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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Superior Insulation for Less

You have the desire, the energy, and the skills to beef up the insulation around your house, but the cost of materials has put the job on pause. This was me a few weeks ago. My wife and I...

Repairing a Retaining Wall

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It’s not something you really want to acknowledge. You tell yourself it’s an optical illusion, or clutch to the consoling thought that, hey, the tower in Pisa has leaned for centuries. Bu...

Debunking 5 Metal Roof Myths

Learn the truth about five common misconceptions that involve metal roofing.

AUGUST 31, 2012 | FRIDAY
Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top Options

Modern bathrooms are so much more than they used to be. They’ve gone beyond the practical and utilitarian purpose they were originally designed for, and serve as both an escape and oasis ...

AUGUST 27, 2012 | MONDAY
So, You Want to... Build a Porch

A porch is simply a deck with a roof on it, right? Not quite. While some porches may be as simple as that, many are more similar to an indoor room that is missing windows and walls. Porch...

AUGUST 20, 2012 | MONDAY
How to Refinish Cabinets and Give Your Kitchen a New Look

Refinishing cabinets is one of the best ways to give your old, ho-hum kitchen a fresh new look, and it can make a big difference in the way you feel about a space. After all, having expen...

How To: Paint Trim

Looking to learn how to paint trim? It's not so different from painting other surfaces in a home. Your method will vary depending on whether or not the trim is already installed. To apply...

JULY 26, 2012 | THURSDAY
What You Might Not Know About HVAC Filters

Everyone agrees that you should change your HVAC filter on a regular basis, but not everyone agrees on the type of filter you should use. Next time you go shopping for a furnace (or AC) f...

JULY 19, 2012 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Adding Cabinets in the Bathroom

You’re stuck with a small bathroom. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can't fit in everything you need. Where square footage falls short, creative bathroom storage solutions go the ...