chicago
    For inspiration, Bob tours a recent Wicker Park renovation: the conversion of a two-flat residence into a single family home.
  • Touring Chicago's Modern Architecture
    Bob meets with architectural historian Susan Benjamin to tour five buildings in Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper.
  • Visiting Shepley Wood Products
    Bob visits Shepley Wood Products to discuss what to look for when ordering lumber.
  • Touring a Roofing Shingle Plant
    Bob takes us on a tour of the IKO roofing shingle plant in Wilmington, DE.
  • Visiting a Wooden Window Factory
    Bob visits the Wes-Pine wooden window factory in Hanover, MA.
  • Tour of the Parallam Beam Factory
    Bob joins David Parker at Macmillan-Bloedel’s Parallam plant in Vancouver, BC to see how the special engineered beams are manufactured.
  • Pella Window Factory Tour
    Bob visits the Pella Window Factory in Pella, IO to see how they reproduce the special circle-head window in the basement to create a custom piece.
  • Touring the Georgia-Pacific Drywall Plant
    Bob tours the Georgia-Pacific drywall plant in Marcus Hook, PA with Monty Palmowski.
  • Congoleum Factory Tour
    Bob tours the Congoleum plant in Marcus Hook, PA with Jim Kogut.
  • Touring the Finished Exterior and Basement
    Bob tours the finished exterior with general contractor Ron Gan before going inside to see Christine Smyth’s spectacular decorating job.
  • Touring the Finished Interior
    General contractor Ron Gan installs folding closet doors. Then, Bob and the decorator, Christine Smyth, tour the rest of the finished first floor.
  • Touring Chicago Architecture
    Bob joins architectural historian Susan Benjamin for a tour of some of Chicago's landmark buildings.
  • Removing Old Paint
    Brick worker Dan Webb explains how the brick façade is power-washed to remove several layers of ugly paint.
  • Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio
    Bob tours the Oak Park, IL studio of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Bob goes on to visit several nearby houses designed by Wright at the turn of the century.
  • Touring the Parallam Beam Factory
    Bob visits Dave Parker in Vancouver, BC to see how Parallam beams are manufactured.
  • Tour of the IKO Roofing Shingle Plant
    Bob visits the IKO roofing shingle plant in Wilmington, DE, where he becomes familiar with different types of shingles.
  • Tour of Republic Window Factory
    Bob tours the Republic Window Factory in Chicago. Ron Spielman, vice president, explains how the windows are manufactured.
  • Tour of Hill Arboretum
    Bob tours Hill Arboretum, an apartment project designed for the physically challenged. Each unit is equipped with wheelchair-bound tenants in mind. Project developer Don Gustavson is Bob's guide.
  • Exterior Tour
    Bob tours the finished coach house exterior.
  • Interior Tour
    Bob walks through the remainder of the renovation, admiring the details and faux-finish painting that continues through the kitchen, living room and dining room.
  • Historic Neighborhoods of St. Petersburg
    Bob visits the historic neighborhoods and parks of St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Revitalizing Bartlett Park
    St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing Servicesis encouraging first-time home buyers in Bartlett Park to take charge of their neighborhood in a sustainable way.
  • Design Options for Container-Built Homes
    Bob talks with David Cross from Tampa Armature Works. Cross reviews the versatility of designing houses with shipping containers. Both traditional and contemporary models are available using this method of construction.
  • Finished Exterior of the Container-Built Home
    The front of the home is complete and looks like the exterior of any home in the American suburbs. Bob talks with Ray Price, the project manager for the St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing Services and Steve Armstrong, the architect.
  • Touring the Interior of the Container-Built Home
    General contractor Buba Barrow joins Bob for a tour of the finish work and interior layout, starting on the tiled front porch, moving through the open-plan family, kitchen, and dining spaces, and then into the four bedrooms.
  • Touring the Remodeled Interior
    Bob and general contractor Tim Berky look back on the numerous aspects of the finished job. Then Bob tours the remodeled mudroom and bath, plus the new open kitchen-dining space, where he meets with the homeowners and hears their reactions.
  • Tour of the Victorian Interior
    Homeowners David Masher and Jeanne Sanviti-Masher provide Bob with a tour of the interior of their 1890s Victorian home in Rowley, MA.

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  • 10 Ways to Go Crazy for Concrete
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  • 11 Crazy Jack-o'-Lanterns to Really Give You the Creeps
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  • 11 Packing Tips & Tricks for a Smooth Move
    <p>You’ll be amazed at how a little prep work before moving will make for a smoother transition between homes. There are some tried-and-true packing tips you can heed to take the stress out of moving, but there are other logistics to consider as well. Start about 2 months out by either booking your moving truck (if you’re moving yourself), or getting estimates from movers. Then, notify your utilities and get your change-of-address taken care of at the post office. Start purging what you don’t want to take with you, and then start packing.<p> <br/> <p>When it comes to packing moving boxes, start with out-of-season and rarely used items first. Then pack the more frequently used stuff, making sure to keep a few boxes of essentials easily accessible. Pack similar items together, and label each box with a description of its contents as well as which room it belongs in. If you’re moving yourself, load the truck with boxes first, from floor to ceiling, to use the space most efficiently. Next, bring in the largest items and tie everything down to secure. Distribute the weight evenly throughout the truck so it all rides well.<p> <br/> <p>You can take the stress out of moving with proper planning and preparation. Read on for 11 packing tips for hassle-free moving.<p>
  • 11 Stylish Ways to Enhance—or Hide—Your Radiators
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  • 11 Ways to Get Rid of Mice
    <p>Say goodbye to Stuart Little! A mouse infestation can be enough to make anyone skittish. Those pesky critters can carry a plethora of dangerous diseases and cause plenty of damage to your home, tearing up walls and wiring. But never fear, you can win the war on these diminutive rodents. </p><br/> <p>There’s more than one way to get rid of mice. First, prevention is key. Seal up the cracks and holes in which they can enter your home, and remove any food and water sources that may attract them. Keep outdoor clutter away from your home’s foundation and garage to minimize environments in which they might nest. Encouraging natural predators can help keep the population of potential mouse interlopers down. Build an owl box on your property. A barn owl can eat up to 1000 mice a year! Do you like cats? Owning one can help keep mice at bay. Not only are cats great hunters, but just their scent alone will discourage mice from taking up residence.</p><br/> <p>Should prevention methods fail, you can get rid of mice through various manners of trapping. Check out our collection of easy strategies that will both help you to get rid of mice and keep the unwelcome guests from coming back again.</p>
  • 11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget
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  • 13 Clever Alternatives Uses for Steel Wool
    Steel wool, now commonplace in the modern home, came about somewhat by accident. It is believed that 19th-century mechanics used to gather up the metal waste shavings from below their lathes and use them to polish metal surfaces. By the 20th century, steel wool was being mass-produced. The process begins with steel rods that are thinned and shaved; the resulting strands are then woven together to form long spools of steel wool. It is then either sold in smaller rolls or formed into pads (sometimes soaked in soap) for use in homes and shops everywhere. Steel wool comes in eight grades, from extra-coarse (4) to finest (0000)—the coarser the wire, the more abrasive the steel wool. Steel wool is handy for a variety of jobs, from removing tough rust and old varnish to buffing fine woodwork to a brilliant shine. Because it's so versatile—as good for cleaning your garden tools or car tires as it is for home renovation projects—there should always be a place for steel wool in your home or garage.
  • 13 Easy Ways to Repurpose Antique Armoires
    With a little ingenuity, you can move your antique armoire into the 21st century without sacrificing any of the furniture's old-fashioned charm.
  • 14 DIY Doormats That Step Up the Style
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  • 14 DIY Projects Perfect for the Weekend
    It doesn't take a big budget and a crew of professional contractors to revamp your house. Reinvent your home yourself, room by room, one weekend at a time. It's easier than it sounds! With a little inspiration, some repurposed materials, and a couple of free days, you can cross off a lot of things from your household wish list and flex your DIY muscles while you're at it. Have you always wanted a platform bed, a kitchen island, or a stylish new set of bookshelves? There's all that and more in this inspiration gallery!
  • 15 Shipping Pallet Projects for the DIY Home
    Shipping pallets are the DIYer’s standby building material for many good reasons. They aren’t hard to come by, and even damaged pallets can be salvaged for smaller projects. Kept whole, shipping pallets make great building blocks for large projects; deconstructed, they can be used to build just about anything. This versatility means that just a couple of cast-off pallets can fit the bill for a huge assortment of home improvement projects. In fact, what can’t you make from shipping pallets? With so many options, narrowing down our favorites was quite the task… but here they are: 15 projects for your home— all made from shipping pallets.
  • 15 Spring Home Maintenance Musts
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  • 16 Amazing Homemade Sheds to Inspire Yours
    Need a backyard shed to stash your stuff? After you check out these 11 charming, low-budget DIY solutions, we bet you'll opt for homemade, not store-bought.
  • 16 Designs for a Low-Cost DIY Coffee Table
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  • 16 Ingenious IKEA Hacks
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  • 17 Creative Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes
    While technology is constantly giving us new ways of doing things, there are some things that stubbornly stay the same. Take the good old cardboard box, for example: 90 percent of all products shipped in the United States are still sent using some type of cardboard packaging. So what do we do with all of it once items have been safely removed from their boxes? Unfortunately, we usually break down the boxes and toss them in recycling—but if we would just give it a little thought, the possibilities are almost endless. Cardboard can be bent, cut, painted, wrapped, and configured in almost any way you can imagine. And, as you will see, upcycled cardboard doesn't have to remain in the realm of kids' play forts or drab storage containers. Here are 11 creative ideas for turning excess cardboard into functional household items you will want to show off.
  • 2 Ways to Make Your Own Wallpaper
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  • 20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
    On television, home improvement projects go from start to finish in 60 minutes or less. The good news is, you don’t need to spend a lot of time to spruce up your home. Here are some ideas for quick projects that deliver big results.
  • 21 Coffee Bars to Put Pep in Your Home Design
    The explosion in popularity of single-serve coffeemakers like the Keurig has given rise to a new home design trend: the coffee bar. Making a cup of coffee now requires minimal effort, and many of us feel free to indulge in our favorite hot beverage throughout the day, as opposed to just in the morning. There's no need to venture out to the coffee shop on the corner when it’s easier than ever to enjoy a fresh, hot cup of coffee at home—a convenience especially appreciated by telecommuters. Coffee is such a fixture in our lives, it seems natural to set aside a special place for the satisfying ritual of making it. Here are some of our favorite examples of home coffee bars from around the Web.
  • 26 Easy Painted Pumpkins to Perk Up Your Halloween
    Feeling festive but don't want to deal with the mess of carving pumpkins? Then these painted pumpkins, from striped to marbled, will help you get in the Halloween mood.
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    One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays is with a seasonal wreath. There are many options avai...
  • 3 Easy Ways You Can Add Privacy to Glass
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  • 3 Fixes for Dust Mites
    Though far from pleasant to think about, there’s a good chance your home is ridden with dust mites—microscopic organi...
  • 3 Fixes for Fur-Covered Furniture
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  • 3 Fixes for Ink Stains
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  • 3 Fixes for Red Wine Stains
    Inevitably, there’s at least one unwelcome guest at every holiday party: the red wine stain. Sure enough, just as eve...
  • 3 Fixes for Smelly Footwear
    With the kickoff of summer comes sunshine, warm temperatures, backyard games—and sweat, lots of sweat, from head to t...
  • 3 Fixes for a Foul-Smelling Trash Can
    The trash can doesn't have a lot of positive imagery associated with it, especially when it comes to the smell. But a...
  • 3 Fixes for a Squeaky Door
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  • 3 Fixes for a Streaky Mirror
    Streaky mirrors are common problems for even the most conscientious housekeeper. Sometimes, no matter how carefully y...
  • 3 Fixes for a Stubborn Jar Lid
    It’s an age-old quandary: You reach for a jar of pickles or tomato sauce but, try and try as you might, you cannot ge...
