Rachel Elmkies


A lover of all things related to home design, architecture, and city planning, Ms. Elmkies, a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Urban Studies, formerly served as the Associate Editor of BobVila.com and now continues her career as an associate with The Center for New York City Neighborhoods. Rachel Elmkies on LinkedIn

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MARCH 16, 2020 | MONDAY
11 Ideas for Working Remotely When You Don’t Have a Home Office

When you're working from home without a traditional workspace, it can be difficult to tune out the distractions of daily chores and household needs. Establishing a go-to work zone will he...

Tight Quarters? 10 Smart Space-Saving Door Solutions

Are you struggling to find a space-saving interior or exterior door for your home? Whether you're building a tiny house or just trying to renovate a small or tricky room, don’t limit your...

JUNE 23, 2016 | THURSDAY
Before and After: 6 Landscapes Totally Transformed

Remodeling is always a risk, but updating the outside of your house is a seriously smart investment. From framing a new addition to getting to work in the garden, see how these real-life ...

APRIL 19, 2016 | TUESDAY
Genius! The Backyard Movie Theater You Can Build in a Day

A night at the movies doesn’t come cheap. With the steep price of tickets, not to mention the popcorn and M&Ms, this classic family outing can make a big dent in a tight budget. J...

APRIL 4, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Easy Way to Add Privacy to a Chain-Link Fence

Chain-link fences have bordered American yards for more than a century, and with good reason—they're cheap, easy to install, and durable. But the steel perimeter's signature open weave le...

MARCH 21, 2016 | MONDAY
Genius! The Indoor Clothesline You Didn't Know You Needed

Homeowners know that even energy-efficient washers and dryers drive up electric bills, and renters are even worse off, stuck with hauling heavy bags to the nearest laundromat and emptying...

Genius! A Sunnier Alternative to Window Blinds

In old homes, it’s the details that draw us in. While the intricate trim and sculpted ceiling medallions certainly create character, some of these popular design details—particularly Fren...

3 Fixes for Tangled Christmas Lights

The most wonderful time of the year has drawn to a close, which means it's time to take down the tree and pack up the stockings. While some decorations are simple to put away, others can ...

Genius! DIY a Roof Rake with Hardware Store Supplies

When the snow started to pile up on handyman Bill Bachand's roof, he did what any responsible homeowner would do: run to the nearest hardware store to find just the right tool before the ...

Genius! Spook Trick-or-Treaters with a DIY Fog Machine

There are certain things to expect in October: pumpkin picking, state fairs, an extra trip to the store when your candy arsenal runs low—and some friendly competition between neighbors. I...