Michael Franco

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A creative director with Reader's Digest for ten years, also formerly serving as site editor for a division of About.com, Michael Franco has spent over a decade covering science, technology, hospitality and home improvement. His writing credits include Angie's List, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, and National Geographic. A graduate of Ithaca College and Manhattanville College, with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing, Mr. Franco once owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Amish country. Today, he lives and works in Asheville, NC. Michael Franco on LinkedIn | Google +

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NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Tool Lover

If you're stumped at what to buy the tool-lover in your life, never fear — Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guides are here!

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Radiant Surfaces: Heat Where You Least Expect It

Think “radiant heating” and you’re likely to think of floors. But did you know that radiant heat panels can also be installed in your ceiling and your walls to offer the same clean, quiet...

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 | MONDAY
Water Heaters 101

The water heater is the home's unsung hero, reliably operating behind the scenes to make possible many of the modern conveniences we take for granted—hot showers, washing machines, dishwa...

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
Planning Guide: Garage Conversion

Remaking your garage into an extra bedroom, den, or kids' playroom can improve not only the resale value of your home but also your quality of life. In comparison to building an addition,...

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 | THURSDAY
Recipe for Success: 10 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks

With a few simple and fun DIY projects, you can turn your kitchen into an oasis of order where everything is at your fingertips.

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
The Black-and-White Benefits of Gray Water

It takes a whopping amount of water to sustain what many would regard as modest household usage. Imagine a family routine that involves twice daily showers, a couple of laundry loads per ...

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 | MONDAY
Retaining Walls 101

Retaining walls offer aesthetic as well as practical benefits: In addition to beautifying the home, they inhibit soil erosion and provide privacy to outdoor living areas. Retaining walls ...

OCTOBER 23, 2013 | WEDNESDAY
5 Things to Covet in Your Dream Home

If you’re building a house from scratch, or even putting an addition on your current home, you’re in the unique position of being able to install systems and components that could be hard...

OCTOBER 21, 2013 | MONDAY
Stone Veneer 101

The pharaohs capitalized on the beauty and strength of stone, overseeing the construction of architectural gems whose magnificence has endured into the modern age. Fortunately for do-it-y...

OCTOBER 15, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Install Carpeting

Love it or hate it, there are at least a few good reasons that homeowners choose carpeting today. For one, it absorbs the sound produced by television sets and stereo systems, overenthusi...