  • 3 Good Reasons Never to Use Bleach Again
    Any number of events in our day-to-day can trigger a red alert—or perhaps a "code tissue"—as to when germs are nearby...
  • 3 Natural Fixes to Remove Rust from Metal
    Few things are more unsightly than a sudden smattering of rust spots plaguing your smooth metal surfaces. Whether on ...
  • 3 Quick and Clever Ways to Eliminate Dust
    Dusting used to mean lazily moving about the house with an old T-shirt and furniture polish in hand, loathing the amo...
  • 3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink
    Over the snowy-white winter, adults and children make the most of the cold by taking part in a smorgasbord of seasona...
  • 3 Ways to Make Your Own Ice Melt
    Solid ice can bring your everyday life to a grinding halt, if you don't have the means to get rid of it. Sure, you re...
  • 3 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew
    It's an all-too-common occurrence: You pick up a fine bottle of wine to enjoy for dinner or to hand off as a hostess ...
  • 3 Ways to Shrink Your Shopping Bag Mess
    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of plastic shopping bags you’re harboring underneath your kitche...
  • 30 Days of Easy Summer DIY
    This month, return daily to see what new, simple, do-it-yourself project to tackle this summer.
  • 30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
    Not every home's a fixer-upper, but all houses need occasional repairs and maintenance. You'll be able to handle those jobs like a pro if you make sure you have these 30 key home improvement skills under your belt. They'll come in handy whether you're redoing the house, upgrading a room, or just trying to keep everything in top condition.
  • 4 Creative New Ways to Reuse Wood Pallets
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  • 4 Creative Ways to Do a Lampshade Makeover
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  • 5 "Make in a Weekend" Bookshelf Projects (No Fancy Woodworking Required)
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  • 5 Creative Ways to Display Your Holiday Cards
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  • 5 DIY Farm Table Projects That Will Last a Lifetime
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  • 5 Minutes Flat: 7 Upgrades You Can Do in Under 300 Seconds
    Home improvement projects don’t have to drag on for weeks—or even wait for the weekend! Here are 7 easy upgrades that you can accomplish in just a little more time than a typical commercial break. Ready, set, go!
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    Unlike its pricier, high-maintenance counterpart, polymer clay, air-dry clay requires neither baking nor extensive ha...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Altoids Tins
    The next time you open an Altoids tin only to find that it's empty, rest assured that even if there are no mints insi...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Aluminum Foil
    Cooks know the value of aluminum foil, particularly around the holidays, when it plays a role in everything from roas...
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    If your child has outgrown her baby crib, you may have found it's a tough piece of furniture to dispose of. Even thri...
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Bottle Caps
    “I wish I had more leftover bottle caps!” is not something you’re likely to hear anybody say. Given the abundance of ...
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    For thousands of years, people have made bricks and used them to build structures of all kinds. Even today, with so m...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Broken Blinds
    Nothing lasts forever, and that includes window treatments. Besides the inevitable wear and tear they endure with nor...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Broken Pots
    Clay pots come with one major upside: Because they are porous, air reaches plant roots and excess moisture is able to...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Brown Paper Bags
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Burlap
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    On the spectrum of vice, there are many things worse crimes than having a sweet tooth. Sure, doctors and dentists tel...
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Cassette Tapes
    Chances are good that in some remote corner of your home there lies a box full of dusty cassette tapes. Be honest: Wh...
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    It's a safe bet that you consider your grill's bag of fuel a summer essential. Come the weekend, when you set the dus...
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    Every single drawer in your apartment is overflowing with chopsticks. Sure, you could toss a few pair in the trash. B...
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Globes
    It's hard to hate a globe. Whether you're going for an around-the-world vibe or an homage to your second-grade classr...
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    Spring is a great time of year to clean the accumulated debris from your gutters—and perhaps even replace gutters tha...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Hardware Cloth
    Hardware cloth is a small, sturdy mesh product sold in rolls at your local hardware store or home center. Made from m...
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    Everyone hates email spam, and rightfully so. It does have one redeeming factor, though: It's relatively easy to mana...
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    Diamond-slatted lattice—it's as iconic as, and perhaps more often seen than, white picket fences. While primarily mea...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Leather Belts
    At first, leather belts don't seem like they would be much use to do-it-yourselfers. Then again, creative minds with ...
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    Whenever you're assembling materials for a tiling project, it's recommended that you purchase a little extra—about 10...
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    Thought you were too old for toys? Think again. Adults have ample reason to revisit Legos, if not for sheer amusement...
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    You flipped the switch only to see the light bulb flash with that familiar blue flare? My friend, you've got another ...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Magnets
    In most homes, the only magnets are the ones studding the refrigerator door. And while many of us would be lost witho...
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Mason Jars
    Might I tell you my very favorite thing about the ever-versatile mason jar? The design has remained essentially uncha...
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    Before antismoking campaigns and the advent of disposable lighters, matchboxes and matchbooks were very common. They ...
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    Everyone has at least one or two plastic milk crates hanging around the basement or garage. Although expressly design...
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    What makes an old wine barrel so irresistibly charming? Is it the unique shape, the warm tones of the wood, the weath...
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    The old adage goes, "It's like riding a bike. " Meaning of course that cycling becomes so integrated into your muscle...
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    We can all agree that vintage dishes are pretty, but in today's home, they’re not very practical: most can't be used ...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Old Drawers
    Dusty suburban basements and chockablock urban thrift stores have no shortage of neglected old furniture with marred ...
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    I'm always swooning over the charming old luggage I see at flea markets and thrift stores around New York City. Clear...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Old Rakes
    What good is a rake you can no longer use in the garden? Actually, there are countless ingenious ways to give a secon...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Old Silverware
    Silverware is so much more than simply the source of your next bite.  After all, if you tap a knife on a glass of cha...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Old Sweaters
    If your tastes have changed or you've outgrown a favorite old sweater, you have options aside from donating the garme...
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    Walking through my Brooklyn neighborhood this past weekend, I spied an interesting structure on the sidewalk. Someone...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Old Toothbrushes
    Every year at least 1 billion used toothbrushes end up in landfills, adding to the more than 50 million tons of trash...
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    Up in the attic, down in the basement, or out in the garage, chances are that you've got a chest full of old toys. If...
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    If that window screen is torn beyond repair, don't take the entire panel out to the trash. Rather, look for ways to r...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Old Windows
    Vintage windows are much easier to come by than you might think. Before the salvage craze became mainstream, windows ...
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    The versatility of olive oil is virtually limitless. Called "liquid gold" thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, i...
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    For years now, PVC pipe has been popular for many applications in and around the house. It’s lightweight, durable, ba...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Pegboard
    People often peg pegboard as being fit only for the garage. Well, that theory sure has a lot of holes in it! As these...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Pens
    The pen is mightier than the sword, everyone knows that. But when a pen runs out of ink, its power diminishes—or does...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Picture Frames
    It's a fact of life: Everyone has at least one old or unused picture frame. Some folks have dozens laying around. Whe...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Pine Cones
    This time of year, if you take a walk through an area with pine trees, you’ll find pine cones nearly blanketing the g...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Plastic Bottles
    Plastic bottles make it easy to hydrate on the go, but they're tough on the environment. They too often end up in lan...
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Shipping Pallets
    You’ve likely seen wood shipping pallets piled up next to dumpsters outside local stores. Once the pallet has done it...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Shoeboxes

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    On your last trip to the architectural salvage yard, you doubtless saw scores of antique sinks, windows, and at every...
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  • 5 Things to Do with... String Lights
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  • 5 Things to Do with... Test Tubes
    Test tubes are commonplace and entirely unremarkable in locations like science labs and chemistry classrooms. But in ...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Tin Cans
    Tin cans are like air—they're all around us. Most families go through several cans each week, and some even use that ...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Tin Ceiling Tiles
    Many of us know tin ceiling tiles as the reasonably priced domestic cousin of European plasterwork. Ubiquitous in Vic...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Tree Stumps
    As the country emerges from a harsh winter, many homeowners are facing the prospect of cutting down and cleaning up h...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Used Books
    Does your apartment look more like the stock room at Barnes and Noble? Well, you're not alone: At one point or anothe...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Wine Corks
    In the wake of holiday office functions, neighborhood tree lightings, and, of course, New Year's Eve parties, wine co...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Wood Shutters
    If you are a fan of salvage, like I am, you will understand what delight I felt upon discovering these weathered, blu...
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    Though they're nothing more than long, cylindrical pegs, wooden dowels can be used to make furniture and home accents...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Wooden Hangers
    Eventually, we all find ourselves with more hangers than we know what to do with, and when they are not keeping our s...
  • 5 Things to Do with... Yardsticks
    You may think of it only as a handy helper at the workbench or sewing table—a no-frills, low-tech instrument for meas...
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    Whereas our desks were once crammed with 8. 5" x 11"-inch documents, sheets of loose-leaf paper, and manila folders, ...
  • 5 Things to Do with… Ice Cubes
    There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool drink on the rocks—but a cup of ice cubes can do a lot more than quench y...
  • 5 Things to Do with… Newspaper
    Besides keeping you up on all the need-to-know current events, a hefty newspaper is downright useful to have around t...
  • 5 Things to Do with… Paint Chips
    You agonized over choosing precisely the right color to paint the spare room. As part of your effort (and partly beca...
  • 5 Things to Do with… Pool Noodles
    Brightly colored pool noodles usually evoke images of relaxing summer days spent lazily afloat, but these versatile w...
  • 5 Things to Do with… Washi Tape
    Washi tape: It's a little like masking tape, but it's a lot more fun than masking tape could ever be. Readily availab...
  • 5 Things to Do... with Vintage Ladders
    Chances are that, languishing in your basement or garage, you have an old wooden ladder splattered with coats of pain...
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    When crummy weather hits, I get the itch to organize. There’s nothing worse than being cooped up in the house, let al...
  • 5 Unexpected Ways to Use a Vintage Coat Rack
    For the most part, free-standing coat racks are a thing of the past. They belong to a time when closets were only dee...
  • 5 Upcycled Pot Racks & Cookware Storage Ideas
    I have a tiny urban townhome kitchen. You can't open the refrigerator door more than 60% without banging into the ove...
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  • 6 Mistakes Homeowners Make Every Summer
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  • 6 Pumpkin Festivals Not to Miss
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  • 6 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Home
    Everyone makes mistakes, even when it comes to the responsibilities of homeownership. No matter how conscientious you are, you may be leaving your home vulnerable to extensive, expensive damage—perhaps without even realizing it. Read on to learn which critical upkeep tasks you may be neglecting at the risk of harming of your home.
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  • 7 Clever (Unauthorized) Uses for Common Appliances
    If you think of your dishwasher, microwave, and coffeemaker as one-trick ponies, you might be surprised to learn that they're each capable of doing a lot more than cleaning your plates, warming your food, and delivering a daily jolt of java. In fact, most appliances in your home can do double—if not triple—duty. Click through the next few slides, and we'll show you exactly how.
  • 7 Creative DIY Ways to Reuse a 5-Gallon Bucket
    What do you do with an extra 5 gallon bucket? Once its contents are gone, its usefulness is only beginning. That's because there are so many practical ways to reuse a bucket. Whether you use it to help you complete your next remodeling project, upcycle it into a safe toy for toddlers, or even create your own off-the-grid small appliance, your ingenuity will keep another heavy duty bucket out of the landfill and might just save you a few bucks to boot. Flip through to see our favorite uses for an extra 5 gallon bucket.
