Jennifer Noonan


A confessed DIY junkie, Jennifer Noonan writes about home improvement, gardening, and all things do-it-yourself. The recipient of degrees in International Relations and Library & Information Science from Syracuse University, Ms. Noonan has worked in media and related fields for over 15 years, including her time at MTV Networks, where she served as Manager of Digital Programming at Nickelodeon. Today, Ms. Noonan lives in Delaware with her husband and daughters, where she is ardently teaching the next generation how to use power tools.  

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JUNE 30, 2012 | SATURDAY
How To: Install Landscape Edging to Boost Your Curb Appeal

The Best Way to Install Landscape EdgingAn easy, impactful way to refresh a tired planting bed or path is to install new landscape edging. These decorative borders come in a range of pric...

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 thought it was the perfect location for a playroom during these early ye...

JUNE 25, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Make a Rain Barrel

Rainwater collection has an ancient history with archeological evidence dating back at least 4,000 years. Urban demand created the centralized water systems we use today, but that doesn’t...

JUNE 21, 2012 | THURSDAY
How To: Plant a Vegetable Garden

One of the joys of summer dining is fresh, local produce. Nothing tastes better than a tomato or cucumber just off the vine. And it tastes even better if it’s from your own yard! Many fee...

JUNE 19, 2012 | TUESDAY
The Importance of Pop-Up Drain Emitters

I’ve said many times that the most important decisions we made in the construction of our home were around the things you never see: the blown-in insulation, the PEX plumbing, the argon g...

MAY 24, 2012 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

The first things we chose during our eight-hour selections appointment for our new construction home were our kitchen cabinets. Cabinets are chosen first during these meetings, because th...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
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 contractor, the task was made somewhat easier with an all-day “selections appoi...

MAY 8, 2012 | TUESDAY
Kid-Friendly Bathroom Design

When my husband and I lived in New York City with our two young girls, we had a single bathroom in our one-bedroom apartment. And it was small. If you’re a parent, you probably understand...

Save Money with an Irrigation Well

The development where we chose to build our house is about 2 miles from the beach. We can ride our bikes to the state park or the Dairy Queen in 10 minutes. We love being close to the oce...

APRIL 10, 2012 | TUESDAY
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 with a selections specialist at our builder’s offices. WHEW! It was craz...