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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MAY 10, 2013 | FRIDAY
Smart Storage for Small Workshops

Since my wife and I recently downsized, I am making do with a much smaller basement workshop these days. Whereas I could fit as many as four workbenches into my old basement, I now only h...

APRIL 25, 2013 | THURSDAY
How To: Choose a Ceiling Fan

Choosing a ceiling fan is enough to make any homeowner’s head hurt. With so many variables and options, what should you consider when choosing a ceiling fan? Here are my suggestions:Get t...

APRIL 16, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Install Baseboard

It should be easy, right? Just measure the boards, cut the miters, and nail the trim in place. Well, not exactly. If you've ever tried to install baseboard on your own, then you would pro...

APRIL 8, 2013 | MONDAY
The Basics: Wood Shingles and Shakes

There are two types of wood roofing—shingles and shakes. Neither boasts the practicality of a modern roofing material like asphalt shingles, but it's difficult to deny traditional wood's ...

APRIL 2, 2013 | TUESDAY
On the Fence: 7 Top Options in Fencing Materials

Browse some of today's most commonly used fencing materials, from timeless wood to utilitarian chain-link.

MARCH 29, 2013 | FRIDAY
Composite Shakes and Slates: The Great Pretenders

Durable composite roof shingles arguably improve upon the traditional slate and wood shake shingles they are engineered to mimic.

MARCH 26, 2013 | TUESDAY
Composite Roof Shingles 101

Coming up with alternatives for traditional shingle materials has proved a steep and slippery slope for a surprising number of manufacturers. Class-action lawsuits have showered down as s...

MARCH 21, 2013 | THURSDAY
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 Joni Mitchell for that, but when it comes to installing solid or engi...

MARCH 20, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Laying a Walkway with Bluestone

There’s a lot to recommend a bluestone walkway. The natural colors and textures look great in almost any setting. Maintenance is low. And unlike concrete pavers or brick, bluestone pavers...

MARCH 14, 2013 | THURSDAY
How To: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. For starters, under-cabinet lighting facilitates cooking tasks, such as chopping veggies or readi...