  • 7 DIY Bathroom Storage Projects
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  • 7 Fall Fix-Ups to Do for a Winter-Ready Home
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  • 7 Keys for Shuttering Your Summer Home
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  • 7 Smart Ways to Cycle Through Laundry Faster
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  • 7 Things Every Entryway Needs
    <p>Whether spacious or cozy, the home entryway holds great importance in our everyday lives. It's both where we prepare to greet the day and where we are welcomed home in the evening. A well-appointed entryway can determine whether we leave the home in an anxious scramble or totally collected. What's more, this humble setting gives visitors their first glimpse into our homes and an idea of our personal style—so why not focus our full attention on making it look its best? </p><br/> <p>The entryway is a space that’s often overlooked, but just a few basic design ideas can help to integrate this transitional area into the rest of the home. The entryway is a “landing area,” so a place to sit while shedding and donning shoes and coats is a great comfort both to those who live in the home, and those who visit. Entryways can often be small, and even dark. So, it’s a good idea to strategically place mirrors and lighting in a way that opens up and brightens the space. </p><br/> <p>Use your home’s entryway as an introduction to the whole house. Integrating a few features of your home’s color and artwork into your entryway will serve to orient guests to the surroundings of your hospitality. For more ideas on how to flesh out the form and function of your entryway, familiarize yourself with these seven essential entryway elements.</p>
  • 7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter
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  • 7 Ticking Time Bombs in Your House—and What to Do Next
    Let's face it: There are some home maintenance and repair issues that, given a choice, most property owners are likely to procrastinate, whether because they take time, cost money, or just don't seem all that urgent. If it's not an entirely apparent or nagging issue, it might take some time to be addressed. But some of the most serious problems hide masked behind a beautiful facade—and could turn any dream home into a nightmare on Elm Street. Click through for the top structural and mechanical time bombs that experts say have the potential to blow up in order to spot and squelch them in your own home—before the big boom.
  • 8 Cleaning Mistakes Everyone Makes
    Routines we use to clean the home become second nature. We may never stop to think if we’re doing it right or if we could be doing it better. Believe it or not, there are actually some right and wrong ways to dust, mop, scrub, vacuum, and clean essentially everything in the home. Worried now that you've been incorrect this whole time? Click through to see the most common mistakes and how to fix them.
  • 8 Great DIY Ways to Use Cinder Blocks
    Coming in at less than $2 per block and useful for a wide variety of purposes, cinder blocks are—you might say—worth their considerable weight in gold. These load-bearing concrete construction units typically remain hidden, performing their structural work behind the scenes. But their no-frills appearance and easy customization make them ideal for more high-profile work around the house, too. Click through to see seven projects that showcase the versatility of these hefty home helpers.
  • 8 Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them
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  • 8 Quick Tips for Solving Winter Woes
    Winter brings snowmen, sledding, and toasty evenings by the fire. It also brings a special set of maintenance issues that require a homeowner's attention. Proper planning and preventive upkeep will help you deal with these worries efficiently, so you can spend more time sipping hot chocolate and reading books while you wait for spring to arrive.
  • 8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
    If you're planning to string your yard with holiday cheer, bear in mind these few simple guidelines and precautions.
  • 8 Warning Signs of Dangerously Outdated Electrical Wiring
    Most people don’t give too much thought to what’s behind their walls. Yet every time you flip a light switch or use your toaster, you are drawing on your home’s internal wiring—and that can cause big problems if your wiring is old or damaged. In fact, overloading an older home's wiring can spark a fire. Home electrical problems start an estimated 53,600 fires each year, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. These fires cause more than 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries, and account for more than $1.4 billion in property damage. Many home electrical fires, however, can be prevented if you're able to recognize and address a few common warning signs.
  • 9 Amazing Things You Can Do with Sugru
    Do you Sugru? If you have not yet experimented with this endlessly versatile product, you may be missing out on one of the most useful and fun-to-use tools now available to do-it-yourselfers at all Lowe's stores nationwide.
  • 9 Clever Things You Can Do with a Rubber Band
    Rubber bands—those unassuming desk accessories—seem to multiply every time you turn around. If you’re like most people, you have a junk drawer and an office caddy full of these versatile little loops. And while surreptitiously shooting rubber bands across the room at your spouse might be fun and entertaining for a while, there are a lot of other, more practical things that you can do with these ubiquitous stretchy ovals. Here are just a few handy household uses for rubber bands.
  • 9 Creative Uses for Old Paint Cans
    Wondering what to do with all those empty paint cans? See how others have cleaned and repurposed them into everything from smart storage to fun works of art.
  • 9 DIY Headboard Projects to Suit Any Bedroom
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  • 9 DIYs to String Together with Twine
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  • 9 New Things to Do with Old Ladders
    The thrift store, a neighbor's junk pile, Craigslist, or your own garage—just a few of the places where you can probably get your hands on an old ladder that’s doing little else but collecting dust. They're worth hunting down, because these sturdy, easy-to-paint (if you like) old junkers can quickly become clever resting places for a variety of household items. Here are 9 ideas to get you in step.
  • 9 Surprising Alternative Uses for Toothpaste
    Everyone knows that toothpaste cleans your teeth and brightens your smile, but did you know it can do the same for many surfaces around your house? Non-gel toothpaste, which is usually white and milky in color, can double as a cleaning product for shining, deodorizing, and cleaning up household messes. And since you probably already have several tubes lying around the house, there is no need to go out and buy more cleaning products, which may contain harsher chemicals than the job requires. Click through our online gallery to learn about usual uses for toothpaste that can freshen up your day.
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Light Tips
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Picking a Christmas Tree
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  • Bob Vila Radio: Removing Plaster
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" April Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" February Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" June Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" March Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" October Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for April
    Spring has sprung! While cool temperatures may not be completely behind us, it's certain that April will usher in warmer days, making it the perfect month to get back to beautifying the yard and garden. The season is likely to bring rain, so be sure to clear your gutters of debris and resolve any water issues in the basement. Getting those tasks out of the way now will give you time to refresh your home's curb appeal, tackle a DIY project or two, and sow some seeds for your summer vegetable garden.
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for August
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for December
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for February
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for January
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for July
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  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for June
    The first day of summer is almost here, and memories of the long, cruel winter have all but left our collective consciousness. Since June is a great month to fire up the BBQ and soak up some rays, make sure your yard is both comfortable and beautiful. Follow proper lawn care, keep pests at bay, and consider adding some budget-friendly summer style to the front porch (deck or patio). If you want easy access to bikes, mowers, and sports equipment, be sure to clean and organize the garage. And, don't neglect the inside of the house! You can easily transform any room with a new color or patterned wallpaper. Check out all this and more in my "must do" projects for June!
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for March
    With February behind us, we know that spring will soon be here—despite recent freezing temperatures and the ongoing forecasts of snow. Whether it comes in like a lamb or lion, March is a month of transitions. It’s also a good month to bring some order and organization to your home (and life), and to refresh the house after it's been closed tight for winter. There’s yard prep to think about as well, from taking the first steps towards your best lawn yet to readying the deck and outdoor furniture for the balmier months ahead.
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for May
    May is a practically perfect month for home improvement. Across much of the country, the mild weather makes it just as feasible to work on the outside of your home as it is to redo the interior. So whether you're working for the perfect lawn or a clean, streamlined kitchen, here are 10 projects to take on this month.
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for May
    May is a month worth celebrating. Those April showers have gone, leaving in their wake beautiful spring flowers, and the heat of summer has yet to arrive. As the days become warmer and sunnier, seasonal maintenance both inside and outside the house seems like less of a chore. Make the most of this energizing season by getting your lawn off to a good start, reviving your outdoor furniture, and improving your home's curb appeal. Inside, you'll want to make certain your air conditioning units are in good working order for the summer months ahead. Here are the 10 top "must-do" projects for May.
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for November
    The Halloween decorations are packed up and Thanksgiving is on the way. November's cooler weather makes it a great month to spend indoors with friends and family. But before festivities begin, get your home into working order to make the most of the season—and prepare for any early winter storms while you're at it.
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for October
    Summer's gone and autumn's knocking at the door. The month of October brings colorful leaves, cool breezes, and Halloween trick-or-treaters. It's also the perfect time to finish outdoor maintenance projects, brush up on your fire safety knowledge, and winterize your lawn before the cold temperatures really set in. Click through to take a look at my ten must do projects for this month.
  • Bob Vila's 10 "Must-Do" Projects for September
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  • Bob Vila's 13 Best Projects for a Long Weekend
    Three cheers for the long weekend! A few times out of the year, we're blessed with a full extra day's worth of time to ourselves. It's the perfect opportunity to run errands, spend time with family, or fix up whatever has been hanging around for weeks waiting to be addressed. But that extra day is also great for tackling a fun home DIY. We've rounded up a few of the best, most joyful summer projects we've seen in order to inspire you to exercise your creativity over the long weekend. This collection ranges from hour-long crafts to extensive multiday projects, so there's an option here to suit every skill level and any schedule.
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" August Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" December Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" July Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" June Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" May Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" November Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for April
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for December
    This month is all about the holidays. Whether you're decorating the house from top to bottom, inside and out, or just...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for February
    While February is the month with the fewest number of days, one of them is of course Valentine's Day. So show some lo...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for January
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" Projects for March
    On the cusp of spring, March is the month to start readying your house for the warm weather ahead, as well as to addr...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" September Projects
    As another summer slips away, the days seem to straddle the seasons, alternating between warm breezes and brisk winds...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" October Projects
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for August
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for July
    July ushers in the start of summer, which translates into outdoor living, grilling, and staying cool. But this month,...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for May
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  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for November
    November is often a busy month, bringing with it a change of weather and a change of focus. Be sure your fall exterio...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for October
    If the calendar hasn't convinced you of autumn's arrival, the cooler temps and falling leaves no doubt have. It won't...
  • Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for September
    September is a catch-up month! It's a time to finish projects begun in the summer that were never completed. And it's...
  • Bob Vila's 8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
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  • Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Dad
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  • Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Kid
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  • Brokers Reveal 7 "Works Every Time" Ways to Boost Home Resale Value
    Whether you're looking to relocate, retire, downsize, or upsize, the process of selling your home can create a long and wild to-do list. But putting your place on the market doesn’t need to include overhauling the entire structure—in fact, the most important changes don’t involve additions at all. Before you start scheduling open houses, pick and choose the projects that will get you the most bang for your buck. Read on for what improvements real estate insiders say consistently win over buyers and boost your home’s resale value.
  • Build Up Your Home Library: 10 Inspiring Reads with a DIY Point of View
    Check out these literary favorites with a DIY bent that are guaranteed to galvanize you into undertaking new and exciting projects—or, at the very least, keep you working through the you've started.
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  • DIY Concrete Countertops
    We loved Jessie's concrete countertops at Imperfectly Polished and couldn't wait to feature them. The entire project ...
  • DIY Concrete Lamp
    Concrete is one of the most versatile materials. And unlike many raw materials, concrete can be molded into any shape...
  • DIY Concrete Letters
    When we came across this DIY concrete letter and ampersand from Katelyn at Learning, Creating, Living, we had to shar...
  • DIY Concrete Planters
    Large planters for your deck or patio can be very pricey, so it makes sense to build your own. If you like the look o...
  • DIY Concrete Tabletop
    Sometimes we see a project that truly bowls us over. This concrete tabletop from Pete at D. I. Y. Projects with Pete ...
  • DIY Concrete Wall Planters
    These concrete modular wall planters made by Ananda at A Piece of Rainbow are the perfect geometric accent for the mo...
  • DIY Copper Clock
    When Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness took on a blogger challenge took on to create a gift using a copper pipe "t," ...
  • DIY Copper Pipe Desk
    What's not to love about copper? Katie from Upcycled Treasures loves DIYing with copper pipes, so when she got an ide...
  • DIY Copper Pipe Lamp
    Finding the right lamp for your space can be a challenge, as Angela from Unexpected Elegance knows full well. That's ...
  • DIY Copper Pipe Shelves
    Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling had a set of copper pipe hooks sitting—and sitting—in her garage for months. Then su...
  • DIY Copper Pipe iPad Holder
    A trip to the hardware store found Laurel from A Bubbly Life face-to-face with some very promising copper pipe fittin...
  • DIY Copper Towel Rack
    Jesse, from Nine Red had a lackluster bathroom that needed a remodel, but cheaply. Neutral tones and wood accents wer...
