Joe Provey


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
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 largely predetermined. There are of course some exceptions. Perhaps a pre...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Swimming Pools 101

An in-ground pool is the ultimate in backyard upgrades. If you’ve always wanted one, now may be the time. Prices have fallen during the recession by up to 30 percent. Nevertheless, it rem...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Landscape Lighting 101

Landscape lighting can turn a visitor from feeling wary to welcome. It can change the rest of the yard from Nightmare on Elm Street to Some Enchanted Evening, all with the flip of a switc...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Install Ceramic Tile

Installing ceramic tile can be tricky. Successful tiling jobs are a direct result of good planning and a methodical approach. Take the time to do the right amount of prep work before you ...

JUNE 28, 2013 | FRIDAY
Pea Gravel Brings Beauty to Any Patio

Outdoor spaces add value, not only for resale, but in lifestyle terms as well. If you're in the process of designing a patio, the breadth of possibilities may strike you as overwhelming. ...

JUNE 18, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Replace a Crusty Old Tub Spout

A tub spout does two things: It provides a decorative cover for the pipe stub delivering water to the bathtub, and it directs the water away from the wall where it could cause damage. Our...

JUNE 13, 2013 | THURSDAY
Planning Guide: Attic Conversion

Want more livable space in your home? Don't want to spend a king's ransom? Attic conversion has fit the bill for countless homeowners over the years. Unlike many basements, attics are dry...

From Finland with Love: Notes on Installing a Wood Ceiling

Nearly 30 years ago, I traveled to Finland and toured a series of modular, site-built homes in the city of Jyvaskyla. Apart from their energy efficiency—windows closed like refrigerator d...

MAY 30, 2013 | THURSDAY
Finally, a Sure-Fire Cure for the Sagging Closet Pole

My wife and I recently reorganized our bedroom closet and added several new accessories, including a double rod hanger, canvas shoe cubbies, and a column of hanging shelves. We were reall...

MAY 23, 2013 | THURSDAY
In Quest of the Best Roofing Contractor

Re-roofing our 1908 American Foursquare-style house reminded me of a Frank Capra movie. For once, things actually went as planned. 35 years ago, I installed a new roof on a different hous...