Joe Provey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Provey is an expert on all things home and garden. His work has appeared in many national magazines, including Popular Mechanics, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, and Fine Homebuilding. Mr. Provey has also written more than dozen books, including Convert Your Home to Solar Energy and 1001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization. Other titles include Outdoor Kitchens, Easy Closets, Green-up Your Cleanup, and Design Ideas for Flooring. Currently, Mr. Provey serves as the president of Home & Garden Editorial Services (HGES), a company that produces books for publishers in the home and garden category. In the past, he has been chief editor to several national home improvement magazines, including The Family Handyman, Mechanix Illustrated, and Practical Homeowner. Joe lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his wife MaryAnn, where they have seven children and four grandchildren between them. Joe Provey on LinkedIn | Google+

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JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?

Making good decisions is the key to minimizing near- and long-term costs related to any home improvement. This is especially true for large, complex jobs like reroofing. In this particula...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Fences 101

Through the ages, fences have been made from a variety of materials. Around my neighborhood, I see vinyl, cedar, metal and a number of other fence types. Which is best for you? The answer...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Heating Systems 101

So you’re in the market for a new furnace, maybe because the old one is hopelessly inefficient, or because Hurricane Sandy flooded your basement, or because you’ve decided to switch fuel ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
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 was a monitored system, the central station would call the police to re...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
The Basics of Bathroom Design

The fun part of bathroom remodeling is ogling vessel sinks, walk-in showers, towel heaters, translucent tiles and graceful faucets. Even the newer toilets on the market are pretty cool. B...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Metal Roofs 101

The metal roofing industry has taken a page from vinyl flooring manufacturers. They’ve started with a 'plain Jane' material—in this case steel or aluminum—and made it look like wood, ston...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Solar Power Systems 101

Solar energy can be used to do all sorts of work around the house, from providing electricity for lights and appliances to warming a pool, spa, shower or room. But how well a solar system...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Planning Guide: Basement Remodeling

Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your teenager demanding a room of his own? Has the college grad come back to the nest? Are...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint a House

Painting your house yourself is a big commitment of time. Just think about it. It can take a professional crew of three a week or roughly 120 man hours to paint an average-size home. If p...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Build a Deck

The beauty of a deck is that—unlike bare ground or lawn—it’s level, stable, supports furniture, sheds rain, and provides usable living space. Building a deck, however, requires more skill...