  • DIY Deals: Spring Edition
    Spring has officially arrived, making this weekend the perfect time to make that overdue purchase, or to consider a s...
  • DIY Desk Organizer with PVC Pipe
    Why buy a desktop organizer when you can make your own? That's what Cher, brains behind Designs by Studio C, thought ...
  • DIY Desk with a Penny Top
    When Homeroad blogger Susan's daughter came to her with a project idea, she jumped at the chance to help. She provide...
  • DIY Door Banquette
    Struck by inspiration when perusing the Habitat ReStore, Mimi of Blue Roof Cabin decided to repurpose an old door int...
  • DIY Door Upcycled Headboard
    French doors are one of those charming classics that we think never goes out of style. And so that's why we thought t...
  • DIY Dresser Bathroom Vanity
    When Angie from Postcards from the Ridge decided to redo the bathroom, she didn't want an ordinary vanity that could ...
  • DIY Dresser Bench
    When Brooke from Start at Home picked up this secondhand chest of drawers, she quickly realized she had her work cut ...
  • DIY Entryway Box Storage
    Getting out the door is not without its difficulties. Misplaced keys, sunglasses, or phones can leave the best of us ...
  • DIY Entryway Console
    Melissa is no stranger to flipping furniture, turning ordinary (or ugly) pieces into works of domestic art. But the s...
  • DIY Faux Finish Wall Covering
    While it's not uncommon for a hallway to be the 'problem child' of a home decor scheme, most people never encounter o...
  • DIY Hand Planters
    There are lots of DIY concrete planters out there, but not many are in the shape of a pair of hands. We were so struc...
  • DIY Hypertufa Planters
    What's even better than making your own concrete planter? How about trying your hand at a hypertufa planter? If you'v...
  • DIY Industrial Shelves
    Traci of Beneath My Heart was on a hunt for a shelf solution that met her two boys' storage needs, but still added a ...
  • DIY Kids Chairs with PVC Pipe
    Summer might be over, but that didn't stop us from appreciating these amazing (and amazingly simple-to-make) summer c...
  • DIY Kids: Build Your Own Cornhole Set
    Nothing says family fun like a little bit of competition! When the weather's nice, there are many great backyard game...
  • DIY Kids: Convert a Cast-Off into a Cool New Lego Table
    My kids love Lego so much that it borders on obsession. We have a lot of these plastic bricks and, until recently, no...
  • DIY Kids: Craft Your Own Tabletop Easel
    Nothing makes a young, aspiring artist feel accomplished quite as much as having an easel to work on. But a tradition...
  • DIY Kids: Make Your Own Critter Keeper
    'Tis the season when all the creepy, crawly, and buzzy things are waking up and starting to stir. The same goes for m...
  • DIY Kids: Make an Easy A-Frame Tent
    Summer vacation is all about fun: swimming pools, later bedtimes, and epic blanket forts. With all the lively activit...
  • DIY Kids: Measure the Years with a Growth Chart
    Many of the clichés of parenthood hold true, but this one does especially: Kids grow up so fast! Before you know it, ...
  • DIY Kids: Turn Your Christmas Tree into Its Own Ornaments
    The holidays are all about making and enjoying memories. Almost every ornament on our Christmas tree holds a personal...
  • DIY Lite: Brighten Your Workday with an Easy-to-Build Desk Organizer
    Finding a home for every single possession—and remembering to return them to their specified spots—is always a challe...
  • DIY Lite: Make a Wood-Slat Doormat for Almost No Money
    The entrance to your home is the first impression that strikes visitors, so why don't you make it a friendly one with...
  • DIY Lite: Make an Herb Garden from Kitchen Recyclables
    As you welcome spring, bring a pop of the season into the house with a newly handmade vertical garden. This space-con...
  • DIY Lite: Modern Bookends on a Modest Budget
    Wholly malleable yet still a sturdy project material, concrete mix has proven its worth outside of just lawn and gard...
  • DIY Lite: The One Christmas Tree That's Not a Pain to Store
    Every December—occasionally as soon as the day after Thanksgiving—holiday-loving home decorators divide into two grou...
  • DIY Lite: Turn Digital Photos into Wooden Coasters
    Whether you're returning from a 12-day vacation on foreign soil or have just wrapped up a weekend by the pool with th...
  • DIY Lite: Upgrade Simple String Lights on a Shoestring Budget
    Thoughtful lighting is key to evoking a desired ambience in nearly any space. (They don't call it "mood lighting" for...
  • DIY Mason Jar Solar Lamp
    When the words mason jar and solar lamp come together in the same sentence, I don’t care who you are—you get excited....
  • DIY Mason Jar Speaker Set
    The humble mason jar can hold nearly anything—including tech gadgets! Designer Sarah Pease converted these canning ja...
  • DIY Mason Jar Windchime
    It was only a matter of time before I tried out my bottle cutter on a mason jar. Here's how I pulled off this mason-j...
  • DIY Modern Candleholder
    This industrial chic candelabra can be created at home with nothing more than a handful of pipe fittings and some spa...
  • DIY Open-Shelf Vanity
    Not one to back down from a challenge, Wendi of H2O Bungalow decided that an open shelf bathroom vanity was a persona...
  • DIY Outdoor Chaise
    Inspired by a DIY conference, Amy of Her Tool Belt decided to try her hand at custom outdoor seating. After shopping ...
  • DIY Outdoor Chandelier
    I just love candles in mason jars. A few summers ago I bought a package of half-pint jars and some light wire and mad...
  • DIY PVC Pipe Bathroom Storage
    When Crafting in the Rain blogger, Steph, remodeled her bathroom, she said goodbye to an ugly old cabinet—but lost so...
  • DIY PVC Pipe Mirror
    Who says PVC pipe can't be really, really good-looking? Alicia from Thrifty &amp; Chic makes a case for keeping PVC p...
  • DIY PVC Pipe Planter
    Everyone's got that their weak spot. For Melissa, it's succulents. So when her gardening addiction found her running ...
  • DIY PVC Pipe Wine Rack
    When Rachelle, blogger from Adventures in Creating, saw a modern (and pricey!) wine rack for sale, it was love at fir...
  • DIY Pallet Bench for Kids
    Kid-sized furniture is cute but it isn't cheap. And kids outgrow tiny furniture quickly. So upcycling a pallet into a...
  • DIY Pallet Ottoman
    What's made from a pallet but looks nothing like one? This DIY ottoman! Allyson at Domestic Superhero totally transfo...
  • DIY Pallet Planter
    When Tanya, from Lovely Greens looked to Pinterest for some spring inspiration, she came across lots of ideas for str...
  • DIY Pallet Potting Bench
    When gardening season is in full swing, there's nothing like a trusty potting bench to help you reap the season's bou...
  • DIY Penny Countertops
    Ashley from Domestic Imperfection had her work work cut out for her when she decided to create a DIY penny countertop...
  • DIY Penny Top Tray
    Meg from Happy Looks Good on You is no stranger to Bob Vila Thumbs Up—here's her great idea for a concrete lamp. But ...
  • DIY Penny Vase
    When Canada phased out the penny, Vone from Vone Inspired got to work on a DIY project—an ode to the penny. Because t...
  • DIY Plumbing Pipe Bed Frame
    We combined wood boards with galvanized steel pipes to make this twin bed. It's a match made in heaven, with a differ...
  • DIY Plumbing Pipe Console Table
    One of the great perks of building your own furniture is that you can customize it to fit your needs. There are so ma...
  • DIY Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rod
    Pipe curtain rods are super popular right now and very easy to make!I used the following supplies to make the ones se...
  • DIY Plumbing Pipe Light Fixture
    This DIY Anthropologie-inspired pipe lamp is time consuming, but when you compare price tags, it's well worth the eff...
  • DIY Plumbing Pipe Vase
    If you are like me, you are probably ready for the beauty of spring. Flowers will soon be blooming everywhere and you...
  • DIY Plywood Magazine File
    The IKEA Expedit is a veritable mainstay in homes across the world. It's perfect for collectors and book lovers, but ...
  • DIY Plywood Marquee Letters
    Think that fun and custom home accents need to be pricey? If so, you're in for a shock. Take a look at this amazing m...
  • DIY Plywood Strip Desk
    Can you believe this stunner only cost $53 to make? We couldn't either. Using scrap wood, a set of spare hairpin legs...
  • DIY Reclaimed Barn Door Headboard
    At BobVila. com we like resourcefulness. And we love reclaimed wood. So when we saw this salvaged barn door headboard...
  • DIY Repurposed Window Headboard
    At BobVila. com, we love an old window. No, really. And this repurposed window headboard from Liz Marie puts one of o...
  • DIY Tile Mosaic
    Anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much easier than it sounds. First yo...
  • DIY Wine Cork Planters
    By her own admission, Linda from It All Started With Paint isn't what you'd call a green thumb. But tiny low-maintena...
  • DIY Wingback Upholstered Headboard
    There's something transporting about wingback furniture. And private. When it comes to wingback headboards, that litt...
  • DIY Wood Headboard
    We love it when home DIYers aren't afraid to work with wood and stains. So when we saw this project from Mandy at The...
  • DIY Wood Slice Plant Stand
    Trying to find a creative way to craft with wood slices left blogger Bre of Brepurposed in a funk. But then inspirati...
  • Design Manifest: A Father's Day Tribute
    I love the concept of "the family business. " It has that old-world feeling of apprenticeship, with one generation pi...
  • Divide and Conquer: 14 Room Dividers to Bring Order to Your Space
    From salvaged windows to vinyl LPs, these inspiring screens will have you wanting to say "Divide and Conquer!" when it comes to your next design plan.
  • Do You Need a Dehumidifier?
    Air quality can suffer in myriad ways. Excess humidity ranks among the least desirable effects. Left unchecked, moist...
  • Don't Try This at Home: The 7 Most Dangerous DIYs
    Owning a home can be very expensive, which is why many savvy homeowners learn to do minor maintenance and repair work themselves, rather than hire a professional. Some projects, however, are way beyond the skill level of the average homeowner and should not be attempted. These dangerous projects can have deadly consequences if not done properly, so it is important to always hire or consult with a professional before starting the work yourself. Click through our “Do Not DIY” gallery to learn more about these potentially hazardous repair and maintenance tasks.
  • Drab to Fab: 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers
    Whether they involve repainting, resizing, or retrofitting, furniture makeovers are very popular in the DIY world. While original finishes and old-world style certainly have merit, there's a special thrill in giving new life and purpose to tired, old pieces. Design bloggers and style seekers alike, especially those who are thrift minded, waste conscious, and project oriented, know this excitement well. They gather supplies, identify key materials, and work doggedly toward the dramatic, much-anticipated reveal. These restyling magicians relish each furniture makeover challenge, bringing their ingenuity and hard work to bear as they transform yard sale bargains, flea market finds, and family hand-me-downs into relevant, covetable home furnishings for today.
  • Draft Dodgers: 9 DIY Creations to Keep Out the Cold
    Though the weather outside is frightful, creative draft dodgers are delightful...and wonderfully simple to make.
  • Easy DIY Fixes for 11 Annoying House Problems 
    It can be a real chore to deal with all of your home's trouble spots and "quirks," especially after you've learned to live with them. Sometimes it's out of pure procrastination, putting off for months a minor repair that would take only five minutes to complete. Other times, we may delay because we're just not sure how to handle the problem (but we sure don't want to pay a handyman to do something we should be capable of doing ourselves). Whatever the case, these little annoyances can add up to much bigger frustrations, leaving us with a feeling that the house is completely falling apart. Never fear: We've outlined 11 of the most common annoying house problems and provided the quick-and-easy fixes that will bring your home back to tip-top shape.
  • Easy DIY: How to Cut Glass Wine Bottles
    The other day my roommate came home from IKEA with a pack of 100 tea lights. One hundred. To be fair, my roommate als...
  • Enter Bob Vila's $3,000 Warmer Bathroom Floor Give-Away—TODAY!
