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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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 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...

MAY 30, 2013 | THURSDAY
How To: Fix a 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...

How To: Choose a Ceiling Fan

Choosing a ceiling fan is enough to make any homeowner’s head hurt. Here are my suggestions for simplifying this seemingly complicated decision. Get the Height RightIf  you're planning th...

APRIL 16, 2013 | TUESDAY
How to Install Baseboard Trim

Installing new trim should be easy, right? Just measure the boards, cut the miters, and nail the trim in place. Well, it’s not exactly that easy. If you’ve ever tried to install baseboard...

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
The Great Pretenders: All You Need to Know About Composite Shakes and Slates

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...