    With the chilly weather settling in, getting going in the morning is always a little tougher. But with radiant heatin...
  • Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
    Fall is just around the corner: time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Although autumn can be o...
  • Father's Day Gift Guide 2011
    The annual ritual of buying gifts for Father’s Day is underway. When it comes to home products and gadgets, shopping ...
  • Father's Day Gift Guide: 10 Super Cool Gifts for the DIY Dad
    Shopping for the DIY Dad this Father's Day? You've come to the right place. Whether your dad is as handy with a drill driver as he is with grilling tongs, we've got you covered with an assortment of gifts for every kind of DIY Dad. From a digital camera for documenting and sharing his projects to a beer-making kit to perfect his own signature brew, check out the top ten picks in our Father's Day Gift Guide.
  • Fine-Tuning: 9 Inventive Ways to Repurpose a Piano
    Sometimes an old piano is just beyond repair. Before paying someone to cart yours off to the landfill, check out these nine harmonious reinterpretations.
  • Finish Strong: 7 Things to Do Before Summer Ends
    All good things must come to an end, and that goes for summer too. On a blistering August afternoon, cold weather may seem like an almost inconceivably remote prospect, but you can be sure that it's coming—and sooner than you think. Before the summer ends, pull out your to-do list and check to see if it still includes any projects you won't be able to complete once the temperature takes a plunge. If, for example, the task involves concrete, there's no better time than the present. Start now, and you ought to have plenty of time, especially thanks to quick-curing products from innovators like CTS Cement | Rapid Set. Click through now to see only a sampling of the concrete repair and maintenance jobs that homeowners should try to finish up before this balmy summer becomes merely a fond memory.
  • Five on Friday: Shining the Spotlight on You!
    From upcycling "junk" to laying down floor tile, Bob Vila Nation community bloggers are taking home improvement to th...
  • Flying the Flag—Proud and Proper
    Before you proudly wave the stars and stripes, learn the etiquette of properly displaying, storing, and caring for your flag.
  • From the Community: 10 Great DIY Projects From Bob's Bloggers
    We've gathered together some of our favorite new and easy DIY projects—ranging from dinosaur planters to potato stamps—courtesy of our community of bloggers.
  • Garage Doors Repurposed: 9 Innovative Design Uses
    If you’re planning on improving your home's curb appeal by installing a new garage door, don’t be so fast to throw out the old one. Disposing of a large, cumbersome garage door may be difficult—and entirely unnecessary. Those big doors were built to last; they're far from ready for the landfill or recycling center. Whether kept intact or broken into smaller parts, an old garage door has myriad potential second lives. Just take a look at these great projects that use repurposed garage doors. Maybe you can try one of these on your old door or even be inspired to think up your own smart reuse.
  • Genius! Boards and Brackets Create a Window Haven
    Last year, Tiffany left her roomy rental house for a compact apartment closer to downtown. Though ideally located, th...
  • Genius! Boost Your WiFi with a Soda Can
    If you rely on Google to answer day-to-day questions or count on cat videos to pull you out of the post-lunch slump, ...
  • Genius! Clean Your Gutters without a Ladder
    We all start autumn bright-eyed and optimistic, eager to pick apples, gaze at the stars, or watch the leaves change c...
  • Genius! Cool Off on the Cheap with a DIY Air Conditioner
    We owe a lot to the humble air conditioner. Like most inventions, the idea came from a very real need: relief from ex...
  • Genius! Copper Pendant Light
    Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention—but so is thriftiness. When a $2,000 light fixture was out of the que...
  • Genius! DIY Apple Cider Press
    Few things say autumn more than fresh apple cider. So what if you could make your own from your backyard. That's what...
  • Genius! DIY Citronella Candles
    You mean you can make your own citronella candles? Now, that's genius! Mother and daughter team Vicki and Jennifer at...
  • Genius! DIY Faux Stained Glass
    There's something about the nostalgic and timeless beauty of stained glass. . . but genuine stained glass comes with ...
  • Genius! DIY Gramophone
    Vintage lovers will probably love this throwback-looking iPhone speaker set. Designed to look like a gramophone but d...
  • Genius! DIY Pencil Dish Rack
    When designer Samuel Bernier found himself with an excess of pencil stubs (don't ask!), he was determined not to disc...
  • Genius! DIY Portable Fire Pit
    Karen loves fires—summer bonfires, barbecues, and winter evenings spent 'round the living room hearth. Even so, she'd...
  • Genius! DIY Pumpkin Keg
    This time of year, it seems like everyone's got a thing for pumpkins. But even if neither pumpkin pie nor pumpkin-spi...
  • Genius! DIY Trash Can Shed
    Who hasn't admired a great product in-store before balking at the price tag? When daring DIYer Anne Davis saw a $300 ...
  • Genius! Hamster Wheel Desk
    There are DIY desks, and then there are D-I-Y desks. We learned that when we came across this so-called "hamster whee...
  • Genius! Make a Candle with a Stick of Butter
    Is it a MacGyver-style party trick or a practical skill for managing power-outtage emergencies? We're not positive, b...
  • Genius! Never Lose Your Keys Again with This Simple DIY
    Tired of the frenzied search for your keys before leaving for work? You're not the only one. According to the Wall St...
  • Genius! Spook Trick-or-Treaters with a DIY Fog Machine
    There are certain things to expect in October: pumpkin picking, state fairs, an extra trip to the store when your can...
  • Genius! The Easy-as-Pie Way to Carve a Pumpkin
    Celebrating Halloween with the kids seems like a great idea. . . until it gets scary. Pumpkin guts everywhere, kids e...
  • Genius! The Indoor Clothesline You Didn't Know You Needed
    Homeowners know that even energy-efficient washers and dryers drive up electric bills, and renters are even worse off...
  • Genius! The Smartphone Speaker You Already Have in Your Kitchen
    Everyone wants to be a DJ, but no one wants to buy the equipment—let alone figure out how to use it. This life hack w...
  • Genius! The Soda Bottle Sprinkler
    For most parents, the week of Labor Day is jam-packed with barbecues, parades, or back-to-school shopping. But for ki...
  • Genius! The Trash Can Turkey Smoker
    Just like us, our ancestors loved a good cookout. As early as 500,000 years ago, the earliest humans whipped up dinne...
  • Genius! This DIY Bottle Opener Catches Caps, Too
    Hosting a summer party for family and friends is hardly a small task. Manning the grill, scrambling to set up seating...
  • Genius! Turn Your Phone into a Movie Projector
    Having a TV is great—except when you're not using it. Then the box just sits in your living room, idle and unappealin...
  • Genius! Turn Your Watermelon into a Drink Dispenser
    There's more than one way to slice a watermelon, and more than one thing to do with it once you do! Sure, you can sna...
  • Genius! Turn a Matchbook into a Mini Notepad
    Known as phillumenists, or "lovers of light," matchbook collectors number about 7,000 worldwide—the population of a s...
  • Genius! Unpack the Ultimate Picnic with This Suitcase Hack
    A blanket works just fine for picnics—you know, in the way that candles worked just fine before electricity. But if y...
  • Genius! VCR Turned Automatic Pet Feeder
    Remember back when successfully programming the VCR felt like a minor triumph? Now imagine how James Larssen of Make ...
  • Genius! World's Most Amazing DIY Slip 'N Slide
    In the DIY world, there are great projects, and then there are the truly genius projects that make life a little more...
  • Get Grilling! 10 Best Grills Under $100
    Nothing says summer quite like a backyard barbecue. That’s why we did our research to identify some of the top-rated grills on the market today—and just in time for grilling season. Whether you are looking for something compact and portable or something more substantial for some serious summer entertaining, one of these designs is sure to fit the bill. Best of all, each of these 10 top-rated grills retails for under $100. Time to get grilling!
  • Give Your Worn-Out Concrete a Brand-New Look
    Other than wood, concrete may be the most favored residential building material in the country, because builders and ...
  • Glossary
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  • Holiday Gifts: Five Rules for Tools
    Rule 1: Buy the Basics You can’t go wrong with basic tools that will be used again and again. Good choices include wr...
  • Home Maintenance Checklist
    1. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary. 2. Attic: If there ...
  • How To: Apply Hot Mop Tar
    Hot mop tar is a good way to waterproof projects like an indoor planter. Here's how it's applied. After it's heated i...
  • How To: Apply Polyurethane Sealer
    More than a mere shine, polyurethane sealer protects and preserves the finish you've chosen for your furniture or flo...
  • How To: Avoid Ice Dams and Water Damage
    What Are Ice Dams?Many homeowners in the northern United States are all too familiar with ice dams. These are thick a...
  • How To: Bleed a Radiator
    Now that the temperature is falling, you may have cranked up the heat in your house only to find that one (or more) o...
  • How To: Build a Cinder Block Wall
    Privacy, safety, security—these are only a few of the reasons that homeowners build solid, durable garden walls. Alth...
  • How To: Build a Pallet Compost Bin
    A compost bin is a great way to keep waste material out of landfills while at the same time creating wonderfully nutr...
  • How To: Caulk a Shower
    There’s nothing quite like a steamy shower to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit after a good night’s sleep or a ...
  • How To: Choose Tile
    Evaluate Your Needs Choosing tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking the right color or pattern. F...
  • How To: Clean Any Appliance
    Kitchens can be pretty filthy places: dirty dishes in the sink, spilled food on the counters, cooking oils and grease on the stovetop, and even pet food on the floor. Neglected for just one day, the kitchen may become a haven for germs, insects, and other pests. Regular deep-cleaning—going beyond simply wiping up spills and doing the dishes—is of paramount importance. Take a critical look at your kitchen appliances, and tackle some of the toughest jobs with a few simple cleaners and a little bit of elbow grease. Here are a couple of tips and basic cleaning techniques to keep your appliances both looking and working great.
  • How To: Clean Copper
    Copper can be a finicky material; it tarnishes easily even when subject to normal wear. Fortunately, using only commo...
  • How To: Clean EVERYTHING
    From shower doors to stainless steel, concrete, and slate, we've collected our best scrub-and-polish advice to aid in your spring cleaning.
  • How To: Clean Marble
    Unquestionably, marble ranks among the most luxurious and beautiful countertop and flooring materials. Equally beyond...
  • How To: Clean Paint Brushes
    An investment in high-quality brushes is wasted if they are not properly cleaned and stored after use. So invest the ...
  • How To: Clean Patio Cushions
    When it comes time to spiff up your porch or patio for spring, cleaning your furniture cushions ranks high on the to-...
  • How To: Clean Plexiglass
    Commonly used to construct everyday items from shower enclosures to tabletops, plexiglass (also known as acrylic) off...
  • How To: Clean Your Cleaning Tools
    If you're like many homeowners, you make good on a regular cleaning schedule. So maybe you skip dusting once in a while, but your house is pretty clean, right? But the dirtiest places in your home might be hiding in plain sight. We're talking about your cleaning tools! In order to get the most out of them, they need a good sprucing up too. Your household tools can suffer from a buildup of dirt, grease, and grime, making your cleaning efforts far less effective. In fact, every time you use them, you could just be spreading the “gunk” around your home. Here are a few quick-and-easy final steps to add to your cleaning routine that will make all the difference in your efforts to keep your home sparkling fresh.
  • How To: Clean a Coffeemaker
    Bleary-eyed fumbling for that first cup of joe can lead to spills, yet despite this repeated abuse during the morning...
  • How To: Clean a Deck
    Come summertime, the deck practically becomes an extension of your house. In fact, when decorated according to typica...
  • How To: Clean a Down Comforter
    Just about every down comforter has a tag with care instructions that read, "Dry Clean Only. " But if you're on a bud...
  • How To: Clean a Glass Cooktop
    Many homeowners invest in glass cooktops because their modern, flat surface makes them both easy on the eye and easy ...
  • How To: Clean a Hot Tub
    Owning your own hot tub is an affordable luxury. But while the bubbles may be relaxing, maintaining the unit takes wo...
  • How To: Clean a Humidifier
    A hardworking humidifier is a lifesaver during the dry, cold months of winter. Its dedicated function—adding moisture...
  • How To: Clean a Mattress
    Wash and dry your sheets and pillowcases once a week—that's all it takes to sleep in clean comfort, right? Wrong. You...
  • How To: Clean a Microfiber Suede Sofa
    A microfiber suede sofa is a cozy centerpiece for any room. Known for being soft and stylish, this popular seating ch...
  • How To: Clean a Shower Curtain
    Though your shower curtain performs a valuable service, preventing water from cascading across your bathroom floor, y...
  • How To: Clean a Toaster
    You use your toaster almost daily, but when was the last time you cleaned this receptacle for burnt crumbs? We have s...
  • How To: Clean an Air Conditioner
    Air conditioners are our saving grace during sticky summers—there’s nothing quite like the relief of walking into a r...
  • How To: Clean an Iron
    There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering that your iron is soiling your favorite clothes while you're trying...
  • How To: Cut Cement Board
    Do-it-yourself types depend on cement backer board for numerous projects, including tiled walls, flooring, and even c...
  • How To: Cut Plexiglass
    From picture frames to tabletops, plexiglass (also known as acrylic) serves as a cost-effective, shatterproof substit...
  • How To: DIY Your Own Dish Soap in 5 Steps
    Homemade dish soap. OK, sure. But why? For one thing, why not? But more seriously, homemade dish soap, which requires...
  • How To: Decorate Garden Pots
    Looking for something to do with all of those clay pots that have been collecting dust in your garage or garden shed?...
  • How To: Decoupage
    The fancy French word decoupage refers to the simple act of gluing paper or fabric cutouts onto an object. The result...
  • How To: Determine If Your Carpenter's Square Is True
    To determine whether a carpenter's square is true, all you need is a straight line. Sound too simple? First you lay t...
  • How To: Fix Cracks in Concrete
    Installations of concrete can last hundreds of years, but sooner of later, most end up developing small cracks and ga...
  • How To: Frame a Mirror
    Done any shopping for your home recently? In perusing the aisles, you may have noticed that even a very simple mirror...
  • How To: Get Rid of Bagworms
    Notice an inexplicable mass destruction, yellowing, or defoliation in your evergreens? A close and careful look throu...
  • How To: Get Rid of Bats
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  • How To: Get Rid of Carpet Beetles
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  • Quick Tip: Clean Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase
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  • Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Gutters
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  • Quick Tip: Fixing Squeaky Floors
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  • Sweet Dreams: 15 Inventive Beds You Can Make Yourself
    You spend nearly one-third of your life sleeping, so ideally your bed should feel comfortable and special. Here are fifteen “dreamy” and easy DIY designs.
  • Thanks For Entering! Here Are Upcoming Sweepstakes at BobVila.com
    If you like sweepstakes, you'll love what BobVila.com has in store for you in the coming months. Get a sneak preview of all the special offers and prizes that our sponsors are offering to you in the next six months – and beyond!
  • The Gear You Need to Fight the Worst of Winter
    There are plenty of ways — short of moving to Miami — that you can keep ice and snow under control this winter. For a stress-free season, rely on some improved products and techniques — as well as good old common sense.
  • The Most Frequently Asked Questions of 2014
    Does home improvement leave you scratching your head? We compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions at BobVila.com—along with the answers. Click through to see them all. Who knows, maybe this list will help you accomplish some DIYs of your own in the new year.
  • The Right Way to Open a Can of Paint
    Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to open a can of paint. It's not that opening a paint can is ...
  • The Right Way to Wash Your Car
    Good things come to those who wait: That may be sound advice for life in general, but if you're a car owner, it's bes...
  • The Tree-Free Christmas: 14 Alternatives You Can DIY
    This year, whatever your motivation, have a go at making your own nontraditional Christmas tree. Here are 9 amazing examples, all created from items you can pick up at your local home center.
  • Think Outside the Toolbox: 9 New Uses for Old Tools
    When it’s finally time for old tools to retire, don’t ship them off to Florida. Give them a second career as a crafty DIY project.
  • This 1 Clever Product Turns Anything into a Table
    Got an old wood plank, used door, or slab of countertop sitting around? Well, then you're halfway to a truly one-of-a...
  • Today's Homeowners Rediscover the Benefits of a Root Cellar
    Until fruits and vegetables were available year-round at the grocery store, the root cellar played a vital role in da...
  • Top 10 Clutter Hot Spots—and Quick Tips for Tackling Them
    With just 15 minutes a day, a smart plan, and some pro tips, you can start to control the clutter that, up until now, has been controlling you.
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week
    From an awesome, low-stress kitchen makeover to a DIY duo's cross-country renovation road trip, we've gathered five f...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: 2013 Edition!
    It's 2013, ladies and gentlemen! And though we might be having a hard time with our New Year's resolutions already, i...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Doormats, Bike Racks, and More!
    From doormats to bike racks, we certainly kept busy this week. We looked at the forecast of next year's remodeling tr...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Gearing up for the Holidays!
    The offices of BobVila. com are getting in the holiday spirit, putting together our favorite tips on decking the hall...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Getting Ready for Winter!
    After packing up your holiday decorations and ringing in the New Year, it might be tempting to look at the long stret...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Halloween Edition
    We hitched along with the Renovation Road Trip, watched pumpkins catapult into the sky, and fawned over an innovative...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Mayan Apocalypse Edition!
    A thousand years ago, the Mayans supposedly predicted the world would end today, 12/21/12. And so we've tried to make...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Sandy Edition
    This has been an extraordinary week marked by one of the most devastating storms ever to hit the Northeast. If you’re...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Saying Goodbye to November
    December is knocking on our door, promising a month with chestnuts roasting on an open fire and sleigh bells ring-a-l...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition
    Over the past several days we've gotten our fireplaces going again, watched a little football, and scrambled to find ...
  • Top 5 Posts of the Week: Welcome to December!
    From spotlighting our favorite bloggers to compiling an almost never-ending list of DIY ornaments, from hacking new k...
  • Top Tips for Making a Better Birdhouse
    A birdhouse can be as simple or as detailed as you like—from a basic box shape built with butt-joints and a 45-degree...
  • Top Tips for Taking Down the Christmas Tree
    Everyone loves the Christmas tree—so long as it's standing proudly upright and is already fully decorated. Sure, some...
  • Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights
    If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don't recommend that you spend time figuring out...
  • Top Tips for Using Glass Tile
    Why Use Glass Tile?Glass tile brings depth, luminescence, and a liquid character to indoor, outdoor, or in-ground poo...
  • Top-Secret Log Box
    Jumping at any chance she gets to work with wood, blogger Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone was obviously enthused when ...
  • Transform a Dresser into a Kitchen Island
    When Sara from Nesting Gypsy stumbled across a vintage dresser at the local thrift store, she had to have it for a ki...
  • Trash to Treasure: 14 Creative Ways to Make Good Use of Old Stuff
    These innovative DIY projects will inspire you to dig through your discards and repurpose them into useful furnishings and accents for your home.
  • Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
    Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
  • Weekend Projects: 10 DIY Gifts to Make and Give
    You don't need to spend a fortune or wait in long lines to give the perfect gift to a loved one this holiday season. All you need to make these gifts are two hands, a few supplies, and a little creativity.
  • Weekend Projects: 5 "Strong" Ideas for Home Gyms
    Now that we're nearing the end of summer, you may be looking for ways to bring your exercise routine indoors. Have yo...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Beautifully Basic DIY Bookends
    If you have a few especially beloved books in your collection, why not use a pair of DIY bookends to set them apart a...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Classic Family-Friendly DIY Projects for Summer
    There's so much fun to be had in the summer. Yet for many of us, these months present a familiar challenge: The kids ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Classic Wood Games You Can Make Yourself
    If you love to use tools and you love to play games, then you're not alone: Scores of handymen and women have used wo...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Cool DIY Stools
    Too many places to sit? Never! Almost any room can benefit from one more seat, so long as it's sized in proportion to...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to DIY Your Next Calendar
    It used to be that people relied on the seasons to measure the passage of time, but once the calendar came into commo...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to Make Your Own Birdhouse
    For many, the ideal backyard consists of comfortable seating, picturesque landscaping, and the sights and sounds of c...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Bulletin Boards to Organize Your Life
    Every home needs a message center, and for most people, the standard office-style pin-board works fine. . . just fine...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Kids' Room Storage Solutions
    LEGOs underfoot, G. I. Joes behind your seat cushions, and Beanie Babies up on the rafters? This weekend, return a se...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Build a Bar at Home
    As the holidays loom on the horizon, many families have begun to make plans and gather essentials. For some, that mea...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Make a Picture-Perfect Frame
    It's a fact of life: We all have more photographs, paper keepsakes, and artwork than frames in which to display them....
  • Weekend Projects: 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space
    With June officially having kicked off the summer, we look forward to a season under the sun. But if your deck, porch...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Doable Designs for a DIY Firewood Rack
    There’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter's night than curling up in front of a crackling fire. But it takes f...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Ways to Build an Outdoor Movie Screen
    Like fireflies and fireworks, movies under the stars make for magically memorable summer nights. But if your town or ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Easy-to-Make Pet Beds
    Is there a Rufus or Rover in your clan? Even if your pet is allowed on all the soft spots enjoyed by the two-legged m...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Fun DIY Swing Sets
    The earliest swing sets, which date all the way back to the fifth century B. C. , were nothing more than slabs of woo...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Kid-Friendly DIY Forts
    Remember your mom’s heavy sigh when you and your brother carried off the couch cushions, plundered all the blankets, ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Quick DIY Fire Starters
    If you love your fireplace and spending time in front of a cheery, crackling flame, you're no doubt familiar with pro...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Stunning Stained Glass DIYs
    Far from the old-fashioned colored glass familiar to church windows or your great-grandmother's living room, today's ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Sunny DIY Window Seats
    Seating and storage—is there ever enough of either? Enter the window seat, the dreamy solution that marries function ...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Tricks for Enhancing Hallways and Stairs
    As conduits between the different levels and rooms of your home, staircases and hallways are self-effacing and strang...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Rug
    When laid over floors or mounted on walls, area rugs imbue living spaces with warmth, style, and comfort. If you're s...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Shoe Rack
    Don't miss 8 Smart Shoe Racks You Can Make TodayIt's October. The time has come to put away the sandals and break out...
  • Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make a Snow Sled
    Mere days away from the official start of winter, we're eagerly anticipating some of the activities that only snowy w...
  • Weekend Projects: Build a Better Bookshelf
    My family members are bookworms, their tastes covering the spectrum from science fiction novels to Italian fashion ma...
  • Weekend Projects: DIY Dorm Room Decor
    Reading, writing, and arithmetic: These are the cornerstones of education, and they're important. You know what else ...
  • Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture for Kids' Rooms
    When it comes to designing spaces for kids, some parents are bona fide naturals. Mom has a magic touch with the paint...
  • Weekend Projects: DIY Your Own Desk
    With autumn somewhere over the horizon, it's only a matter of time before chilly weather relegates us to working indo...
  • Weekend Projects: Get Cooking with a DIY Grill
    For charring kebabs at afternoon barbecue or roasting s'mores at sunset, the grill is arguably the most classic—more ...
  • Weekend Projects: Holiday Crafts for Kids
    Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's: It can be a real challenge to avoid stress this time of year! If...
  • Weekend Projects: Make a Shower Curtain 5 Ways
    Shower liners are a humdrum necessity. They perform the simple but important role of keeping water in the shower stal...
  • What Would Bob Do? Ceiling Options, Window Cleaning, and Sewer Odor Control
    1. LIVING ROOM CEILING OPTIONSI recently purchased a 'fixer upper' in the DC area and am starting to decorate. In my ...
  • What Would Bob Do? Counters, Flooding, and Decks
    1. STAINED MARBLE COUNTERTOPSI have a beautiful marble countertop on my cooking island. It was never sealed properly ...
  • What Would Bob Do? Faucet Replacement, Plug Conversion, and Tile
    1. FAULTY FAUCET REPLACEMENTWhen I turn on the water in the bathtub and pull the plunger so that water redirects to t...
  • What Would Bob Do? Groundwater, Exterior Painting, and Porch Spiders
    1. GROUNDWATER LEAKING INTO BASEMENTI have a water supply pipe to the house that enters through the basement wall. Th...
  • What Would Bob Do? Raw Wood, Pet Odors, and Grout Haze
    1. PAINTING UNFINISHED WOODI'm painting a bunk bed from IKEA that's solid pine and unfinished. Do I still need to san...
  • What Would Bob Do? Rusty Bolts, Non-Slip Tubs, and House Wrap
    1. RUSTY BOLT REMOVAL I have an old bench outside with rotting old seat boards. The nuts and bolts holding the wood t...
  • What Would Bob Do? Wallpaper, Vinyl Siding, and Asbestos
    1. HANGING WALLPAPER IN THE BATHROOMPainting is easy and the result is resilient, but I can't help thinking that pain...
  • What Would Bob Do? You Asked, He Answered
    Bob Vila is no stranger to offering advice—or visiting the Forums. Here, he answers 10 real-life questions from homeowners just like you.
  • Wicker Gone Wild: 10 Easy Ways to Transform Old into New
    If your wicker furniture has seen better days, transform it into whimsical but useful accents for your home or garden.
  • Winter Preparation Checklist
    Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost. “Getting t...
  • Winterize Your Home in 7 Simple Steps
    With winter fast approaching, you'll want to make sure you've taken some critical steps to keep your house warm and safe through the colder months. Here are seven simple things you should do now to ensure your house survives winter weather in fine form.
  • Winterize Your Home on a Budget
    Securing your home against winter is always a prime consideration for homeowners, no matter where you live. Regardles...
  • Without a Stitch: 9 No-Sew Projects to Dress Up Any Room
    The most subtle changes can sometimes have the biggest impact—just witness the effect of new blinds, updated throw pillows, or fresh upholstery. Unfortunately, many of the small-but-powerful home decor projects on the Web require some sort of stitching, patchwork, or embroidery. But there’s good news for needle-phobes! If darning a pair of socks gives you the willies, rest assured that there are lots of ways to make a room pop without first having to thread a needle or fire up the sewing machine—if you even have one. With everyday items like an old sweater, fabric glue, or lots of staples, you can create an accent that can completely make a room. These delightful, low-cost improvements, from a window facelift to a chair rehab, will pay for themselves the minute a guest says, “Wow, I love this!” So, in the spirit of ingenuity, here are 10 DIY home decor projects that don’t require so much as a spool of thread.
  • Wrap It Up! 10 DIY Ways to Bedeck Your Holiday Gifts
    When it comes to gift giving, it's the thought that counts—and obviously a great deal of thought went into these creative DIY gift-wrapping ideas that make the most ordinary gift extraordinary.
  • You've Got Mail: 11 Inventive DIY Mailboxes
    Make your letter carrier do a double take with these 11 salvaged-material mailboxes that demonstrate real outside-the-box creativity.
  • Your Guide to Solving 8 Notorious Holiday Stains
    The holidays are full of food, family, fun—and the occasional freak-out over a stain-threatening mishap. When the turkey grease splatters or a glass of red wine spills, spring into action with these lifesaving (or, at the very least, couch- and carpet-saving) stain removal tips. With these remedies up your sleeve, cleanup will be as easy as pie.
  • Your Post-Halloween Cleanup Guide
    If you wound up with more tricks than treats this Halloween, you're likely to have your hands full with a mess: toilet paper in the trees, eggs dripping on your house, maybe even chocolate mashed into the carpet. There’s no reason to get spooked: These 6 strategies for dealing with Halloween hazards will make your post-holiday cleanup a breeze.

How To's & Quick Tips Videos

  • Retrofitting a Gas Light
    Bob meets electrician Barry Driscoll, who is retrofitting an old gas light fixture to make a modern electrical one. Then Bob meets with lighting consultant Penny Henderson, who discusses the benefits of controlling lighting for different scenarios.
  • Fixing Squeaky Floors
    Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
  • Do-It-Yourself Modular Home Construction System
    Bob tours a home that was designed to affordable, flexible, and easy to build with a do-it-yourself, low-cost construction system.
  • Building a Playground, Part 1
    Bob visits Columbus, OH to help volunteers build a playground.
  • Playground Construction, Part 2
    In Columbus, OH, Bob and other volunteers are constructing a playground. Bob discusss the materials and techniques used in the project, including the octagonal roofs and "wavy" walkways.
  • Playground Construction, Part 3
    Bob makes his third visit to the playground in Columbus, OH to tour the nearly-complete project and comment on its various features.
  • Repairing the Outdoor Barbecue
    Bob demonstrates some masonry techniques for repairing a crumbling outdoor barbecue.
  • Dealing with Termite Damage
    Bob reviews termite damage at the Naples project house and looks on as exterminators cover the home with a tent to enclose the space prior to fumigation.
  • Termite Damage and Dry Rot
    Bob confers with contractor Al Stouse about the termite and dry rot damage on the roof overhangs. Next, Bob helps build and install new roof brackets, or outriggers.

Interior Design Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows

  • 1 Coffee Table, 3 Ways
    What I love most about quality furniture is its staying power. Over the course of its at times decades-long career in...
  • 10 Alternative Wreaths to Make You Forget About Evergreens
    Pine needles? Who needs 'em? Here are ten DIY wreaths that will really stand out.
  • 10 Alternatives to a Formal Dining Room
    As impromptu, low-fuss gatherings become the norm, creative hosts are entertaining friends in spaces carved out from kitchens, hallways, and living rooms.
  • 10 Artful Uses for Old Frames
    An empty picture frame is the quintessential blank slate. Sure, you can fill it with a photo of your dog, a poster, or a drawing. But why not take it further? With a little outside-the-box thinking, a frame’s possibilities are practically endless. From a planter to a jewelry holder to an herb dryer, this collection showcases 10 brilliant ways to repurpose frames to make useful items for every part of your home.
  • 10 Best Flea Markets for Cool Old Finds
    Oh, flea markets and swap meets the way they used to be! Vendors selling used items they no longer needed, and buyers scoring great deals—some requiring TLC, others in mint condition. Sadly, though, many fleas these days resemble dollar stores, stocked with poorly made new stuff. That’s why we combed the country for real old-fashioned fleas, where you can still pick up vintage values to add a distinctive touch to your home. So pencil these into your calendar, and let the bargain hunting begin!
  • 10 Bunk Beds Well Worth the Climb
    These stylish and space-saving bunk beds make it easer than ever to tuck in two sleepyheads in one room.
  • 10 Classic Ways to Brighten a Dark Room
    Bringing light to a dark room will immediately make it more appealing. If making structural changes like adding windows, doors or skylights just isn’t in the cards, you can use paint, rugs, lighting, and accessories to transform a cave into a captivating place where everyone will want to gather.
  • 10 Color Picks to Set Any Mood in Your Bedroom
    Color affects our mood like almost no other design element. To that end, your bedroom color may be among the most important design choices in your home. Whether you want to inspire the idea of serenity, vitality, or romance, the color scheme you select is key. As it is such a big decision, if you’re not confident in your color choice before painting all four bedroom walls, take advantage of the small sample containers often sold at paint stores and big box hardware stores. You can test a small area of the bedroom first to see how it actually looks on the wall. Colors will be their truest in natural daylight, but lighting can really change the way paint looks. Incandescent lighting skews colors toward warmer, yellow tones, while fluorescent lighting casts a blue hue. You can get an even better idea of how a paint color will look throughout the bedroom if you use paint those samples on a large poster board that can move from wall to wall, next to windows, and into darker corners. Not sure where to start for choosing a color? Think about the mood you want to inspire in the space. Does your bedroom need to be a relaxing haven? Or, does it need to infuse you with energy? No matter what your needs, these bedroom color ideas will help you set the tone of your bedroom and create the space of your dreams.
  • 10 Creative New Ways to Use Old Bottles
    Is your recycling bin overflowing with old wine, beer, and soda bottles? Glass bottles fill local dumps and monster landfill sites all over the world. While households can cut down on unnecessary waste by reusing glass bottles for food and liquid storage, many of us simply have more old bottles than we know what to do with. If that's the case at your home, it’s time to get creative! Sometimes, simply adding paint, twine, and other decorative craft supplies is all that’s needed to give an old bottle a new look and new life. For the more ambitious, learning basic glass-cutting skills opens up even more possibilities for making the most of those old bottles. Still stumped? Here are 10 new ideas for upcycling your old bottles. Give one a try, or maybe use one as inspiration for creating something uniquely your own!
  • 10 DIY Ways Renters Can Remake Their Space
    Life as a renter is a mix of pros and cons. While you don't have to fix the leaky faucet yourself, you don't have the option to change it either. Sure, you have less responsibility, but you have less control as well. Whether you just want to put your own stamp on your living space or are a certified home improvement junkie, DIY projects in a rental can be tricky. Most landlords won't allow you to make any changes, structural or decorative, to your apartment. And you certainly don't want to invest good money in a space you don't own. So, what's a DIYer to do? Here are 10 not-so-permanent solutions that will make your rental feel more like "your" home.
  • 10 DIYs for a Frightfully Fun Halloween
    These ghoulishly-inventive DIY Halloween decorations prove that you don't have to break the bank to scare the pants off of treat-seeking visitors.
  • 10 Doable Designs for a DIY Rug
    Though not always considered essential, area rugs provide comfort and warmth for hard floor surfaces, while adding aesthetics to a room’s design. But the hunt for the right rug is not always easy. Whether you've been holding back on buying one because you haven't found the right style, size, or price range, we've got good news: You can make one to fit all of those parameters. If you’re DIY-ing your rug, you can customize it for your own tastes and needs. Choosing a color is the best place to start. If you already have lots of bold patterns in the room, a more subtle, single-colored rug might be the right counterpoint. If you want your rug to have as much personality as a piece of furniture, let the colors and patterns sing out. When it comes to size, there are a few general rules to follow. An area rug’s dimensions should be based on the seating area, not the entire room. When you’re sitting on the furniture, you want the rug to provide cushion and coziness for feet, so make sure at least the front legs of sofas and chairs are on the rug in a living room. In a dining area, center the rug under the table, with enough space to pull the chairs out on top of it. At the entryway of a home, open the door fully, and plan to place your rug about 6 inches beyond that. Aim to make your rug the width of the door, or slightly greater. Finally, texture may be overlooked, but it plays a huge role in creating layered and lush room design. A rug can provide a necessary element of texture, whether it’s a chunky rag rug or a smoothly painted sisal. No matter the space you’re working with, you're bound to load up on inspiration from these 10 smart makers and the DIY rugs that now dress up their floors. From a handwoven kitchen mat to a painted area rug, click through these DIY designs to find the style that speaks the most to you.
  • 10 Easy Ways to Bring Beach Style to Your Landlocked Home
    Coastal style is more than a home decorating trend; it's a bright and breezy feeling that many of us associate with some of our fondest memories. And, one of the great benefits of sand and sea-inspired decor is that you don’t need a waterfront home to enjoy it. No matter what the actual latitude and longitude of the place you call home, bringing a bit of the beach into your home comes down to personal taste. You may prefer some cottage charm, expressed with soft fabrics, subtle blue-green hues and simple coastal accents. Or perhaps a vibrant nautical theme with crisp whites and navy blue is more your style. Here are ten ideas to get you ready to sail.
  • 10 Easy Ways to Build Your Own TV Stand
    For many, there's nothing more relaxing than curling up in the living room with a great TV show or movie. But are you tired of having to crane your neck to see that wall-mounted flat-screen, or are you looking to replace that standard-issue melamine console? Here are 10 easy, fun, and inexpensive DIY TV stands that will make winding down with your favorite shows even more enjoyable.
  • 10 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the DIY Dad
    From a lightweight drill to a personalized BBQ branding iron, these great gifts are sure to please any DIY dad this Father's Day.
  • 10 Fun, Clever, and Useful Step Stools
    Can't quite reach the top shelf? Do the kids struggle to turn on the bathroom faucet? With these handy step stools, everyone can get a leg up—in style.
  • 10 Great Ways to Grow Your Walls Green
    Add life—literally!—to an interior space with a visually stunning vertical wall garden.
  • 10 Holiday Ornaments to DIY with Everyday Stuff
    There is certainly no shortage of beautiful holiday ornaments. Retail stores are stocked with an amazing array of shiny baubles, all vying for a special spot on your tree. But as pretty—and plentiful—as they are, store-bought ornaments lack the personal touch you give when you make your own. If you're feeling a bit crafty this Christmas, you don't have to look beyond your own home to find great raw materials for a bit of holiday DIYing. Using everything from popsicle sticks to beer cans, you might be surprised what you can make when you let your creative instincts take charge. Here are 10 unique upcycled ornaments to try.
  • 10 IKEA Favorites Made Better by a DIY Paint Job
    <p>The IKEA name has come to represent smart, affordable furniture for homeowners and apartment dwellers of all ages. But with that popularity comes easy recognition; if you've outfitted your room in purchases from IKEA, it can feel like you own the same furniture as everyone on your block. Fortunately, painting it with a can or a bucket of fresh color is all it takes to make the store's best-sellers unrecognizable. </p><br/> <p>IKEA furniture may have modern lines, but it’s been in business since the early 1940’s, when it was founded in Sweden by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad. It remained a mail order business for several years before opening its first store in the late 50‘s, and then spreading to the rest of Scandinavia. It made its way to the United States in 1985, and has been consistently popular with budget and design conscious buyers. So, don’t blame your neighbor for loving and owning the same IKEA desk you just purchased. Instead, differentiate yourself!</p><br/> <p>Painting transforms the standard IKEA furniture into custom looks that are uniquely you. These easy redos don’t require a lot of time or money, which means your affordable furniture still won't break the bank after the cost of additional materials. Click through our inspiration gallery to find ideas for painting your next IKEA furniture upgrade.</p>
  • 10 Inventive Ways to Display Family Photos
    In this age of endless photo-snapping, we all have a backlog of lovely and meaningful images languishing on hard drives or drifting unseen in the cloud. It’s time to rescue a few of these beauties and let them bring happiness to your home as part of a thoughtful display. Here's our collection of 10 intriguing ways to let your digital shots shine.
  • 10 Last-Minute Gifts Sure to Please on Mother's Day
    Skip the bouquet of carnations this year, and make your mom smile with a lasting gift for the home.
  • 10 Mini Makeovers You Can Do in Minutes
    A little change can go a long way. If you’ve been searching for quick (and cheap!) ways to add fresh style to your spaces, look to these easy makeovers that will give your home the updates you crave in no time flat.
  • 10 Mood-Altering Decorating Tips for City Dwellers
    City living offers its own set of challenges, not the least among them finding peace and quiet. Here are some simple ways to help you find the calm within.
  • 10 New Ideas for Shared Bedrooms
    A house feels most like a home when you share it with those you love—and gathering together with friends and family is even more fun if everyone has a comfortable place to sleep. Whether you have a large family living in a small space or just like to host lots of people at once, let one of these multiple-bed bedrooms inspire you to find a way to accommodate them all.
  • 10 New Uses for Old Dressers
    The dresser is a sturdy staple of almost every bedroom, but daily wear and tear can put even the best one into disrepair. When it's time to for a new dresser, don't just toss away the old one like last year’s fashions. Instead, come up with a trendy way to repurpose it in your home. Dressers (obviously) have plenty of storage compartments, which can be great additions to spaces like the kitchen or living room. Even if your old dresser is slightly broken, it is easy to replace drawers with shelves, or even transform the dresser into a new piece of furniture. As a bonus, the spare dresser drawers themselves can be used as creative home accents. Click through our photo gallery to pull out a few ideas you can use in your own home.
  • 10 Nice Nooks: They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
    What is it about a nook that draws us in? The informality? The coziness? Architects often carve nooks out of wasted space—beneath a staircase, under the eaves, by a window, or up in the air. Generally designed for a specific purpose, nooks compel us to curl up with a good book, take a long nap, eat a delicious meal, or to get to work. What do you want yours to do? Get a few ideas from the noteworthy nooks collected here.
  • 10 Over-the-Top Ways to Pamper Your Pet
    Whether you are a cat or dog lover, you want your pet to feel special. Here are ten ways to pamper your four-legged companion to excess.
  • 10 Playful Examples of Swinging and Swaying Furniture
    While most people are good at making use of all four walls of their rooms for furniture and decor, many of us forget about the ceiling. Suspending furniture like chairs, beds, and tables from the ceiling puts this "fifth wall" to use while drawing the eye upward to take in the full height of the room. Hanging furniture needs to be securely attached to ceiling joists, which must hold the weight of the piece plus the added weight of people and other objects. It's wise to consult a professional to make sure you are using the correct tools and materials to suspend these pieces safely. Click through our gallery of hanging furniture for ideas that will get your brain into full swing.
  • 10 Quick and Easy DIYs to Do with a Sharpie
    Everyone loves a Sharpie. Introduced in the '60s, Sharpies were the first pen-style permanent marker on the market—and have since become an iconic writing implement. But they're also a great tool for crafty DIYers who want to make over a wide assortment of unexpected media. So grab a pillow, a plate... even an iPhone case, and let your Sharpie go to town.
  • 10 Small Bedrooms with Huge Amounts of Style
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  • 10 Space-Saving Ideas to Steal from Houseboats
    We all complain about being short on space but imagine squeezing your life into a tiny space, then heading out to sea! Houseboat dwellers can teach all of us a thing or two about capitalizing on every square inch. Here are just a handful of creative ideas you can borrow, build on, or copy wholesale—whatever floats your boat!
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    The master bedroom is more than just a place to rest your head; it's a relaxing respite from the rest of the home. Today's master bedrooms are not just larger than other bedrooms in the house, but they usually incorporate certain design elements that elevate it from a simple sleeping space to a welcoming retreat. If you've been thinking about updating or expanding your own master bedroom, consider these features that every master bedroom should have.
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    It seems that we're updating our computers, smart phones and media collections as often as our wardrobes these days. If you're like us, you've been holding onto your tech cast-offs until there came a prime opportunity to dispose of them. But old or broken devices don't have to be fated to an unused life on a basement shelf or, worse, taking up space in a landfill. These 10 jaw-dropping transformations can give some obsolete technology a second life—and you the inspiration to start rifling through the junk drawer for your next project.
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    From plain to pristal, glass block injects surprising style into interiors and exteriors alike. Check out these 10 glass block blockbusters.
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  • 10 Ways to Bring Historic Style Home
    Today's reproductions deliver great historic style with the added benefits of easy care, low-maintenance, energy efficiency, and ready availability.
  • 10 Ways to Fill a Blank Wall for Under $20
    Nothing elevates and personalizes the look of your home more than one-of-a-kind works of art. You don't need to haggle with an art dealer to land something in your price range, though. To fill your walls without busting your budget, check out these 10 unintimidating ideas for creating do-it-yourself artwork that looks like a million bucks.
  • 10 Ways to Give Furniture a Fast Facelift
    There's no doubt about it—buying furniture can put a strain on your bank account. Instead of blowing your budget on new pieces, give your existing ones a refresh instead, with these 10 simple upgrades that make a big impact.
  • 10 Ways to Make Office Supplies Work Overtime
    If binder clips or Post-its have taken over your home office desk drawer, you're not alone. All too often, the very supplies designed to keep us organized can end up taking up a lot of space. Luckily, these supplies form the basis of some very clever DIY projects. Take a look!
  • 10 Ways to Organize Your Home with Color
    Keeping our homes neat and organized is a constant battle. But thanks to some ingenious (and colorful) ideas, the task just got a whole lot easier. These simple tricks will help you use color to conquer toys, keys, computer cords, clothing, and more.
  • 10 Ways to Redecorate Without Spending a Dime
    Got the itch to redecorate—just not the budget? Rather than begrudgingly waiting for a refresh, you can redesign a room with furnishings you already own. Moving and regrouping furniture and accessories can give you new looks and functionality without spending new money. All it takes is a critical (and creative) eye to shop your home and see what can be repurposed. Just keep these 10 tips in mind as you begin your zero-dollar home makeover.
  • 10 Ways to Reinvent Any Room with Crown Molding
    Crown molding brings elegance to nearly any space. Whether you choose to use it around windows and doorways or to line the top of the kitchen cabinets, crown molding adds a classic finishing touch that pulls together a room's design elements. Installing crown molding is an accessible DIY project, and there are plenty of places in your home to put it. So, check out our favorite crown molding ideas, and then head on over to the lumber aisle.
  • 10 Ways to Set a "Natural" Thanksgiving Day Table
    Even though Halloween is past, pumpkins and gourds make great table decorations. That includes white pumpkins, too! Here, a grouping of different-sized white pumpkins mix with natural-hued ceramics to create a fitting Thanksgiving Day table.
  • 10 Ways to Stage Your Home for the Holidays
    As you begin to usher in the season (not to mention house guests, tempting treats, and a life-sized tree), try these 10 tips for creating harmony in your holiday home.
  • 10 Ways to Use Leather in Your Next Project
    Leather is a material that is often equated with luxury, which is why leather can really give your DIY projects that extra-special touch. And despite its luxe rep, it's a pleasure to work with. Because leather is easy to cut and puncture, it can be stitched into pouches and covers for a variety of personal items. It's also a great surfacing material that can be glued in place and is sturdy enough to bear weight. Leather can be used in large-scale projects as well as a slew of small DIY creations that require just scraps of leather or suede, so nothing has to go to waste. Click through our gallery for some leather swag that you can make yourself.
  • 10 Ways to Welcome a House Guest
    It's a great compliment when out-of-town guests tell you they feel right at home when they visit. And it's deeply satisfying to provide guests with the amenities and thoughtful touches that make them feel not only welcome, but pampered. If you really want your next houseguests to feel delightfully at ease—and more than a little impressed at your hospitality—these 10 tips should do the trick.
  • 11 Big Ideas for a Small Dining Room
    Cramped dining spaces don't have to put a damper on your family gatherings! You can still entertain with warmth and grace, and leave your guests a bit of elbow room too. These 11 smart, simple, and space-maximizing ideas will show you how to dine in style—no matter how small your square footage.
  • 11 Budget DIYs for an Instantly Better Bedroom
    The bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation, which is why it's so important that its overall look perfectly matches your idea of a restorative retreat. The high price tags at home goods stores may make it seem impossible to revamp your space on a tight budget, but these simple DIYs prove otherwise. See how these attainable projects add functional style to any bedroom for almost no cost at all.
  • 11 Desk Lamps to Lighten Any Task
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  • 11 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Paint DIYs
    Paint offers DIYers of any skill level an opportunity to make over drab dwellings at the mere lift of a brush, roller, or sprayer. But homeowners often paint themselves into a corner by focusing on interior or exterior walls, floors, and ceilings—which can take a day of work and <i>then</i> dry time—while ignoring less ambitious yet deeply satisfying mini updates, such as painting textiles, ceramics, and other home and garden accessories. Click through for 11 smaller-scale paint projects, each requiring less than an hour, that will prime your home for luxurious living.
  • 11 Lessons to Learn from AirBnB's Tiniest Homes
    Ever wonder if you're cut out for small living? Through the power and reach of the web, tiny homes are but a click away to rent through a website like Airbnb.com, the travel community wherein members can visit and stay in the most unique locations in more than 180 countries. But even if you can't make